The Poochin goes by many variations of names relating to its parentage and is recognized by four competitive breed associations. The purebred Poodle and Japanese Chin make up the lovable ball of fur known as the Poochin. This designer dog is an excellent companion dog with a playful, happy disposition and a quiet manner. The Poochin does not require a lot of physical activity and enjoys a good lap, making them an ideal dog for older and less active folks wishing for the perfect companion. Additionally, the Poochin may be a good fit for people who suffer from allergies, thanks to the hypoallergenic qualities of the Poodle parent.
The Poochin is a popular designer mix due to the high popularity of both parents breeds as well as the well-known hypoallergenic qualities of the Poodle. The Poochin does not have a detailed history or a hybrid standard and can look and behave like either parent. Owners should review the histories and traits of both parents because of this variation. The Japanese Chin, despite its name, is a dog of the Chinese Imperial court. The toy-sized companion was a favorite and often gifted to foreign emissaries when they visited the Chinese Emperor. Several of the dogs made their way to Japan as gifts, and so beloved were they that the Japanese regarded them as "chin" rather than "inu", meaning as a separate being from the dog. Over time, the small dog came to be known as the Japanese Chin in reference to its venerated status. The Japanese Chin remained widely unknown by the rest of the world until the 19th Century when Japan began trading with the West. The Japanese Chin, which has also gone by the Japanese Spaniel, enjoyed instant popularity after its introduction to the West and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1888. The Poodle is a German breed who many believe was the first waterfowl hunting dog. The exact origins of the Poodle are unknown, and evidence suggests the Poodle's history extends back thousands of years. Whatever the previous history, the Poodle clearly traces its lineage back the 1400s in Germany, which is also the same time the Toy and Miniature variations were introduced. While the Standard and even Miniature varieties were used in Europe for duck hunting and truffle sniffing, respectively, the Toy variations served as companions. With time, the image of the Poodle became more aristocratic, and people kept the dogs as companions, despite their working qualities. The Poodle was a rare breed in the United States through the end of World War II, but the breed's popularity took up in the 1950's and the Poodle, recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887, enjoyed two decades as the most popular breed in the United States.