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Japanese Chin

Purebred Dog Breed


The Japanese Chin is a small, well balanced, lively, aristocratic toy dog with a distinctive Oriental expression. It is light and stylish in action. The plumed tail is carried over the back, curving to either side. The coat is profuse, silky, soft and straight. The dog's outline presents a square appearance.


Either black and white, red and white, or black and white with tan points


A sensitive and intelligent dog whose only purpose is to serve man as a companion. Responsive and affectionate with those it knows and loves but reserved with strangers or in new situations.


The Japanese Chin is believed to have originated in China, though their true origin is unknown. They first appeared in Japan around 732 AD as gifts from the rulers of Korea. Chins were bred solely for the purposes of accompanying the ladies of the Imperial Palace and to warm the laps of the Chinese aristocracy. In 1853, the first Chins were allowed out of the country, from that time forward, the Japanese Chin has become very popular in the Unites States and Europe.

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petkey™ Breed Statistics

# Registered Pets 3495
Males 2032 (58.14 %)
Females 1463 (41.86 %)
Microchip Count 3074 (87.95 %)