Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. It has origins in Japan where it was developed and where it got its modern-day looks. 

These lovely companion dogs have several traits that make them unique and fun to be around. Some owners described them as being cat-like and that they share a lot of qualities with the felines. They are obsessed with self-cleaning and prefer not to get muddy or wet. They are also known for their ability to jump extremely high, even 4 times their own height!

Japanese Chin


8-11 in (20-28 cm)

Japanese Chin


7-11 lb (3-5 kg)

Japanese Chin



Japanese Chin

Life Expectancy:

10-12 years

Breed History

These dogs were praised and popular among the Chinese and Japanese nobles, especially the royal families. These dogs were mostly used for keeping company to the royal families in their courts. Before you start looking for Japanese Chin breeders, make sure you learn as much as you can about this breed so you will make an informed decision about getting a dog like the famous Chin.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health



  • Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs. Section 8 Japan Chin and Pekingese. Without working trial.


  • Height: 8-11 in (20-28 cm)
  • Weight: 7-11 lb (3-5 kg)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Group: Toy Group


Since they are primarily companion dogs, it is a great trait that they have a great self-care routine. Their coat is extremely easy to maintain although they appear to have a lot of it. The Japanese Chin is known to be very easy to take care of, it only needs one weekly brushing and their coat will remain healthy and good-looking. As they love to take care of their own coat, you won’t need to bathe them too often, once every 6 weeks will be more than enough. 


Japanese Chin dogs are medium active and they will need a proper amount of daily activities to be happy. Playing with his owner in the house, chasing the ball, or just walks can all do the trick and keep this dog satisfied. If you provide him with enough daily activities you don’t have to worry that your dog will miss behaving.


These dogs were primarily bred to be companions and that is the situation they feel most comfortable in. They love nothing more than being around their family members. As they are quite small, they are best suited for apartment living and not at all suited for living outside without any company or supervision. They are naturally shy towards strangers but are extremely devoted and loving with their own families. It is important to socialize your Japanese Chin so they can learn to adapt to new people, dogs, sights, and sounds as well as situations. Socialization is the best way to prevent any accidents from happening.

Kids and other animals

They get along well with other dogs and pets but are more suited for older children. Small kids can play a bit rougher with the dogs as they are unable to understand how fragile these small dogs are. 

They are not the most energetic breed but will enjoy regular playing sessions. They do not require much exercise and unlike other breeds, these dogs will not develop bad behavior if you let them lay around all day and feed them treats. Daily playing sessions are more than enough to keep this lovely breed healthy and happy.


They are generally healthy dog breeds but if you will want to get one of these dogs, make sure you are at least familiar with the conditions these dogs can suffer. Some of them are Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Patellar Luxation, Atrioventricular Endocardiosis, Heart Murmurs, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, and Cataracts.

To be sure that your dog will be healthy always buy him from a responsible dog breeder who regularly tests their breeding dogs to secure that their puppies will be healthy as well.


If you decided that this is the right dog for you, now it's time to find a good and responsible Japanese Chin breeder. Buying a dog from such a breeder will provide you with a healthy puppy who will not have health and temperament problems Buying a dog from a responsible breeder will cost you more money, but you can be sure that you will get a healthy puppy.

If you are unsure whether this is the breed for you, check out this FREE GUIDE that will help you decide which dog breed is right for you.


World Dog Finder team


Updated at07.07.2020.