Fresh Food for Japanese Chins
At home in an imperial palace or a studio apartment, the Japanese chin is historically a lapdog for nobility. The breed’s regal poise, fondness for high perches (they climb!), and command of the couch prompt cat comparisons. But chins keep it canine with their spirited, affectionate personalities and fenced-yard zip-abouts. Like other brachycephalic animals, chins should go slow in hot weather. The breed wears an elegant two-tone fur coat with feathery embellishments on legs and tail, and though brushing is needed and enjoyed, the silky ensemble doesn’t matt easily. Prone to spoiling by human companions, chins can gain weight easily, which is hard to work off while sitting in a lap.
What’s the best dog food for Japanese Chins?
A diet of fresh dog food for your Japanese chin is the best way to support their health and happiness—along with daily exercise, regular vet care, and a prime spot on the sofa.
Why fresh is best for your Japanese Chins
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Japanese Chins’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Japanese chins are prone to joint issues. Maintaining a lean body condition can help. And fresh food from The Farmer’s Dog contains Omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis. Even if kibble contains these healthy fats, they can go rancid sitting on the shelf for long periods. Rancid fats don’t deliver the intended health benefits, and in fact can contribute to inflammation. Fresh food delivers these powerful nutrients intact to your Japanese chin.
Dial up dental health (and fresh breath!)
For dogs like Japanese chins, who may be prone to dental disease, don’t look to a dried pellet to clean teeth. Kibble is an ultra-processed food—it sticks to teeth, contributing to plaque, and it can contain substances that actually fuel inflammation in the tissues of the body, including the mouth. Eating for dental health means eating for overall health. A fresh, whole-food diet promotes a healthier immune system, which helps ward off dental infections—and it doesn’t stick to teeth.
Know what’s in the bowl
For Japanese chins with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
Maintain a healthy weight
It’s critically important to avoid overfeeding any dog, big or small. Being even a little overweight can increase your Japanese chin’s odds of developing a host of diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. A fresh-food plan, tailored to your dog’s needs, and delivered in pre-portioned packs, makes weight maintenance easy.