Showsight Presents The Japanese Chin

“Note: Chins do have extremely long tongues—this is a breed characteristic— AND WHEN THEY PANT, THEY WILL ROLL THOSE TONGUES UPWARD!”

describing the head. In simplifying some of this description, it is easiest to remem- ber that the ideal head is large for the size of the dog. When viewed from profile, its shape resembles a “3”—the foreskull and muzzle meet on the same diagonal line with the nose set inside the middle; ideal- ly, this nose is slightly tipped back; a rule of thumb to use is that if the nose ever looks like something can be hung from it, it is wrong. When viewed from the front, the Chin head is basically square- shaped with a slight rounding of its top- skull caused by ears which are set just beneath the crown; the nose sets between large, round, dark, lustrous eyes. When looking straight ahead, a small amount of white may be seen in the inner corner of each eye; the eyes should never appear to be bulging or protruding; the muzzle is short and balances in width with the fore- head; the cushions are broad and wide; the cheeks are sometimes referred to a bubble-gum cheeks; the teeth are covered by the cushions; and the bite is slightly undershot. It is vital to remember that the Chin head is not rectangular shaped as in a Peke, nor rounded as an English Toy, nor snippy as a Pap. Since these are all related breeds, each particular head shape is a key breed characteristic. Additional comment—It is not nec- essary to count the teeth in a Chin, and some missing teeth are not considered a penalization factor in the breed standard. When examining bite, it is not necessary to pry open the jaw. Instead, running a

thumb over the teeth should tell a judge what kind of a bite the dog has; if in doubt and not sure how to best open a flat-faced dog’s mouth, ask the exhibitor to do it. Also, beware of wry mouths, which can be detected when looking at a jaw line that appears to be crooked; a hint of a possible wry mouth is a tongue protruding out of the corner of the mouth—in such a case, always checks the bite. Note: Chins do have extremely long tongues—this is a breed characteristic—and when they pant, they will roll those tongues upward! Nose color in a Chin is black for the black & white and black & white with tan points and black or self-colored for red & white. A pure lemon & white (which is what the lighter shade of red is called) with true color gene will have a pale self-colored nose. Th is is acceptable. As a personal preference, I would rather not see the whiskers trimmed. Th e stan- dard does not address the question, but dogs with their whiskers in place are in keeping with the cat-like characteristics of the breed. Furthermore, whiskers enhance the necessary broadness of the cushions. Neck, Topline, Body Neck—moderate in length and thick- ness. Well set on the shoulders enabling the dog to carry its head up proudly. Topline—level. Body—square, moderately wide in the chest with rounded ribs. Depth of rib extends to the elbow. Tail—set on high, carried arched up over the back and flowing to either side of the body.

Again, a proud dog must have good carriage. Th e neck needs some length to carry the head proudly. Topline is level; body, compact and square, with a moder- ate chest. Th e tail is set high and proudly carried up arched over the back and flow- ing down on either side. Chins should not have tails carried at “half-mast,” nor should they be tucked between the legs. When stacked, the tail should be arched over the back and downward on either side of the dog and not placed level across the backline as in a Pekingese. Forequarters Legs—straight, and fine boned, with the elbows set close to the body. Remov- al of dewclaws is optional. Feet—hare- shaped with feathering on the ends of the toes in the mature dog. Point straight ahead or very slightly outward. Chins are fine-boned dogs compared with a Peke or English Toy; however, they are not fine-boned when compared with a Papillon. A Chin has more bone and sub- stance than a Pap and less than a Peke or English Toy. Its legs are straight—they should not bow nor be fiddle-fronted. When standing, it is proper for a Chin’s front feet to point ahead or slightly east/ west. Th ey must not, however, move with their feet heading in an east and west direction! Long feathering on the toes is a breed characteristic and adds to the illusion of daintiness; such hair should never be trimmed. In gaiting, care must be taken to be sure that the front feet


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