(Japanese Chin) (Chin) The Japanese Spaniel, also called the Japanese Chin or simply Chin, is a small, elegant breed of spaniel (the smaller the better), with drooping, v-shaped ears framing a round forehead and short, wide face. The Chin, looking rather like a cat (the word Chin means cat in Japanese) has dark and almond-shaped eyes, which protrude slightly, and are quite expressive, above a wide, pug nose, and a somewhat undershot chin. For show dogs, Chins with coats of white and black must have black noses - those with colors other than black must have noses that match that color. (White is the main color of the Chin, interspersed with black or various s hades of brown.) The Chin has a soft, silky coat, almost feathery, with a distinctive "mane" visible around the chest. It is fine-boned, with a finicky, high step like a cat, and a tail that swoops up over its back. The Chin is a compact breed - as tall as it is long.
The Japanese Spaniel has a lively and cheerful temperament and is very friendly, gentle and affectionate. The Chin, a small breed, becomes reserved around strangers, but will become greatly attached to its master, and loves to be the center of attention - although small children can be too rough - so beware. The Chin does not normally bark, but can make a good watchdog. Extremely intelligent and obedient, the Chin can be taught to perform tricks.
The Japanese Spaniel, because of its protruding eyes, is prone to eye problems, and because of its pug nose, has a tendency to wheeze and snore, not to mention having respiratory difficulties. Care must be taken to make sure they don't get heat prostration, and symptoms of distemper must carefully be watched for.
The origin of the Chin is somewhat of a mystery. It is believed to be native to Korea, then imported to Japan, where it achieved great popularity. The Japanese deliberately bred the spaniel to be tiny, and were sometimes kept in bird cages. When Japan was opened to the rest of the world in 1854 by Commodore Perry (after a 200-year isolationist policy), he gave a pair to the English Queen Victoria as a gift, which introduced the Japanese Spaniel to the rest of the world. In 1977, the AKC voted that the Japanese Spaniel should be called the Japanese Chin instead, but the names are used interchangeably.
Because the Japanese Spaniel is prone to eye trouble, the eyes should be cleaned every day. The breed is an "average shedder" - comb for a few minutes every day to prevent the hair from accumulating on the furniture. Give baths only when necessary - dry rather than wet shampoo should be used.
The Japanese Spaniel is the perfect breed for those who live in apartments - they don't need a lot of room. However, they do need an even temperature - not too hot or too cold.
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- I have a Japanese Spaniel and I was just wondering if I got another dog would he be jealous?
I have a Japanese Spaniel and I was just wondering if I got another dog would he be jealous?Asked by Anonymous - 1 answers
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- I live in Alabama, would a chin be okay heat wise in my climate?
I live in Alabama, would a chin be okay heat wise in my climate?Asked by Anonymous - 1 answers
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Hello! I have been researching a recommended surgery for my (10-month-old) Japanese Chin puppy and have been able to find no answers. I am going to have Alfie neutered this Thursday (April 16), and my vet has strongly recommended...Asked by Anonymous - 1 answers