Colors Of Japanese Chin Puppies
Japanese Chins come in a variety of colors, and they are not always clear to understand. The Japanese Chin can be classified in one of the following 5 categories of color:
- Black & White
- Red / Brown and White
BLACK AND WHITE: The black and white Japanese Chin is the most common colors and is the most recognizable combination for this breed. Although Chins of any color can win in the show ring, it is the black and white Chins that dominate.
RED / BROWN: The red / brown Chins are born white, and slowly start to develop spots that range in color from tan to red. As the Japanese Chin Puppy develops, the spots always darken, but they don’t all end up in the same shade.
LEMON: The Lemon Chins are born all white with the faintest tan markings on them. As they mature, their spots darken only a marginal amount. They are actually considered Red/Brown, as they have the same gene that produces the Red/Brown and white ones, with the addition of a masking gene.
TRI-COLOR: Tri color chins are black, white and tan. This is a very rare combination, and these markings are permanent and present at all stages of life.
SABLE: The Sable Chin Puppies start out with black hairs, particularly in the ears, that actually lighten with age to a Red / Brown. In some cases they may even lighten to a lemon Chin.