Japanese Chin


The Japanese Chin originated in China, where it was prized by the aristocracy. The Chin eventually moved to Japan via a royal gift. In 1853, Commodore Perry brought the first of the breed to Europe in 1853 as a gift to Queen Victoria. The Chin made its way to the U.S., although the supply was temporarily cut off during World War I. Playful and entertaining, the Chin has enjoyed some popularity in the United States, but most of its devotees are in Japan.


Tiny, 8 to 11 inches, 4 to 7 pounds.


Black and white, red and white, black and white with tan points.


Sensitive, intelligent, and willing to please. Devoted dogs who will follow their owners anywhere.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Seniors or invalids interested in close companionship.


Sensitive to heat and humidity — air conditioning a must. Prolific shedders requiring twice-weekly combing. Suited to apartment living.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.