Japanese chin: breed origin
Not every breed can boast of such an ancient origin. The exact date of the appearance of the Japanese chins cannot be determined even approximately. According to one version, the breed has existed for about 3 thousand years.
In Japan, hins were considered the Sacred Lions of Buddha, lived in palaces and temples, and were members of high society. Under pain of death, ordinary people were forbidden to even touch them.
In temples there are images of these dogs. They were also embodied in figurines, depicted on porcelain vases.
There were already pedigree books in the 14th century, but breeding methods were kept secret.
Dogs with slanting and round eyes were considered the best. The forehead must have been decorated with a groove or a white spot, the ears should have been black.
All elements of appearance were thought out. The hole on the head is a clipped samurai forehead. Black ears - hair fluttering during the fight. A magnificent collar and a "skirt" - a kimono. Even the movements - light and mincing - resemble a Japanese gait in a ghetto - national shoes.
Japanese chins were appreciated for the ability to treat stress and depression, restore mental balance.
The first Japanese hins came to Europe in the 17th century. The first happy owner of a representative of the breed was the wife of the English king Charles II, Catherine of Portugal.
In 1854, the Emperor of Japan presented several hines to Queen Victoria of Great Britain. And soon these representatives of the Land of the Rising Sun firmly reigned in the homes of the English nobility, earning love and admiration.
In the 80s of the 20th century, six Japanese khins came to the USSR.And to this day, most of the breed in the post-Soviet space are the descendants of those same six dogs.
Until 1977, the breed was known by the name "Japanese Spaniel", but since August 1977 it is officially called the "Japanese Chin".