Japanese Chin vs Biewer Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Japanese Chin and Biewer Terrier are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Japanese Chin and Biewer Terrier are child friendly, but the Japanese Chin is a better choice for young children.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Chin is easy to groom. The Biewer Terrier has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both the Japanese Chin and Biewer Terrier are above average barkers.
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Japanese Chin vs Biewer Terrier
Lemon & White Japanese Chin
Black, Tan, & White Biewer Terrier
Breed NameJapanese ChinBiewer Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height8-11 in.8-8 in.
Weight4-9 lb4-8 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChinaGermany
Origin Year700 AD1984 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyGoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyGoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium-High
Exercise RequiredLow-MediumLow
Top Running Speed12 mph14 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingLow-MediumNone-Low
DanderLowNone-Low
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 NameJapanese ChinBiewer Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowVery Low
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingVery LowAverage
Follow CommandsVery LowVery Low
FightingVery LowVery Low
GuardingVery LowAverage
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinBiewer Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Sensitive StomachNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinBiewer Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
White & BlackYesNo
Black, Tan&whiteNoYes
Blue, Tan&whiteNoYes
Chocolate, Tan&whiteNoYes