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12 Japanese Chin Mixes

Nicole Cosgrove

The Japanese Chin is a dog with an extensive history throughout Asia. Over the last hundred years or so, these adorable pups have continued to become more popular around the world. Nowadays, they are commonly used in designer dog breed mixes to make even cuter and well-behaved dogs.

The Japanese Chin is regarded as a lapdog. They are only 4 to 12 pounds and are naturally quite clean and well-kept. They look silly with their large eyes and fluffy ears, but they still carry themselves with dignity befitting a dog beloved by royalty.

If you want all these traits and more wrapped up in one adorable pup, here are 12 Japanese Chin mixes for you.

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1. Jatzu (Japanese Chin + Shih Tzu)

The Jatzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu, one of America’s most popular small breeds, and the Japanese Chin. This dog is small because both of their parents are so small. They won’t weigh more than 20 pounds and typically weigh in at around 10. They stand 11 inches tall and are covered in thick, fluffy fur that makes petting them quite satisfying.

These dogs are social and lively. Like most little dogs, they can suffer from small dog syndrome and may need training to learn how to behave well in social situations. They love their owners to pieces and will be loving and loyal dogs for years to come.


2. Doxie-Chin (Japanese Chin + Dachshund)

The Doxie-Chin is an adorable hybrid that comes from the Japanese Chin. They are mixed with a Dachshund to produce a shorter version of the Chin. They typically have the Japanese Chin face and the height and body shape of the Dachshund.

These dogs tend to be quite cheerful and friendly, although they are stubborn, which makes them somewhat hard to train. They don’t tend to be vocal and are only slightly active due to their small size. These are great dogs for a child to have as a pet.


3. Japug (Japanese Chin + Pug)

The Japanese Chin and the Pug combine to make the Japug adorable to some people and somewhat odd-looking to others. These dogs weigh in between 7 and 20 pounds, depending on the size of their parents. They often have a similar coat to the Pug, but they can inherit the black-and-white coloration of the Japanese Chin.

This designer dog breed loves their owners deeply. They are quite calm, and their docile temperament and small size make them perfect for apartment owners. Overall, these pups are low-maintenance and easy-going.


4. Jarkie (Japanese Chin + Yorkshire Terrier)

The Jarkie is one of the cutest hybrid mixes that come from the Japanese Chin. Since the Yorkshire Terrier is so small, these dogs tend to be downright diminutive. They normally weigh between 4 and 9 pounds. Perhaps because of their small bodies, the Jarkie’s voice tends to be big and consistent.

These little dogs are family-oriented creatures. They are also considered hypoallergenic, an excellent solution for people with allergies. Their loyal hearts will protect you till the end, and they make lovely family pets.


5. Chineranian (Japanese Chin + Pomeranian)

The Chineranian combines one of the small dogs historically associated with wealth and success, the Pomeranian, with the Japanese Chin and makes an already fluffy animal extremely fluffy. They weigh between 7 to 10 pounds, with a surprising amount of that being their fur.

These little pooches don’t do well being left alone for too long because they are family-oriented. Although they might be small, they are mighty, and separation anxiety can mean a destructive temperament. If they are unhappy with you, they are not afraid to vocalize this. Most of the time, though, they are lovely as an affectionate, friendly, alert little dog.


6. Poochin (Japanese Chin + Poodle)

The Poochin takes the Japanese Chin and mixes them in with the hordes of Doodle breeds that have become incredibly popular over the years. These dogs are normally crossed with a Miniature or Toy Poodle. Their size does depend on the Poodle, but they normally weigh between 3 to 13 pounds.

These little dogs can be hypoallergenic but aren’t always, so take care when adopting them. They can live for up to 13 years. The Poochin strives to please their family, making them obedient and quite easy to train. As a happy and intelligent dog, they make a perfect addition to the family.


7. Beagle Chin (Japanese Chin + Beagle)

The Beagle Chin is what you get when you mix the Beagle and the Japanese Chin. Because their appearances are so different, the appearance of the Beagle Chin is widely varied. They often inherit the square heads and faces of the Japanese Chin and sometimes their two-layer coat.

These little dogs are normally quite intelligent and often quite calm. They seem to inherit more of the lively and loving temperament from their Beagle parent, making them easy to train but also giving them a loud set of lungs.


8. Chin-Wa (Japanese Chin + Chihuahua)

The Chin-Wa is one of the most common hybrid breeds when it comes to the Japanese Chin. Over the last decade, they have grown in popularity and can now be found in many homes across America. They are small, typically no more than 10 pounds, and are a curious physical blend of a Chihuahua and a Chin.

These little dogs have large personalities. They are mischievous and incredibly loving and loyal. They embody the definition of a lapdog, loving to cuddle up with you and never leave. They are also quite playful and don’t require much physical activity because they are so small. Although a big personality can be fun, it can also make them more difficult to train.


9. Chin-Ocker (Japanese Chin + Cocker Spaniel)

The Chin-Ocker is not a common hybrid when it comes to the varieties from the Japanese Chin. They tend to be sweet-natured, much like their Cocker Spaniel parent. These dogs are friendly and affectionate, often being incredibly well-behaved and easier to train.

The Chin-Ocker can have a blend of looks because the parents are so different in the visual department. They love to get plenty of attention, waiting somewhat patiently until you come to snuggle and kiss them for the rest of the afternoon. They are also quite adaptable to various living situations.


10. Ja-Chon (Japanese Chin + Bichon Frise)

The Ja-Chon is a cross with an incredibly popular parent dog. The Bichon Frise is fluffy and often white, giving this dog their good looks. They can have a long and curly coat or a short one, depending on the parent they favor.

The Ja-Chon is quite calm and loving. They can be stubborn but are often easy to train. They suit apartment living well because they don’t need much space to run around in and they are so small.


11. Cava-Chin (Japanese Chin + Cavalier King Charles)

Cavalier King Charles is a pup that has been favored by royalty throughout the ages. That makes these dogs even more likely to be a symbol of wealth and power. This hybrid tends to stand taller than the average Japanese Chin at around 8 to 12 inches, and they weigh between 14 and 18 pounds.

These little dogs are good-tempered, tending to be energetic and obedient. They want to please you, which makes it much easier for you to train them. They don’t mind being the center of attention but can co-exist peacefully. They are jovial around their people and quite affectionate.


12. Boston Chin (Japanese Chin + Boston Terrier)

These adorable little Chin mixes are designer dogs of the highest accord. They often inherit the refined appearance of the Boston Terrier with their proper little black-and-white suit appearance. They have a square head and a short muzzle with triangular ears.

The Boston Chin is a small bundle of happiness and energy. They can’t do any hardcore activities because of their squished muzzles. However, they will happily go with you everywhere they can, ever-enthusiastic for an adventure or a lap nap.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.