The absolutely adorable Japanese Chin!
Japanese Chins' only purpose - love and be loved
From the Japanese Chin Club of America's commentary on the breed standard: "The Chin is a precious breed which has no function other than to be a lap-dog. It was not born to hunt, guard, or carry things. It was born to be a particular object of beauty and love. Chins are not always showdogs. They can be a bit apprehensive and require a gentle touch. Once they are acclimated to a person or situation, they quickly respond and take charge. They are extremely catlike in deportment and like nothing better than to rule their household and those whom they let share that home. They are more comfortable on a sofa or a bed than a crate and do not do well in a kennel environment. They can be a handful of stubbornness and need a quick mind to outwit them. They are a delight to live with and a beauty to behold."
Resources and Links for Japanese Chin information
- Japanese Chin Club of America
This site is the home of the Japanese Chin Club of America. It is designed to educate and promote responsible ownership of Japanese Chin and fanciers.
- JCCARE - Japanese Chin Care and Rescue Effort
JCCARE is a dog rescue organization dedicated to the health and welfare of Japanese Chin dogs. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of rescue volunteers whose sole purpose is helping, rehabilitating and finding homes for homeless Japanese Chin
- Japanese Chin Meetup Groups - Meetup
Helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world about Japanese Chin
- For Japanese Chin - Golly Gear
Japanese Chins are small dogs that are generally easy to provide for, but their short muzzles and silky fur require special consideration. Golly Gear is here to provide for the Chin's unique requirements.
Quiet, delightful little doggies
Contrary to the breed's name, Japanese Chin were probably developed in China and imported to Japan in about the 6th Century A.D. The original, and continuing job of the Japanese Chin was to warm the lap of their devoted, royal owners. There is some debate about when the Japanese Chin was brought to the West - some sources believing the first dogs to reach the western hemisphere were given by the Japanese Emperor to Admiral Perry in the mid-19th century.
Unlike many toy breeds, Japanese Chin don't bark much, making them ideal companions for apartment life. Like most short-faced dogs, they are prone to "reverse sneezing" episodes and can overheat rather easily. The luxurious coat of the Japanese Chin looks more difficult to maintain than it truly is - brushing a couple of times a week usually keeps them healthy and mat-free.
Japanese Chins are known for their adorable antics - including the "Chin Spin" - twirling rapidly in place on either two or four legs. Adorable!