China: Pet ownership laws evolve

China now has a "one dog" pet ownership policy.  Take a look back and see how this policy has evolved in recent history.

China Pet Ownership

A pet dog sits in its owner's bicycle basket after getting a wash and brush up at a canine beauty parlour, May 22, 2004 in the Chinese capital Beijing. The increase in pet ownership in urban China, is a product of the emergence of a Chinese middle class with disposable incomes to lavish on pampering their pooches, and pay the annual USD250 dog tax. (Photo by Getty Images)

China Pet Ownership

A pet dog gets its toenails clipped at a canine beauty parlour, May 22, 2004 in Beijing, China. The increase in pet ownership in urban China, is a product of the emergence of a Chinese middle class with disposable incomes to lavish on pampering their pooches, and pay the annual USD250 dog tax. (Photo by Getty Images)

China Pet Ownership

A man trains his dog during the "Pet Dog Behavior Training Session" organized by Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on February 25, 2005 in Beijing, China. The training session is to help residents know the importance of pet training in public order and social life. There were approximately 420,000 registered dogs in the capital city at the end of 2004. Problems such as dog biting people, disturbing other's life and fouling the environment increase as pet ownership is rising rapidly. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Pet Ownership

Two dogs sit in baskets during the "Pet Dog Behavior Training Session" organized by Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on February 25, 2005 in Beijing, China. The training session is to help residents know the importance of pet training in public order and social life. There were approximately 420,000 registered dogs in the capital city at the end of 2004. Problems such as dog biting people, disturbing other's life and fouling the environment increase as pet ownership is rising rapidly. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Pet Ownership

A dog performs during the "Pet Dog Behavior Training Session" organized by Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on February 25, 2005 in Beijing, China. The training session is to help residents know the importance of pet training in public order and social life. There were approximately 420,000 registered dogs in the capital city at the end of 2004. Problems such as dog biting people, disturbing other's life and fouling the environment increase as pet ownership is rising rapidly. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Pet Ownership

KUNMING, CHINA - DECEMBER 11: (CHINA OUT) A breeder guides his pet dog during a dog show at a community square on December 11, 2005 in Kunming of Yunnan Province, China. With pet ownership in China becoming increasingly common, opportunities to showcase the best breeds nationwide are becoming common as well. About 100 dogs participated in the event. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Pet Ownership

A breeder shows her pet dog's teeth to a judge during a dog show at a community square on December 11, 2005 in Kunming of Yunnan Province, China. With pet ownership in China becoming increasingly common, opportunities to showcase the best breeds nationwide are becoming common as well. About 100 dogs participated in the event. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China Pet Ownership

 Labrador puppies sit in a vendor's car behind their mother at a pet market on February 11, 2006 in Beijing, China. According to state media, with the country's pet population growing fast, analysts predicted that the market potential for the "pet economy" in China could reach a minimum of RMB 15 billion (about USD 1.86 billion). (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)