Animal Stories - Japanese Chin

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A toy spaniel breed, the adorable Japanese Chin is a small indoor dog!
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Keri - 2012-07-11
I recently bought a japanese chin and he does well until he gets really tired then if you touch him he goes crazy and bites and growls at you. But that is the only time he is usually really calm and quiet. Does anyone know why?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-11
    Many companion pets have similar traits.  They are 1000% fine but if they are tired or sleeping and you disrupt them, they can get a little ticked off.  Many humans have this trait as well.  I don't think it is that your puppy is overly agressive - just that it wants to sleep or rest. 
  • Nancy Talsky - 2020-10-19
    They can be overtired so, just like a tired baby or toddler, put your pup in time out. I do that when my pup, now 4 months, starts jumping, pulling on my clothes and mouthing.I put him in his crate with a treat and he goes right to sleep. They need nap time.
Bridgett Baker - 2011-01-10
We've had our Japanese Chin for about 1.5 years. She is a sweetie. The previous owner had her for about 3 years. My concern is that she had these scratching fits every couple of days. She starts barking and yelping until we go to her. She stops when we call her name or pet her. The previous owners gave us drops for her ears, but they do not help. Is this common?

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  • Cindy - 2014-01-10
    She is most likely demonstrating a food allergy. Ear infections, Scratching, hotspots, buttdragging or obsessive Paw licking are all symptoms. Just had yo put My girl on venison and potato diet!
  • Nancy Talsky - 2020-10-19
    A visit to a Vet seems to be appropriate. See if your Vet will prescribe Apoquel. It will stop the cycle of itching quickly. She could have an ear fungus along with a food allergy which causes itchy paws and scooting. She might do better with a potato fish food from the vet. Might also be allergic to poultry and/or beef. Follow advice from your Vet.
Nancy Talsky - 2020-10-19
Try cloth pads. Very nice ones for canines on Amazon. Washable. Never leak. Good size. 4 to a pkg. $30.

Tammy Long - 2019-02-13
4 Japanese chins, mom 2, dad 1 2 pups 4 months are eating pee spot parts of pad. The puppies the adults are now following suit. Why? They have lots of toys, automatic waterer, feeder, pet doors. This is new. The puppy's were just tearing them up. Dad started acting out also. Now eating the fresh urine. No matter who did it. I don't know why

carolyn - 2012-02-05
Hi I bought my dog Roscoe 2 years ago..breader said it was a pekingese ..but I starting to think he is a Jap. chin ..I can't tell the differnce ..I have a picture if anyone could help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-16
    I would suggest you check with your breeder. Possibly it didn't demonstrate enough of the show qualities of a perfect Pekingese, so was sold as a pet. That could account for some of the variability in its traits.
  • robin - 2013-02-06
    I know that you posted awhile ago, but I can help you. send me a picture and I will help
  • Lisa Moore Sieminski - 2015-10-24
    Here is the difference. Coloring patterns and build are different. Japanese Chins also come in red/white (we have a boy that color).
Joan Adleman - 2011-05-24
I have a one year old Japanese Chin that gives me lots of love and laughter. She loves her toys and plays a lot. Only problem with her is I can't find food that she likes and eats. BY HERSELF. I gave her and still do wet food and if I sit and hand feed her she will eat most of it. If I am with her and put hard food on the floor (not in a dish) she will play around eating it. I really need help as I am afraid she will get sick. What kind of food should I give her or as some tell me let her go a day or two and she will eat but that is so hard to do. She likes her doggy treats and bones but only gets 2 little bones a day and 2 treats a day. Any ideas I'd appreciate.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-24
    OK been there and done that. I had two Great Pyrenes (two sisters) one named Sugar and one named Shack. I got them when they were about 3 months old. Well Sugar ate just fine but Shack just wouldn't eat unless I sat in the floor and fed her. Sugar weighed more and would gobble everything down and Shack and I would still be sitting on the floor while I fed Shack. Great Pyrenes are not small. After many weeks, I am now sitting on the floor after mixing in hot dogs, soup, ground meat etc into Shacks food to get her to eat because she was 15 pounds lighter than Sugar but weighed 60 pounds, I am still feeding Shack by hand sitting on the floor. My daughter finally says "Mom, are you nuts?" I taught the dog to not eat unless I hand fed her or improved whatever her diet was via soup, hotdogs, broth, hamberger etc. Now why she did not weigh as much as Sugar, I don't know. Possibly she got bored cuz it took me so long to feed her. I do know I did stop and it took a couple of days of Shack begging and me being firm before Shack finally ate on her own without problems. She caught up to Sugar in weight. Thank goodness because they weighed about 100 pounds apiece. Now a Japanese Chin is a little fella and I am sure you are worried but possibly he has you trained like mine trained me. Enjoy and they can always make you laugh. Good luck.
  • Pam - 2011-11-24
    My Jap Chin loves Iams small bites. I think its in a blue bag. He even eats the cats food.
  • Paul Yip - 2011-12-30
    First of all, an hungry dog is an healthy dog. So, I'm suggesting to cut off all treats, these 6 lb dogs can not eat too much a day, and do not hand feed, every meal give a little more than quarter cup with high quality food, 2 meals a day. At first few days, to give the food only 10-15 minutes, and then take the food away to make her hungry. Later she will eat herself. I have a Japanese Chin from a championship breeder, (please check it out from my facebook) I feed him a little than 1/4 cup dry food at mornings and a medium scoop of fresh raw ground beef mixed up veggie and rice (actually, the raw beef is the best food for dog). If you would like to know how to make raw beef dog food, please let me know.
  • sol barket - 2012-01-18
    I have two Japanese Chins. Brother and sister, two years old. I have tried the better foods and my dogs seems to like Fromm. I think they make a good food. I would stay away from beef based foods. I just got a new blend. Fromms, Game Bird Receipe for Dogs, grain free. I bought a bag of the Pure Vita, they did not like it. I started them out on Wysong as pups and they did well on that food. The Fromm is easily available, where the Wysong I had to mail order from the company. Chins can be picky about their food. I hope this helps.
  • Anonymous - 2015-07-04
    Try freshpet. It comes in a large log that looks like a tube of ground beef. Highly rated. Should be available at most pet stores winn-dixie Publix grocery stores. not sure what you have in your area but give it a try great food for your dogs and they love it
Gucci Oma - 2011-10-27
Hello. We have a 6 month old Japanese chon girl and we are looking for boyfriend for breeding. Pls help us

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-27
    Ought to tell folks where you live. Just a thought.
  • rita - 2011-11-21
    I am in Flordia. I have two great males for breeding. Miso is akc reg. He is black and white then we have Edward and he is not reg but he is a pure breed chin. He is black and white also. They both are super chins in all ways. If your interested e mail us and we will send pictures and answer any thing you want to know thank you
  • Pam - 2011-11-24
    I have a boy looking for a girl friend, where do you live?
  • Ashley Washington and Jason Washington - 2015-03-12
    We have a 3year old male Japanese Chin and we would love to mate our dog with yours if you would please call us at (702)454-4625 ext 209
Jonathan Seer - 2009-09-18
Japanese Chins no matter what they eat have a digestive tract designed to process animal products ONLY. Try to avoid soy, corn, and gluten. Millions of humans suffer from the horrible condition known as ciliac disease from eating this, so what do you think it does to a Japanese Chin?  If Corn and the often included gluten are so bad for us humans, it's can be toxic, life-threatening to Japanese Chins - thus they're much shorter than usual lifespan.

Soy is a huge reason why dogs in general have so many skin conditions and infections and Japanese Chins are particularly susceptible. Soy isoflavins are 'estrogen precursors' and dog food companies KNOW this, but don't care, because it's a super cheap way to bulk up dog food. Isoflavens, being estrogen related compounds, play havoc with a Japanese Chin's reproductive system, and help make them far more suseptable to reproductive illnesses, because they're hormones will be way out of balance.

IDEALLY, being a carnivore, Japanese Chins should have a diet consisting of meat by products, bone by products, bones, meat, animal organs. They'll eat lots of other things, but unless it's animal based, they won't be able to digest it, and quite often be hypersensative to plant compounds that are perfectly fine for humans.

I'm an owner of many chins for several years, and NONE of mine EVER get sick. The only reason they've ever gone to the vet is for shots. They do NOT have skin problems, NO breathing problems, NO knee problems and so on and so on - and it's because I feed them the way carnivores should be fed.

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  • Kelly - 2010-02-26
    Your comments make a lot of sense. I have a japanese chin and dont want to feed him processed pet food. What do you recomend a good homemade "carnivores" diet should be?
  • Kiyo - 2010-11-26
    So what do carnivores eat or what do you exactly feed them, I have a 6 years old
    chin and I am trying to figure out what exactly to feed him.
  • raven - 2013-03-29
    I have a chin mix, who will not eat dog food.When she was younger it was real hard to keep her sugar and weight up. But her vet said to feed her fish. She is thriving now. :) but she still will not touch dog food or store bought dog treats.
  • Helen - 2013-04-22
    Can you tell me what you feed your chins we have a 5 month old pup and have been feeding him eukanuba small breed puppy food as recommended by the breeder but he has become bored of this so we have given him chicken ,salmon ,mackerel,sardines and turkey but feel he needs a high quality cibble to achieve a balanced diet and healthy coat please help
  • Priscilla Anderen - 2013-08-23
    I just got a 3 year old Chin, and he is very selective as to food. The breeder said he was eating Pedigree dry food, but he has refused to eat it for me. Then I was told to try can with the dry. He ate some, but still is not eating well. What kind of food do you suggest, and can they really eat carrots and green beans? Please advise me by email.
Janet - 2011-01-17
I have a 5 year old Japanese chin she has gone blind overnight and I need some help I took her to the vet and she was put on steroids she is completely blind in one eye and almost all in the other, I cry all day don't know what to do for her can someone tell me what to do?

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  • brandy - 2011-06-27
    Love your puppy a lot. If it was the other way around he'd still love you and take care of you if you were the blind one.
  • brandy - 2011-06-27
    Love your puppy a lot. If it was the other way around he'd still love you and take care of you if you were the blind one.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    I know you feel terrible and I know this is hard but it is much harder for you than the pup. I have seen blind dogs (dogs that could not see anything at all) and I had a totally blind cat. They had no problem at all. They do not know they have a problem. They adjust. You obviously can't let your dog out to go running around the neighborhood but you didn't before. Your pup will be on his leash and just walk right beside you like hehas always done making even better use of his sence of smell and hearing. He will find you in the home and find his way around the home. Maybe sometimes you will hear him bark because he is in a room and forgot where he was but just call his name and he will come to you. You know there is a problem and for us humans it is a very difficult problem. However, for your pup, with your love, he will be the same wonderful little creature he has always been. Don't cry - give him a hug.
  • donna - 2011-10-16
    Please dont panic. There is a site called You might have to register on yahoo. They have so much info. I have raised a blind from birth pug pup who lived for 7 years and it was the best 7 years of my life. Your girl will adjust. Eyesight is as important to a dogs as the sense of hearing and smell. The website will give you tons on info. good luck donna
Anonymous - 2013-03-28
there is a comment on here about the Chins' diet containing corn. I was told when I purchased my Japanese chin that the breed is allergic to corn. After my dog accidently ate some cat food containing corn I found this to be true. DO NOT feed your Japanese chin anything containing corn if you value their health!