The Chin-Wa: A Complete Guide

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The Chin Wa is a designer hybrid dog that combines the Chihuahua with the Japanese Chin.

Clearly, this is not going to be the biggest dog in the world, but there is no doubt that their character and personality far surpasses their size.

Both parent breeds are pretty well-known, but then this hybrid breed is going to be relatively unknown.

However, in order to counteract that particular issue, we have created our complete guide to the Chin Wa to ultimately make life significantly easier for you.

By the end of it all, you will be in a far better position to care for your new puppy correctly.

Let’s face it, you want to be able to offer them the best possible life, which is why our guide will take you through all of the different things that you need to know before you take ownership.

Before getting started with our guide, we do want to go ahead and turn the attention onto you as you are going to be playing a key role in the life of your new puppy.

Chin-Wa Puppies – Before You Buy…

A black Chin-Wa being held by its owner
The Chin Wa is a rather small dog.

Before you take ownership, we want you to just be honest with your self regarding your ability to look after a dog in the correct manner.

To do that, we want you to spend some time considering your answers to many rather important questions.

Ideally, you should be focusing on questions such as the following to help you in getting a better understanding of your abilities to care for this breed.

  • Have you ever trained a dog of any size before?
  • Are you aware of any temperamental issues that the breed will have?
  • Can you provide them with the exercise that they need?
  • Do you understand the maintenance aspect?

They are very simple points, but they are certainly important enough for you to spend time thinking about them as you work your way through our complete guide.

What Price are Chin Wa Puppies?

When we look at the price that you need to pay for a Chin Wa puppy, then several important factors need to be taken into consideration.

However, we can only offer a rough guide to things rather than an accurate price as there are just so many things that can alter the price.

For example, even your location makes a difference as the price in one country can vary from place to place.

This is directly attributed to the idea of there being the concept of supply and demand as this is not uniform across a single country.

If you live in an area where there are more puppies than buyers, then the price is lower, so it is basic economics.

Also, each breeder is going to have their idea of what they want to sell their puppies at.

Those that have built their reputation will undoubtedly charge more simply because they know people will pay extra thanks to their expertise.

Finally, there is the pedigree of the parents, and this is something that most people are aware of when it comes to buying a puppy.

The better the pedigree, then the better the dog you will then have, and this is a theory that is not always as accurate as they would like you to believe.

Even after taking all of that into consideration, the kind of ballpark figure you should be looking at paying is going to be in the region of as little as $200 to $700 within the United States.

In the United Kingdom, you are looking at a price in the region of £400 to £800.

How to Find Reputable Chin Wa Breeders?

A Chin-Wa with a pink leash
The Chin Wa is a wonderful pet.

In the previous section, we mentioned breeders that have built up their reputation, but the question now is how you are then able to find those individuals in the first place.

Well, there are a number of ways.

First, you need to be prepared to spend some time doing a bit of work on your own.

This involves going to the likes of Google and checking out different associations, groups, and clubs that are dedicated to the breed.

Often, people involved in those groups will be quite happy to help you out.

Aside from doing work on your own, there’s also the idea of contacting the Dog Breeder’s Association and asking them for some help.

They will either have the contact details for different breeders of the Chin Wa, or they will at least tell you who you can contact.

Finally, the Kennel Club could also be able to help you out in pretty much the same way as the Dog Breeder’s Association. You should certainly ask them as you have nothing to lose by doing so.

3 Little-Known Facts About Chin Wa Puppies

The Chin Wa is a seriously cute breed, and even though you know very little about them, we have selected three facts that may very well help you to build a better picture of the breed.

  • They are very sociable dogs.

This breed is highly sociable, and it does mean that they are going to want to be out and about as much as they can.

  • They have a sassy nature.

Thanks to the Chihuahua aspect, this breed of dog is seen as being rather sassy in its approach to life. There is no doubt that you will have a dog that is full of character.

  • They forget they are a small dog.

This breed suffers from small dog syndrome in that it thinks it is physically larger than it is. Ultimately, this leads to them being braver than you would have otherwise expected.

Physical Traits of the Chin Wa


As we said at the outset, the Chin Wa is not the biggest of dogs, but then when you look at the two breeds that are brought together, this should not be surprising.

As it is a hybrid breed, then it means that there are some physical traits from both sides of the genetic line.

Exactly how those traits are spread around can vary slightly, but there are some common traits that you might want to be aware of.

They are small in size, but still quite strongly built.

Their head is more of an apple shape than anything else, and their ears can be either quite floppy or erect depending on the genes that are the most prominent. Also, their eyes are large and prominent.

Their coat will either be straight and long or straight and short depending on the genes.

They are also in different colors from white, to red, gray, cream or black. You can also find that there is more than one color in their coat at any given time.

How Big is a Full-Grown Chin Wa?

So, we have spoken about them being a small breed, but what kind of size are we talking about?

Well, it is small, but there can be a slight difference between males and females for you to also be aware of.

For their height, then the male is between 8 to 11 inches while the female is between 7 and 10 inches.

For their weight, then the male is between 4 to 8lbs while the female is between 4 to 7lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Chin Wa?

The Chin Wa is a very healthy breed of dog, which is something to be covered later, and that does have a positive impact on their life expectancy.

In general, you can be looking at a life expectancy in the region of 12 to 14 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Chin Wa

A small white Chin-Wa
The Chin Wa will be healthy most of the time.

The intelligence of this breed is going to become apparent from very early on.

However, they can be quite stubborn at times, which does then translate into them being difficult to train at times. It will certainly be tough if you have never trained a dog before.

They do love being with a family, and they will be exceptionally loyal to you.

However, you need to perhaps keep them away from small children as they can be nervous and there is a potential for them to nip your child at different points.

They will certainly want to please you as much as possible and will love nothing more than snuggling up to you whenever possible.

You should also avoid leaving them alone for an extended period of time as they will not be best pleased.

Overall, they are going to be fun, playful, full of life, and generally just a pleasure to have around.

The Chin Wa’s Diet

The diet for the Chin Wa is not big by any means. In fact, you are looking at around one cup of food per day.

As their diet is so small, it does also mean you need to be even more careful than before with what you feed them. In this instance, dry dog food that is of high quality will be the best.

When choosing the food, you need to check that it is for small dogs as it will mean that there is the correct distribution of nutrients for their size.

Also, as they get older you need to change what you feed them, but that is where your vet is going to help.

You should also find that the breeder can advise you on what to feed them, and if they provide you with a plan then keep to it.

Treats are possible, but keep them to a minimum and at random times so they do not get that used to them. You are also able to provide them with food from your table but in small amounts.

How Much Exercise Does a Chin Wa Need?

When it comes to activity levels, then the Chin Wa has an average activity level and that does translate into the amount of exercise that they are going to require on a daily basis.

This breed requires around 30 minutes of exercise per day and this should take the form of a good walk. However, do keep them on their leash as they are not the easiest of breeds to call back.

Thanks to their size and energy levels, they will be perfect for an apartment as they do not require a lot of space and are able to get a lot of their exercise from that small space.

Chin Wa Health and Conditions

The Chin Wa does have relatively few health conditions for you to be aware of, but paying close attention to their general health is always advisable.

When you go to buy your puppy, do make a point of asking the breeder about the health of the parents.

They should have been checked out by a vet, and then evidence shown to you before you take ownership.

However, the general health conditions for you to be aware of when it comes to this breed include the following.

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Liver Shunts
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Cataracts
  • Hypoglycemia

This list is shorter than a number of other breeds, but they can also develop other more common illnesses and allergies as like any other breed.

My Final Thoughts on the Chin-WaA Chin-Wa with long hair

The Chin Wa may very well be a small dog, but it is one that is full of character and life.

They are a great family dog that will bring a smile to the face of everybody in the home.

They are easy to care for, and they are relatively healthy as a breed even though you do still need to pay close attention to their health in general.

Also, as long as you socialize them from an early age, then it should be possible to avoid any behavioral issues that could develop over time.

In general, the Chin Wa is a wonderful small dog to own that will bring you a lot of pleasure throughout their life.

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