American Canine Association


Japanese Chin


Originating in China as strictly a companion dog, the Japanese Chin was later moved to Japan where popularity for the breed immensely increased. Today, this breed is very popular in the United States and still remain strictly companion dogs.


The Japanese Chin is a small breed dog with males and females 7-11 inches in height and an average weight of 4-15 pounds. This breed has a small, round head that is very broad. Their two ears are pendant shaped and fall gently alongside of their face. Their two round eyes are round in shape and available in a hazel to black in color. The Japanese Chin has a very short, wide muzzle that sits within their face. Their nose is very small and generally matches the color that the dog is. This breed is built small, compact and low to the ground. Their tail is medium in size and falls up and over their back with their hair feathering off of it. This breed has a medium length coat that is available in white with colored patches of any color.


The Japanese Chin is a wonderful dog to add to any family as they are extremely accepting and loving. This breed does well with children of all ages he or she grows up around and does well with other pets. The Japanese Chin needs to feel included in as many family activities and vacations as possible, in order to remain happy and feel one with the family. This breed requires a confident owner who is able to please their dog, but still remain pack leader and set early rules and boundaries. This breed generally doesn't bark, and is very docile. You must only use positive reinforcement training methods when training your Japanese Chin. This breed generally is best at being a companion who is happy all of the time, however they are able to learn a limited amount of tricks.


Daily brushing and bathing when needed. Professional grooming is recommended every 3 to 4 months.

Special Notes

Please note that this breed is prone to separation anxiety and is best suited for those who are not gone for long hours of the day or constantly going away without taking their pets. This breed is prone to eye issues and breathing problems. Please fully educate yourself about the Japanese Chin prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and mental care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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