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JAPANESE CHIN – the eighth wonder of the world.
Japanese Chin, a mysterious creature, considered the gift from the gods, was held in high esteem among the people of the ancient country of Jamato (the name of the Japan centuries ago.) In Japanese, there is a word 'inu' that means a 'dog' and there is also a word 'chin' - a creature that has nothing to do with dogs. In ancient Japan, the dogs were used for practical purposes and shared heavy labor tasks. And only chins were held in a special position and for centuries shared the company of the emperors and aristocrats, walked around the temples and acted as the "sacred lions of Buddha." The Japanese samurais are legendary for their brevity and faithfulness to the emperor. Just as famous are the Japanese geishas, whose manners and exotic beauty didn't leave cold-hearted even the Europeans. Similar traits you can find in a Japanese chin. The males of the Chin are smart, brave, loyal and proud, a little samurai living in each of them. The females are very sensitive, elegant and obedient, much like the women of the Land of the Rising Sun. The Japanese chins are very friendly, lively and love to share their positive emotions with everybody around them, but will never show that they are upset or unhappy about something - they are too well-mannered for that and following the traditions of their ancient motherland try 'not to lose face'. The first thing many people say about the Chins is "My God! Their eyes are just like human!" Indeed, the word 'muzzle' doesn't really suit the faces of these dogs. Their faces are almost flat, much like those of the people, with big human eyes. It is possible to stare into those eyes for hours. The Chin will touch your soul and will tell you about the greatness of the world around us and inside of us, and you will not even notice how all your worries and troubles disappear. This magical ability to restore the spiritual balance, cure depression and relieve stress was much appreciated in ancient Japan. For centuries part of the breeding was devoted to making sure that the eyes of the Chin are looking slightly outward, as opposed to straight ahead. This effect was achieved by showing more of the white of the eye close to the nose. The Japanese consider the direct gaze offensive and bothersome to both humans and animals. That's why the Japanese chin is the only breed of dogs that has this kind of gaze, almost like that of a psychiatrist. Europe got to see the Chin for the first time in 1854, when the holy dogs were sent to England as a gift to Queen Victoria. They soon started to feel just as comfortable in the mansions of the European and American nobility as they had in the royal palaces in Japan. Soon the breed gained popularity, especially in England. The European breeders had to somewhat increase the size of the Chin, since the particularly small "Japanese-type" chins didn't breed or survive well. However, among the true admirers of the breed, the small size is still preferable, provided that all the health qualities are in place. In Russia the breed was unknown and unpopular for a long time. The lack of good dogs that could show the chins at their best led to the neglect of the breed. In the 80s, six Japanese chins arrived in Moscow from Japan. The dogs were given to the Soviet diplomats at the end of their mission in Japan. These chins became the foundation of the breed in Russia. Even now many breeders build their lines on the descendents of those six dogs. Hin Satori has been instrumental in the development of the breed in Russia. After many years of breeding, its owner Elena Shevchenko got the dogs of amazing quality, known around the world. Several champions of the World and Europe originated from this kennel. Many dogs have been bought to other kennels around the world to help their breeding. Omikudzi Kennel, Moscow, has built its breeding on several dogs from Hin Satori and a female bought in Finland. The priority attention has been given to the red and white Japanese chins. The chins with bright red markings are gaining popularity around the world yet are still scarce due to the fact that the red color is caused by the recessive gene and is rare. The work of the Omikudzi Kennel was greatly praised at the international show "Russia - 2003" where they presented four high-quality red and white chins. Omikudzi got the second place in the all-breed kennel competition. All the chins, living in Omikudzi, are the champions of many countries, some also hold the titles of Interchampion and Champion of the National Club. Now the popularity of the chins in Russia is growing. Many breeders try to get chins from St. Petersburg and Moscow to start their kennels in other Russian cities. Chins are easy to take care of and have a good health. Dogs with long fur sure make a great impression, but owners are often hesitant whether they will have enough time and energy to groom such a dog. Japanese chin is probably the only breed that requires minimal care of the coat. They don't have an undercoat, so there are no clumps of fur on the couches and carpets. The structure of the fur is such that dirt doesn't stay on it. Even if the chin is out walking in the wet weather, the second his coat gets dry, all the traces of dirt will be gone. The coat doesn't need constant combing - it's enough to comb him once a week. He doesn't need haircuts and trimming - you will enjoy his looks not only at the shows, but in everyday life. Chins don't have any diseases specific to the breed. Unlike many short-nosed dogs, chins don't have problems with breathing or heart disease. Their heads are proportional to the bodies, so females usually don't have complications at giving birth. The only area where the chins can be prone to problems is the eyes. The huge, wide-open eyes are one of the most beautiful things about this breed, but they also need special attention. The chins are very lively and active dogs and will be happy to go walking with you. At the same time, due to their small size, they can just as easily play inside and go to the bathroom on a newspaper or in a cat's litter box. The chins have a balanced personality and will never bother you or your neighbors with unnecessary barking. They might react to the doorbell or to a stranger, but will calm down fast. Proud, lovable, and smart, the aristocrats of the East, Japanese chins have been guarding the families of the emperors from the troubles, depression and diseases, creating an atmosphere of happiness and love. At the temples, their presence kept away the evil spirits. Now this Japanese treasure can be your keepsake and the never-ending source of joy and serenity.

Elena Shilova, Omikudzi,
Elena Shevchenko, Hin Satori


Elena Shevchenko     FCI - Judge
The owner of the kennel 'HIN SATORI' Japanese chin
tel.  +7 812 5108552  (Russia)
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