For nearly 2,500 years I’ve been the favorite clown of many a household. One of the oldest dog breeds, I’m super playful and affectionate and will do anything for a laugh. Don’t expect me to fetch the paper—I’m a lap dog who’s content to be your couch potato partner, though I do enjoy playing with kids. Apartment life is fine, but don’t leave me alone for too long; I’m a people dog!

While eager to please, my funny antics come with a bit of mischief. Provide some challenging games along with regular walks to keep both my mind and body occupied. Watch my food intake; I’ll eat nonstop if given the chance and can get fat. I’m fairly easy to train—but I provide a lot of noise in a small package, including barking, wheezing, and snoring.

I’m at the large end of the toy dog scale, weighing 14 to 18 pounds and standing 10 to 11 inches. My coat may be variations of fawn or black, with a short, black muzzle. Although a short-haired breed, I do shed a lot, especially in warmer months. Brushing a few times a week and baths once a month or more will control hair in the house.

I’m very sensitive to heat and am not a fan of cold. Dermatitis can occur if my facial folds aren’t kept clean. Other health issues to watch for are an elongated palette, undersized nostrils, kneecap luxation, Legg-Perthes joint denegation, and eye problems. I’m a hardy dog with a life span of 12 to 15 years.