Havanese vs Japanese Chin

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Havanese and Japanese Chin are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both breeds are child friendly, but the Havanese is the most friendly between the breeds.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Chin is easy to groom. The Havanese has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Japanese Chin has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Havanese is an average barker.
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Havanese vs Japanese Chin
Havanese Dog Breed
Lemon & White Japanese Chin
Breed NameHavaneseJapanese Chin
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Height8-11 in.8-11 in.
Weight7-13 lb4-9 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryCubaChina
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
  • Willing To Please
  • 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 ¹50°F to 75°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredMediumLow-Medium
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingNone-LowLow-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 NameHavaneseJapanese 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
FightingBelow AverageVery Low
GuardingVery LowVery Low
HerdingBelow AverageVery Low
HuntingBelow AverageVery Low
ProtectionBelow AverageVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchVery LowAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameHavaneseJapanese Chin
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-12 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesYes
ChondrodysplasiaYesNo
DeafnessYesNo
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EntropionNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
Heart DiseaseNoYes
Heart MurmursYesYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameHavaneseJapanese Chin
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
WavyYesNo
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & Silver BrindleYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & Tan BrindleYesNo
Black BrindleYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue BrindleYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
Chocolate BrindleYesNo
Chocolate SableYesNo
CreamYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn SableYesNo
GoldYesNo
Gold BrindleYesNo
Gold SableYesNo
RedYesNo
Red BrindleYesNo
Red SableYesNo
SilverYesNo
Silver BrindleYesNo
Silver SableYesNo
WhiteYesNo
Black & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & TanNoYes
Lemon & WhiteNoYes
Red & WhiteNoYes
Sable & WhiteNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
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