Original Name : Pekingese
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Lion, Dog
Male weight : Ideally, not exceeding 11 lbs
Female weight : Ideally, not exceeding 12 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : China
Lion-like in appearance, Pekingeses are companion dogs with a lively, intelligent expression and a proud gait. Never timid or aggressive, these little dogs are fearless, faithful and relatively aloof. Perhaps surprisingly, they are majestically indifferent in initial contacts, because they need to develop trust.
Large, broader than it is deep, with broad skull that is flat between the ears, pronounced stop.
Short, heavier at the front than at the back, with distinct waist, level topline, broad chest, well sprung ribs.
All colors and markings are permitted and of equal merit, save albino and liver.
Heart-shaped, set at skull level, carried close to the head, with long, abundant feathering.
Set high, carried firmly, slightly curved over the back on one side, long feathering.
Long and straight with profuse mane, extending beyond the shoulders and forming a collar, harsh topcoat, thick, softer undercoat.
Small, well proportioned but stocky, Pekingeses are very dignified and noble. The legend would that they are the offspring of a coupling between a lion and a monkey, and while that may be stretching it a little, the breed is an ancient one, mentioned by Confucius five centuries before the Christian era. More recently, French and British soldiers found several of these dogs when they captured the old Summer Palace in Beijing. They were taken back to England where they were used for breeding in Europe. The first standard was published in 1898 and the Pekingese Club was established six years later.