Chinese Imperial Dog

The Chinese Imperial Dog is a small breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. Kennel clubs originally classified the breed under the Shih Tzu, before recognizing the Imperial as a separate breed


The Chinese Imperial Dog was first bred in China in the Forbidden City where the smaller ones were carried by the nobility in the sleeves of their robes. After coming to the USA there were always breeders that bred the smaller dogs but the Chinese Imperial Dog did not receive recognition until March 2005.

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