The Japanese Chin Health

Welcome to the Japanese Chin Club of America’s Health page. The JCCA strives for its members and enthusiasts to understand health conditions that affect our breed and stress the importance of health testing within our breeding programs so we may continue to preserve the Japanese Chin for generations to come. Whether you are looking to add a new addition to your family home, make informed decisions when breeding, or if you are just intrigued with the Japanese Chin overall, the JCCA aims to be a reliable resource.

While the Japanese Chin is generally a healthy breed, there are some important health concerns that may arise. The Japanese Chin Club of America recommends following the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) health testing guidelines including:

An eye exam at 36 months of age by a board-certified ophthalmologist.

Heart exam at least 4 years of age with a licensed veterinarian or advance heart evaluation with a board-certified veterinary cardiologist.

Patella luxation at least 1 year of age with a licensed veterinarian.

DNA test for Gangliosidosis (GM2) thru approved OFA laboratories.

For more information and forms, please visit the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.

The JCCA also supports studies by AKC Canine Health Foundation.

We are so glad you have taken the time to do your research.  If you have specific questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Health Committee.

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