I’m Chinese in origin, where I was the companion of monks. However, I saw the need to travel to broaden my horizons and ended up in Europe at around the 15th century. Since then I’ve become a much-loved pet in many countries, particularly Britain and the Netherlands.
What do I look like?
Ok so I’m not the tallest, but don’t the best things come in small packages? I guess I look a bit like a miniature mastiff. And yes, I have lots of wrinkles. But you humans end up with plenty of them too! I’m pretty sturdy with fairly long, straight legs. My tail is curly, some might say it’s a big like a pigs, but look at it this way – I’ll never get it trapped in a door! You’ll best remember me for my face – a bit like a teddy bear, I would say.
What do I need from you?
I’m pretty easy-going and really easy to feed and groom. My coat is short, smooth and glossy. I like being in families to please involve me in lots of stuff – though don’t ask me to do the washing-up without a big stool to stand on!
What I will give in return
I’m a bit of a character, even if I do say so myself. There’s mischief in my eyes but don’t worry, it’s just harmless play I’m after. In fact, playing is what I do best so expect some good times ahead. I’ll gladly join you on some country walks, town walks or trips to the seaside.
How big will I get?
I’d be delighted to get to one foot tall – that would be cool. But I’ll probably settle at around 10in-11in (25cm-28cm). I’m easy to lift as I weigh around 14lb-18lb (6kg-8kg).
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