The Japillon is a designer crossbred between a Japanese chin and a Papillon having ears which resemble the butterflies.
Temperament & Personality
It is an affectionate breed that requires constant companionship and has cat-like movements. Despite its size, the dog is an effective guard dog. It barks at strangers and stops only when the owner commands it to stop. The Papillon side of this dog does make it eager to please its owner. On the other hand, the Japanese chin adds elements of stubbornness to it. However, if left unsupervised among highly spirited children, the dog might get hurt. If left alone for a long period of time, the canine can become agile.
The Japillon is an active and social breed. The owner should have a moderately sized ward for a walk or to exercise. Dog parks or beaches are also recommended.
The silky coat of a Japillon is not prone to matting and bathing is not suggested. Weekly brushing will maintain its coat and will also help to distribute oils on the skin. Both the ears and the neck area needs special attention. Clip off the extra-long nails and clean their teeth occasionally.
Mostly a healthy breed, the dog may suffer from minor health concerns such as Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Von Willebrand's Disease, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Some occasional tests recommended include Radiographs and Eye Examination.
Japillon responds really well to generous and constant training. It efficiently obeys the commands of its master making it easily trainable.
The dog needs regular feeding just like any other dog in general. Normal pet foods are enough for them.