An easy to love and care for breed, Japanese Chins are a little like cats: they don’t need much to be happy, just a cozy place to curl up in and lots of affection from their parents.
Because of their size, Japanese Chins don’t require a ton of exercise. They can get enough just running around the house, though daily walks around the block will help them interact with other animals (and give them time to do their business).
*Note: Because of their size, Japanese Chins are sensitive to extreme temperatures, so it’s best to keep them inside in the summer and winter.
You won’t find much mess around your home from these little guys, because they don’t have much hair to lose.
Barking and Volume:
Aside from a little bark when someone rings the doorbell, Japanese Chins rarely make much noise.
This is one diva-ish breed. Even though they’re exceptionally intelligent, Japanese Chins often rebuff attempts at training and only respond to owners who make it clear that they’re in charge. Be patient and try a basic puppy class and you’ll have this breed towing your line in no time.
Health Factors: As with other small dog breeds, Japanese Chins are susceptible to seasonal allergies, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), collapsing trachea (use a harness instead of a leash to minimize chances), soft spots on their skulls at birth (moleras), weak knees and heart issues. Because of their big eyes, they may also suffer from eye problems. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Professional grooming four times a year will help you keep this dog looking light and fluffy.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will do.
Members of this breed benefit from a brushing every (or every other) day to keep their locks light and fluffy. Professional grooming several times a year is also in order.
Like all small dogs, the Japanese Chin can be cautious and inhibited around children (especially if children are excited or prone to playing rough). Because they’re so small they can get seriously injured during play. It’s a good idea to wait until your children are older and more responsible before considering this breed.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Japanese Chins can get along well with other pets in the home, but they’re almost always wary of strange dogs and can appear skittish or feisty around them. Thanks to their size, you’ll need to be cautious when you have them off-leash around other dogs.
Friendliness: Towards People
This breed gets along great with people they’re familiar with, but are timid when approached by strangers. Socializing them early on will help bring them out of their shells.
BE PREPARED FOR: A cute pup that has a bit of an attitude.