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Pekingese vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Japanese Chin – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Pekingese vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Japanese Chin" Compare Pekingese and Tibetan Spaniel. Which is better: Pekingese or Tibetan Spaniel or Japanese Chin?
Name Pekingese Tibetan Spaniel Japanese Chin
OriginsChina Tibet Japan
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank88121108
Reviews112
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Other Names Peking Lion Dog, Lion Dog, Chinese Spaniel, Pelchie Dog, Peking Palasthund, Peke Tibbie, Simkhyi Chin, Japanese Spaniel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1983 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Japan Chin and Pekingese section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Japan Chin and Pekingese section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Pekingese Club Of America
No set American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Price No set $800-$1000 $300-$500

General Appearance - Pekingese vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Japanese Chin

Size Small Small Small
Weight 8-10 pounds (3.6-4.5 kg) 9-15 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg) 4-15 pounds (2-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 9 pounds (3.6-4.5 kg) 12 pounds (4.1-6.8 kg) 9.5 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height 6-9 inches (30.4-45 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 7-11 inches (18-28 cm)
Avg. Height 7.5 inches (30.24.5 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 9 inches (23 cm)

Hair & Care - Pekingese vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Japanese Chin

Coat Dense Silky Feathered
Colors Fawn
Red
Cream
Gray
White
Black
Cream
Red
Silver
Sable
Tan
Gold
White
Black
White
Sable
Lemon
Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Tibetan Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Japanese Chin requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Pekingeses shed moderately.
Tibetan Spaniels shed none to minimal.
Japanese Chins shed moderately.

Characteristics - Pekingese vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Japanese Chin

Temperament Affectionate
Good-natured
Opinionated
Aggressive
Intelligent
Stubborn
Intelligent
Aloof
Independent
Assertive
Happy
Willful
Alert
Independent
Loving
Playful
Intelligent
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Low: The Pekingese if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Average: Tibetan Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Pekingeses are easy to train.
Tibetan Spaniels are easy to train.
Japanese Chins are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Pekingeses don't really like playing.
Tibetan Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Japanese Chins, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Pekingeses are less sensitive than other dog breeds.
Tibetan Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Japanese Chins have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Pekingeses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Tibetan Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Japanese Chins are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Pekingeses need for social interaction is average.
Tibetan Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
Japanese Chins need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Pekingese is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Tibetan Spaniel rarely barks.
Low: The Japanese Chin barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Pekingeses are average watchdogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Japanese Chins are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Pekingeses strongly protect their territory.
Tibetan Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Japanese Chins strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Pekingese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Tibetan Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Japanese Chin has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Pekingeses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Japanese Chins have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Pekingeses have average wanderlust potential.
Tibetan Spaniels have average wanderlust potential.
Japanese Chins are not the biggest explorers.
Prey Drive
Pekingeses have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Japanese Chins have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Pekingeses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Pekingeses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tibetan Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Japanese Chins adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Japanese Chins tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Pekingese vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Japanese Chin

Stranger Friendly
Pekingeses are average friendly towards strangers.
Tibetan Spaniels are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Pekingeses are not kid-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Pekingeses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are very cat-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Pekingeses are average friendly towards other dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Japanese Chins are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Pekingese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Tibetan Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Japanese Chin is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pekingeses are not recommended for elderly people.
Tibetan Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Japanese Chins are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Pekingeses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Tibetan Spaniels are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Japanese Chins are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners Yes
Pekingeses are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Tibetan Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Japanese Chins are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Pekingese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Tibetan Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Japanese Chin breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Pekingese vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Japanese Chin

Health Issues
Pekingeses are commonly healthy dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Japanese Chin is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Brachycephalic Syndrome
Cataracts
Cleft Palate
Cryptorchidism
Distichiasis
Ectopic Cilia
Entropion
Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
Hydrocephalus
Intervertebral Disk Disease
Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
No set Cataracts
Entropion
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Heart Disease
Heart Murmurs
Hypothyroidism
Patellar Luxation
Life Expectancy 13-15 years 12-15 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Pekingeses have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Tibetan Spaniels have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Japanese Chins have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Pekingeses exercise need is very minimal.
Tibetan Spaniels exercise need is minimal.
Japanese Chins exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Pekingeses like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Tibetan Spaniels sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Japanese Chins like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Pekingese can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers warm weather Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Pekingese has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Tibetan Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Japanese Chin has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Pekingese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Tibetan Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Japanese Chin is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Pekingese vs Tibetan Spaniel vs Japanese Chin

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies 3-6 puppies 1-3 puppies

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Reviews

  • Greg

    Dec 24, 2020, 10:34:17 PM:

    Mistake in row: "Good For First Time Owners" It's completely the opposite, Pekingese are very stubborn, whilst Tibetan spaniels are not (or just slightly compared to the Pekingese). I have had both and I am talking from a first-hand experience.