5-12 lbs
​United States
Japanese Chin

The Havachin is a mix between a Japanese Chin and a Havanese and as such will take on the looks and characteristics of the parent breeds. Common colors are likely to include black, white, black and tan, sable, grey, or red. Both parent breeds have silky coats which can be fairly long and usually require trimming. The Japanese Chin has feathering on the ears and legs while the Havanese’s coat can be straight or curly but if kept long needs daily brushing to prevent matting. Japanese Chins are friendly little dogs who love being around their families but because of their size, are not recommended for those with small children. Havanese are very affectionate dogs who love everyone and get on well with children and other animals. They hate being alone and can suffer from separation anxiety so best for people who are home a lot.

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

Havachin Health

Average Size
Male Havachin size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 6-13 lbs
Female Havachin size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 5-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Heart Murmur
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Ophthalmic Examination

Havachin Breed History

The Havachin is a hybrid breed comprised of a Havanese and a Japanese Chin. The Havanese, while relatively new to the American Kennel Club, is an old breed going back to the days of the Spanish Empire. It is believed that the Havanese were developed from the Blanquito de la Habana - "little white dog of Havana" - which are now extinct, and who arrived in Cuba on ships along with the early colonists. They are a part of the Bichon family which includes the Bichon Frise, Coton de Tulear, Bolognese and Maltese. The small, sturdily built dogs were kept as pets by the Spanish colonists in Cuba and later became popular in Europe especially with the nobility. Queen Victoria was an avid fan of the breed and kept two. The breed was nearly wiped out in Cuba, in the late 50s when people fled during the Revolution but they are now the national dog of Cuba and also popular in the United States. The Japanese Chin is also known as the Japanese Spaniel, the Japanese Pug, the Japanese, the Jap or simply the Chin. They were believed to have been bred as lap dogs for royal families. The breed was virtually unknown until they were given by the Emperor of Japan to an American naval officer Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853 when he sailed into Uraga Harbor near Edo — now Tokyo — and introduced Japan to international trade. They later became extremely popular in Britain and the United States. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

Havachin Breed Appearance

The Havachin is a mix between a Japanese Chin and a Havanese which are both toy breeds. Common colors are likely to include black, white, black and tan, sable, grey, or red. Both parent breeds have silky coats which can be fairly long and usually require trimming, though a slightly curly coat is often seen. Some pups in the litter may have feathering on the ears and legs and will have flattish faces with large, wide-set eyes. The tail curls over their backs. Very cute and spunky, this breed appears to have a smile on his face and is always an adorable addition to any family.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Havachin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Havachin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Havachin coat
white Havachin coat
sable Havachin coat
gray Havachin coat
red Havachin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Havachin curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Havachin Breed Maintenance

The Havanese is hypoallergenic but the Japanese Chin is not so it depends on who your Havachin most takes after whether they will be or not. A Japanese Chin is a low maintenance breed - brushing once a week should be enough and they don’t need to be trimmed. They are also clean dogs because of their habit of cleaning themselves like a cat so don’t need to be bathed very often. If your pet takes more after the Havanese there will be a bit more work in that the coat requires daily brushing and trimming. Try to brush your dog’s teeth daily to prevent any dental issues and check ears for dirt. If necessary wipe them gently with damp cotton wool. Nails also need to be checked to see if they need clipping; if a break occurs it can be very painful, so best not to neglect this area of pet care.

Brushes for Havachin
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Havachin requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Havachin Temperament

Both parent breeds are happy, friendly dogs who make great family pets, preferably in homes with older children. Your pet is likely to be affectionate and intelligent and will be fairly easy to train especially with positive reinforcement and plenty of praise. Both parent breeds become very unhappy if left alone for any length of time and can suffer from separation anxiety so will be better off if there is someone at home with him most of the time. The Havanese is very good with strangers and other dogs, whereas the Japanese Chin can be a little shy with strangers. They are sensitive dogs and adapt to their surroundings quite easily. They can be quite cat-like in that they like to climb and wash themselves. Your Havachin will be very energetic for a small dog but tends to follow his owner around like a little shadow. Your pet is likely to be entertaining and eager to please.

Havachin Activity Requirements

Your Havachin won’t need a huge amount of exercise to keep happy and healthy but it will depend on which parent breed he takes after. Both of the parent breeds are lively dogs but don’t need a lot of exercise to be content and fit. Both enjoy a daily walk and love to play but are happy to do so inside or out. The Havachin is good for owners who are not up to strenuous activities and are home a lot for companionship. He will adapt well to living in an apartment but does need to be taken out every day for some exercise. Always dress your Havachin properly when walking him in the cold and make sure water and shade are abundant when outside in warmer temperatures.

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

Havachin 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

Havachin Owner Experiences

Two Years
2 People
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