A Pekingese by the name of Malachy was the Best in Show winner at the Westminster Kennel Club this year. Did watching this little bundle of flowing fur and sparkling eyes spark your curiosity about the breed?
The Pekingese, affectionately referred to as the “Peke,” is an ancient breed that originated in China where they were favored lap dogs of Chinese emperors. The Pekingese breed is over 2,000 years old, and is named after the city of Peking. According to the Pekingese Club of America, in Chinese mythology, the Pekingese is said to be a cross between a lion and a tiny monkey. While the Pekingese is small, it is not a dainty breed. Sometimes referred to as “Lion Dog,” the Pekingese is small, compact and stocky with a large head and big, expressive eyes.
The Pekingese is usually 6 to 9 inches tall and weighs around 8 to 10 pounds. A Pekingese weighing less than 6 pounds is referred to as a “sleeve Pekingese” because in ancient China, these small Pekingese would be carried in the full sleeves of members of the Chinese Imperial Household.
The Pekingese has a long double coat that requires regular brushing and combing to look its best. This breed is intelligent and affectionate, and because Pekingese are small and not high-energy, they tend to make good indoor, apartment pets although some Pekingese are known to be barkers. Due to their short noses, most Pekingese will snore or snort, sometimes loudly.
If you don’t mind devoting the necessary time for grooming and want a confident little dog, the Pekingese may be for you.