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Pekingese

Personality:Affectionate, loyal, regal in manner

Coat & Grooming:The long, coarse double coat requires lots of attention

Energy Level:Not Very Active; Pekes do well with just a couple of walks a day and some indoor playtime

Originally: China

Nicknames: Peke

Size: Small

Meet the Pekingese

​Pekingese are compact, stocky toy dogs weighing up to 14 pounds. The coat is longest at the neck and shoulders, giving Pekes their famous “lion’s mane.” Coats come in various reds, from a golden-red to darker shades. The large, short-muzzled head is a wider-than-long rectangle (often described as “envelope shaped”), and the eyes are large, dark, and sparkly. A unique feature of Pekes is their smooth, effortless, “rolling” way of walking.

What's Their Story?

​The Pekingese is one of several breeds created for the royal families of ancient China. The date of origin is unknown, but Peke-like dogs were in the lap of Chinese luxury at least 1,300 years ago. Pekes were unknown in the West until 1860, when British troops invaded Peking (Beijing). An army captain returned to England with a Peke as a gift for Queen Victoria, and the breed quickly caught on in Britain. By the late 1890s, Pekes had arrived in America.

What are they Like?

​Pekingese are charming, confident companions who develop a tight bond with their favorite human. Their whole purpose in life is to amuse and comfort. As dogs that for centuries lived in palaces, Pekes can be as serenely independent as the emperors who owned them. (They’re “opinionated,” Peke people often say.) Ever alert, they make good little watchdogs. Pekes might tolerate children, but if you’re looking for a roughhousing pal for kids, look elsewhere. These are sophisticated dogs of undying loyalty and many subtle delights.

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