Japanese Chin

Other names : Japanese Spaniel, Chin

Photo: adult dog of Japanese Chin breed
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Life expectancy

The Japanese Chin has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 9 and 9 in
Male Between 9 and 10 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 9 lb
Male Between 7 and 9 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Japanese Chin costs between £570 and £735

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More details about the Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin: Origins and history

The Chin can trace her lineage back over hundreds of years, to when Chinese traders travelled the Silk Road with little dogs whom they would sometimes leave behind or give to the Buddhist monasteries they passed. The monks bred the animals so that they evolved into a similar creature to that we see today; her figure can be spotted on ancient pottery, embroidery, and on temple walls. Travelling dignitaries would acquire the dogs when they passed through the monasteries, and made gifts of them to royal courts, where they would be treated like royalty themselves, their every whim catered to by eunuchs. She first found her way to Europe in the mid-19th century; Queen Victoria had a fine pair. Today she has become very popular in the east and west alike.

FCI classification of the Japanese Chin

  • Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs

  • Section 8 : Japan Chin and Pekingese

Training a Japanese Chin

If you’ve ever tried to train a cat, you can imagine what this little princess’s education is going to look like. While she’s bright enough to pick things up, her independent streak can make it tough to convey lessons to her. Patience and time are needed, and above all the pedagogue should be careful not to give in to suggestions that the dog, rather than the human, holds authority within the pack.

Japanese Chin: Purchase price

The average price for a Japanese Chin dog is between £570 - £735.

The Japanese Chin can cost around £25 - £40 per month to feed and maintain.

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