The Japanese Chin, also known as the Japanese Spaniel, the Japanese Pug, the Japanese, the Jap or simply the Chin, is a small, fluffy, flat-faced dog with a pom pom appearance. They are known for being bright, alert, naturally clean and a bit stubborn. The Japanese Chin was approved by the American Kennel Club in 1888, as a member of the Toy Group. According to the Japanese Chin Club of America: “The Japanese Chin is a bundle of joy, surprise and mischief cloaked in an air of serenity and superiority.”
The ideal Japanese Chin stands 8 to 11 inches at the withers and typically weighs between 5 and 10 pounds. Their fluffy single coat does tend to shed more than most but seldom mats if brushed at least once a week and bathed about once monthly. Chins come in many colors and have distinctive, up-curled tails. As a small, stylish and graceful breed, the Japanese Chin has many cat-like characteristics. It will groom itself much like a cat does, and it enjoys resting in high places. Owners of this breed often find their little dog on the backs of chairs and sofas, “ruling their roosts” from on high. Unlike other tiny lapdogs, the Japanese Chin is not particularly “yappy” and rarely barks.