Description written by: Nina Spears
The Pekingese or 'Peke' is truly an Imperial dog, with a history dating back as
far as 2000 B.C. For Centuries the Pekingese was worshipped in the temples of China,
and was custom for the emperor to select four Pekes who were to become his
bodyguards. These four Pekes would precede the emperor on occasions of state,
daintily holding the hem of his royal robe in their mouths. The smaller Pekes would
reside in the emperor's sleeve. Theft of a Peke, or injury to one of them was
considered to be a crime punishable by death. In 1898 the first Pekingese came to
America. They were admitted to the A.K.C. registry in 1906. Pekingese has since been
extremely popular in the USA, ranking in the top 25 on the AKC's registrations listing.
The Pekingese is a well-balanced, compact dog with heavy front and lighter
hindquarters. It must suggest its Chinese origin in its directness, independence,
individuality and expression. Its image is lionlike. It should imply courage,
boldness and self-esteem rather than prettiness, daintiness or delicacy.
The Pekingese is also know as the "Lion Dog", with their full mane, and
pear shaped body they do resemble the king of the jungle. It is often said, should
the peke meet his namesake, the lion, he may be undaunted, he has no fear of animals many
times his size. Pekingese do not bark just for the sake of barking. They love
to romp and play, or just sit quietly by your side for hours. They make good
apartment dogs, as they do not require a lot of space for exercise.
Pekingese are hardy little dogs, with the stamina much greater than their size.
Most Pekes have very clean habits, and love getting groomed. They love to show off,
standing as tall as they can, stretching their paws upwards towards you, and speaking for
Pekingese Size and Colorings
The peke can weigh from six to fourteen pounds. Six and under is considered
a 'sleeve'. Ten to twelve pounds is the average weight. Over fourteen is a
disqualification under the A.K.C. show standards. The peke comes in many colorings,
such as - white, black, black&white parti, cream, red, fawn sable.