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.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.