Chiyoko is a small, private kennel of the beloved Japanese Chin located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Lloyd and I (Tracy) have both loved and had dogs our entire lives. In 2009, we were first introduced to Japanese Chin when we added a small male puppy to our family. He was everything that we had read about the breed and more, we were quickly smitten with him. We took him to our first sanction match, won lots of ribbons and were hooked!
We have been extremely fortunate to have met many wonderful breeders who have shared their knowledge and lines to help us develop our Chin. We are honored to have some of the highest quality Canadian, American and Danish champion bloodlines as our foundation lines.
The "Chiyoko" kennel name was officially registered with the Canadian Kennel Club in 2012.
We are premium members in good standing of the Canadian Kennel Club, as such, we believe in and adhere to the standards, Code of Ethics and Code of Practice for Member Breeders.
“Chiyoko” is also a licensed in-home breeding kennel with the City of Ottawa.
Generally, once a year we will have puppies available. We plan for a litter when we are looking for our next show boy/girl. After making our choice of a puppy, we will then offer the remaining puppies to qualified families for adoption.
We enjoy showing however the health and well-being of our little ones is our first priority. We are very conscientious of, and try to eliminate, disease in the breed while maintaining the genetic diversity and many positive traits that endear these little dogs to us. As recommended by the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), we do our part and perform the following health tests and breed accordingly. - CERF - a painless examination of the dogs eyes to certify them free of heritable eye disease. Performed by a board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologists. - OFA Cardiac - a painless examination (auscultation) of the dogs heart to screen for congenital heart diseases, or malformations of the heart or great vessels. - OFA Patellas - a painless examination of the dogs patellas (kneecaps). In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place, either in a medial or lateral position. Performed by our veterinarian. - GM2 - A DNA test for gangliosidosis, a progressive hereditary brain disease in Japanese Chin. DNA is collected using a cheek swab, the barcoded sample is then tested for the GM2 mutation at the Animal Molecular Genetics Laboratory at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the United States.