Like gaily-wrapped presents beneath a Christmas tree, the Japanese Chin is a bundle of joy, surprise and mischief cloaked in an air of serenity and superiority. These little dogs lord over their household and, make no mistake about it, it is their household. They give humans the permission to take care of them according to their desires and wishes. Not that they are difficult to take care of – it is just that they decree the how, why, and wherefore of everything to do with their lives. They may be small, but their impact is considerable. They have a unique way of mentally raising themselves at least twenty feet high and looking down on you so that you become their slave. You may think you are the master, but they know they are the Lords – much loved, treasured and admired.

This is a unique breed – loving, but independent; eager, but stubborn; snooty, but demure. The Japanese Chin is a naturally clean dog. They are easy to bathe and are sometimes referred to as the “wash-and-wear” breed. Their coat seldom mats and they require no special grooming or scissoring. They will wash each other’s faces and clean their feet at night. They do not like to live in dirty surroundings and are easy to housetrain. They prefer to be on top of things – much as a cat does. They like simple living – a plush pile of pillows on the bed is their idea of a perfect spot for sleeping. They are extremely playful, mischievous and good-natured. They are perfect companions for anyone, from the well-behaved young child to the infirmed elderly. They are good travellers, whether by car boat, plane, or bike basket.

If the breed has a drawback, it is that they are too smart; you cannot own a Japanese Chin, for the Japanese Chin owns you! You cannot train a Chin, for the Chin trains you! And, I the words of many old breeders – once you have lived with one you will never want to be without one. And, trust me, one is not enough!

Credit; Sari Brewster Tietjen (American Kennel Club) USA

When looking for a puppy to purchase it is highly recommended to contact any of the Breed Clubs we have listed for this breed since it is they who should be able to put you in touch with members who have bred litters according to their Club’s Code of Ethics.

BUYER BEWARE; Some breeders listed here may not be members of a Japanese Chin Breed Club, there may be good reasons for this, but ask the question before you enter into any transaction. Also, ‘TEACUP’ is a term used by ‘Back-Street Breeders’ – walk away from them as fast as you can.


PRAGUE ; Junshin Japanese Chins, Eva Franceova franceova@volny.cz


RIGA ; Lis Dogheaven Helen Truhachova + 371 20391761 & +371 22377644 lisdogheaven@yahoo.com


DEVON ;   Rossyn Cynthia Rose 01803 553 111 rossyn@aol.com www.rossyn.co.uk
LINCOLNSHIRE ;   LINJATO Mrs Linda A Flynn +01205 760374 linjato@hotmail.com
SOMERSET ;   Amantra Japanese Chins, Mrs Jackson +01934 824282 tracy@amantra.co.uk