Pekingese were dogs bred for centuries to be the cherished companions of the imperial family of China.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Pekingese.
Records show that the Pekingese was around as early as the 8th century, during the Tang Dynasty in imperial China. Chinese royalty adored and pampered their Pekingese, and breeders wanted Pekingese attributes to conform to Buddhist teachings and art. They would refer to books with illustrations of the most admired Pekingese.
It was the British who first brought the Pekingese to the rest of the world, which happened when its troops were looting the Imperial Palace in 1860. They took five of the dogs home, and even gave one to Queen Victoria. At the time, only those in high society had access to the breed, thus slowing its growth and popularity.
3) Guard Dogs
Believe it or not, Pekingese were actually little guard dogs for the Chinese royalty. They were bred to be small enough to fit inside the huge sleeves of ancient Chinese garments. The Pekingese would pop out of the sleeve and start barking to scare off any threats. Although these dogs are small, they can have a ferocious attitude.
Pekingese tend to be very stubborn and prideful. Training these pups is definitely a difficult task–but not an impossible one. They often thing they’re in charge and, if trained too harshly, they’ll fight back.
5) Pekingese Sounds
Most Pekingese snort, snuffle, wheeze, grunt, and snore loudly. The sounds are endearing to some people; nerve-wracking to others.
6) Family Dog
Pekingese dogs possess a regal dignity, intelligence and a strong sense of self-importance. They are also good-natured, opinionated and affectionate family dogs.
The Pekingese has also been called the Lion Dog, and there is a legend that the Pekingese was the product of a love affair between a lion and a marmoset (a tiny species of monkey). According to the story, the lion approached the patron saint of animals, Ah Chu, and asked to be shrunk so that he could be with his beloved marmoset. Integral to the lion's request, though, was that he retain his lion heart and character, even as he shrunk. This is why the Pekingese is so brave and bold.
8) Indoor Living
Pekignese are small and don’t require a lot of space. They’re also not the kind of dog who cares whether there’s a yard or not. They’re quite inactive indoors and definitely not an outdoor kind of dog.
It’s recommended that you brush your Pekingese daily in order to avoid matted fur. Also, much like the pug, it’s important to clean your Peke’s facial creases. With such beautiful fur and cute faces, the high-maintenance grooming is definitely worth it.
10) Health Problems
Unfortunately, breeders deliberately breed Pekingese to be deformed, with a short face and domed head. As such, they suffer more than their share of health problems – not only with their breathing, but also eye diseases, joint diseases, and itchy skin conditions.