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John Morales


Historical: I've spent years doing online research to learn about the 1000+ year history of the breed, which some say originated in China, but afterwards spent 700 more years as a special pet of the Japanese ruling classes. Personality related: I have 9 chins, and they are a family pack. Only 1 is unrelated. Watching dogs in a natural family pack living in my home has taught me far more than can be learned from just one dog, or several unrelated dogs. I've learned from watching them what their natural behaviors are Etc. Health Related: having raised so many chins to be my own, I've experienced pretty much all the common ailments a dog can have, from horrifying parvo to disgusting but harmless corona virus to helping my Vet perform caesarian sections due to birthing complications. One thing I am especially proud of is nursing my #1 Chin from a point where Vets thought she'd be better put down to a point of good health that I haven't seen since she was two. She'd been having pain and problems for years.

Experience in the area

I've had them for a number of years and have gained quite a bit of in-depth experience with this unique, little known, but very respected breed. Due to what some would say are the extreme standards the breed is expected to meet, it is considered a delicate breed that requires a lot of Attn. and specific health problems. I've dealt with 'em all it seems and Overcome almost all of them. In doing so I have had to learn the whys behind the problems which are key to fixing the problem. I love the breed, and I want to ensure that as a breed that's existed for over 1000 years, it doesn't fade from problems compounded by breeding it to match arbitrary expectations based strictly on appearance, and not taking into account the unique personality the Japanese spent centuries developing into the animals.


The Japanese Chin is a very special breed, with a history going back over a 1000 years. In order to stay true to the original Japanese intentions I do not join any Kennel Club organizations. I respect the job they do, but the Japanese Chin has been around for centuries before anyone "recognized" it. My focus is on the Breed as the Japanese created it, where personality was as important as appearance.


Self-taught raising a Japanese Chin pack. Currently have 9 - a family all related except for one. Have seen them grow from conception to adulthood, and watch the dog "culture" first hand dog to dog. Worked with a Vet for a number of years until he retired as well.

What do you like about this subject?

The ability to share useful practical advice with fellow Chin owners, and enable them to learn the good, basic rules so that they can raise a healthy, happy and vital Chin who lives a long life. I've made a point to rediscover the common sense guidelines that used to make it easy to raise a healthy and happy pet. Much of which has been virtually forgotten replaced by bogus advice.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Become a premier expert on the breed. Someone who other experts consult when they have difficult questions.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The delicate / fragile nature of the Chin is far more due to things many owners do that without realizing it make their Chin a fragile dog that can be hurt easily or get sick.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Dogs are carnivores. Feeding a chin what is nothing more than meat flavored, sented rabbit food is the biggest contributor to poor health and chin dying much younger than similar sized dogs. Switching to a bone/meat centered diet can dramatically improve the health of even the sickliest dog. Doing so doesn't require any more effort than feeding your dog now does, and YES COOKED food is 100% OK.

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