|Barked: Mon Oct 1, '07 9:51pm PST |
Historically, there have been two periods in time where the Chin almost disappeared. The first time was in the early 1900s, when Japanese royalty breed the chin down to teacup, kept them in bird cages and feed them a steady diet of Sake. Because of their size and diet, the chin almost disappeared. The second time was during WWII. Because Japan starved during the end stages of the war, many Chins and other Inus were eaten. Thanks to the efforts of Catherine Cross, the breed came back stronger than ever. There is no doubt that Mrs. Cross, an American, was the premier chin breeder of the century. Just about all reputable American chins have Cross in their lines. Her vision was to breed the classical chinny. Chins bred by Mrs. Cross dominated the show ring for many years. If you're looking for a mate, I would look close at the family trees. A chin with strong ties to Cross would make an excellent candidate for you.
PS: I agree with your comment about Chinny breeders!
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