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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

The Poochin is a mixed breed created from breeding the Poodle with a Japanese Chin. She is a small toy sized dog with a life span of 10 to 13 years. She has talents in tricks and watchdog and is also known as a Chinpoo, Doodlechin and Chindoodle. She is a very loving companion dog known for being quiet but cheerful.

The Poochin is a great companion dog for anyone. She does not require a lot of physical activity so even less active owners could take her on. She can adapt to apartment living quite happily too. She is a loving and quiet dog but she still loves to play and will be a joy to have.

Here is the Poochin at a Glance
Average height 7 to 15 inches
Average weight 3 to 13 pounds
Coat type Medium/long, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? No
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Good
Tolerance to Cold Good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Varies
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Slightly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Addisons, bloat, epilepsy, Von Willebrands, Cushings, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation, eye problems, heart problems,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, skin problems,
Life Span 10 to 13 years
Average new Puppy Price $300 to $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $650

Where does the Poochin come from?

As a designer dog the Poochin is not a member of the AKC which is reserved for recognized purebreds. Designer dogs is a recent term to address the many mixed breeds being created in the last 30 years. Some have a reason and were bred by reputable breeders but a lot of them were just created to make money off the trend by puppy mills and disreputable breeders. While we have some knowledge about their origins, for most of them we do not. All we have is the cute blended name many are given. Therefore we can look to the parents to get a feel for the Poochin’s characteristics.

The Poodle

Another very old breed is the Poodle. You can find pictures of Poodle like dogs on old Roman and Egyptian artifacts and in tombs from as far back as the 1st century. Despite most regular people thinking the Poodle is a French dog, in fact he comes from Germany and was used for hunting ducks and other waterfowl. But he became a more distinct breed when he made it to France. There have been three sizes of Poodles for centuries, the Standard, the Miniature and the Toy. French aristocracy adopted the toy Poodles as companions to carry around with them. When the Poodle was adopted into traveling circuses to perform they clipped them into interesting shapes and the aristocracy copied. He was registered in the Kennel Club in England in 1874, and the American Kennel Club in 1886.

Today he is known for being super intelligent, eager to please and easy to train. He is very devoted and loving and while energetic, can be calmed with training, socialization and enough exercise. He may seem to be aloof but in fact when you talk to Poodle owners you discover he has a great sense of humor and loves to clown around and play.

The Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is a very old breed of dog who probably began in the Chinese court and was given as a gift to visitors from other countries. Japan received it and back home they saw him as a separate being not a dog! He was crossed with other native small dogs to become what he is now. It was not until the mid 1800s that he became known to other countries and he became a popular import to the US and to Britain.

Today he is a happy and affectionate dog who can be chatty and is intelligent too. He is good at charming people and is sensitive to his owner’s emotions. Should he live with people who are quiet and reserved that is what he will be like, if he lives with people more outgoing then that is what he will be like. He does suffer from separation anxiety and can be shy so socialization is important.


The Poochin is an obedient, intelligent and loyal dog making her moderately easy to train and a great family companion. She is very happy and likes to play and have fun but at the same time is a quiet dog. She loves to cuddle, is very affectionate and loving. She is gentle and friendly and gets on well with children. She is alert too and loves to be with people.

What does the Poochin look like

She is a small dog weighing just 3 to 13 pounds and measuring 7 to 15 inches tall. Although she is small she is sturdy and has a small rounded head, broad muzzle and dark round and widely set eyes. Her ears are floppy and they have some feathering and hang almost down to her jaw.

Her coat is medium to long in length and can be wavy to curly. Common colors are gray, white, black, golden, tan, black and brown.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Poochin need to be?

She is slightly active so not much effort is needed from the owner to keep her happy. This makes her suitable to seniors who are not as active as they used to be looking for a companion. Her play time around the house or apartment will be part of her daily exercise and then a walk each day too would be enough. Not that she would not enjoy time in a yard or trips to a dog park, but they are not essential to her happiness and health.

Does she train quickly?

She is smart, eager to please and inclined to listen to commands but she is moderately easy to train rather than really quick. She needs early socialization and training and she needs to be trained with positive methods not harsh ones. Be consistent, firm and patient and use rewards to encourage her as well as praise. As a small dog she needs to know you are pack leader as sometimes small dogs can get quite difficult if they are allowed to rule the pack. Housebreaking may be a bit harder as it can be for small dogs.

Living with a Poochin

How much grooming is needed?

She is low shedding so is easy in terms of clean up. She can be hypoallergenic – that is something you should always check though with a visit to the puppy before buying if allergies are a concern. She is is still moderate to moderate high in terms of grooming though. She needs daily brushing ideally still even though she is low shedding because she tangles easily. She will also need clipping every couple of months at a professional groomers. She can be bathed just as she really needs it and be sure to use a dog shampoo only. You can also dry shampoo sometimes. Her face may need cleaning more often as white dogs often have issues with tear stains. You may also need to trim hair away from her face more often so that she can see better or tie it up. Her ears need checking and cleaning by wiping at least once a week. Her nails will need clipping as they get too long but take care not to cut too low. Finally her teeth will need to be brushed at least two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She gets along very well with children, she is loving and playful with them. Make sure they know that as a small dog they need to take more care when playing. Small children may need supervision. She is also friendly with other pets and dogs with socialization.

General information

She will bark to alert you of people entering the home but otherwise is not a huge barker. She will need ½ to 1 cup of dry dog food a day. Make it a good quality one and dived that amount into at least two meals. She does not do well in extreme weathers. When it is very cold she may need a sweater and when it is extremely hot make sure she is kept cool and hydrated.

Health Concerns

The Poochin has the potential of inheriting her parent’s health issues though she is not known for being especially sickly. Those potential issues include Addisons, bloat, epilepsy, Von Willebrands, Cushings, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation, eye problems, heart problems, hip dysplasia and skin problems. You can have better odds at avoiding any health problems by buying from good breeders and asking to see health clearances for parents as well as puppy.

Costs involved in owning a Poochin

A puppy Poochin will cost between $300 to $750. Some things may be included with that but in case they are not you also need to make sure you get her chipped, spayed, blood tested, vaccinated, dewormed and then get her a crate, carrier, bowls, collar and leash. These will all add up to around $360 to $400. Average annual medical expenses just for basics like pet insurance, check ups, flea prevention and shots come to $435 to $550. Average annual non-medical expenses for things like food, grooming, training, license, toys and treats comes to between $530 to $650.


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Featured Image Credit: Left: Poodle, Pixabay | Right: Japanese Chin, Alekcey, Shutterstock

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.

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