Chinese Crested vs Japanese Chin

Compare the Chinese Crested to the Japanese Chin. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Chinese Cresteds 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 Chinese Crested is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Chin is easier to groom than the Chinese Crested.
  • Barking - Both the Chinese Crested and Japanese Chin are above average barkers.
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Breed NameChinese CrestedJapanese Chin
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan13-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height10-13 in.8-11 in.
Weight5-12 lb4-9 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryChinaChina
Origin Year1800 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 YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLowLow-Medium
Top Running Speed16 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMedium-HighLow
SheddingLowLow-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 NameChinese CrestedJapanese Chin
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageVery Low
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageVery Low
ChasingBelow AverageVery Low
Follow CommandsBelow AverageVery Low
FightingVery LowVery Low
GuardingBelow AverageVery Low
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingAverageVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameChinese CrestedJapanese Chin
Lifespan
Lifespan13-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsNoYes
DeafnessYesNo
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyYesYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
GlaucomaYesNo
Heart DiseaseNoYes
Heart MurmursNoYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Lens LuxationYesNo
Loose TeethYesNo
Patellar LuxationNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameChinese CrestedJapanese Chin
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
BaldYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
Bald/HairlessYesNo
MediumNoYes
LongNoYes
Coat Color(s)
ApricotYesNo
BlackYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesYes
Black, White, & TanYesYes
BlueYesNo
BrownYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
CreamYesNo
PalominoYesNo
PinkYesNo
Pink & ChocolateYesNo
Pink & SlateYesNo
RedYesNo
SableYesNo
SilverYesNo
SlateYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White & ChocolateYesNo
Lemon & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
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