The Japanese Chin is a bundle of love, lavishing love and attention on their owners. They want to get as much as they give, and expect that equal (if not more) attention be lavished upon them in return. They are playful, always upbeat and happy dogs with a yen for mischievous behavior. Chins have often been compared to cats because they love to climb and perch as high as they possibly can. But the cat-like comparison stops there, as Chins are not independent creatures. They adore people and require human companionship in order to be happy, making them excellent companions for senior citizens and empty nesters who can devote all of their love to their dog.
This tiny dog doesn't need much activity to remain happy and healthy. Daily walks and some romps in the yard are will suffice. They make good apartment dogs, as long as you spend enough time with them, as they can be yappy when left alone. They are adaptable and adjust their daily activities to suit those of their owners. They are playful and will want to chase balls indoors or out.
When outdoors, Japanese Chins should be kept on a leash or in a fenced-in area. The spaniel in them makes them prone to chasing birds and butterflies, and they won't be easily called home.
Japanese Chins have spaniel roots, making them easier to train than other small breeds. Training should be done with nothing but positive reinforcement, as harsh treatment will bruise their sensitive egos and they will simply stop listening. The daily training routine should be mixed up to keep the Chin interested, as he is easily bored with repetitive activities. Once basic obedience is mastered, teaching your Chin do to parlor tricks is a breeze, and he'll love the attention that gets lavished upon him when guests see him perform.
Like other toy breeds, the Japanese Chin is not well suited for homes with toddlers. Small children don't know enough about boundaries, and they can be easily snapped at or bitten.
Chins are companion dogs and they are very dependent upon people. They do not do well in homes where they are left alone all day, and Separation Anxiety can be severe. People who work long hours should look to another breed.