Japanese Chin

Published: Last updated: by

Average size and lifespan

chihuahua silouette
great dane silouette
Height: 0ft 4in - 0ft 10in
Weight: 4-11lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years


  • Affection3/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount2/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need2/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly5/5

Japanese Chin Information

Japanese ChinLoyal, loving and a little mischievous, the Japanese Chin once served as the lapdog of Asian aristocracy, and that still shows in their behavior today. They enjoy being part of a family, although everyone must adhere to their demands.

The breed can be compared to a cat – coy and too smart for their own good at times. With these characteristics, it’s no wonder they can be taught to perform tricks and show off for a crowd. Treat the Japanese Chin right and you’ll have a friend for life. Just don’t get on his bad side!

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Japanese Chins be apartment dogs?

The Japanese Chin is an excellent apartment dog. They don't need as much space for activity and will be happy in a condo or apartment.

Can Japanese Chins be left alone?

Japanese Chins are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are Japanese Chins good with kids?

Japanese Chins can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Japanese Chins friendly with strangers?

Typically, Japanese Chins are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Japanese Chins get along with other dogs?

Typically, Japanese Chins get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Japanese Chins bark a lot?

A Japanese Chin will most often bark only when alerting about something. They likely need something or see a stranger if they're barking.

Do Japanese Chins shed a lot?

Japanese Chins shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Japanese Chins need a lot of grooming?

Japanese Chins don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Japanese Chins need a lot of exercise?

Japanese Chins don't need a ton of exercise. You'll just need to provide some basic activity to keep them healthy.

Are Japanese Chins easy to train?

Most Japanese Chins are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Japanese Chins handle cold weather?

Although Japanese Chins can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Japanese Chins handle hot weather?

Be careful with Japanese Chins in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

View All Breeds

cute puppy Getting a New Dog?

Subscribe and get the free guide... 5 things you need to know about raising a puppy!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe anytime.