Japanese Chin FCI Standard
In the Chinese language «chin» means a «separate being», not a «dog»(inu). The breed is also called the Japanese Spaniel.
The Japanese Chin was developed as a companion dog, serving mostly as a gift to foreigners or nobility, who somehow rendered service to Japan.
Finally, in 1977 the breed got its official recognition by the American Kennel Club (AKC). And now, living in the modern world, the Chin brings much joy to its masters, still playing the role of a valuable gift to every dog lover. Some people acquire more than one representative of the Japanese Chin breed, and this fact again underlines the popularity of the latter.
Japanese Chin is a very gentle and sensitive breed that will adapt its personality to its family. So in a quite atmosphere your dog will also be quite and reserved. But in an active family this dog will be playful and energetic.
If you have the Chin at home, you’ll receive evidence that he’s perfect for life in your family and gets along well with children. Just make sure, your kids treat the pet well, don’t offend it or hurt. Only in that case, you’ll see the dog to be really kind and understanding towards you, feeling sad when you’re not at home for a long time.
As a matter of fact, the breed doesn’t bark much and it’s very friendly and tolerant with other pets and animals (even cats).
• atrioventricular endocarditis;
• heart murmurs;
• Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
• patellar luxation;
• progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
Besides, you have to check and clean eyes and ears of your Chin regularly. Trim its nails every 1-2 months and 2-3 times a week brush the teeth. Yes, beauty requires sacrifice!
To achieve success in training, remember, that it should be interesting and entertaining. You shouldn’t be too firm your strict voice will be enough to suppress the mind the dog and make your pet get the message.
Besides, begin socialization and training from the very start.
This breed will feel great in an apartment and is able to adapt to various living conditions, but living in a yard is definitely not a choice for the Japanese Chin.