Belonging to the same family as the Ch’in, the breed was used for centuries as guardians in the temples.
It has a large head, a short muzzle, a pug nose, extremely hardy teeth, and a ferocious look. There are four sizes of Chinese temple dog: giant 12 to 14 inches (30-36 cm.) high, weighing 20 pounds (9kg.); classic, 10 to 12 inches (25-30 cm) high, weighing 10 to 15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg.); miniature, 4 to 5 inches, (10-13 cm.) high, weighing 4 pounds (1.8 kg.); and sleeve, 3 inches (7.6 cm.) high, weighing 1.5 to 2 pounds (7-9 jg,). Its hair is extremely long and silky and is normally black and white. It can withstand low temperatures and loses its undercoat when it is warm
Despite its ferocious looks, this is a quiet, loyal dog that even has a sense of humor
It has been bred to be a gentle companion dog. However, it becomes a barking watchdog when strangers approach