Pekingese Resource


For centuries, ownership of the Pekingese was restricted to members of the Chinese imperial court. Venerated as good luck charms, the elegant little lion dogs lived a pampered existence and were not seen outside their country of origin until after 1860. In that year, British troops stormed the Summer Palace at Peking. Most palace dogs were put to death to prevent their capture by the British. But five little Pekes were found guarding the body of their mistress, an imperial princess who had taken her own life. These five Pekingese were brought to Britain and they, plus a few that were imported at a later date, formed the basis of the modern Pekingese breed. One of the captured dogs was presented to Queen Victoria, who named it Looty. Royal approval, plus the romantic legends surrounding the breed, brought instant popularity to the Peke. This is a self-important toy breed, weighing 14 pounds maximum. Richly coated, all colors are permissible. While the Peke may appear somewhat aloof with strangers, the breed is loyal and protective of its home and family and not afraid to suggest with its suspicious manner that a particular guest is capable of stealing the silver. The double coat should be brushed daily, and eyes, ears and nose wrinkles checked regularly and gently cleaned as needed. Exercise needs are minimal. Pekes can be stubborn, but if you’re patient and remain in charge, training will eventually be successful. The Peke isn’t really a playful dog, but it could be a good choice for a quiet older child who will enjoy brushing it and spending time with it. This breed doesn’t like hot weather and is prone to heatstroke because of its short muzzle.

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Breed Details

Country of Origin:
Small Dog Breed
Any color or combination of colors is acceptable.

Full, long and straight with a coarse texture. Long feathering on legs, toes, ears and tail.


Weekly grooming. Brush daily.

Life Expectancy:
12 to 13 years
AKC Group:
Toy Group
UKC Group:
Longer than tall
Up to 14 pounds
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