Japanese Chin

KC Pedigree, Tiny-Small

Doesn't moult much

Good for first time owners

The word 'Chin' means 'catlike' and you can see why the breed gained the name from its feline-shaped head. Japanesse Chins also clean their faces with their paws in a catlike manner.


Attractive to ...

A dog owner who secretly wants a cat!

Not the best for ...

People who like noses and hot, sunny days. The Chin is a flat-faced breed so can suffer with breathing difficulties, especially in warm weather.


Japanese Spaniel, Chin

Cross between





Similar size and weight to your average cat.

Exercise Needs

Low (Under 30 minutes)
A walk and a good sniff can be like reading a novel while doing a marathon for a little dog.


Short and curly
Natural good looks, won't keep growing like a hedge.


Doesn't moult much
But all dogs shed dander so if you're allergic, make sure you'll be ok

Life expectancy

9 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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