A good watchdog. Needs a lot of attention from his family, but not particularly playful. This heavy-coated, compact breed cannot handle heat. Due to shortened muzzle, may snore.
Companion; sacred dog; lapdog.
Courageous, determined, stubborn, loyal, companionable, aloof.
15 to 23 cm; 3.5 to 6kg. All colours and patterns except albino and liver.
Long, profuse, thick. High maintenance; a lot of brushing at least once a week to prevent matting. Face and eyes need special attention. Professional grooming is desirable. Light shedding.
Umbilical hernia, eye problems (corneal ulcer, distichiasis, entropion, “dry eye”), breathing problems, stenotic nares (pinched nostrils), cysts, phobias, elongated soft palate, patellar luxation, skin allergies, congestive heart failure, arthritis, seizures, ear infections.
Adaptable to any living situation; perfect for apartment life.
Tends to bond to one person. Not good with children. Aloof with strangers. Can be jealous of other pets.
Low; some may be hard to housetrain.
Therapy dog, agility.