Chinese Imperial

The Chinese Imperial Dog was bred for the first time in the Imperial Palace in China. The smaller members of the breed were carried through the palace in the sleeves of the robes worn by nobility. The dogs came to America some time ago, but the breed was not officially recognized in the United States until March of 2005.

These sturdy, small dogs are a bundle of energy in a tiny package. The tallest of these animals stands nine inches at the shoulder and weighs no more than nine pounds. Anyone who enjoys a small dog will love this breed. Small and easy to control, this breed is a wonderful choice for the elderly who desire a companion. Personality: This breed of dog is an affectionate one. They are perfect as family companions or as the pampered pet of a single owner. The breed is intelligent, energetic and trusting. They are as outgoing as they are content to sit on a warm lap while watching television. The dog has a vivacious spirit, but it also has an independent streak that can make it difficult to train. When raised and trained with consistency and patience, the breed can be an enjoyable companion. Like any other dog, this breed can get into trouble when left to its own devices.

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Life Span
10 - 15 years
Other Names
Chinese Imperial

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Size
Small

These sturdy, small dogs are a bundle of energy in a tiny package. The tallest of these animals stands nine inches at the shoulder and weighs no more than nine pounds. Anyone who enjoys a small dog will love this breed. Small and easy to control, this breed is a wonderful choice for the elderly who desire a companion.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level

This breed of dog is an affectionate one. They are perfect as family companions or as the pampered pet of a single owner. The breed is intelligent, energetic and trusting. They are as outgoing as they are content to sit on a warm lap while watching television.

The dog has a vivacious spirit, but it also has an independent streak that can make it difficult to train.

When raised and trained with consistency and patience, the breed can be an enjoyable companion. Like any other dog, this breed can get into trouble when left to its own devices.

Appearance

Shedding
Little
Grooming
High maintenance

The coat of this breed is kept trimmed to a puppy cut. If you aren't familiar with what this is, talk to a professional groomer. The puppy cut reduces the amount of time that needs to be dedicated to the long coat. If you choose to let your dog's fur grow naturally, you will need to brush or comb it daily to prevent matting.

You will find the dog in almost any color.

Bi-colored black and white dogs are the most common, but you can find this dog in cream, white or black. As with any breed of dog, attention must be paid to the ears, teeth and nails. Weekly ear cleaning, daily teeth brushing and monthly nail trimmings keep the breed looking its best.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Hard to train
  • The dog is the perfect size for apartment living
  • The life expectancy for this breed is between 10 and 15 years
  • A daily walk will prevent this dog from displaying behavior problems
  • Avoiding the temptation to carry the small dog from place to place will help prevent human-induced behavior problems
  • The breed is recognized by the NCA, DRA and CPR
  • The breed is not recognized by the AKC
  • This dog is not known by any nicknames

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Common Health Conditions in Chinese Imperials

The only common health issue for this breed is hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar is a common trait among a variety of small breeds. Making sure that your dog eats several small meals per day instead of one large one can prevent a drop in normal sugar levels.

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