One would think the origins of the Japanese Chin would be rather straightforward, but the truth is far different. There is some mystery surrounding the exact origins of the breed, but it seems that China, not Japan, should be given the credit for this unique breed. The Japanese Chin is closely related to the Pekingese and was bred to be a companion animal for long journeys on the Silk Road. They also made wonderful gifts to dignitaries and have enjoyed living an aristocratic life since the 17th century.
These small black and white dogs are playful, yet reserved. They may come off as snooty and stubborn, but always enjoy the company of their human family members, from children to elderly owners. This breed is an easy keeper, needing only occasional bathing and very little other grooming. They are mischievous and may get into trouble here or there, but a little bit of daily exercise can help curb those urges.
With their adorable faces, it’s hard to believe that Japanese Chins are also known for being predisposed to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – as well as your family’s finances. Some of the conditions and illnesses Japanese Chins are prone to include eye conditions such as cataracts, entropion, corneal dystrophy and progressive retinal atrophy; and heart conditions like mitral valve disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Japanese Chin inherits more than a mischievous manner, your pocketbook will be protected.