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Japanese Chin

Breed Characteristics

Enjoys human company. Does not tolerate heat or cold. Some can climb. Some snore. A naturally clean dog.

Is the Japanese Chin approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



China (despite its name), antiquity.

Original Purpose

Companion. (Early types were supposedly sometimes kept in hanging birdcages.)

Behaviour and Temperament

Playful, devoted, sensitive, alert, cheerful.

What are some Physical Features of the Japanese Chin?

8 to 11 in (20 to 28 cm); 4 to 7 lb (2 to 3 kg). Colors are black-and-white, red-and-white, or tricolor.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Long, profuse, and silky. Moderate grooming; two or three times a week. Professional grooming is optional. Moderate shedding; heavy seasonally.

Life Expectancy of the Japanese Chin

12 to 14 years.

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Health Concerns

Respiratory problems, patellar luxation, mitral valve insufficiency, sensitive to anesthesia.

Exercise Needs



Ideal for urban areas and apartment life.


Tends to bond to one person. Very good with gentle, well-behaved children. A few are reserved around strangers; others enjoy meeting new friends. Very good with other pets.


Variable, often very high. Has been known to make up his own tricks.

Recommended Activities

Therapy dog.