Illustration of Japanese Chin

Despite its name, the breed's origins lie in China but a dog gifted by the Empress of China to her counterpart in Japan saw the breed introduced and developed in that country. The word 'Chin' means 'catlike' and perhaps this refers to the shape of his head and his fastidious cleanliness, often wiping his face with his paws. One of the features of the breed is his expression of astonishment produced by a small amount of white showing in the inner corners of his eyes. In recent years the breed has gained great popularity.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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