You can read a perfect article - The Japanese Chin, Unique and Distinctive Eyes (PDF)  - This article focuses on the interpretation of the breed standard as it relates to the "eyes".  It expresses the opinion of 3 Japanese Chin breeders. on The Japanese Chin Club of Canada site

or copy of that file on our site.

The dog of Japanese emperors and the toy dog and the companion dog. That's all it is - Japanese Chin (or Japanese Spaniel).

japanese chin hieroglyph, ієрогліф Японський хін

Mysterious creature that was considered a gift of the gods, and occupied a high position, even among people in country ancient Yamato (大和, the so-called Japan many centuries ago). In Japanese, the word "Inu" - "dog", so called in Japan, all dogs (Akita Inu, Shiba Inu, Tosa Inu), but there Hin - a creature which in any case is not related to canine tribe. The figure shows the character that means "Japanese Chin".

In Japan, these little creatures with alien eyes enjoyed boundless adoration and were considered sacred messengers of the gods. Only members of the imperial family and aristocrats could be owners of that precious dog.Japanese Chin - Toy Dog

Japanese Chin - Toy Dog

Japanese Chin are breed in the imperial temple or kennels. Noble ladies wore the smallest chins in bamboo cages in wide kimono sleeves, as  decorated exotic outfits.

Sometimes sacred dogs gave as reward to outstanding service to the emperor. Only in the mid-nineteenth century the Japanese chin dogs to were in Europe. Until now, foreigners in Japan is extremely difficult to buy Japanese chin.

In the classification of the International Kennel Federation (FCI) Japanese chin referred to the 9 breeder group entitled "Companions and toys". Japanese Chin can be easily counted in both categories.

Japanese Chin - Companion DogJapanese Chin - Companion Dog.
Small size, like a cat, dog neat and odorless - great looks in an interior room. Non-contentious and quite hardy, it is perfectly companion in a walk or a long journey. If necessary, it can be easily carried in a container.

More about chin's eyes. Article.

Article "Japanese chin's puppies from born to 1 year". Google translate from ukrainian on english.


We did not plan starting kennel. We just wanted a quality dog for our daughter first of all. Between the male and female we chose the female. We needed a companion dog. We did not plan neuter our dog.  We wanted our bitch gave birth and we wanted our daughter to see this and participate.
The one who seeks, finds. We found our chin girl in Mivaku kennel. Show class! We got her with a commitment not to withdraw from breeding.
It's need for breeding to take part in dog-show and to get the required assessment.

In 2010 we grew to an adult class finally. We decided to go to Dnipro to take part in two dog-shows.
So we prepared for dog shows as we could, no fanatism involved. All we needed was to score ‘excellent’.

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The shows promise to be interesting: The First Ukrainian Japanese Chin breed championship and the Dnipro Autumn rank CAC-UA.