Illustration of Pekingese

This Oriental aristocrat can be traced back to the Tang dynasty in China, where short legged, short-faced dogs of 'Peke' type have been traced back as far as the 8th Century. The breed was a favourite in the Imperial palace in Peking hence its name. He was a pet for the high castes and commoners were not allowed to own one. Perhaps the dignified bearing and carriage of the Peke fitted him for elite Society. When the British ransacked Peking in 1860, four dogs were brought back to Britain and they soon became sought after in elite society. The breed became very popular in Victorian times. They were accepted for Kennel Club registration in 1910 and soon there were large entries of the breed at dog shows. Sadly their popularity has declined in recent years perhaps due to the demands of coat care, a great pity as the Peke has great character and determination and is capable of living life to the full.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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