The Pekingese is a good-natured, intelligent, and opinionated breed. These sassy dogs known for their fluffy coats were originally bred in China over 2,000 years ago! In the show ring, the long haired type of Pekingese is preferred, but they also come in a Spaniel coat type. Bred for centuries to be companions of the Chinese royal families, these dogs make excellent companion animals and family pets for those willing to put a little time into training them.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. The Pekingese has many nicknames and is also known as the Lion-Dog, the Pelchie Dog, the Peke, and the Pekingese Lion Dog.
2. Their name refers to the city of Peking (Beijing) where the Forbidden City is located.
3. These dogs were also owned by Chinese Buddhist Monks and Princes.
4. The Pekingese is prone to several health problems, including breathing problems due to their flat face and eye problems like cherry eye.
5. Legend has it that there was once a lion who fell in love with a marmoset. Knowing that the difference in size would be too much, the lion woefully approached Buddha who shrunk him down to the size of a marmoset so they could be together. It is said that the Pekingese was the result of the lion shrinking!
6. These dogs absolutely loved being petted and sitting in their owners laps.
7. The Pekingese is very protective and wont back down, even when confronted by a large dog.
8. Emperors and Empresses used to carry the Pekingese dogs in their sleeves as personal heating devices. For a while, only royals could own these dogs and common citizens were required to bow to them.
9. Want one in every color? You’re in luck! The Pekingese breed standard allows just about any color or combination of colors for their coats.
10. This breed is known for its jolly rolling walk. Some think that this may have been a characteristic that was intentionally bred into the Pekingese to keep them from wandering too far.