Enjoys human company. Does not tolerate heat or cold. Some can climb. Some snore. A naturally clean dog.
China (despite its name), antiquity.
Companion. (Early types were supposedly sometimes kept in hanging birdcages.)
Playful, devoted, sensitive, alert, cheerful.
8 to 11 in (20 to 28 cm); 4 to 7 lb (2 to 3 kg). Colors are black-and-white, red-and-white, or tricolor.
Long, profuse, and silky. Moderate grooming; two or three times a week. Professional grooming is optional. Moderate shedding; heavy seasonally.
12 to 14 years.
Respiratory problems, patellar luxation, mitral valve insufficiency, sensitive to anesthesia.
Ideal for urban areas and apartment life.
Tends to bond to one person. Very good with gentle, well-behaved children. A few are reserved around strangers; others enjoy meeting new friends. Very good with other pets.
Variable, often very high. Has been known to make up his own tricks.