The Japanese Chin dog breed hails from Asia, where he has been prized as a companion for more than a thousand years.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Japanese Chin.
1) Buddhist History
The history of the Chin can be found within the royal courts of both China and Japan. It is known that small dogs traveled the Silk Road with traders many centuries ago. Buddhist monks accepted some of these dogs as pets and, within the monastery walls, developed various types of dogs through selective mating. The monks eventually gave some of these dogs to traveling dignitaries who took them back to their Imperial Palaces.
2) Wrong Name
"Japanese Chin" is an inaccurate name. The earliest origins of this breed are to be found in China, not Japan. Many historians believe that the Pekingese, which also has his origins in China, was developed from the Japanese Chin
3) Companion Dog
The Chin’s main purpose is to serve as your companion. Although they can be reserved with new people and new situations, they are affectionate and good-natured with the people they know. They are easy to take care of, but make no mistake, they are giving you permission to take care of them. They will look at the household as their domain and you as their loyal servant. But because they are so delightful, you will love every minute of your service.
The Japanese Chins often have a white spot on the middle of their foreheads, which is called Buddha's thumbprint. This title came about because many Chin dogs were owned by the Emperor Ming of Han China.
5) Like a Cat
Surprisingly, the stylish Chin shares several characteristics with cats. They are adept climbers and enjoy being on top of things. You are likely to find your Chin resting on the back of your easy chair or sofa rather than on the seat cushion. They are also cat-like in their grooming habits, and they typically wash themselves by licking their paws and rubbing them across their faces.
Another unusual trait of the Chin is his tendency to snort, also known by Chin fanciers as a “snizzle.” The dog will blow hard out of his nose, resulting in a fine mist of exhalation. This isn’t the sign of a respiratory infection, but instead is due to his flat face. Reverse sneezing is also common in the Chin and is not usually a cause for concern.
The breed has a sensitive temperament as it has only ever been bred to be a pampered companion to humans and not for a specific work task. It is a naturally loving breed that bonds with its owners but is suspicious of strangers. As a small breed, it can be prone to small dog syndrome. This occurs when an owner allows the dog to misbehave because it is small and the things it does seem cute.
The Chin’s gorgeous coat is straight, soft, and silky, and according to the breed standard comes in either black and white, red and white, or black and white with tan points, also called tricolored. The tail is plumed, and the rear end is heavily coated into pants or culottes. Because the coat is single-layered, along with its silkiness, it is not prone to matting. It only requires brushing once or twice a week, although more frequent brushing when the dog is shedding will help keep things under control.
The chin grows to between 7 and 11 inches tall at the shoulder and between 4 to 15 lbs. in weight. It has a squared body shape with short legs and a long curled tail that falls on either side of the dog's hips. It has a broad head with wide-set, large eyes and a flattened face. The ears are floppy and V-shaped as well as being set widely apart on the skull.
10) Kids and Other Pets
The Japanese Chin is a very friendly and relaxed dog. They get along well with children and other animals, which is perfect for families or pet-lovers! With that being said, like any pet, they don’t like rough play. Be sure to keep an eye on kids when they play with your pup!