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.
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.