One of the most popular dogs in China is the Pekinese. I don’t know if it is still like this today, but it used to be a Pekinese was so expensive in China only the rich could afford one. The cost was equivalent to a 50 years of an typical urban worker’s pay. Talk about an expensive dog! Their origin has been traced back to the 700’s. Another popular dog, but still expensive in China is the Shih Tzu.