Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Japanese Spaniel; Chin
The rather poorly named Japanese Chin is an ancient toy breed developed in China around 500 BC. This charming little dog was a favorite of the ladies of the Imperial Palace. When a Chinese emperor gave a pair to the Japanese emperor, the Japanese nobility was equally delighted. Eventually, the Queen of England and an American president also received Japanese Chins as royal gifts. To own this elegant little dog is to own a true aristocrat. This breed is a lap dog, not a companion for active owners who plan to spent hours tramping through the woods. If you're looking for a snuggler who loves being catered to and admired, you may have found the right pet to pamper.
Appearance / health:
The Japanese Chin is a dainty little dog that has a short, broad face. The forehead is round with a well-defined stop. The nose is wide and the nostrils open. It has an extremely short nasal canal. It has expressive, protruding eyes that are dark and almond-shaped. The teeth form a level or undershot bite. The upside-down, V-shaped ears are usually well covered with hair.
Its body is about the same length as its height. The front legs are straight and fine-boned. The Japanese Chin has an elegant high-stepping gait. The plumed tail is carried over the back, and curves to either side.
The Japanese Chin’s grooming requirements are high. A few minutes each day may help the coat stand out. The tangles may need light brushing and combing out. While brushing, the hair may be lifted to leave it standing out a little. The eyes may need regular cleaning and the ears may need to be checked for signs of infection. The Japanese Chin may be bathed occasionally or only when necessary. This breed is an average year round shedder.
Chins require little exercise. This is best given in the form of daily walks.
Like many short-faced breeds, the Japanese Chin tends to wheeze and snore. Some also suffer from reverse sneezing. They are prone to eye and respiratory problems in hot and cold weather. Hot weather may cause heat prostration (dizziness, nausea, and weakness caused by depletion of body fluids and electrolytes) in the breed. Some dogs may be prone to distemper, an infectious viral disease. The Japanese chin is also prone to dislocated knees, low blood sugar, and whelping problems.
Behavior / temperament:
The Japanese Chin is a sensitive and intelligent dog whose only purpose is to serve as a companion. It however has a mind of its own and likes to be the center of attention. It is rather more obedient than other toy breeds, and may learn tricks. It makes a good watchdog. The Japanese Chin is very clean and uses its paws to wash its face like a cat; its name chin means 'cat-like.' It is said to have the charm, gracefulness, and intelligence of a fine nobleman.
The Japanese Chin is an obedient and intelligent dog. However, it may be a little difficult to housetrain during the first four months of its life.
It has a deep bark unlike other small breeds. This breed is not a compulsive barker. It can be a good choice for people who can't tolerate the yippy barks of some of the other toys.
huge personality, quiet dog, catdog, good watch dog, maximum affection, apartment
strange people, horrible ear infection
minimal grooming, catlike behaviors, biggest eyes
Japanese Chins Rule You
My boy Brian came to me 3.5 months old and already a handful. He slept wherever he wanted which included trying to hide in a horse barn or wrapped around the toilet. Typical to breeds with floppy ears he got a horrible ear infection as a puppy. He lost most of his hearing at a young age. So first year was all training with sign language. Honestly he is great with all dogs and people. But things really are on his schedule. Japanese chins are like cat images. They sit next to your water glass, stare deeply into your eyes before pushing the glass off the table. They each have a huge personality. I can vouch I have a female who thinks she needs to be in pretty princess dresses and the center of attention at all points and time. Whereas Brian likes to roll in dirt, hates clothing, the winter and gives the best puppy eyes ever. This breed will steal your heart within a few minutes. They dont really require much grooming even though they have super pretty hair. They really can be a pain to train until you find the magic treat. They are extremely protective of their house and owner. They can get aggressive tendencies if you do not watch out. But they always let you know when the mail man shows up or kids get off the bus..
From worldofcloud May 4 2015 1:33PM
Dental examination, with ear, eye and other examination, should be a part of every check-up.
Many owners do not think much about dental health, but let me tell you about my experience; many of my client's dogs, and that mostly includes small breeds have teeth problems. Because of bad diet, dogs develop problems early. I have dogs as young as 3 or 4 ears that undergo anesthesia once a year because of dental problems. It is not necessary, and it is not healthy, and it is a risk. After a while, problems will get worse, dogs will lose their teeth, and other great problems will occur. This will affect the longevity of your pet. Malocclusion is abnormal placement of teeth;abnormal contact with other teeth or soft tissue that results in pain . Malocclusion is sometimes a result of primary (baby) to secondary teeth so it is important to follow through this process and not to miss dental checks in puppies. Early detection of some dental problems can lead to complete correction. .
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic 3 days ago
Does Not Work to Teach a Dog to Heel
Many people opt to use a back clip harness on a dog that pulls. Well, this is great if you want your dog to pull a sleigh or become a weight pull champion, but if you want your pooch to learn to heal, then you need to avoid a back clip harness. The dog will not be choked by the harness and indeed be able to put effort into pulling you from point A to point B. You will not be able to teach the dog to heel with such a device.
Avoid a back clip harness as a training tool. It is ineffective if you want to teach your dog to heel. Instead, use a choke collar or a prong collar. .
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