The Japanese Chin is an adorable little dog that is very popular. It is sometimes confused with the Pekingese, the Lhasa Apso, and the Shi Tzu. It is a small dog, usually not over 12 inches tall at the withers, and is compactly built, with its body length about the same as its height. The coat of a Japanese Chin is long and silky like human hair. It is a companion dog and should live indoors.
If you want to adopt a Japanese Chin, there are several helpful websites, one is called JCCare . If you click on the “Regional Reps” link, you will get a list of Chin rescue efforts from many different states. People who love the Japanese Chin have become involved in shelters around the country. Another website devoted to the effort is Lucky Chin Adoptions.
Why would you want to adopt a Chin from a rescue shelter instead of a pet store? In all too many cases, puppies that have been produced by breeders have not been cared for in a humane fashion. Not only that, there are thousands of dogs that are euthanized every day simply because they have no homes. The very thought of breeding dogs to produce more puppies seems unethical in light of that fact.
The people at Lucky Chin Adoptions go so far as to purchase puppies from puppy mills when necessary to save the dogs from a life as a breeding dog. Adopted Chins will have to be spayed or neutered, and you will be expected to pay an adoption fee of $200 or more.
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