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“The Pekingese may be a miniature edition of the ancient ‘Foo Dogs’ of China that were used to ward off evil spirits with their lion-like appearances. Earliest references to the breed date back to the 8th century. Ownership of the Pekingese was restricted to members of the Chinese Imperial Court and the pampered little lion dogs were not seen outside of China until 1860. In that year, British troops stormed the Summer Palace at Peking. Most of the palace dogs had been killed to prevent the British from taking them. But five ‘sleeve’ Pekes were found guarding the body of an imperial princess who had taken her own life. These five were taken back to Britain and one was presented to Queen Victoria who named her ‘Looty.’ This quintet, plus a few imported later, formed the basis of the modern Pekingese breed.


The Pekingese displays great dignity and exasperating stubbornness. The calm and good-tempered Peke is both independent and regal. Although not aggressive, he fears nothing.

Activity Level

Though it may appear to be beneath his station, the Peke still enjoys an occasional romp with his family. Dignified in demeanour, his exercise needs are minimal and easily satisfied. He fits well into any size accommodation.


The stocky, muscular Peke may weigh anything up to 14 lb (6.5 kg).


The Peke appears to be almost all coat, wearing a glorious mantle of long, straight, coarse-textured hair. The coat forms a mane on the neck and shoulders.


All colours are allowed.


The richly coated Peke needs daily brushing.

General Appearance

The Pekingese is a well-balanced, compact dog of Chinese origin with a heavy front and lighter hindquarters. Its image is lion like, implying courage, dignity, boldness and self-esteem rather than daintiness or delicacy.It is pear-shaped, compact and low to the ground.