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.