meet theJapanese Chin


Training &Temperament

Bred as man's companion to live in palaces in the literal lap of luxury, the Chin's only job has long been to charm, amuse, and comfort the humans they own. Fastidious self-groomers and graceful afoot, they are distinctly feline in nature. Indeed, because the Chin is not an overly noisy breed, it has been said they can be as quiet as a cat. These are smart, sensitive, occasionally stubborn little humanoids who are quick to learn - as one breed expert says, "as long as they think it is their idea."

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Did You Know?

In Japan, there are Inu and there are Chin: Inu are more common, working dogs, and Chin are royalty, descendents of the lapdogs of Chinese aristocracy.

Depictions of a breed resembling the Japanese Chin appear on ancient Chinese temples, pottery, and embroideries.

The origin of the Japanese Chin is clouded in the mysticism of Far Eastern ancient rites.

If the breed has a drawback, it is that they are too smart; you cannot own a Japanese Chin, for the Japanese Chin owns you! You cannot train a Chin, for the Chin trains you! And, in the words of many old breeders - once you have lived with one you will never want to be without one. And, trust me, one is not enough!

Known as the Japanese Spaniel until 1977, at which point its name was officially changed to Japanese Chin.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & White 019
Lemon & White 115
Sable & White 165
White & Black 202
Black White & Tan 034


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code