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Japanese Chin

Group: Toys (Group 1)
Club: Japanese Chin Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Mrs Margaret Barras
Phone: 0407 821 528
Email: mbarras@optusnet.com.au
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About the Japanese Chin

 

Background One of life’s mysteries is why the Japanese Chin is still comparatively rare and unknown. Here is a little dog that has it all - he is easy care, lovely to look at, and has even had Royal patronage - Queen Alexandra owned 261.
The Japanese Chin is one of the most ancient of breeds and its exact history is difficult to determine, but ancestors can be traced back to China or Korea over 1100 years ago. There are various theories as to how these little dogs made their way to Japan - perhaps as early as the 6th century, as gifts to the Mikado from Korean royalty, or perhaps by Buddhist monks from China - this too remains a mystery. In Japan there were two distinct size/types of Chins and they were bred separately and exclusively for centuries in noble households, and were so highly regarded that no "commoner" could possess one.

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Japanese Chin can live up to 16 years of age, but on average, 10-12 years.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Japanese Chin is an intelligent, happy, lively little dog with a good nature and gentle temperament. Whilst they are content to sit quietly on your lap or curled up in a chair, they are also ready for a game, and love to race around madly. A Chin also exhibits cat-like qualities, using his paws to wash his face, and holding his toys or food between his front paws. A Chin can be cautious and standoffish with strangers, but once he knows and accepts you, he is a friend for life.

Compatibility with other pets They are happiest in the company of other Chin. Indeed a large number can live together in harmony - so if it is possible, have two! They get on well with other breeds, preferably of a similar size and temperament, and also live happily with cats.

Care Requirements Japanese Chin, with their silky coats, are easy to keep well groomed, and brushing 2-3 times a week with a bristle brush - paying attention to behind the ears where matting can occur - and a regular bath is all that is required for the coat. This will help with the seasonal shedding. Because of the Chin’s flat face, the eyes are vulnerable, so should an injury occur, seek Vet advice immediately. As with any pet, ears and teeth need to be checked and cleaned regularly. A Chin does not need a huge area for exercise, so it makes an ideal pet for flat dwellers. However, they do enjoy a good walk, or better still, a free run.

Please Take Note Japanese Chin are indoor dogs and bred only to be companions. A dog kept continually outside will be miserable. He will also be most unhappy if left alone for any length of time, so if the family or owner is out all day, then a Chin is not for you. It should be said too that a Chin exercises a certain amount of independence and, being sensitive, will react badly to harsh discipline. So if you want a dog to dominate, then again, this is not the breed for you. One of the greatest gifts that a dog can offer a human is its devotion - all it wants is to be your happy, devoted companion, so unless you can accept a dog as a member of your family, joining in your activities and sitting in your living room, DO NOT GET A DOG.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Japanese Chin and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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