The Japanese Chin originated in China, despite his name, and was developed to live with the ladies in the Imperial Palace as a lap dog. There are images of him on ancient embroidery and pottery, centuries old. It seems that you couldn’t buy this dog as they were only for the royals and for gifts to dignitaries.

He’s a sensitive dog who’s playful and intelligent. He’s affectionate and devoted to his owner and can live in an apartment due to his size. He can learn tricks and show off for people. His coat is white or red and white and has black markings. His flowing, silky coat needs to be brushed twice each week. He’s 8 – 11 inches high.