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The Pet Pekingese

Updated on August 11, 2013

Getting a Pekingese

Have you been thinking of getting yourself or your loved ones a Pekingese dog for a pet?

These dogs are a great choice and the history behind the breed will be sure to be a great topic of conversation when you have guests over for dinner each and every time.

A wonderful apartment dog, Pekingese do not take up much space and do tend to be loyal to their owner.

They do need a lot of care compared to dogs with shorter hair since their hair does tend to become clumped when left unbrushed for long periods of time.

Knowing the proper methods of Pekingese care as well as the lengthy history behind them will be sure to make you one proud pet owner of your Pekingese.

Also called a "Pelchie Dog" or "Lion Dog," the Peke or Pekingese resembles the guarding lions of China.

A toy dog ancient breed, Pekingese dogs have originally come from China and were a favored breed of the ChineseImperial Court.

The name is a referral to the Forbidden Beijing City. There are many issues of health when it comes to this breed due to its one-of-a-kind appearances.

Due to its characteristics which are desirable, Pekingese dogs have been a part of designer crossbreed developments like the Pekaeatese.

Over two thousand years old as a breed, the Pekingese has not changed very much with the passing of time.

Modern breeders that judge dog shows, however, seemingly spaniel-type coat which are more traditional to the type which is long-haired.

The large eyes and flat face of the Pekingese are some of the most obvious characteristics of the breed. Its body is low to the ground and compact.

They also have a durable and muscular body with legs that are bowed. Due to their legs which are bowed, their movement tends to be restricted.

Their rolling unusual gait can have been bred deliberately for preventing the dogs of the court from wandering around in olden times.

Pekingese dogs have double coats. Coat trimming is not encouraged in dogs for show. There is noticeable feathering and mane around the around the legs, tail and ears.

There are many combinations of color for all standards of breed.

Pekingese majorities are slate grey or 'blue,' tan&black, sable, white, black, cream, light gold, red or gold.

Pekingese albinos which are pink with white eyes need to be cautiously bred because of problems with health that are related to albinism.

Self-collared or black mask faces are acceptable equably in shows of dogs. No matter what color of coat the exposed muzzle skin, the rims of the eyes, lips and nose must be black.

Pekes stand between six to nine inches and weigh between seven to fourteen pounds.

They can of course be smaller and the small version of Pekingese is sometimes referred to as called "Sleeves" or "Sleeve" Pekingese.

The term is from olden days when emperors carried Pekingese on their sleeve.

For the showring, Pekingese that exceed fourteen pounds are disqualified. Measurements from the fore chest to the butt reveal that Pekingese tends to be longer than taller. The outline overall is a ratio approximately of three high to five long.

Keeping the coat of the Pekingese presentable and healthy means daily brushing is required or a trip to groomers every eight to twelve weeks.

One thing important for new owners to keep in mind is that the dogs are intended as pets for the house and can be kept in a low maintenance puppy cut than a show cut.

On a daily basis, removing eye dirt is a must. This includes removing dirt from the face creases to prevent hot spots or sores. It is also a must to maintain and keep the fur in the Pekingese buttocks well groomed and clean as the area is prone to getting soiled.

Because of their fur abundance, you need to help your Pekingese keep cool. They are indoor dogs and are prone to getting heat stroke when exposure to temperatures that are high occurs.

One of the oldest breeds of dogs, the Pekingese breed originally came from antiquity China.

It is the least diverged genetically from wolves. For hundreds of years, this dog could only be owned by ChineseImperial Palace members.

In the Forbidden City in eighteen sixty during the 2nd Opium War, there was an occupation by French and British troops and the EmperorXianfeng had fled to Chengde. One emperor aunt remained and she had committed suicide in the court.

The troops found her with 5 Pekingese who were saddened by her death. Before the allies burned the OldSummerPalace, the dogs were removed.

One pair was taken by Lord JohnHay called "Hytien" and "Schloff" and given to the Wellington Duchess, his sister.

Another pair was giving by SirGeorge Fitzroy who presented them to the Duchess and Duke of Richmond&Gordon.

The 5th Pekingese was given to QueenVictoria of the UK who called the dog Looty.

Many Americans were given Pekingese by the Empress DowagerCixi. This included the dog "Manchu" of Theodore Roosevelt's daughter and JohnPierpontMorgan.

Doctor Heuston first introduced the breed to Ireland when he established Chinese smallpox clinics for vaccination and this had an effect which was dramatic. To thank him, a pair of Pekingese was presented to him by the China minister LiHOngzhang.

These dogs were named Lady Li and Chang. Later, the GreystonesKennel was founded by Dr. Heuston.

At the century's turn, dogs of this breed gained in popularity in the West and were under ownership by a popular interior named Elsie de Wolfe and QueenAlexandra of the UK


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      Melissa Spicer 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Dogs are awesome. I love cats too, lol!

    • elle64 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Scandinavia

      That is so good to hear, a dog touching your heart. I am more of a cat person, though, LOL and all I do is hubbing about dogs!

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      Melissa Spicer 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      I can tell you from personal experience, the pekingese will rule the roost. He will also work his way into your heart and become your constant companion. We love our pek so much, I don't know what we'd do without him!

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      6 years ago from Tennessee

      I love my half Pekingese doggy! His other half is Jack Russell, but his features are definitely that of the Pekingese. Thanks for the background history! I really enjoyed reading this! Voted interesting, awesome, and up!


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