Representing the Divine Being’s omnipotence in a single sleeve, the Chin or Japanese Epagneul hides its long history and Buda’s wisdom. 
Beautiful and smart, the Chin is a different company dog, parti-colored, with a round and large skull, with shiny eyes. Its tiny size is almost divine and the ideal size is between 2 and 3.5 kg. Specimens over 3.5 kg are presented in a separate category. The hair is long, profuse, straight and silky; it should not be wavy. More common in white and black never tricolor or any other color. The red in this breed includes every sand, brindle, lemon and orange tonality. Patches should be distributed evenly on the coat. For the AKC it can also be white and tan. The body is described as compact, with a square build, and wide chest. The typical Chin tail is twisted and carried over the back, and covered in abundant hair. The tiny Chin’s hair is large, over a thick neck. The muzzle is very short, with a wide nose. White and black specimens should have a black nose. The eyes are dark and prominent, well separated. This dog tends to stand on its toes; the feet are slightly elongated, small, and covered in hair.
Despite the Chinese emperors’ prudence, giving a Chin away would be frowned upon in today’s politically correct society. What a pity: who can imagine a more charming and peaceful gift? Own. Kip Kopatch.
Ideal for a lone person or a family, the chin is a delight as a company dog. The temperament is sweet and charming. Owners say that it is a sensitive, pleasing breed, and for such a toad, it has an elephant’s memory. The Chin is taught, not trained, and it always has an opinion, although it doesn’t pick up as many bad habits as other small breeds. Socialization is always important for the breed to develop its people loving personality.
The Chin puppies should be robust and not fragile. Due to the breed’s high risk of eye injuries, avoid puppies with too prominent eyes.
The Chin weighs around 170 to 225 g at birth. At seven or eight weeks it should weigh from 750 g to 1 kg, according to the variety (more or less 3.5 kg). The buyer should select a puppy with good structure, and avoid fragile puppies or with bulgy eyes. Breeders warn about eye injury high risks in puppies, and recommend asking about eyes with a discharge or tearing. Correct eyes should be clean and dark. The Chin grows at a regular pace and without too many complications, reaching its adult size at ten months, although the coat continues to grow. Adolescence is marked by a complete hair change, when the “plush” hair disappears, and during this period the dog can seem very “naked”. During this phase it should be brushed more frequently. The Chin is a sweet and charming companion by nature, and the owner should try to keep and develop these qualities with socialization and care.
Choosing a Chin is not always a black and white matter: the breed comes in other attractive colors as red and white, but never tricolor for the KC and the FCI. Own. Kip Kopatch.
The Chin enjoys a long life, usually 13 years or more. Excellent company indoors, and a breed that has few health concerns. Some sources inform a certain tendency to vertebral disk problems in middle aged dogs. The Chin requires abundant daily brushing to keep its hair healthy and clean, and prevent skin rashes. Special attention should be paid to pads, eyes and ears. The hair between the pads should be trimmed to avoid a rash. The large bulgy eyes should be controlled for scratches and foreign objects, and keep the ears dry, clean of week and excess hair. The brachicephalic muzzle can give respiratory problems if it presents morphological anomalies. Excessive heat exposure should be avoided. Injuries due to limb fracture are frequent, due to its fine bone structure, for which the owner should ensure appropriate nutrition as a preventive measure. Teeth should also be examined, and avoid excessive lower prognathism. Unlevel teeth require daily cleaning.