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The Japanese Chin At a Glance
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Country of Origin
Mysterious - most likely China 
Life Expectancy
12 years 
Height Range
8 - 11 in ideal 
Weight Range
3 - 12 lbs 
Black & white; sable & white (incl. all shades like lemon); Tri (black & white with tan points) 
Want very much to please you but can have a stubborn streak. Need to be motivated to do what you want them to do 
With Children
Great with children. Supervise with small children to prevent injury to dog.  
With Animals
Excellent. Fine with cats and most other breeds of dogs 
Does not tolerate extreme heat 
Indoor. Japanese Chin are not an outdoor dog 
Exercise Reqd
Very little. They are basically couch potatoes 
Grooming Reqd
Brush-and-go breed. No matting; no clipping required 
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Japanese Chins bond very closely to their families. Often, they will become your shadow, following you from room to room. They are very quick to read you moods and adjust well to them. They were bred to be 'catlike' and are very clean, often batting things with their paws. They also like to be up high...like the back of a sofa and adore sunshine and will sit on or near a window sill and bask in the sun, though curled up on your lap is their favorite place. They are quiet peaceful dogs that require little exercise. They love to travel with you and put up well with all the attention they draw from people unfamiliar with Chin. They are very gentle, and do not enjoy any rough- housing. They can also be very 'clownish' and will keep you amused with their antics. Very intelligent dogs. At one time, only the Royals were permitted to own a Chin. They would often have someone who's job was to care for the Chin. They were pampered and adored. Today, it is much the same. Chin are dogs that need to be loved and pampered. They make an excellent 'apartment' dog, and can easily be wee wee pad trained. Healthy breed. Can have some problems associated with all small breeds such as cataracts and luxating patella's. Their coats are very easy to maintain, and most love to be brushed and groomed.

Information courtesy of Bedoka Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin Common Health Screenings
The following health screenings are often performed by responsible Japanese Chin breeders:

Cardiac Evaluation - OFA
CERF Screening (Canine Eye Research Foundation)
Patellar Luxation Test - OFA

Japanese Chin Health Issues
The following conditions may be a concern in the Japanese Chin: