Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Weight: Dog; 11 lb (5kg) maximum Bitch: 12 lb (5.5kg) maximum
Coat: Long, straight double coat with coarse top coat and thick undercoat; profuse mane and feathered tail
Color: All colors and marking are permissible and of equal merit, except albino or liver; particolors should be evenly broken

The origins of the Pekingese may trace back some 1,500 years. Believed to be a close relative of the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu, the Pekingese was said to combine the nobility of the lion with the grace and sweetness of the marmoset. Favored by the 19th century Chinese imperial court, they were kept in their thousands in extraordinarily privileged circumstances. The Pekingese first arrived in Europe and the US when some Western countries, including the UK and the US, raided the Summer Palace in Peking following the Boxer Rebellion of 1860. The soldiers found five imperial Pekingese and these were taken to England. The Pekingese is a thick-set, dignified little dog with a mind of its own and is good with adults and children. Intelligent and fearless, it does not mind walking across a muddy field but its ideal role is that of a pampered, sole companion. It requires considerable brushing and combing.
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