Good-natured and occasionally headstrong.
Alert, calm, and intelligent dogs. Need regular activity, however require less exercise than other breeds.
Stubborn tendencies may be lessened by using reward-based training involving small treats and favorite toys.
They tend to bark. They can be wary around strangers and may require careful socialization to prevent or reduce defensive aggressive tendencies.
May be intimidated by other dogs, causing defensive barking leading to confrontations.
Did You Know?
The American Kennel Club first recognized these good-natured and occasionally headstrong little dogs in 1906 – 8 years after the first records of them entering the United States.
Their history dates back as far as 2,000 years to ancient China, making them one of the oldest breeds in existence today. They were bred by the T’ang Dynasty in the 8th century, almost exclusively for the nobility. For centuries, only members of the Chinese Imperial Palace could own them.
They were so esteemed that commoners had to bow whenever they were in the presence of one. Custom also dictated they be sacrificed at the time of their master’s death, to protect them in the afterlife. (Thank heaven we don’t do that anymore.)
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