Japanese Chin

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Breed Group: Toy
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A favorite of the Japanese court, this breed could only be owned by members of the Japanese Imperial family, and were often offered as a royal gift. In 1853 the Japanese Chin became exceedingly popular when a pair of this elegant breed was given to Queen Victoria. In 1964 they were honored as one of Japan's national symbols. Originally named the Japanese Spaniel, the AKC changed the name in 1977. Today the Japanese Chin has a small following in the United States, but remains highly adored in Japan.
Japanese Chins are a fine-boned, dainty breed with a square shape. They have an inquisitive expression with an Oriental appearance. This breed is a true aristocrat; lively and high stepping. They were originally bred to be a pampered companion and maintain that role today.
This breed is very intelligent, loving, and pleasant. They are also affectionate, mild mannered, and playful. The Japanese Chin is very adept at mirroring the moods of those around them. They are deeply devoted to their master and love everyone. With their gentle and sensitive demeanor, this breed is best suited for homes with older children. They are good with other dogs and pets. Although they are not an excessive barker, they make good watchdogs. They thrive on being the center of attention. This is a breed that is full of courage with a mind of their own. Graced with an excellent memory, they have definite likes and dislikes and never forget a friend or foe. The Japanese Chin, as a family pet is unrivaled.
The Japanese Chin requires daily gentle combing and brushing to keep the coat free from tangles. They must be combed and brushed in a specific manner, so a lesson from a professional dog groomer is recommended. Bathe only when necessary, and dry shampoo occasionally. The eyes and ears need to be cleaned and checked on a daily basis. As is the case in many short-muzzle breeds, the Japanese Chin is prone to respiratory problems. They also have a tendency toward eye infections and heat prostration.
The Japanese Chin's coat is thick, straight, long, and silky. The fur is more profuse around the neck and chest. The ears and tail are feathered. Their fine coat stands off the body and is white in color with patches of black, yellow, sable, orange, brindle, and red. This breed is an average shedder.
The Japanese Chin is much more obedient that most of the other toy breeds. They are eager to please, so training is done quite easily. This breed excels at learning and performing tricks. Since they are sensitive and mild mannered harsh training methods must never be used. They respond best to gentle, loving, fair, and consistent methods. Basic obedience is recommended.
This breed requires a minimal amount of exercise. They enjoy a short walk or play session daily. They are perfectly suited for apartment or condominium dwelling, but will also benefit from having the opportunity to play in a small securely fenced yard. It is very important to remember that the Japanese Chin is highly sensitive to temperature extremes.
4-7 lbs
8-11 inches
black and white, red and white, or black and tan and white
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do Japanese Chin puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Japanese Chin varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Japanese Chin puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Japanese Chins sold is $1,450.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Japanese Chin with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,200 upwards to $7,000 or even more for a Japanese Chin with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Japanese Chins sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,450.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $2,200.00 to $7,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 2064 Japanese Chin puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Japanese Chin puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Japanese Chins true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Japanese Chin Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 2064 Japanese Chin dogs.
  • 1. Jade
  • 2. Bentley
  • 3. Odie
  • 4. Lexis
  • 5. Mateo
  • 6. Meleana
  • 7. Mercedes
  • 8. Yoshi
  • 9. Teddy Bear
  • 10. Katona
  • 11. Panda
  • 12. Sushi
  • 13. Happy
  • 14. Jack
  • 15. Jackson
  • 16. Jake
  • 17. Lilly
  • 18. Patches
  • 19. Suki
  • 20. Bandit

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Mile High Chins of Colorado
Member Since: February 2021
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I have always owned multiple dogs. Grew up with Chow Chows. Later I started working with Bichon Frises. I have rescued many dogs from various circumstances and have always wanted to give more. Breeding Chins started as a way to offer healthy puppies at a reasonable cost. This is not a business, it is my way of sharing this amazing breed with others.

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Anonymous asked:
What does it mean when my Japanese Chin dog licks the seat cushion all time?



Behavioral problems can be prevalent in this breed. Mental disorders such as OCD can happen. Your best bet is to video the licking session, get a diary together and start jotting down the dates / times when the dog is licking and for how long. Then you need to make a vet appointment with a vet that deal with behavioral problems specifically.


He or she is smelling protein left by someone’s body.

Anonymous asked:
I just received a AKC chin from home that at 3 no longer could keep her. This is my second Chin this newcomer has short hair no mane and had not been groomed. Previous owner said this is how she is. I just wondered why! Is it a nutrition issue as she is thin about 8 lbs?

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The Japanese Chin should range between 3 - 15lbs depending on the pedigree of the dog. So at 8lbs, she is not too bad. Unless she is thin by her standards, she may need a bit of time to recondition herself. I would check out her registration paper work and see if you can find photos of her parents / siblings and see if they look like her. If they do, then you know it was just a bad breeding practice on the breeders part to breed dogs that did not fit the standards of the Chin. If she does not look like her parents or siblings, then if may be something medical and you should take her to the vet.

Anonymous asked:
How long do Japanese Chin generally live?



The Japanese Chin breed lives an average life span of 12 - 14 years. However, how long a dog will live does depend on a few key factors; including the linage of the dog, the body condition of the dog, the food the dog eats throughout his/her life, and the level of veterinary care, both preventative and curative care.


I would totally agree with the above comments. Mine have a 12-14 average lifespan but I did have a stud dog live to be 17.


That’s so impressive. Another thing, is.. Chin have a lot of murmurs that pop up here and there. I’m sure many breeds do... but interesting enough, they can live with this condition, and do amazingly well even with a very dramatic murmur.


My baby was 15 and probably could have easily done another 3 years if I had kept up on dental work earlier on.

Anonymous asked:
How much would an older female pup cost? There is a 6-month-old in a puppy store located near me and I feel so bad and would love to buy her. They are asking $950.00 for her. Do you think I can negotiate a lower price?



You can probably find an older pup for around 100-300 I got mine for 100 dollars but that's a pretty rare deal.. In shops or on Craigslist you can find one 100-300 buy from a breeder it's like 950-1000 or more!


The rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for. In the question below, the reason for the high cost of Japanese Chin was answered very well. Also, responsible breeders are breeding Chin to improve the breed, not to sell puppies. In my experience, dogs in pet stores are purchased from puppy mills and unscrupulous breeders. At this time unfortunately, the market has been flooded with these Chin. What you don't pay for initially, you will pay for in vet bills later on. Of course, this is not true for all sellers. The very best thing that you can do to ensure that your dog will be healthy is to ask the owner any questions that you may have. Honest breeders will answer any and all questions, and anyone who is not forthcoming is not a person that you want to deal with.


I would expect to pay the same for a 6 month old puppy as a 3 month old puppy. Quality is quality and some people prefer a puppy that will be out of the puppy stage sooner so my prices don't usually change. I would expect to pay $1,800 plus shipping for a nice quality, healthy, well socialized girl. I would also stay away from the extremely cheap puppies. Believe me, in most cases there is a reason.

Anonymous asked:
What is the cost of a purebred Japanese Chin?



The average cost of a purebred Japanese Chin from a responsible, reputable and knowledgeable breeding is between $1,500.00 - $2,500.00 depending on the pedigree of the puppies.


I have seen them sell for $650 +, from a responsible breeder. However, most range from $1,000-$2,000. I personally think $2,000 is a little too much.


What many buyers don't understand is how expensive it is to breed a Chin. Even if you own both parents of the puppies and don't have to pay a stud fee, Chins are prone to pregnancy and labor complications due to narrow pelvises and large heads. They also have more false pregnancies which can bc life threatening. The vet bills for the ultrasounds, the possible stay during the last week at the vet hospital, c-section costs, then care of the puppies w shots, training etc is extremely high. And you may get one puppy you may get 6 but vet care for the pregnancy and birth are the same either way. There is simply no greater dog in temperament, obedience, or intelligence. They make wonderful service animals as they are very attuned to their owner. Mine is a certified seizure and PTSD service dog. She has saved my life many times. She can be taught anything and has some very funny idiosyncrasies, such as her preference of a radish over a piece of steak..... There is no amount of money too high for a dog like that.


As a breeder, I can tell you there isn't much of a discount for a puppy that's 6 months old as they are very much in demand. I have customer's who prefer an older puppy that will be out of the puppy stage soon. I'm afraid it could be very expensive buying a $100-300 puppy as they most likely have some type of issues to be selling at that price. I guess there could be exceptions but buyer beware of a puppy at that price. Shelters occasionally have Japanese Chins, but they don't stay long. As one person already stated, you usually get what you pay for. I happen to believe that as well.


I would expect to pay in the range of $1,500 - $3,000 plus shipping for a nice quality puppy.

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Updated: 7/1/2022