Showsight Presents The Japanese Chin

“A Chin is a wash-and-wear dog— ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF OWNING A CHIN IS ITS CARE-FREE COAT.”

feathering does not give an illusion of east/west action. It is important to look at the feet themselves, not the feathering, to ascertain proper movement. Hindquarters Legs—straight as viewed from the rear and fine boned. Moderate bend of stifle. Removal of dewclaws is optional. Feet—hare-shaped with feathering on the ends of the toes in the mature dog. Point straight ahead. Chins are not over-angulated, and their rear legs balance with the front. Again, trimming on the ends of toes is against a breed standard which specifically calls for feathering on the toes of mature dogs. Coat Abundant, straight, single, and silky. Has a resilient texture and a tendency to stand out from the body, especially on neck, shoulders, chest areas where the hair forms a thick mane or ru ff . Th e tail is profusely coated and forms a plume. Th e rump area is heavily coated and forms culottes or pants. Th e head and muzzle are covered with short hair except for the heavily feathered ears. Th e forelegs have short hair blending into profuse feather- ing on the back of the legs. Th e rear legs have the previously described culottes, and in mature dogs, light feathering from hock joint to the foot. A Chin is a wash-and-wear dog—one of the beauties of owning a Chin is its care- free coat. Th erefore, it should be single- coated with a texture providing enough substance to avoid matting. Th e hair should

be straight, not curly, kinky, or wooly. In the sunlight, the hairs will glimmer like silk. Th e standard uses the word profuse, but this should not be confused with a mop-like coat. A shape must be distin- guishable, which is why there is emphasis on fringes, manes, feathering, and culottes. Th e feathering which appears from the hock to foot on back of the rear legs should not be trimmed. It is important to note that bitch- es (unless spayed) do not carry as much coat as males, and judges should not penalize a bitch if she does not have the profuse coat of her male counterpart. Color Either black and white, red and white, or black and white with tan points. Th e term tan points shall include tan or red spots over each eye, inside the ears, on both cheeks, and at the anal vent area if displaying any black. Th e term red shall include all shades of red, orange, and lemon, and sable, which includes any aforementioned shade intermingled or overlaid with black. Among the allowed col- ors there shall be no preference when judg- ing. A clearly defined white muzzle and blaze are preferable to a solidly marked head. Sym- metry of facial markings is preferable. Th e size, shape, placement or number of body patches is not of great importance. Th e white is clear of excessive ticking. Disqualifica- tion—any color not listed. Th is section of the standard is basically self-explanatory. Black & white and red & white (in all shades) are the breed’s his- torical colors. Th e Black & white with tan points is the traditional tri-patterned color. It is preferred that facial markings be har-

monious and there be no excessive ticking anywhere on the dog. Th e disqualification is any color not referenced in the standard. Stylish and lively in movement. Moves straight with front and rear legs following in the same plane. Here the standard is simply calling for a dog that is sound in movement with no crossing or weakness detected. Th e words stylish and lively denote a proud, mischie- vous, regal dog. Temperament A sensitive and intelligent dog whose only purpose is to serve man as a com- panion. Responsive and a ff ectionate with those it knows and loves but reserved with strangers or in new situations. Th e Chin is a precious breed which has no function other than to be a lap-dog. It was not born to hunt, guard, or carry things. It was born to be a particular object of beauty and love. Chins are not always showdogs. Th ey can be a bit apprehensive and require a gentle touch. Once they are acclimated to a person or situation, they quickly respond and take charge. Th ey are extremely catlike in deportment and like nothing better than to rule their household and those whom they let share that home. Th ey are more comfort- able on a sofa or a bed than a crate and do not do well in a kennel environment. Th ey can be a handful of stubbornness and need a quick mind to outwit them. Th ey are a delight to live with and a beauty to behold. When judg- ing Chins, it is good to keep in mind their particular quirks and idiosyncrasies as well as those special key breed characteristics which separate them from their cousins.

“THE WORDS STYLISH AND LIVELY DENOTE A PROUD, MISCHIEVOUS, REGAL DOG.”

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