Homeland ofthe Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel) is China, from where it was imported into Japan and became a favorite of the royal family. The appearance and character of these dogs are similar to the cat's, hence their name – in Japanese "Chin" means cat. In the middle of the last century the Japanese Chin was named one of the national symbols of Japan. For the first time this breed was registered in the AKC in 1888.
Dogs of this breed have small, square bodies, covered with soft, straight and long hair. Coloration occurs in a combination of white and red, white and black, or white, black and tan. The height varies from 17 to 28 cm and the weight is around 2-3 kg. The head is large with broad snout, small eyes and V-shaped ears. The neck is short and thick, and the tail is fluffy and carried high.
Character and behavior
The Japanese Chin is a mobile, brave and selfish dog. It is an excellent guardian of the home. If not educated properly, this proud dog can show aggression, even to his master. The Japanese Chin is ideal for apartments - it is clean, easygoing to food, savvy and resourceful, cheerful and modest. The small pet doesn't create unnecessary noise and need a little space to live.
The Japanese Chin loves to climb, so you must be prepared to search it all over your furniture.
Training and education
For those of you who cannot devote much time for proper training of a puppy, we have good news – the Japanese Chin is a wonderful choice for you. It is sufficient to provide them with a safe place with fences where they can play as long as they need. This dog learns very easily what is allowed and what is not in the home in which it lives. It will not try to break the rules and to dominate the owner. The Chin will fulfill every whim of his master with pleasure. Puppies of this breed easily learn tricks, but it is completely forbidden to use physical methods of punishment if your pet refuses to execute a command.
The life expectancy is around 12-14 years. There are several health problems, such as: sensitivity to drugs and medications, cataract, PRA, heat stroke, breathing problems caused by the little snout. Both the father and the mother of all puppies for sale should have OFA and CERF certificates.
Grooming and care
Although at first glance the maintenance of the fur seems an impossible task, it is not so. All you need to do is to comb the hair twice a week or more. You should keep the bottom and the ears clean to avoid the risk of infection. You have to protect your puppy from hard exercises and overheating in warm weather. This breed is a heavy shedder, so it is not very suitable for people suffering from allergies.
Children and other pets
The Chin is a little puppy who doesn't like to be crushed and squeezed, but generally gets along perfectly with children, especially when they are older and kind. Some representatives of this breed can be reserved and nervous in the company of strangers. On the other hand, if you socialize them from an early age, the behavior may be quite different. Can live with other animals in the family.
This dog was favorite of the ancient Japanese imperial court. There is a legend saying that the Japanese nobles gave him Sake (liquor prepared from fermented rice) to suppress its growth so that the dog remains as small as possible. Some specimens were so tiny that it was possible to carry them in small basket-like cages for birds.