The Japanese Chin is a small, well balanced, lively, aristocratic toy dog with a distinctive Oriental expression. It is a dainty little spaniel with a short, broad face, and a soft, feathered coat. It loves to cavort and play. Formerly called the Japanese Spaniel its name was changed to the Japanese Chin in 1977.
It is a gentle and affectionate breed; it is meticulously clean and very easy to housebreak. If you enjoy an affectionate, playful lapdog then a Japanese Chin would make an excellent companion.
White and black or white and red and white (all shades, including sable, lemon and orange). Nose color should match the color of the coat markings.
Abundant, straight, single, and silky. A few minutes each day will keep the coat looking beautiful. Comb out tangles and brush lightly. Dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
Like many short-faced breeds, the Japanese Chin tends to wheeze and snore, it is prone to eye and respiratory problems and heat prostration. Some lines are prone to distemper. To minimize the risk of your dog developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Japanese Chin puppy from a reputable breeder.