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    Pekingese |China|

    Pekingese |China|

    The Pekingese is a particularly dignified breed that can be a little proud and aloof. They are devoted and affectionate on their own terms and loyal to their families, but they are characteristically not fond of strangers. The “Peke” is independent and does not really believe in the importance of obedience and training! They have enormous personalities, but are not for everyone. Pekes require a special understanding and empathy, but for the right homes, can be quiet, calm, and reserved companions.

    History

    The breed is ancient and closely associated with China’s emperors and ruling elite. They were bred specifically to resemble miniature lions—the lion being a revered Buddhist symbol. They became known as Foo Dogs, and statues of them were placed outside Buddhist temples or used as amulets. The dogs were bred in great numbers at China’s royal palaces and tended to by eunuchs. In 1860 the British ransacked the Imperial Summer Palace in Beijing, taking five Pekingese dogs among the rest of their loot. These were taken to England and formed the foundation for the breed there. Pekes arrived in the United States in the early 1900s with two gifted by the dowager empress Cixi—one to Alice Roosevelt, wife of Theodore Roosevelt, and one to financier J. P. Morgan.

    Pekingese dogs shed a lot and require plenty of grooming, including keeping their facial creases and eyes clean. Get puppies used to this as early as possible so it becomes an enjoyable part of their routine.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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