Sunday, June 19, 2011
Japanese Spaniel and Jarkie
Japanese Spaniel or Chin is a toy dog from Japan, although this breed originally comes from China, but the Japanese breed it in varying degree of standard and resulting in various Chin standards like eye, coat, etc making it like entirely different breed.
One unique habit in this breed is they uses their paws to clean their face (just like a cat), and less energy level than average dog. Some other similarity is the ability to walk on the table without breaking a glass or touching other item (a great sneaker), this makes them referred as the most-cat like dog.
One interesting fact about this toy dog is this Spaniel didn't bark as much as other dog likes Maltese or Yorkie as long as they receive lots of socialization since the early age.
Some other interesting fact is the dog is not a true spaniel class! Why? Because Spaniel suppose to be a gun dog! The term used only following the Oxford English Dictionary that says spaniel is "a breed of dog with a long silky coat and drooping ears", from this point the name Spaniel given only because the resemblance to this definition.
Some physical characteristic of the breed is the short but wide nose and the large rounded eyes with V-shaped ears with long hair.
The tail is arched up and has long hair; some people assume this symbolizing the "noble pride" and may be one of the reasons why the ancient Japan history limits the ownership for noble blood.
The coat is white with patches to other color like black, red, lemon, orange, etc. The nose should match the color of the patches.
The size can vary between 7-11 inches with 4-15 pounds weight, but the AKC and FCI didn't put the weight as a requirement.
Some common health issue in this breed is the face architecture makes this breed prone to respiratory problem, and the ears require some extra attention when grooming.
Okay as the tradition of this blog, I always try to post some information about the Yorkshire Terrier mixed breed. This post is about the Japanese Chin, and when you cross breed a Japanese Chin with a Yorkie, you'll get a mixed breed called Jarkie.
Jarkie is a playful dog, they have less energy level than a Yorkie, but still they are an energetic dog especially when the Yorkie gene dominant.
One unique marking that can be found in a well balanced Jarkie is they have a glove, usually a white marks on their legs and with Yorkie-like color in the body, the hair is soft and slightly wavy when they reach adulthood and they shed a little.
The skeleton structure can vary from short and wide muzzle while some other shows more Yorkie like muzzle. The resulted mix rarely have stand up type ears but more likely adopt the Chin's ears characteristic with longer tail.
The characteristics /personal traits are hard to define, but in general they don't bark as much as Yorkie. The only way to know for sure is investigating the parents, if the parent well-behaved, chances is you'll get a good behaved dog after doing some training.