Japanese Chin stand about 20 to 27 cm (8 to 11 in) in height at the withers and weight can vary from a low of 4 lbs to a high of 20 lbs, with an average of 7 to 9 pounds being the most common. The American Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale give no weight requirement for the Chin. This breed is considered one of the most cat-like of the dog breeds in attitude: it is alert, intelligent, and independent, and it uses its paws to wash and wipe its face. Other cat-like traits include their preference for resting on high surfaces such as the backs of sofas and chairs, their ability to walk across a coffee table without disturbing an item, and some of the surprising places their owners often find them in. They rank 62nd in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs, being of fair working/obedience intelligence. A companion dog, it is loving and loyal to its owner and typically happy to see other people, though a few are distrustful of strangers. Chin prefer familiar surroundings, but do quite well in new situations and are often used as therapy dogs because of this trait and their love of people. Very early socialization of Chin puppies leads to a more emotionally well-balanced Chin that is more accepting of different situations and people. The Chin will bark for the purpose of alerting the household to the arrival of a visitor or something out of the ordinary, but are otherwise very quiet. Chin were bred for the purpose of loving and entertaining their people. While typically a calm little dog, they are well known for performing many enjoyable antics such as the “Chin Spin”, in which they turn in rapid circles; dancing on their hind legs while pawing their front feet, clasped together, in the air; and, some even “sing”, a noise that can range from a low trill to a higher, almost operatic quality noise, and which sounds much like “boooo”. Data refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Chin Japanese Chin Dog Club Directory Japanese Chin Club of America – Official site to educate and promote responsible ownership of Chins. Japanese Chin Care and Rescue Effort – JCCARE National non-profit organization dedicated to rescue, with photos of available dogs and application. Josa Japanese Chins – Breeder of the Japanese Chin, with photos and pedigrees, and other links. Located in Texas. Kennel High Chin – Breeder of Japanese Chins with photos and pedigrees. Located in Norway. Peke N Chin Midwest – Nonprofit organization in Manitoba, and in Midwest and Great Plains states, dedicated to rehabilitating and finding homes for Pekingese and Japanese Chin dogs. Available dogs, application forms, newsletter.
Japanese Chin Dog