This delightful little dog has been in the company of kings, queens, and emperors for so long now he may believe he is one of them. Though they first came from China, Japanese Chin have been the royal dog of Japan for centuries. They are proud and enjoy being pampered, though they don't become too demanding because they like people so much.
The Japanese Chin is bright and alert and likes being clean and tidy. He is playful. Sometimes he'll even make up his own tricks to show off to his audience of friends.
There is quite a bit of variety in Japanese Chin size and coat length. Most are white with black markings. They can also be white and red; the clearer and brighter the red, the better. Nose color should match the color of the markings. Eyes should be large and dark, with an eager expression. Coats should be silky and flowing, requiring twice-weekly brushing.
Excerpts from the Standard
General Appearance: Lively and dainty, with a profuse coat, stylish in movement, lifting the feet high.
Size, Proportion, and Substance: In showing, Chin are sometimes divided into two classes, under 7 pounds and over 7 pounds.
These little dogs lived in the Imperial Palace of Japan and were given as gifts of honor to important foreign guests. European royalty fell in love with them as well, and their popularity grew worldwide. Some people used to call them Japanese Spaniels or Chin Chin, but in 1977 the name officially became the Japanese Chin.
Excerpted from The Complete Dog Book For Kids © 1996, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.