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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Japanese Chin

Although the Japanese Chin originated in ancient China, it became a favorite dog of the Japanese aristocracy when a Chinese emperor gave a pair to a Japanese emperor around the seventh century.

Long ago owners fed the Japanese Chin only rice and sake to stunt their growth, and some were so small they were kept in hanging cages like birds.

Specimens were given to Queen Victoria of England by Matthew C. Perry, a Commodore of the United States Navy, in 1853 when Japan was opened to trade with the rest of the world.

Until 1977 the Japanese chin was known as the Japanese spaniel.

Source Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc.

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