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noun

a very small Pekingese, usually under six pounds in weight and less than six inches (15 centimeters) tall.

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Origin of sleeve dog

First recorded in 1890–95; so called because members of the Chinese and Japanese imperial courts carried such dogs in the voluminous sleeves of their garments
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