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Pekingese

Very affectionate (other names: Foo (or Fu) dog, Peke, Peking Palasthund)

Pekingese
origin:China
date origin:Antiquity
life expectancy:12 to 13 years
classification:Toy
height:15 to 23 cm
weight:3 to 6 kg
exercise: Undemandingtraining: Difficultclimate: Temperatein/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Small
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History [ edit ]

The first record of a Pekingese, or Lion Dog, as they were called, dates back to the Imperial China. Some defend that the first record of a Pekingese dates from the 8th century, other believe that they existed before that, even before the birth of Christ. However DNA results prove that this breed is one of the oldest dog ones. Legend has it that the Pekingese is the offspring of a Lion and a marmoset, and the Chinese believe that he was a miniature version of the “Foo Dog”, the dog that pushed away the evil spirits. Closely related to Buddhism, resembling at that time their religious symbol - a miniature lion - the Pekingese was considered sacred. They were such high regarded dogs that in China they were reserved for the Imperial Court and even had their own servants. For those who stole them the punishment was death.

Until 1860, the Pekingese was unknown to the Occidental culture. When the British troops invaded the Forbidden City, in that year, they found the Palace practically deserted, as the Emperor had searched protection elsewhere. The Emperor ordered the sacrifice of the Pekingeses left behind to ensure their inviolability. In spite of that, the troops discovered five Pekingese that belonged to an aunt of the Emperor that committed suicide during the invasion. These dogs were offered to British Royalty, including Queen Victoria.

From this point on, this breed was immediately popular in the West, but due to the scarcity of dogs only the richer ones could afford it. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

The Pekingese is not a sweet little animal, gentle, delicate or always ready to please the owner. On the contrary, he is a proud little fellow with a bigger attitude then his size. Stubborn and independent, the Pekes do get attached to their family, to whom they are very friendly to the point of being jealous.

The Pek isn’t easy to train. With a very sensible personality he may get into dominance battles with the owner, and may very well stop eating to prove his point.

Difficult to housebreak, yet they are good for an apartment life, since their not very active indoors and don´t need a yard.

They are good with children, as long they’re not too young, but wary of strangers, making them great watchdog due to their tendency to bark.  
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General appearance [ edit ]

When you think about the Pekingese, being traditionally an Emperor’s breed, you might be led into thinking about a delicate dog, but you couldn’t be more wrong. The Pekingese is a small breed with a lion like image, conveying courage and dignity but not elegance or daintiness.

This is a compact dog with no more than 23 cm, but well-balanced. The Pekes can be of any color, but usually have a dark mask. The most recognizable trait of the Pekingese is his extravagant coat, long and rounded, that resembles the mane of the lion. The Pekingese are being bred to have longer coats for expositions goals, however the coat should never get in the way when their walking.

Their eyes are large, round, very dark, and set wide apart, and their ears are heart-shaped, droopy and profusely feathered. 
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Health [ edit ]

These dogs are average shedders and need to be combed and brushed daily.

The Pekingese is prone to breathing difficulties, eye and heart related problems. These dogs tend also to catch colds very easily. A major concern for this breed it’s in birth time, since the mothers have very difficult labors being often necessary a caesarian.

The Pekes are very sensible to cold or hot weather, so it´s advisable to not leave them too long outside. 
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04.06
Dogfan22 said:
nice dog
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