It is important to help your Japanese Chin dog eat a good diet. Speaking from experience owning a Japanese Chin, the breed can be selective when it comes to dog and table foods. Sometimes, certain breeds have a hard time adapting to a feeding schedule (sick stomachs, picky eating, and having no routine is to be avoided at all costs). Finding the right combination of foods for this breed can take years to figure out. There are so many new dog foods and treats available on the market that may seem wonderful, but what actually works?

The Japanese Chin, like many dogs, needs to be fed a healthy, balanced diet that has variety and gets them eating every time.

Recipes for your Japanese Chin Dog

The foods used in the recipes below are tried and true and are in keeping with the safe foods recommended by Please also refer to my article titled “Foods that are Dangerous for Dogs.” The results of the recipes might help you achieve a new routine for your dog that is simple, yet healthy–that is the best bet for this type of dog.

The portion sizes can vary according to the eating habits and weight of your dog and may be adjusted according to need. All of the recipes are main dishes and can be fed to the dog at their normal feeding cycles. Keep in mind that before changing a dog’s diet or introducing a new food, it is best to consult the advice of your veterinarian. Different dogs have many special needs and requirements when it comes to their breed, age, and health status. Make sure to confirm with the veterinarian if certain foods are meeting your dog’s nutritional needs over time and make adjustments accordingly.

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

Chicken Mix with Cereal

Plain canned chicken (rinsed), mixed with oats cereal and lamb and rice dog food. You may also mix with rice squares cereal.

Pasta Blend

Small or cut up white pasta mixed with either plain canned chicken or dry lamb and rice dog food.

Tuna Twist

Plain tuna (rinse off salt and oil) mixed with dry lamb and rice dog food.

Toppings for Meals

The toppings you can use for your dog’s meals may include but are not limited to, thinly sliced or cooked carrots, the dog’s favorite treat grated over the top of their meal (you may use a cheese grater), crumbled cereal or bread (in moderation). They may be sprinkled over the tops of the meals or get mixed into them. A dollop of plain yogurt may also be used as a topping for a meal (refer to “7 Home Remedies for Your Dog” in “Sources” to find out about the benefits of yogurt and your dog). The toppings may be used to get the dog eating, but should not be used in place of the main meal.

Some Tips for All Meals

Make sure that portions are small for the Japanese Chin. It’s a good idea to always cut food up into small pieces or slices. If dry dog food is too hard for your dog, you can soak the dog food in a little water overnight to make it soft and more manageable. The recipes prepared above are made with “soaked” dog food. Make sure any food that is considered a table scrap is rinsed of oil, salt, seasonings or anything else that might be on it. The more simple and clean the meal the better.

These recipes are meant to enjoy and experiment with when it comes to your own dog. The result is a dog that might not get sick as often and knows what to expect. More great results may include no problems with stools, upset stomachs, vomiting, and low energy. Just a happy dog!