In spite of its name, the Japanese Chin Dog was first bred in China, and is one of the oldest of all toy breeds. It is thought that similar dogs were brought to Japan about AD 520 by Buddhist monks emigrating from China. In terms of appearance, the Japanese Chin dog breed has similarities to both the Pekingese and the Pug, and may share a common ancestry with them. They wer eaccorded divine status by one Japanese emperor, and kept exclusively by members of the nobility. It is believed that the first pair of these dogs released from Japan to the West was given to one Commodore Perry in 1853, in return for establishing trade links with Japan. Queen Victoria, who was a keen dog lover herself, soon acquired the breed, and Japanese Chins were first seen in the United States in 1882
Coat Type/Colour: Silky; Black (for red) and White
Height: 9 Inch Max (23 cm)
Weight: 7 lb (3.2 kg)
Nature: Bright and Lively
Although some of the original stock did not settle well after the long journey by sea from Japan, today’s examples of the dog breed are hardy and long-lived dogs. They have an attractive silky coat, which can only be kept in top condition by careful grooming every day with a bristle brush. The Japanese Chin is either black and white or red and white, with the red in this case being variable and encompassing shades of lemon, orange, brindle and sable. An even distribution of the coloured areas across the body is deemed preferable, with the tail curling down over the back. Puppies tend to have a less profuse coat than adults.