Pekingese Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Pekingese is a true aristocrat amongst dogs whose ancestry can be traced back to the Tang dynasty who ruled China in the period AD 618 to 907. They were held in such high esteem that only the Imperial family and the families of their courtiers were allowed to own them. Evidently the Pekingese were trained to perform ceremonial functions, such as carrying the hem of the Emperor’s robes and barking to announce his arrival. He was also known as the Sleeve dog and was used as a comforter in cold weather. The Pekingese Sleeve Dog is smaller types of the breed. Hundreds of Pekingese lived in the Imperial Court and theft of one would result in execution.
When the Summer Palace was stormed by English and French troops in 1860 all the dogs except for four belonging to the Emperor’s aunt were killed to prevent them falling into foreign hands. These four Pekingese were taken back to England and a dog was given to Queen Victoria by the commanding officer. These dogs, together with others obtained more conventionally formed the basis of the breeding stock in the UK. Breed Standards for the Pekingese were drawn up in the USA in 1909 and a year later in the UK.
Although the Pekingese is a thoroughly dignified dog, when the mood takes him he can be very playful and mischievous. He is very courageous too and will guard his possessions fiercely. The Pekingese should not exceed 5½kg – the bitches being slightly larger than the dogs and generally up to 9″ in height. They should look small but have plenty of bone and feel heavy for their size. Not one for long country walks, he can be quite energetic when the mood takes him. Perhaps not really a family dog he is nonetheless a charming companion who will give much pleasure.
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact Pekingese Rescue for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.