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Japanese Chin Dog Breed
The Japanese Chin (also known
as Japanese Spaniel) has a small and square body with a face that is
pushed-in and puggish and protruding eyes. This breed can be easily
mistaken for the Pekingese, and some believed that the 2 breeds may
have evolved from a common stock.
What makes the Japanese Chin
different from the Pekingese is his more graceful movement that is
taller on the leg and has a much lighter body. This breed is a spaniel
and shares common traits with the King Charles Spaniel that also
originated in Japan.
However, he has more of a perky
confidence than the slower-moving spaniel. He is full of life but a
very dignified little oriental that enjoys being the center of
attention. He is happy, affectionate, hardy, playful, easy going, and a
loyal family pet. He is wary of strangers and can be mildly stubborn,
but he usually responds to patient and persistent training.
He needs to be socialized at an
early stage in order to help build his confidence. He is usually good
with children, although he may not tolerate their commotion and
roughhousing. Spoiling this breed creates a controlling, nippy, and
insecure dog. He can be difficult to housebreak and can easily damage
his protruding eyes on a leash or a door.
History and origin: The
Japanese Chin was developed in China and introduced into Japan
centuries ago. For over 1000 years, he was a favorite of the Japanese
emperors that one of them even decreed that all Japanese Chins should
Some tiny varieties were even
kept in hanging cages in the same manner as small oriental birds. The
breed eventually found his way to Europe with returning seamen during
the 19th century. However, the Japanese Chin did not make his
appearance in the British show ring until 1862 and is not recorded as
being shown in the United States until 20 years later.
A couple of Japanese Chins were presented to Queen Victoria by Commodore Perry on his return from the Far East in 1853, which contributed to the popularity of the breed.
Exercise: This is an
easygoing breed that is ideal for apartment living provided he is
walked once or twice a day. He likes to climb and would need extra care
to make sure he does not fall off from high places.
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