Another of the ancient Oriental breeds, whose ancestry can be traced back to the T’ang dynasty, about 1200 years ago, the Pekingese was finally brought to Europe for the first in 1860, following the seizure of Peking by British troops. Prior to this, these small size dogs had been closely associated with the Chinese imperial court, and could only be kept by the nobility. They were known as sleeve dogs, because their small size enabled them to be carried within the flowing robes of the emperor.
Coat Type/Colour: Flowing; Wide Variety
Height: 6 – 9 Inch (15 – 23 cm)
Weight: 11 lb (5 kg)
Nature: Affectionate, Stubborn, Pompous
One of the first Pekingese obtained from China was presented to Queen Victoria in England, and this helped to gain the breed immediate popularity. These small dogs are available in a wide range of colours and colour combinations, all of which are acceptable for show purposes except for liver and lbino. They enjoy being lavished with affection, as befits their royal ancestry, but they are quite hardy little dogs as well.
Take care when exercising them during periods of hot weather, as Pekingese can suffer from heat stroke. Their prominent eyes are also vulnerable to injury, and they should certainly be discouraged from running through undergrowth once off the leash. You mush be prepared to groom the flowing coat every day in order to prevent it from becoming tangled. The Pekingese dog breed is an ideal breed for people who are at home on their own throughout the day, as it will form a strong bond with its owner. Left alone to their own devices for long, however, the intelligent and mischievous side to their nature will soon become apparent, and they are likely to prove destructive.