Jatzu Breed Maintenance
Depending on the coat qualities that the Jatzu inherits, they may have fairly extensive grooming requirements or they may require only a modest daily time commitment. Both parent breeds should receive baths every three to four weeks, as should the Jatzu. The Japanese Chin has a single-layer, medium-length coat with a silky texture and the Shih-Tzu has a double-layer coat comprised of a short, soft undercoat and a layer of long, straight, silky hair that is prone to tangling. The Jatzu with a coat that resembles the shorter Japanese Chin coat is typically the least complicated to groom, but it still requires brushing and combing several times to remove any tangles or mats. The longer, double-layer coat of the Shih-Tzu is even more prone to tangling than the coat of the Japanese Chin and either requires clipping the coat short or a time-consuming daily grooming routine. Both the Japanese Chin and the Shih-Tzu breeds tend to shed less than other dogs and have been classified as hypoallergenic and Jatzu dogs share this classification.