Dog Breeds – The Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is though to have descended from the Pekinese and this wonderful little lap dog hails from Japan. The Japanese Chin has a wonderful coat and an even more wonderful personality, making it the perfect lap dog and the perfect dog for apartment dwellers and homeowners alike. These small dogs do not require much exercise other than a good brisk walk once in a while, and this makes the breed a great choice for those with limited space.

The Japanese Chin is a small dog, standing just 7 to 11 inches high at the shoulder and weighing up to 9 pounds. Even though well bred animals are generally quite healthy, puppy buyers should be aware of a number of conditions that are more prevalent in the breed than in the general dog population. These breed specific health concerns include breathing problems, issues with low blood sugar, and tooth problems. The large and prominent eyes of the Japanese Chin also mean that eye injuries can be more common. Puppy owners should be sure to discuss these health concerns with their veterinarian.

It is also important for new puppy owners to learn about the special grooming requirements of the Japanese Chin. This breed has a long and silky coat, and that coat can become matted quite easily. It is important to brush and comb the coat on a daily basis to keep it looking its best.

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