1. BREED PRESERVATION
We are committed to preserving the breed and producing chin that "look like chin", meet their true purpose of human companionship, and conform to the breed standard.
We have been members of, and a registered kennel with, the CANADIAN KENNEL CLUB (CKC) since 2009. All of our chin, including puppies that go to companion homes, are purebred and registered with the CKC.
Japanese Chin are generally a fairly healthy breed, with a typical lifespan of 10 to 12 years. As with many of the toy breeds, they do have some known health issues which the Japanese Chin Club of America (JCCA) describes well on their HEALTH page.
TO BETTER PREDICT if our puppies will be affected by genetic health issues later in life, our chin are tested annually for patella (knee), heart and eye health throughout their life to monitor adult onset of genetic disease within our lines. We also use EMBARK's Advanced DNA testing for Breeders which screens for 190+ canine diseases (including Gangliosidosis, GM2, previously called Tay-Sachs or Sandhoff's disease).
We have been submitting our health testing results to the ORTHOPEDIC FOUNDATION FOR ANIMALS (OFA) since 2009. Most of our chin have results available for siblings, offspring, parents and grandparents.