Beagle vs Japanese Chin

Compare the Beagle to the Japanese Chin. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Beagles and Japanese Chins.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Japanese Chin is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Beagle is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Beagle is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Beagle has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Beagle vs Japanese Chin
Beagle
Lemon & White Japanese Chin
Breed NameBeagleJapanese Chin
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height13-16 in.8-11 in.
Weight20-30 lb4-9 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryGreeceChina
Origin Year500 AD700 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodGood
Kid FriendlyVery GoodGood
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 90°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow-Medium
Top Running Speed28 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLow-MediumLow-Medium
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBeagleJapanese Chin
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentYesNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingAverageVery Low
ChasingAverageVery Low
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingVery LowVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingHighVery Low
ProtectionVery LowVery Low
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBeagleJapanese Chin
Lifespan
Lifespan10-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Beagle DwarfismYesNo
CataractsNoYes
Cherry EyeYesNo
Chinese Beagle SyndromeYesNo
DistichiasisYesNo
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyYesYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
GlaucomaYesNo
Heart DiseaseNoYes
Heart MurmursNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismYesYes
Intervertebral Disk DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBeagleJapanese Chin
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumNoYes
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesYes
Black, Fawn, & WhiteYesNo
Black, Red, & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & BluetickYesNo
Black, Tan, & RedtickYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Blue, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
BrownYesNo
Brown & WhiteYesNo
Brown, White, & TanYesNo
LemonYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesYes
RedYesNo
Red & BlackYesNo
Red & WhiteYesYes
TanYesNo
Tan & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
White & BlackNoYes