A charming companion through and through, the Japanese Chin was once solely a luxurious lap warmer of the Japanese nobility, unavailable for purchase or otherwise to lower ranking citizens. For a foreigner or diplomat to receive a Japanese Chin as a gift was a great honor, reserved for those rendering some kind of outstanding service to Japan. Intelligent and playful, they are well-suited for their role of delighting and entertaining. Around their familiars they are affectionate and devoted but may be a bit reserved around strangers or new situations. Their small size makes them suitable for apartment life but they do need some exercise. Their silky coats benefit from twice-weekly brushing.