The Proper Way to Clean Up a Japanese Chin

The first Japanese Chins were really raised in China for the Imperial Palace ladies and other wealthy Chinese families to keep as pets. Chins are great pets because they are smart, lively, and loving thanks to careful breeding. A Chin’s silky, long coat gives it a regal aspect but is surprisingly low-maintenance and doesn’t need as much brushing as some other long-coated dogs. The hair of a Japanese Chin seldom gets tangled and just has to be brushed a few times a week to maintain its smooth appearance.

Hair Care

Step 1

It’s important to maintain a consistent brushing routine for your Japanese chin. If you don’t want chin hair to wind up all over your home, you’ll need to brush it regularly. Make use of a pin brush to detangle the coat and get rid of any potential mats. Brush your Chin’s coat thoroughly once a week, and give it a short once-daily brushing to maintain a shiny, clean appearance.

Step 2

Take out the mats. Although a Chin’s hair is resistant to mats, they might nevertheless develop on occasion. It’s important to get rid of mats as soon as you see them so they don’t spread and cause skin discomfort or blisters. Wet the mat with diluted conditioner or a detangler solution and carefully separate the fibers with your fingertips. To remove the loosened mat, use a mat ripper or comb, taking care not to pull on your Chin’s skin.

Step 3

Focus on the outside edges of the ears. Whenever you brush your Chin, keep an eye on the hair around his ears for signs of knots. Due to the delicate nature of the area, this hair is more prone to developing mats than other hair types, and special care must be used while removing them. Spray conditioner all over this hair to keep it manageable and shiny.

Bath Care

Step 1

Dogs need regular bathing. One of the few facial hairs that may last a few weeks without a wash. Just when your Chin is very filthy, give him a good wash. Dry shampoo may be used to get rid of oil and grime in between washes.

Step 2

After all of his hair is wet, massage a little wash into his fur. Apply shampoo all over the coat until it’s soaked. To get rid of any trace of soap, give it a good rinse.

Step 3

The next step is to use a conditioner on your Japanese Chin’s hair to help detangle it and provide volume. To ensure that your Chin’s conditioner reaches every hair, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and leave the product in the area for as long as they propose. Don’t neglect the last rinse; conditioner buildup may weigh hair down. One should rinse until all the conditioner has been removed and then repeat the process just to be safe.

Step 4

Fourth, cover your Chin in a towel and squeeze as much water out of his hair as you can before taking him out of the water.

Step 5

Dry your dog completely in Step 5. Take advantage of the opportunity to thoroughly dry your Chin with a towel. Don’t massage the towel over it, since this might cause tangles. Apply a low heat setting to the hair drier and brush his hair upward and outward with a pin brush to get him dry more quickly. Do not let the hair drier rest on his skin; rather, keep it moving.

Overall Grooming

Nails on a Chin should be kept short. Toenails should be cut regularly (at least once a month). Let a professional groomer or your veterinarian do the required nail clipping, or at least get some instruction before doing this yourself, since doing it incorrectly may cause bleeding and suffering. The hair that develops in between the paws should be inspected and trimmed with scissors to avoid matting.

Check your Chin’s ears for wax accumulation, mites, and infections once a week, and clean them as required. The best way to clean your ears is to use an ear cleaner to wet the ear, and then to dry it with a cotton ball. Make sure you never put anything in his ear canal. If you see any redness or swelling in his ears, it’s time to see the vet.

Third, using a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste, thoroughly clean your Chin’s teeth. Tooth decay, tartar accumulation, and foul breath may be avoided by regular brushing at least twice a week. To ensure his teeth stay healthy, see the vet often for dental cleanings.


  • Japanese Chins have flat faces, so take care when bathing not to get water into their nose.


  • Depending on the size of your Chin, you can bathe him in a large sink to make things easier for you both.
  • Start grooming your Chin as early as possible to get him used to the routine so he’ll accept it with little complaint.
  • As you groom, check your dog’s skin for any signs of irritation or sores.

Items You Will Need

  • Dog shampoo
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hair dryer
  • Dog conditioner
  • Scissors
  • Nail clippers
  • Pin brush
  • Dog toothbrush and toothpaste