Japanese Chin vs Yorkshire Terrier

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

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Japanese Chin and Yorkshire Terrier are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Japanese Chin and Yorkshire Terrier are child friendly, but the Japanese Chin is a better choice for young children.
  • Grooming - The Japanese Chin is easy to groom. The Yorkshire Terrier has very high grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both the Japanese Chin and Yorkshire Terrier are above average barkers.
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Japanese Chin vs Yorkshire Terrier
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Black & Tan Yorkshire Terrier
Breed NameJapanese ChinYorkshire Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Height8-11 in.8-9 in.
Weight4-9 lb4-7 lb
IntelligenceAverageAverage
History
Origin CountryChinaUnited Kingdom
Origin Year700 AD1865 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
  • Aggressive
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹55°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelMediumMedium
Exercise RequiredLow-MediumLow
Top Running Speed12 mph11 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowHigh
SheddingLow-MediumLow
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 ChinYorkshire Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionVery LowVery Low
Burrow/DiggingVery LowVery Low
ChasingVery LowVery Low
Follow CommandsVery LowBelow Average
FightingVery LowVery Low
GuardingVery LowVery Low
HerdingVery LowVery Low
HuntingVery LowAverage
ProtectionVery LowVery Low
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinYorkshire Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.12-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
CataractsYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
EntropionYesNo
EpilepsyYesNo
Eye ProblemsYesNo
Heart DiseaseYesNo
Heart MurmursYesNo
HypoglycemiaNoYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameJapanese ChinYorkshire Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
StraightYesNo
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black, White, & TanYesNo
Lemon & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
White & BlackYesNo
Black & GoldNoYes
Black & TanNoYes
Blue & GoldNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
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