6-10 lbs
Japanese Chin
Jetese, Maltichin

 The Jatese is a hybrid animal, a cross between two diminuative dogs that have each been bred as companion animals for several centuries; the Japanese Chin from Asia and the Maltese from Greece. The resulting crossbreed is an engaging and friendly companion that typically stands less than a foot tall and weighs about the same as a bag of potatoes. This dog is a peaceful and pleasant companion, although if socialization is neglected they can become anxious or suspicious, and if spoiled when very young they can become overdependent and even a bit bratty. They are equally comfortable in both large and small homes, but they should never be left outside on their own, even in a fenced yard. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Japanese Chin and Maltese

Jatese Health

Average Size
Male Jatese size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Female Jatese size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Portacaval Shunt
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Heart Murmur
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
Occasional Tests
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • BAER Testing
  • Radiographs

Jatese Breed History

The Jatese is a designer dog, a deliberate cross between two ancient companion animals. The origins of the Japanese Chin have been obscured by the passage of time as has been the true meaning behind its name. Many experts believe that the Chin in Japanese Chin is a reference to China, while others maintain that it means cat-like, referring both to its size and its proclivity for climbing. We do know that the little dogs were valued by royal families in both China and Japan for many centuries and the breed became distributed worldwide when they started being given as gifts to certain expeditionary forces in the mid-1850s. This allowed the tiny companion dog to gain popularity outside of Asia as well, particularly in both England and in the United States. They were first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as the Japanese Spaniel but the name was officially changed to the Japanese Chin in 1977. The Maltese may be even older than the Japanese Chin, traceable to Malta, a small island off of the coast of Italy, as far back as 3500 BC. They were widely traded even before the time of Christ and have favored by the rich and famous throughout the world since the time of the ancient Greeks. The first Maltese shown in the United States was white with black markings on the ears and was listed as a Maltese Skye Terrier. A great deal of crossbreeding has occurred since this little canine was introduced to America, and the modern Maltese dog in America is likely to have Pomeranian or Poodle ancestors sprinkled in their family history.  

Jatese Breed Appearance

The Jatese is a small, well-balanced dog characterized by a luxurious, silky, single-layer coat which can be long like the Maltese or medium-length like the Japanese Chin and comes in white, black & white, and occasionally in black. They are a fairly square shaped dog, with finely boned, straight legs, and a profusely feathered tail that they carry high and arched up over their back. This crossbreed’s head may be slightly rounded like that of the Maltese dog, with a fine, tapered muzzle of medium length, it may be somewhat short and broad like that of the Japanese Chin- with both a muzzle and nose to match, or it may even take some features from both. Their alert and inquisitive eyes are dark and round and they may have either the small V-shaped ears that fold forward from the Japanese Chin or the low set drop ears of the Maltese. 

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

Jatese Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements of the Jatese can vary a little bit from dog to dog, depending on which coat they have inherited, though not by a great deal. Both parent breeds require baths every three to four weeks, which is more than most dogs their size, as will their offspring, but unless they have their coat clipped, those that inherit the longer coat of the Yorkshire Terrier will require combing and brushing on a daily basis. The Japanese Chin also has a silky, single-layer coat but it is somewhat shorter than the coat of the Maltese and less likely to tangle, so brushing a few times a week is sufficient for their coats. Both the Japanese Chin and the Maltese are low-shedding dogs that have been classified as hypoallergenic and Jatese dogs share this classification. 

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

Jatese Temperament

Jatese dogs tend to be a curious, lively, and responsive companions with an inquisitive and interactive nature. This hybrid will be extremely trainable in most cases, although short, cheerful sessions will be the most productive, and the Maltese can be notoriously difficult to successfully housetrain and may pass this down to the Jatese. They are generally very people oriented and affectionate, but can sometimes be prone to separation anxiety. Due to their small size, small or overly enthusiastic children may overwhelm them and all interactions should be closely monitored, for the safety of both the canine and the child. Like most toy-sized canines, these dogs can become timid and anxious if not properly socialized and have a tendency to become yappy or bratty if overindulged when they are young. Dogs this size can easily fall prey to misadventure or wildlife even in the relative safety of the backyard and should never be left alone outside.   

Jatese Activity Requirements

Although this dog is an energetic animal, it can expend a great deal of energy without a large effort on your part. While this crossbreed will certainly enjoy short walks around the neighborhood, they do best with frequent breaks, about every twenty minutes or so. Remember that this hybrid has just a single layer of hair so may be more susceptible to the cold; if you live in a colder climate, sweaters and jackets designed for your canine companion may be a good investment. Jatese dogs that have inherited the short, wide muzzle of the Japanese Chin may also be susceptible to overheating so shouldn’t be too strenuously exercised in warmer weather. Puzzles and toys designed for dogs and  games of hide-a-treat are sufficient for keeping their active little minds occupied and they typically make enjoyable roommates even in smaller spaces. 

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

Jatese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Jatese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Jatese size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Jatese size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Jatese size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Jatese size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Jatese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Jatese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs

Jatese Owner Experiences

8 Years
2 People
I have two a brother and sister.He has features of the Japanese chin and she has the features of a martese .both are very sweet. Male is strong willed and female is sweet but shy.
5 years, 7 months ago
4 Months
2 People
He is very playful but also can be quite the couch potato
5 years ago
8 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Our Jatese is very friendly and likes to cuddle a lot, he’s a bit of a couch patato and often dosent want to play games. We get him groomed every month and a half.
4 years, 9 months ago
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