6-11 lbs
United States
Japanese Chin
The alert, affectionate, and sometimes mischevious Japeke is a modern designer mix between two dogs of Chinese origins, the Japanese Chin and the Pekingese.  The resulting hybrid is a regal looking and courageous companion in the toy size.  Though this hybrid is an excellent alarm barker, most owners can expect the Japeke to lead a quiet life full of naps on their owner's lap.
Date of Origin
Japanese Chin and Pekingese

Japeke Health

Average Size
Male Japeke size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 6-11 lbs
Female Japeke size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 6-11 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Cleft Palate
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Radiographs

Japeke Breed History

The Japeke is a toy-sized hybrid of two ancient and well-loved Chinese breeds, the Japanese Chin and the Pekingese.  As a designer dog, the tale of the Japeke is not yet written; however, both parent breeds have royal histories to share with the Japeke. The Japanese Chin, despite its nomenclatural ties to Japan, is an ancient breed of China.  Like other Chinese breeds, the Japanese Chin was well-regarded by the Imperial nobility who maintained secret breeding programs.  However, the Chinese court often gifted the Japanese Chin to foreign dignitaries; thus, the small dog made its way to Japan.  In Japan, the dog was regarded as a separate being above all other dogs (inu) and gained its title, chin.  The Japanese Chin made its way to Europe and the United States through trade with the West beginning in the 19th Century but maintained a rare status for several years though it gained American Kennel Club recognition in 1888. The Pekingese is one of these most well-known breeds of China, partly due to its reference to the Imperial capital, Peking, now modern-day Beijing, and partly due to its long and once-secret history as an Imperial favorite.  The breed was well-guarded and not allowed to leave the Imperial Palace, which gave it mystique.  The Pekingese was first discovered by the West during the Opium War in 1860 when British troops found a set of five guarding the body of their mistress, who had committed suicide rather than be captured.  The five dogs were taken to England and gifted to nobility, including one to Queen Victoria.  Despite its secret beginning in China and its subsequent introduction in the West, the Pekingese quickly gained recognition.  The Pekingese join the American Kennel Club ranks in 1906, and the breed enjoys moderate popularity.           

Japeke Breed Appearance

The Japeke is a mix of two Chinese breeds and may lean more toward one or the other, but this hybrid is a toy-sized dog with long, soft hair.  The Japanese Chin adds a little more height and delicacy to the Japeke, whose stocky, compact Pekingese parent is low to the ground.  However, the Japeke is not as delicate as the Japanese Chin.  Both parents have brachycephalic skulls, and the nose will be on the same plane as the forehead for the Japeke.  The eyes are large for its size and dark brown to black, and the nose is black.  The nose may occasionally appear brown in brown-coated varieties.  The Japeke's coat may or may not have an undercoat, depending on which parent the mix most resembles.  The Japanese Chin only has a soft, silky outer coat while the Pekingese has a dense, double coat.  Regardless of coats, the hair on a Japeke is soft and long and carries extensive plumage on the tail, which is often curled over the back.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Japeke eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Japeke nose
brown Japeke nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Japeke coat
white Japeke coat
brown Japeke coat
red Japeke coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Japeke straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Japeke Breed Maintenance

Neither parent breed is considered hypoallergenic, so the Japeke is not a hypoallergenic hybrid.  Additionally, the Japeke is a moderate shedding dog with a thick, dense coat.  Weekly brushing with a small bristle brush is ideal but giving the coat a little spritz of water before brushing will prevent breakage.  The Japeke drools very little but given its flat face, this hybrid pants more often than others due to difficulties with breathing.  Keeping his teeth cleaned with twice-weekly tooth brushing will also help keep the Japeke's breath fresh; though daily tooth brushing is recommended.  Owners should avoid frequent bathing and use grooming techniques to keep the coat clean and free of debris.  The long hair on the hind legs and rear of the Japeke needs particular attention as do the ears, which are often hidden under thick, long hair.
Brushes for Japeke
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Japeke requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Japeke Temperament

The Japeke is a cheerful, alert hybrid that is excellent for the family.  As a toy-sized dog, this hybrid is much better suited to families with older children, but the Japeke displays affection for children of all ages.  Despite its small stature, the Japeke is a good guard dog that will alert the family to strangers and threats.  This hybrid much prefers being the only dog in the home and is not particularly friendly toward other pets.  However, with early and consistent socialization, the Japeke can adapt to a multi-pet household.  Training may be a little tricky as this hybrid tends to be stubborn but a calm, consistent, and soft-spoken voice will help the Japeke learn.  The Japeke prefers the quiet life of a lap dog and typically has low energy levels.  As an indoor hybrid, the Japeke can usually get all its exercise needs in a short time, while inside.

Japeke Activity Requirements

The Japeke is not very active and has low energy levels.  However, daily exercise is still required since this hybrid has a moderate tendency for weight gain.  Given the low energy levels, the Japeke does not need high-intensity activity and should not be pushed to exercise hard or long.  This is partly due to the hybrid's size but more so with the Japeke's breathing issues.  The brachycephalic face means the airways are some restricted than in other dogs and intense exercise may lead to respiratory issues, including overheating.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Japeke Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Japeke Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Japeke size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Japeke size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Japeke size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Japeke size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male Japeke size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Japeke size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs

Japeke Owner Experiences

11 Months
4 People
Cookie is very aggressive on the outside but shy and naïve in the inside personally having him in our house hold is one of the most unique and fun times ever.
1 year, 3 months ago
4 Years
4 People
Learn a new trick
Has problems with disc hernia Loves to play Adicted to one person, frendly to everyone Loves Children Dont like firework Can be treacherous
1 year, 4 months ago
4 Years
4 People
Mood Swings ( Problems with his thoracal Discs Loves to learn trics Loves to play Loves bad weather Is very adicted to one person
1 year, 4 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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