Japanese Chin vs Papillon

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Japanese Chin and Papillon are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Japanese Chin and Papillon are child friendly.
  • Grooming - Both the Japanese Chin and Papillon are easy to groom.
  • Barking - The Japanese Chin has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Papillon is an average barker.
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Breed NameJapanese ChinPapillon
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height8-11 in.8-11 in.
Weight4-9 lb4-9 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChinaFrance
Origin Year700 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyGoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodGood
Pet FriendlyGoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumHigh
Exercise RequiredLow-MediumHigh
Top Running Speed12 mph14 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLow-MediumNone-Low
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 NameJapanese ChinPapillon
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingVery LowBelow Average
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingVery LowVery Low
GuardingVery LowVery Low
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinPapillon
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Open FontanelNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinPapillon
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 & BlackYesYes
Black, Brown, & WhiteNoYes
Black, Red, & WhiteNoYes
Brown & WhiteNoYes
Fawn & WhiteNoYes
RedNoYes
Red, White, & SableNoYes
SableNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & LemonNoYes
White & LiverNoYes
White & RedNoYes
White & SableNoYes
White & SilverNoYes
White, Black, & TanNoYes