The royal dog named Big Luck (in translation) had a silk outfit, specially tailored, that covered the dog from snout to tail. Although the dog's breed is unknown, and the sex is uncertain, it appears to have been about 3 feet (1 meter) long and the outfit was decorated with images of peonies. It even has the dog's name inscribed on the lining. It was created during the reign of the Guangxu emperor (A.D. 1875-1908).
"This is absolutely (a) surprise," said Chen Shen, a curator at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum, in an interview with Live Science. The outfit is being featured in a Forbidden City exhibition that opened to the public on Saturday, March 8.
To say that Big Luck lived the high life is an understatement. "In the Forbidden City, royal dogs received royal treatment," Shen said, "They reportedly lived in pavilions with marble floors, sleeping on silk cushions, tended by specialized eunuchs who worked for the Dog Raising Office."
"Court ladies in particular entertained themselves by walking, playing with, and dressing up their dogs," Chen Shen said, "Every year, dozens of luxurious dog outfits were commissioned, the pet's name carefully recorded on the lining."