Pekingese Prints

THE PEKINGESE IS OFTEN THOUGHT OF as a lap dog for elderly ladies, but nothing could be further from the truth. He is an aristocrat, whose ancestry can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty. Similar dogs have been known in China since the eighth century but by the early 1800s had become the favourites of the Imperial court with no commoner being allowed to own one. However, following the British sacking of Peking in 1860 four were found and brought back to England. Subsequently others were obtained by more normal means. The Pekingese was accepted in America in 1909 and in Britain the following year.

He has a sense of humour, but also lots of dignity which he assumes when the mood so takes him. Mischievous and playful, loving and sensitive, he is reputed to have the heart of a lion, and upholds this reputation by guarding his toys and other possessions. He is courageous and, though not naturally aggressive, will stand up for himself if forced to do so.

Although he likes exercise he prefers to take it at his own pace, and is not the long country walk type! Strong and heavy for his size, he is, however, easy to tuck under an arm and take anywhere.

Breed description courtesy of


Pekingese Study

by Leon Danchin

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