Boston Chin

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A. <> China -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Boston Chin

The Boston Chin is a small hybrid dog that is the result of crossing the Boston Terrier with the Japanese Spaniel. The resulting hybrid is an ideal apartment-sized dog for many families. The influence of the Boston Terrier can be seen in their appearance, although there are Boston Chins with longer hair. Hybrids combine the playful, proud nature of Japanese Spaniels with the gentleness and intelligence of Boston Terriers. Quick to please, devoted to their families, these dogs are a good all-rounder for a family. They learn quickly and respond best to firm but friendly training, praise and small treats to encourage them. The Boston Chin is best with a strong leader; if he remains the boss, he can develop small dog syndrome where he thinks he's the leader and can become difficult to manage. This attractive dog is gaining in popularity due to its size, attractiveness and loving, pleasant nature.

History of the Boston Chin

The Boston Chin is a new hybrid that is a delightful result of crossing a Boston Terrier with a Japanese Spaniel. They are becoming a popular breed for families living in apartments, although the dog still needs daily exercise. Although there isn't much data on the Boston Chin's breeding history, it's easy to see the parental characteristics displayed in both appearance and temperament. The Boston Chin is an ancient toy breed that evolved from the Japanese Spaniel.
        

A little of the Boston Terrier

        
The Boston Terrier was the result of adapting their breeding to fighting and terrier-type dogs. Today, it's hard to accept that the Boston Terrier had such an aggressive past, because they're such gentle, affectionate dogs. The Boston Terrier is one of the first breeds developed in the United States, originating in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1865, coachmen from wealthy Boston businessmen began crossing some of the dogs owned by their employers. This experiment eventually laid the foundations for the Boston Terrier. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893. A terrier in name only, the Boston Terrier was far and away mellower than the pit fighting dogs of the past. Now combined with the Japanese Spaniel, the result is the handsome Boston Chin that carries the best attributes of its parent breeds.
Standard of the Boston Terrier

A little of the Japanese Spaniel

The dogs seem to have originated in China, where similar-looking dogs can be found on ancient pottery and decorated ancient Chinese temples. The earliest evidence we have is European, dating back to the 1600s when Princess Catherine of Braganza received Spaniels as gifts from Portuguese sailors. It was in 1853 that Admiral Commodore Perry gave Queen Victoria a pair of Japanese Spaniels after her warships had visited Japan. The First World War and Japanese earthquakes depleted their numbers in Japan. They were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1977.
Standard of the Japanese Spaniel

Appearance of the Boston Chin

The appearance of the Boston Chin depends on the percentage of the parent breed that makes up the hybrid. They are small and well-shaped, with a more refined build than the square appearance of the Boston Terrier. The head is broad with set almond-shaped eyes, often taking on a distinct oriental expression. The muzzle is short like the two parent dogs and in proportion to their head. They have triangle-shaped ears that are held semi-erect or floppy, depending on genetic makeup. The Boston Chin may have fringed ears, a gift from its oriental heritage. They are graceful dogs with long, tapering tails; again, they can be feathered and carried high on their backs. Their limbs are straight, with short legs and small rounded paws.

Temperament of the Boston Chin

The Boston Chin is a good companion, somewhat sensitive and intelligent with a streak of independence. It's an elegant little dog with a great personality. The Boston Chin is well-mannered and a quick learner, although if it gets bored, it may choose to do something more interesting. Training sessions should be fun and varied, and if you persist and are patient, they will learn quickly. This is a happy, enthusiastic dog ready for action with the family. These dogs are very playful and reliable with young children and mix well with other pets. Although small, they can be strong-willed if they don't have a strong leader, so they need to be trained and taught acceptable behavior. Fun and charming, the Boston Chin becomes an integral part of family life.

Needs and activities of the Boston Chin

These dogs need daily exercise to stay in shape, but don't require long walks or hour-long runs. They are companion dogs that thrive when they're with the family they love. The Boston Chin likes a little exercise every day, especially if it takes after the Boston Terrier. They love a walk in the park or playing with the family. Because they're a small dog, take care not to hurt them by falling or stepping on them. The Boston Chin likes a little mental stimulation with games of hide-and-seek or a variety of training. These dogs are totally devoted to their master and will happily sit on your lap and enjoy your attention. If left alone for too long, they can suffer from separation anxiety unless they have the company of another dog or cat. The Boston Chin is well suited to apartment living, although it can easily adapt to a house and yard just as easily.

Maintenance of the Boston Chin

The Boston Chin requires weekly brushing to control shedding. A good firm brush will remove any loose hairs and keep the house clean. If your Boston Chin has bangs on its body, brushing will prevent it from becoming matted. The Boston Chin inherits the grooming habits of the Japanese Spaniel, habitually grooming to keep clean. Whereas the Boston Chin gets its robustness from the Boston Terrier. An occasional bath as needed with a quality dog shampoo, or between rubs with a damp towel is all that's needed to keep your Boston Chin in good condition. Other maintenance issues include checking for excess debris in the ears and brushing the teeth. Regular nail trimming will complete the care.

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