The Japanese Chin is a miniature and very neat companion dog. He is extremely smart, affectionate, and quick-witted. Such pets are great for keeping in ordinary city apartments.
The main features of the breed’s exterior are gracefulness and grace. The long and silky coat gives a special charm.
The Japanese Chin has other features:
- Incredible cleanliness. Therefore, there is no need for constant care in terms of care.
Good attitude towards other pets. Cats and much larger dogs can be playmates.
- The need for reciprocal feelings. Given the cheerfulness of the Japanese Chin, it needs reciprocity. In this case, the pet will be 100% cheerful.
Another feature of the Japanese Chin is that it cannot stand familiarity. Yes, he has a “toy” appearance, but without the mood to play with him will not work. The same applies to strangers, with whom a cute pet builds contacts with caution.
Japanese Chins have a balanced character. These dogs will never disturb the owners with their barking. If someone rings the doorbell, the hin will bark once and immediately be silent. Such dogs do not have hysterical barking. Due to the fact that the Japanese Chins are of noble origin, they cannot “lose face”. These cute little dogs are very smart, affectionate, and proud.
In the East, it was believed that Japanese Сhins protected the families of emperors from troubles and diseases, creating an atmosphere of happiness in the house. Also, these dogs reigned in temples in order to drive away evil spirits and other evil spirits.
Moderate activity and balanced temperament allow the Japanese Chin to feel comfortable in any family. With owners who prefer an active lifestyle, he will gladly go for a long walk or jog, bathe, with stay-at-home or elderly people, he will share a seat on the sofa, burying himself in a bunch of plush pillows. Unobtrusive and gentle, hin is a great companion for people prone to loneliness. However, all owners should consider that these gentle dogs should know that they are truly loved, otherwise they will feel completely unhappy.
Japanese Chins love to travel and recognize any means of transportation, be it a car, a motorboat, or an airplane. A bicycle basket will suit them just as well.
They treat other animals, including cats, kindly, they are not afraid of large dogs. Japanese Chins get along with children, but keeping them in a family where the baby is growing up is not recommended: a child, through negligence, can injure an animal.
Care and maintenance
Caring for a clean and unpretentious Japanese Chin is absolutely uncomplicated. It is advisable, of course, to take him for a walk three times a day, but it is permissible to limit himself to one walk, having accustomed the dog to a home litter box. In bad weather, you can take the dog for a walk, holding it in your arms, or dress your pet in a waterproof jumpsuit.
In hot weather, it is advisable to walk with the dog in the shade, since overheating can begin to choke. For walking with a Japanese Chin, choose not a collar, but a chest harness – a kind of harness, since its neck is quite delicate. Please note that these dogs, being without a leash, may well climb the first available height, for example, a children’s slide, so you need to make sure that the little pet does not fall, injuring itself.
Taking care of the hair of the Japanese Chin is also not difficult. He does not need model hairstyles, and the haircut is only hygienic, requiring only the removal of regrown hairs. It would be nice to comb your pet every day, in any case, this procedure should be done at least twice a week, accustoming the dog to it from puppyhood.
Japanese Chin is bathed as needed, but no more than once every two weeks. Paws and ears are washed as they become dirty. For bathing, use zoo shampoos, which, in addition to the washing effect, also have antimicrobial, antiparasitic properties. After shampooing, treat the dog’s coat with conditioner – this will fluff up and smell good. After the procedure, the Japanese Chin must be dried so that it does not catch a cold. You can use a towel or hairdryer.
As an alternative to bathing, you can apply a dry method of cleaning the animal’s fur using a special powder. Some owners use talcum powder or baby powder for this procedure. The product should be gently rubbed into the pet’s fur, making sure that some part of it also gets on his skin. After dusting, carefully comb the fur of the animal until the powder disappears completely. This method effectively removes dirt and dead hair from the coat.
- Japanese Chins are quite compact.
- They are clean. There is no own smell, even from wet wool, it does not smell.
- There is no need to take special care of the coat. Hypoallergenic breed. Can be easily trained to use the tray.
- Japanese Chins are highly intelligent.
- Affectionate and very loyal.
- Get along well with other animals.
- They practically do not make any sounds.
- Doesn’t impose on society.
- Spectacular appearance.
- The coat is self-cleaning (dirt falls off), so these dogs always look neat.
- You don’t have to go out every day.
- You need to comb it. During molting, you need to do this more often.
- They tolerate the heat, but during this period it is necessary to trim the fur on the tummy or moisten it with water. When the temperature on the thermometer is below 15, it is necessary to shorten the walking time, since the undercoat of the Japanese Chin is poorly developed.
- You need to be very careful about the eyes of these dogs. Since they are large, debris and dust can get into them.
- Some members of the breed have problems with their noses, they sniffing loudly.
- A bit finicky in food.