The Japanese Chin
The Japanese Chin is a lively slender dog. Full of personality, smart and
very loving. Whether as a calm lap dog or an agility champion, they fit the
bill. It is a very interesting story as to how the Chin came to be in our
The Japanese Chin's origin and development in its native land of China is wrapped in royalty
and adoration. They were bred for the sole purpose of accompanying the ladies of the Imperial
Palace and warming the laps of Chinese aristocracy. There are illustrations on ancient pottery
and embroideries that are centuries old and evidence suggests that one could not purchase a Chin.
They were kept in the hands of the nobility and frequently given as gifts of esteem to diplomats
and to foreigners who rendered some outstanding service to Japan.
In 1853, Commodore Perry brought the first Chin over from Japan to England
and a pair of these dogs was given to Queen Victoria. In time, specimens came to
America but there remains no record as to their final destination here.
During World War I, the supply of Japanese Chins to America was
cut off to such an extent that breeders were limited to the dogs already here.
Japan, too, suffered losses when earthquakes played havoc among their breeders.
Dogs found in England and Europe have helped to maintain a high
level of quality and have since made their way to America to blend with the
established lines here. The breed's compact size, coupled with being naturally
clean, intelligent and sensitive, makes this an ideal