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Breed: Pekingese:

  • 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 popular there.
  • 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, 2nd ed., The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, New York, 1993, p. 222-223.