5-10 lbs
United States
Japanese Chin

The Chin-Fenpinscher is a hybrid mix of two companion dogs; the Japanese Chin and the Affenpinscher.  Both parents are toy-sized and bred for companionship.  Little is known on this hybrid mix, so understanding the inherent character traits of this hybrid require owners to look at the parent breeds.  The Affenpinscher is a toy Terrier originating in Germany, whereas the Japanese Chin has origins in China.  The resulting Chin-Fenpinscher hybrid is equally as small in and has low energy, so it is well-suited for apartment living.  

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Japanese Chin, Affenpinscher

Chin-Fenpinscher Health

Average Size
Male Chin-Fenpinscher size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Female Chin-Fenpinscher size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Chin-Fenpinscher Breed History

The Chin-Fenpinscher is a hybrid of the Japanese Chin and the Affenpinscher.  The mix is a modern designer dog intended as a companion dog and does not have a long and well-known history.  As such, owners must look at the history of the breed parents to understand the history of this hybrid. The Japanese Chin is a breed from ancient times that most likely originated from the Chinese Imperial Court. A highly prized dog, the breed gained its name from Japan, where it was gifted to the emperor and looked at as a dog, but as a separate being.  The Japanese bred the canine with small Spaniel-like dogs to achieve the modern-day look of the breed.  The Japanese Chin was not known outside of the island nation until the 19th century. Commodore Matthew Perry began trading between Japan and the West and later, the Japanese Chin became a status symbol of wealth and nobility in the West and was known as the Japanese Spaniel until 1977.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the Japanese Chin in 1888. The Affenpinscher is a toy Terrier whose name in German means monkey-like Terrier.  This name was given for the monkey-like look of the head, with a prominent hairy chin, sweeping mustaches, and a broad, low brow.  The Affenpinscher was bred as a companion as early as the 15th Century and continued in popularity until World War II when breeding programs in the United States were interrupted.  Breeding interested resumed in the 1950’s and the Affenpinscher, though still considered a rare toy in the United States, slowly gained more popularity. Today, the Chin-Fenpinscher is recognized by the Designer Dog Kennel Club and the International Designer Canine Registry.  Faithful to both parents, this mix is bred for companionship and is ideally suited to small space living due to its toy size and low to medium levels of energy.

Chin-Fenpinscher Breed Appearance

The Chin-Fenpinscher is a toy-sized dog that not standing over 10 inches and not weighing more than 10 pounds.  The Japanese Chin has an abundant single coat of hair or silky texture whereas the Affenpinscher has a straight, dense, rough texture.  Your Chin-Fenpinscher’s coat may resemble either parent breed.  The Chin-Fenpinscher’s head is well-rounded with a short muzzle that may be flattened, and the ears are proportionate and flop forward.  The Chin-Fenpinscher may have an under-bite and perhaps even dental issues thanks to the Japanese Chin parent.  The eyes of a Chin-Fenpinscher are dark and round, and the nose will match the coat color.  

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chin-Fenpinscher eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chin-Fenpinscher nose
brown Chin-Fenpinscher nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chin-Fenpinscher coat
white Chin-Fenpinscher coat
sable Chin-Fenpinscher coat
silver Chin-Fenpinscher coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Chin-Fenpinscher straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chin-Fenpinscher Breed Maintenance

The Chin-Fenpinscher is a hybrid of one hypoallergenic breed and a non-hypoallergenic breed so allergies may be reduced some in this mix.  The shedding levels on this mix are low, but the Chin-Fenpinscher requires weekly grooming to keep its coat looking its best.  Bathe your Chin-Fenpinscher only when necessary as bathing strips natural oils and may lead to dermatitis.  Trim your Chin-Fenpinscher’s nails and clean his ears with a veterinarian approved solution to remove any wax, dirt, or debris as needed.  The Affenpinscher is prone to dental issues so pay attention to your Chin-Fenpinscher’s dental health and clean his teeth at least three times a week to prevent disease.  

Brushes for Chin-Fenpinscher
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Chin-Fenpinscher requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chin-Fenpinscher Temperament

The Chin-Fenpinscher is affectionate with its family including children, but the size of this hybrid does not make it well-suited for young children who might hurt the small dog.  However, older children with a healthy respect for dogs will find a loving companion who enjoys long hours of lap time.  The Chin-Fenpinscher is friendly toward strangers, does not vocalize much, but will snap if it feels threatened. Early socialization will make living with other pets easier, but the Chin-Fenpinscher prefers the company of its people than other cats or dogs.  The Chin-Fenpinscher is a low to medium energy dog but doesn’t require intense daily exercise.  

Chin-Fenpinscher Activity Requirements

The Chin-Fenpinscher is a mix of one low energy breed and a medium to high-energy breed.  Daily exercise is required to prevent boredom and destructive behaviors, but the intensity and duration do not have to be great.  As such, the Chin-Fenpinscher is an excellent choice for small space living, such as in an apartment or the city.  When it comes to environments, the Chin-Fenpinscher prefers temperate zones, but climate control inside will make it possible to live in any environment.   

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
20 minutes
activity minutes

Chin-Fenpinscher Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Chin-Fenpinscher Owner Experiences

4 Years
3 People
Absolutely love this dog, she is loving and so much fun.
3 years, 5 months ago
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