Japan Chinese

Description Japan Chinese

Clever, Feline, Quiet
The small Japan Chin (also called Japanese Chin) does not come from Japan, as its name might suggest. Its origins can be traced back to China, from where it is believed to have come to Japan with Zen Buddhists. Back then, they were the favorites of the aristocrats. Now he is a popular family dog.FCI group: Companion dogs

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 3-5kg
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Coat type: long hair
  • Colours: White, black or reddish brown/reddish yellow patches

Character Japan Chinese

The Japanese Chin is a friendly and gentle fellow . It is uncomplicated and adapts perfectly to its surroundings. The small, elegant-looking dog grows up to 25 cm tall and weighs around 5 kg . His coat is long and silky and needs good grooming.
Usually it is two-tone and then either black and white or red and white piebald.

Sometimes it can also be three-colored. Incidentally, it does not have an upper or lower coat like other dog breeds. He only has one coat.
The Japanese Chin has a short nose and a slightly oriental appearance. Its life expectancy is 10-12 years .

He belongs to the FCI group nine ( company and companion dogs ).
The Japanese Chin is generally affectionate , gentle and cuddly . It is said again and again that he behaves like a cat. Sometimes he moves almost silently , wipes his face with his little paws and can sometimes even climb.
Normally, he is ideal as a beginner dog and apartment or city dog .

The Japanese Chin is both child and cat friendly . He can be kept well as a second dog.
He is not a barker and not particularly demanding in keeping. Even if he reliably announces new visitors, this is usually done by softly barking.
The Japanese Chin is not aggressive and is more relaxed.

You don’t have to take long walks with him. So he can also be kept well as a city dog. However, you shouldn’t leave him alone for too long. He demands attention and prefers to always have his family around him.
The sensitive dog is very receptive to the mood of his master or mistress.

If he notices that his owner is sad, he tries to cheer him up with tenderness and humor. The little dog’s specialty is the chin spin. If he’s happy or excited, he turns around – sometimes just on two legs!
He also often sneezes backwards. This is due to its short head.

Diet Japan Chinese

A balanced diet can contribute to the health of the Japanese Chin. You can achieve this by feeding him a good quality commercial food or by preparing his own food.
The amount of feed should be adjusted to age and exercise.
Since a Japanese Chin also has a lot of fun learning, you can spoil him with a treat every now and then. He will thank you with tricks.

Please don’t forget to subtract the treats from his daily calorie requirement.


The hardest part of dog grooming is definitely the Japanese Chin’s coat. The long, silky coat is best brushed daily . In this way, unsightly tangles in the fur can be avoided. Daily brushing is essential, especially in spring and autumn during the moult.
Luckily, the little four-legged friend really enjoys brushing, as it means both attention and cuddles for him.

Depending on your needs, you should treat your Japanese Chin to a bath with dog shampoo once a month . Otherwise, the dog should be cared for in the same way as any other dog.
Make sure his claws don’t get too long. The pads of the paws should be well-groomed and not cracked.
Also regularly check the Japanese Chin for fleas and worms in their feces.

Should there actually be a worm infestation, a worm treatment will quickly remedy the situation.
Especially in summer, dog owners like to go for walks through the woods and meadows. You should always be on the lookout for ticks on the dog’s skin. The pests can usually be removed quickly with tick tweezers.
The Japanese Chin ‘s floppy ears are prone to mite and fungal infestation.

For prevention, they should be gently cleaned once a week. The eyes should also be cleaned regularly.
Regular dental care should not be neglected .


The Japanese Chin has a long history going back 500 to 1000 years. As the name suggests, the Japanese Chin comes from Asia, but not from Japan. Even if opinions differ here, it is assumed that they were brought to Japan by Buddhist monks from China.
However, everyone agrees on one point. The breed was only deliberately bred in Japan.

The goal is said to have been to breed the Japanese Chin so small that it could fit in the sleeve of a kimono.
They were then the favorites of the Japanese nobility. It is said that his ancestors had lived at the Japanese royal court since the year 723. There are still pictures and works of art from that time that show the little dog.
By the way, the Chin in the Japanese Chin can be traced back to the expression chiinuu inu.

The translation for this term is little dog.
The affectionate breed only became popular in Europe in the 17th century. There they became popular lap dogs with the finer ladies of society. Queen Victoria was also the proud owner of two Japan Chins.
The little four-legged friend also came to Germany as an imperial gift.

The Japanese Empress gave the German Empress Augusta a pair of Japanese Chins for Christmas. In Asia, the dog with the silky coat is still much more widespread than in Europe.
The Japanese Chin was first recognized as a breed by the FCI in 1957.

Japan Chinese Accessories

In addition to the basic equipment ( dog cushion, leash, feeding bowl, etc. ), you definitely need a brush to care for the Chin . With it, the coat of the Japanese Chin can be brushed well every day.
You should also have a mild dog shampoo and items for further care (e.g. cleaning agent for the ears/eyes and tick tweezers ) in the house.

Since the Japanese Chin is very playful, they are very happy about dog toys .

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