Get the spotlight ready—I’m here! A playful clown, I love to be the center of attention. I’m affectionate with all people and animals and will stick closely to my owner. Being left alone for long periods can make me anxious. Although bred as a lapdog I’m highly energetic and can be trained to do tricks; you might see some of my cousins in the circus! Do be aware that my upbeat nature leads me to be a spirited barker.

A brisk walk around the block or a favorite game will meet my high energy needs. Keep me on a leash or in an enclosed yard because I will chase small animals. I’m easy to train for obedience or backflips and am a good match for new dog owners. Cold weather is not for me—have a jacket ready—but I’m fine in warmer climates.

I’m a small bundle of energy, standing 8 to 11 inches tall and weighing 7 to 13 pounds. My coat is thick, but silky and light. I don’t shed, but daily brushing will help avoid matting, and regular baths will keep me soft and clean. Professional clipping can maintain a shorter coat that requires less care. My straight, wavy, or curly coat may be white, black, black and tan, sable, gray, or a variety of colors and markings.

I have only a slight risk of kneecap luxation and eye problems, and with care and devotion I’ll be entertaining the family for 12 to 14 years.