A royal presence

A devoted companion, the Japanese Chin still expects first-class treatment.

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Gadget, an 8-year-old Japanese Chin owned by Abigail Free of Katonah, N.Y., clearly thought there were too many Chin in the house to suit her. So she sneaked away from the pack, stole a bit of steak from the kitchen, and returned to the party, only to sit among the other dogs like a prima donna, taunting them with the food by holding it daintily in her paws as she licked it.

“She made it all about her — without barking or raising a fuss,” Free says.

Dana Baldinger explains: “They are royal dogs, and they’ve never forgotten it.” Baldinger, of Renton, Wash., is the director of Japanese Chin Care and Rescue Effort, a breed rescue organization.
Bred as companion dogs, Chin excel as house pets, say long-time Chin owners and breeders. The breed prefers close human contact and enjoys being pampered with frequent brushings, treats, toys, and affection.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the December 2006 issue of DOG FANCY today.


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