|Country of origin:||China|
|Registries:||AKC, UKC, CKC|
|Size:||8 to 11 in tall; 4 to 11 lbs|
|Longevity:||12 to 14 years
|Exercise:||Low activity level|
|Colors:||Black and white, red and white|
The pampered pets of Japanese nobility since the Middle Ages, Chins, or Japanese Spaniels, came to the West in the 17th century. They were presented to royalty and favoured by European ladies as loyal companions. Chins were probably crossed with toy spaniels, such as the King Charles Spaniel. “Chin” means catlike, and the breed has a reputation as a quiet dog, ideal for urban life. The long, straight coat requires daily grooming, and the flat face can lead to breathing and heart problems.