- The Pekingese is one of the oldest breeds in the world
and originated in China.
- Pekingese were the exclusive property of the Chinese Imperial Court;
commoners had to bow to the dogs.
- A few Pekingese were brought to Britain in the 1860s and became very
- Pekingese reached the United States and Canada in the early 1900s.
- The Pekingese can weigh from 5 to 17 pounds.
- They are small, but solidly built.
- Pekingese have an alert, dignified manner.
- They walk with a characteristic roll.
- The Pekingese has short body with a wide chest.
- The coat is long, straight and abundant. It can be any color
except liver and white (albino).
- There is a profuse mane.
- The eyes are large, dark, and brilliant; the nose is short and flattened.
- Pekingese are known for their dignity, loyalty, and stubbornness.
- Pekingese is also spelled Pekinese.
Source: The Reader's Digest Illustrated Book of Dogs,
The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, New York, 1993,