Japanese Chin Dog Names

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Introduction

Not being a popular breed of dog within the United States, the Japanese Chin is the type of dog that you either love or hate. These aloof canines are more catlike than dog. Having once graced the homes of emperors within Asia, these little palace dogs tend to have names that have a Japanese or Asian flare. Some people prefer to grace their Chin with typical small breed names such as Maggie or Mitzi, however, you may want to look beyond the traditional and go with a name such as Megumi or Yoshi that is as unique as your new Japanese Chin puppy.

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Japanese Chin Dog Name Considerations

Since the Japanese Chin is a toy breed, many people will give him a typical toy breed name. However, this regal little pup may be more deserving of a name fit for royalty. The origins of the Japanese Chin can be found throughout Asia, although many historians believe that he originated in Korea and was imported into Japan as a devoted companion for the emperor and his family. The Chin was only allowed to be owned by royalty for many centuries, commoners found owning one of these dogs were punished. With a past this illustrious, he is deserving of a name that reflects his oriental heritage. Therefore, while you may come across Chins with Americanized names such as Maggie or Daisy, the more popular names come from the Japanese language. It is not uncommon to come across a male Chin with the name Ichiro, Akio or Takumi or a female Chin with the name Fumiko, Megumi or Miki. If you have a new Japanese Chin puppy in your family, take some time to brush up on your Japanese and see if there is a name somewhere that honors his heritage, is easy to pronounce and makes you proud to own such an eccentric toy dog. 

Male Japanese Chin Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
8
Sadao
Honorable hero
7
Yasu
Filled with peace
7
Yutaka
Rich or bountiful
6
Arata
Fresh or new
6
Hikaru
Radiance or light
5
Hiro
Generous
5
Kenichi
First son who is strong and healthy
5
Rikuto
Person of the land
5
Tadao
Faithful, loyal man
5
Yoshiro
A righteous son
4
Akio
Bright man
4
Katashi
Firm and strong
3
Takumi
Artistic nature
3
Yoshito
Correct person; ceremonial
2
Jiro
The second son
1
Hachiro
Eighth son
1
Ichiro
The first son
1
Kaito
Flying over the ocean
1
Kenta
Strong, large and healthy
0
Takeo
Warrior; hero
0
Yoshio
Life full of joy
-1
Hitoshi
A motivated person
-1
Masahiro
Prosper greatly
-1
Shichiro
The seventh son
-1
Taro
A large son
-2
Fumio
Scholarly hero
-2
Masaaki
Pleasing brightness

Female Japanese Chin Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
8
Miku
Beautiful sky
7
Aimi
Love beautiful
7
Chikako
Child of a thousand perfumes
7
Mei
Sprouting life
7
Naoko
Honest child
7
Toshiko
Clever child
6
Chika
Scatter flower
6
Natsumi
Beautiful summer
5
Akiko
Bright child
5
Masumi
Become beautiful; true clarity
4
Fumiko
Child of abundant beauty
4
Haruko
Spring child
4
Katsumi
Victorious beauty
4
Ryuu
Imperial; dragon
3
Airi
Love jasmine
3
Kiyoko
Pure child
2
Kimi
Noble
2
Michiko
Wise, beautiful child
2
Miki
Beautiful princess
2
Saki
Blossom of hope
1
Chouko
Butterfly child
1
Daiki
Great nobility; great glory
1
Kazuki
Harmonious hope
1
Kimiko
Empress child
0
Hoshiko
Star child
0
Keiko
Respectful child or blessed child
0
Tamiko
Child of many beauties
-1
Kamiko
Superior Child
-1
Megumi
Blessing
-1
Naomi
Honestly beautiful
-1
Yoshi
Righteous or lucky
-3
Maiko
Child of dance
-3
Satomi
Beautiful and wise

Community Dogs With Japanese Chin Names

Henry's name story for Japanese Chin Dog Names
Henry
Male
Japanese Chin
Wichita, KS
Personality
Playful
Companionly
Compassionate
Independent
Protective
Quiet
Stubborn
Funny
Loving
regal

We learned Henry would be a “perfect companion” and would “travel anywhere with us” , so we named him Henry after the Portuguese explorer Prince Henry the Navigator.

Yuki's name story for Japanese Chin Dog Names
Yuki
Female
Japanese Chin
Wichita, KS
Personality
Playful
Cheerful
Companionly
Quiet
Happy
Funny
Loving
discerning
catlike

We were looking for a Japanese girl’s name and Yuki means happiness. She is a very loving and happy little companion.

Taiyo's name story for Japanese Chin Dog Names
Taiyo
Male
Japanese Chin
Royston, GA
Personality
Loyal
Silly
Loving
Guardian
Caretaker

Taiyo is his call name which means sun in Japanese depending on which character you use. His full show make is Lavish's Mystike Rising Sun.