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Japanese Chin Dog Breed Profile

Jul 8, 2008
A Japanese Chin is a very happy little dog. A good specimen of the Japanese chin is usually very beautiful, outgoing and charming.

They have a few characteristics similar to a cat. They will hold toys, or certain types of food between their front paws.

Although a Japanese Chin has a fairly profuse coat of hair, they do not necessarily need a coat during the winter. It is probably just a little more fun and entertaining to provide some outer wear for them. Their small size makes them ideal for doggie fashion in my opinion. But then again, I am partial to the small dogs. People who like the bigger breeds also like to dress them up in the latest of doggie fashion.

The Japanese Chin is a small dog, but not actually all that delicate. You just need to use some common sense in looking after them.

If you are a family deciding upon a dog, the decision should be made only after a great deal of thought. When you get the dog it will very quickly become an important part of the family and is likely to remain in your family for many years. If you decide upon a Japanese Chin puppy instead of an adult, do not bring one home under the age of 8 weeks.

Most reputable, responsible Japanese Chin breeders would not even think of letting one go under 8 weeks. If you run into a breeder who is anxious to let a Japanese Chin puppy go under 8 weeks, do not hesitate to look elsewhere. This is much too young and would be a sign of an irresponsible breeder. You will also want to be sure your 8 week old Japanese Chin puppy has had at least one shot and is up-to-date on all dewormings for age.

Be not mistaken, bringing home a Japanese Chin puppy is like bringing home a newborn baby. It will mean regular feeding times (according to your breeder's schedule and recommendation), play times, sleep times and training times. Raising a Japanese Chin puppy is very much a pleasure but also very much of a chore and hard work. If done properly, however, you will end up with a wonderful friend and companion for many years. The life expectancy for a Japanese Chin can be as long as 14 years or more.

Be not mislead by all the untruths you read about these small dogs in that they are "all" prone to many health problems, lots of vet bills and short lives. Always remember, the size of any creature does not dictate its life expectancy or health problems. There are many, many large breed purebred dogs that do not make it past year two of their lives. People who are trying to kill the influence of their competitors a lot of times are the ones spreading all these lies about the smaller breed dogs. Some people are so afraid of losing a dollar to someone else on a sale. I think most consumers are not so ignorant that they cannot see through all that hype.

When you choose a Japanese Chin puppy from a litter look for the puppy that is the extrovert. Japanese Chin puppies should be lively, outgoing and curious. The body should feel firm, no ribs sticking out or no protruding tummies. Eyes should bright and free of discharge. The tail should be up and wagging. A Japanese Chin puppy should be a mixture of mischief, curiosity, playfulness and quiet serenity when asleep. These are all signs of a healthy Japanese Chin puppy.
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