The Pekingese owes its existence to the Lamaist form of Buddhism in
china, In which the lion was an exalted symbol of Buddha. Many of these
Lion dogs were treated as royalty in the Tang Dynasty. In 1860 the
imperial summer palace was looted by the british. Among their loot were
five royal lion dogs, which were taken back to England. One was presentd
to Queen Victoria, it and its other four companions caused such a
interest in the breed that the Pekingese has done nothing but thrive
The Pekingese is decidedly not a sissy lapdog It is a courageous
character that will not start a fight but will not back down from one.
It tends to be aloof around strangers. It is extremely devoted to its
family, but it is independent and not overly demonstrative . Its
stubbornness is legendary. Although playful around family members , it
may not be athletic or playful enough to satisfy many children.
Keeping the Peke coat healthy and presentable requires
brushing once a day. If you do this, they will need to see a groomer
only once every 3 months. If a Peke becomes dirty, it is important to
take it to a groomer as soon as possible, as it is difficult to remove
dirt from its coat once it has dried, but this can be avoided if by
brushing regularly, especially the belly, and between the front and hind
legs. One important thing for new owners to remember is that dogs
intended as a house pet may be kept in a puppy cut which is much more
low maintenance than a show cut. It is also important to remove dirt
from the eye pores daily, and from the creases on the face to prevent
Weight Range: not to exceed 14 lbs
Avg. Height: 6"-9" in.
Breed Origin: CHINA
A combination of regal dignity, intelligence and self-importance
make for a good natured, opinionated and affectionate companion
to those who have earned its respect.