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Japanese Chin– Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Japanese Chin - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Japanese Chin

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1888
  • Lifespan: 10-12 years
  • Size: Small
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 22” dog crate*

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Japanese Chin is a breed that formerly used to serve as a companion of Japan nobility. Most of the people also call this dog Japanese Spaniel. Many consider this breed popular because of its strabismus (crossed) eyes. This dog has an interesting heritage and today is one of the most popular pets in Japan, US, and Europe. Although it is still debated, many believe the Japanese Chin actually originated from China. This dog belongs to the small sized dog group being 8-11 inches high and 8-11 pounds in weight.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Japanese Chin in 1888. These medium energy dogs are known as charming, noble, and loving. It means that this dog is really good as a friend or a older family pet. This dog is very intelligent as well as sensitive. The Japanese Chin is playful, agile and easy to train. It should be monitored when around smaller children, but is a suitable older family pet.


When the Japanese Chin stands on its four legs, this dog can reach up to 11 inches high. This dog has large wide-set eyes, a large broad head, ear feathering, and a short broad muzzle.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


Owners need to do regular brushing and occasional bathing to make sure that this dog is always clean. Owners also need to cut its nails regularly because the nails are fast to grow and regular grooming helps to prevent them from cracking. The last are the ears that need regular checks to ensure no wax and debris exists that may cause irritation or infection.


The Japanese Chin is a friendly dog and it will love anyone when it recognizes him or her. It may take a bit to warm up to strangers. Since this dog is so tiny, it serves as a great apartment pet, but the owner needs to bring it outside regularly to relieve itself as well as go for its daily walks.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 22” dog crates* for most adult Japanese Chin.

* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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