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Japanese Chin

Breed origin: China
Original purpose: Bred for the sole purpose of accompanying the ladies of the Imperial Palace and warming the laps of Chinese aristocracy.

AKC recognized: 1888
AKC group: Toy

Size: Weight: 7 to 11 lbs
Size: Height: 8 to 11 inches
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Color: Black and white, red and white, or black and white with tan or red points. Red includes all shades of red, orange, lemon, and sable.

Life span: 10 to 12 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Japanese Chin is lively, aristocratic, sensitive, intelligent, responsive, and affectionate. They make great companions but can be reserved with strangers or in new situations. They are naturally clean and require little exercise, making them perfect house pets and apartment pets. They are considered one of the most cat-like dog breeds. They will groom themselves in a cat-like manner, and also like to climb up and rest on high surfaces. Because of their short noses, they do not tolerate heat, especially when the humidity is high.

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OK in apartments? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Low

Grooming requirement: Brush or comb once or twice a week, more frequently during shedding season. They are naturally clean and have no odor, and do not require frequent bathing. They have a single coat that does not tend to mat. The skin folds around the nose and flattened facial area should be kept clean and dry to prevent fungal infections.

Known health problems: Heat stroke, luxating patellas, heart murmurs, corneal ulcerations, cataracts, hypoglycemia, allergies.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Japanese Chin (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe and Isabelle Francais
Published in 2005
155 pages

The Japanese Chin: Dog from the Land of the Rising Sun
By Elisabeth Legl
Published in 2008
184 pages

Japanese Chin
By Claude V. Alexander
Published in 1990
192 pages

The Complete Japanese Chin
By Pamela Cross Stern and Tom Mather
Published in 1997
176 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Japanese Chin Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Japanese Chin Care and Rescue Effort

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