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The Japanese Chin Dog


The Majesty of the Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is said to have originated in China, other spectators state in 732 A.D. the Korean rulers presented this breed to the “ Empress of Japan”, whomever’s thoughts are true this is a the breed for royalty. This breed was taken to Europe in the 1600’s to be presented to Catherine of Braganza, who was King Charles II’s queen and later given to Queen Victoria by Commodore Perry before being recognized in 1888.Preferred by Japanese nobles the Japanese Chin is known to have a temperament of royalty.
The Japanese Chin is a great pet for a family with small children and a need for silence. This breed is often energetic as a puppy and becomes more laid back as it gets older. Families with small children enjoy this temperament because it offers the opportunity for growth, responsibility and connection with the other family members. Children’s unpredictable nature often causes conflict with other breeds due to their laid back nature, but the Japanese chin puppy boasts the energy to keep up with any child.
Barking is not a problem with this breed, unless it senses danger. The primitive need to bark for protection is still apparent and this breed can easily be trained to recognize humans or animals that may pose a threat. Often owners seek additional training to utilize the social nature of this breed and to take advantage of the Japanese Chin’s need for attention. Placing this breed in dog competitions or contests is a great way to make use of this character trait.
Other pets are not a problem with this breed. Social skills are required to ensure the Japanese chin realizes the other family pets and animals of prey. Often this breed’s affectionate nature allows it to interact with other dog breeds without issues. Owners should seek play groups to promote social skills.
Health concerns to watch for with this breed include snoring or wheezing that is common, luxating Patella that causes slipping kneecaps, cataracts, endocardiosis this condition often affects many breeds with the advancement of age. These are the main serious issues that can affect the Japanese Chin. It is always important to know the health history of the dog being purchased. Know what their lineage is if at all possible. Also make certain the dogs have regular checkups at the veterinarian.
This breed needs its coat combed out every day to get the tangles out. This coat does not have an undercoat so it does not have a tendency to mat, it does shed a moderate amount. Brushing is good to remove any shedding hair. Professional grooming is often required for this breed. Owners are encouraged to seek veterinary offices that can offer is service as a part of a routine for health check ups.

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