Japanese Chin vs Silky Terrier

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

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 the Japanese Chin and Silky Terrier are child friendly.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Silky Terrier is easier to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Silky Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Japanese Chin vs Silky Terrier
Lemon & White Japanese Chin
Grey Silky Terrier
Breed NameJapanese ChinSilky Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height8-11 in.9-10 in.
Weight4-9 lb8-11 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChinaAustralia
Origin Year700 AD1900 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyGoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodGood
Pet FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F50°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumLow-Medium
Exercise RequiredLow-MediumMedium
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
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 ChinSilky Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowAverage
ChasingVery LowAverage
Follow CommandsVery LowAverage
FightingVery LowBelow Average
GuardingVery LowAverage
HerdingVery LowAverage
HuntingVery LowBelow Average
ProtectionVery LowAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageAverage
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinSilky Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
DiabetesNoYes
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyYesYes
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
HypothyroidismYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinSilky Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
White & BlackYesNo
BlackNoYes
BlueNoYes
GreyNoYes
PlatinumNoYes
SilverNoYes
TanNoYes
WhiteNoYes
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