Japanese Chin

It’s no surprise these regal pups were the choice of Japanese royalty. When you meet one of these gentle and loving dogs, you’ll see why they’re so hard to resist!    

This dog’s name is perhaps more inaccurate than any other breed out there. The Japanese Chin is neither Japanese, nor does it have much of a chin. Originally from China, these dogs eventually made their way to Japan, where they became the pampered pups of the royal palace. The Japanese typically believed dogs were reincarnations of evil humans, but not so with the Chin. With their loving and loyal dispositions and regal, silky coats, the Japanese Chin were considered a cut above the rest.

Today, the Japanese Chin remains a true companion breed. These dogs are dedicated to their families and love nothing more than cuddling in your lap. The Japanese Chin shows none of the hyper or yappy tendencies exhibited by many toy breeds, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t playful! Japanese Chins are famous for their signature dance move, the Chin Spin. These pups love to spin in circles, often on their hind legs! Dizzyingly adorable and always loyal, the Japanese Chin is sure to bring happiness to your family.    

Why We Love the Japanese Chin Breed

  • The Japanese Chin’s silky coat may look high maintenance, but a simple brushing once to twice per week will keep this dog looking regal.
  • This gentle breed is a perfect companion for seniors, novice dog owners and low-key cuddlers.
  • Extremely family-oriented and great with kids, the Japanese Chin is an ideal dog for families. 
  • Japanese Chin are quiet and well-mannered, making them excellent apartment dwellers and easily portable for when you’re out on the town. 

Things to Consider

  • Training is not always the Japanese Chin’s cup of tea. This breed needs extra training and a dedicated owner in order to excel in obedience.
  • Their flat noses and wide-set eyes mean the Chin is prone to health problems, especially with breathing and eyesight. These dogs require extra attention and regular visits to the vet.
  • As people-lovers, Japanese Chin dogs tend toward separation anxiety and destructive behaviors when left alone for too long. These pups do best with a dedicated family to keep them company.
  • Their small size means Japanese Chin dogs can be fragile. These pups love children, but do best with kids who are old enough to treat them with care. 

Why Rescue? 

With their silky coats and loving temperaments, the Chin is a popular breed. This means that Japanese Chin are often victim to overbreeding, which can cause health problems such as slipped knee-caps, heart murmurs and cataracts. Furthermore, many owners are simply not ready for the responsibility of owning a dog, meaning many end up abandoned or in shelters. If you’re ready to adopt a Japanese Chin puppy or adult, please consider opening your home to a rescue dog before turning to a breeder or puppy mill. 

Japanese Chin Rescues

If this loving lapdog is the perfect match for you, there are plenty of Japanese Chin rescue dogs in need of a forever home. These are just a few:

Cheerful, loving & gentle
Avg. Weight
4 - 10 lbs
Semi-weekly brushing
Avg. Life Span
10 - 12 Years
Japanese Chin near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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