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Japanese Chin

Also referred to as Japanese Spaniels

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Japanese Chin

All About Japanese Chin

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Average Height & Weight

The Japanese Chin is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 8 to 11 inches.

Weight: 4 to 7 pounds.

Females – Height: 8 to 11 inches.

Weight: 4 to 7 pounds.

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Typical Coloring

Japanese Chin are commonly white and white and red. They sometimes have black markings.





Japanese Chin want to be your best friend. These sensitive and smart dogs were bred as companions, and there is nothing they enjoy more than spending time with their owners. Though they can be wary of strangers, they generally love people and can be very playful.




Activity Level

Japanese Chin have a moderate amount of energy. Because they are small dogs, they can meet their daily exercise requirements with an indoor game, outdoor romp or short walk.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for Japanese Chin is wheezing. Patellar luxation, keratoconjunctivitis sicca and entropion are less common but still occur within the breed, while achondroplasia and epilepsy are seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Japanese Chin have a low tolerance for hot and cold climates, and they cannot live outdoors.




Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

The loving Japanese Chin makes a terrific family pet as they bond well with children who are as quiet and gentle as them. They are very friendly to other dogs and other pets.




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