|Chow Chow image from akc.org|
According to Yahoo News, citizens in many major cities can only have dogs shorter than 14 inches high when full grown. Each dog must also have a residence permit, and these permits allegedly look a lot like Chinese ID cards. They have the dog's photo, name, sex, and type.
The dog registration is expensive. Yahoo News reports it costs $160 for the first year and $80 per year after that. Failure to register the dog can be even more costly; the fine for an unregistered doggie is a dazzling $800.
This might be a smaller problem in China than it would be here; their culture isn't known for keeping dogs as pets. Times are changing, though, and dog ownership is on the rise. Quite a few dog breeds have their roots in China, like the Chinese Crested, Chow Chow, Pekinese, Pug, Shar Pei, and Shih Tzu.
~ Maria Sadowski