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Origin / History The Chinese Imperial Dog is a breed that originated in China during 700 A.D. The early ancestors of the Chinese Imperial Dog were given to the emperors of China during the Manchu dynasty. Dogs of this breed were owned only by royalty and became little temple dogs that were kept inside the palace. These dogs were taken care of by the court eunuchs.

The Dowager Empress Tzu-Hsi is said to have been greatly interested in the Chinese Imperial Dog and that during her reign, she had been very concerned regarding the breeding of these dogs. During that time, Chinese Imperial Dogs were bred to be bed warmers and loyal companions. These dogs were often used to warm the feet of the emperor and empress. There was even a time when these dogs were carried by the emperor or empress in their kimono sleeves. When the Dowager Empress died in 1911, the breeding of the Chinese Imperial Dogs wasn't considered important anymore. The young emperor and empress gave away the dogs as gifts to noblewomen and men in the Netherlands and England. Due to this, the breed became known in the west.

Appearance Chinese Imperial Dogs are compact and well-muscled. These dogs have a sturdy bone structure and a well-proportioned body. They have sweet and innocent facial expressions. These dogs have dropped ears and natural ear fringes. The muzzle of these dogs is short and wide with a definite stop. Dogs of this breed have broad and wide jaws, and their teeth meet in an undershot bite. Their neck is long, sturdy, and graceful. The coat of these dogs is dense and luxurious and must sport a simple, short to medium cut.

Colours The coat colours of Chinese Imperial Dogs include auburn, champagne, copper, black, chocolate, and cinnamon.

Temperament These dogs are happy and playful, with a loving and affectionate temperament. Although they are vivacious and energetic, these dogs are also content to just sit quietly on a person's lap. These dogs make excellent family companions. They are loving and affectionate with their family members, but they can be quite independent as well.

Height and Weight Dogs of this breed are less than nine inches high and weigh under nine pounds.

Common Health Problems When bred correctly, these dogs have no serious health problems. They are, however, susceptible to getting afflicted with hypoglycemia because of their small size.

Living Conditions Great as family companions, these dogs are suitable even for apartment dwellers. Owners must keep in mind, though, that it's still important for these dogs to get their daily dose of exercise.

Exercise Requirements Although these dogs can live inside apartments, it's still best for them to have a large, secure space where they can run around and play. It's also important for these dogs to be taken out for long walks daily so that their primal instinct for walking will be satisfied. When not given adequate exercise, these dogs may develop behavior problems.

Training Requirements Owners of Chinese Imperial Dogs should know how to display strong leadership skills to avoid the development of human-induced behavior problems in these dogs. These dogs regard their human family as their pack, and it's important for owners to teach the dogs that humans are higher in pack rank than canines are. Firm and consistent training methods will work well on this breed. It's also important for these dogs to be socialized well at an early age.

Life Expectancy Dogs of this breed are expected to live for around 10 to 15 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs should be trimmed at least once every six weeks. Bathing these dogs should be done occasionally. It's also important for owners to check and clean the dog's ears to prevent infections.

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