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spaniel  Japanese

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Small dog with a broad face, covered with abundant hair, with an elegant and graceful figure.

Personality:  Gentle, elegant and graceful.

Power Level : Active.  

Good with children:  Yes.


Good with other dogs:  With supervision.


Grooming:  Weekly.


Life Expectancy : 12-15  years old.

Bark level:  Moderate.


According to very old documents, it is known that the ancestors of the Chin were presented by the rulers of Korea (during the Silla Dynasty, between the years 377 and 935), to the Japanese court, in 732. For the next 100 years, there seems to have been large numbers of Chinese arriving in Japan. Historical data also indicate that messengers who sent to China (during the Tung dynasty, between 618 and 910) and North Korea (during the Po H'ai Dynasty, between 698 and 926 ), brought back dogs specifically of this breed. During the reign of Shogunate Tsunayoshi Tokugawa (1680−1709), the breed was bred as a companion dog inside Edo Castle. In 1613, Captain Searles of the British Navy took a Chin to England, and in 1853, the Commander Perry took several to the United States, two of which were presented to Queen Victoria of England. Since 1868, the Chin has been used as a “lap dog” for ladies of the upper classes, and is now widely used as a companion dog.

Country of Origin: Japan.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  Smart, kind and kind.





Skull: Broad and round.


Stop: Deep and recessed.




Nose: Nasal bridge very short and wide, the nose in a straight line with the eyes; black or dark flesh, depending on the color of the coat. Nostrils wide open.  

Jaws and Teeth: White and strong teeth; Pincer bite is desirable, but scissor bite or undershot bite is acceptable.


Eyes: Large, without exaggeration, round, set well apart and shiny black in color.


Ears: Long, triangular, hanging down and covered with long hair; quite separate deployment.


NECK: Fairly short and carried high.




Back: Short and straight.


Loin: Broad and slightly rounded.


Chest: Moderately broad and deep, with moderately sloping ribs.


Underline and belly: Well tucked up.


TAIL: Carried high over the back and covered with beautiful, profuse long hair.




FOREQUARTERS: Arms straight, with fine bones; the back of the arms, below the elbows, is fringed.


Forefeet: Small and hare-shaped, preferably fringed between the toes.


HINDQUARTERS:  Moderately angled hind legs, with the back of the thighs covered with fringes.


Hind feet: Small and hare-shaped, covered in tufts of hair is desirable.  


  • GAIT/MOVEMENT: Elegant, light and proud.


  • COAT


Hair: Silky, straight and long. The entire body, except the head, is covered with abundant hair. The ears, neck, thighs and tail are covered with profuse fringes.


Color: White with black or red markings. Markings symmetrically distributed around the eyes, over the ears, as well as all over the body are desirable. A bright white patch from muzzle to crown is especially desirable.


  • SIZE

Height at the withers: Males: Approximately 25 cm. Females: Slightly smaller than males.


  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  



• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.

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