Pekingese or Pekinese is an ancient
breed of toy dog, originating in China. They were the
favored imperial pet. Good-natured and happy, these dogs
enjoy family environments, but require regular cleaning if
in outdoor environments. Their eyes are very delicate as
they sit above the socket rather than within the socket.
These dogs are also called Dogs of Foo (or Fu) by the
Chinese, and how much they are revered can be seen in the
number of Chinese artworks depicting them. They were
considered a guardian spirit as they resembled Chinese lions
(see Lion dance). In ancient times, Pekingese were kept by
royal Chinese emperors. The emperor's Pekingese was to be
treated like royalty. If someone tried to kidnap the
Pekingese and the emperor found out, they would commonly
have the kidnapper executed.
The Pekingese Appearance
Pekingese breed is over 2000 years old and has hardly
changed in all that time. One exception is that modern
breeders and dog-show judges seem to prefer the long-haired
type over the more-traditional spaniel-type coat.
All breed standards allow all sorts of color combinations.
The most common is gold; this is the color of the majority
of Pekingese exhibited. Although the breed once came in a
variety of colours, the majority of Pekingese are gold, red
or sable. Light gold, cream, black, white, sables, black and
tan and occasionally 'blue' or slate grey have appeared in
the breed. The latter often has poor pigment and light eyes.
Albino Pekingese (white with pink eyes) should be bred
catiously due to health problems that have been associated
The Chinese bred them to be companions to the Emperor of
China and his ladies and eunuchs. They have short legs that
are bowed. It is said that this was done to discourage
wandering. However, they can and will keep up with the big
dogs when allowed. The bowed legs makes their walk, run, or
trot quite striking. The juvenile appearance of the
Pekingese has been attributed to the artificial, perhaps
inadvertent, paedomorphosis of an "ancestral" form of the
dog through breeding.
Pekes weigh from 7 to 14 pounds (3-6 kg) and stand about 6-9
inches (15-23 cm) at the withers.
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