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The Full Pekingese Description

The Pekingese gets his name from the ancient city of Peking, now called Beijing. Chinese legend has it that the breed is the offspring of a lion and a monkey. Because of their thick undercoats, Pekes need at least an hourly brushing session per week.

Did you know?

The Pekingese was held sacred in China in ancient times, the land of its origin.

So you want to own an Pekingese?

The Pekingese is a dignified little dog who can sometimes be stubborn.
The Pekingese has long, straight, thick profuse coats which requires regular brushing to prevent knots and mats from forming.
The Pekingese is a good dog for a small city apartment, but will be just as happy in a rural setting.

Indicative Breed Standard


General Appearance

Small, well balanced, thick-set dog of dignity and quality.


Leonine in appearance with alert and intelligent expression.


Fearless, loyal, aloof but not timid or aggressive.

Head and Skull

Head large, proportionately wider than deep. Skull broad, wide and flat between ears; not domed; wide between eyes. Nose short and broad, nostrils large, open and black; muzzle wide, well wrinkled with firm under-jaw. Profile flat with nose well set between eyes. Pronounced stop. Black pigment essential on nose, lips and eye rims.


Large, clear, round, dark and lustrous.


Heart-shaped, set level with the skull and carried close to the head, with long profuse feathering. Leathers not to come below line of muzzle.


Level lips, must not show teeth or tongue. Firm under-jaw essential.


Very short and thick.


Short, thick, heavily boned forelegs; bones of forelegs slightly bowed, firm at shoulder. Soundness essential.


Short, broad chest and good spring of ribs, well slung between forelegs with distinct waist, level back.


Hindlegs lighter than forelegs but firm and well shaped. Close behind but not cow-hocked. Soundness essential.


Large and flat, not round. Standing well up on feet, not on pasterns. Front feet slightly turned out.


Set high, carried tightly, slightly curved over back to either side. Long feathering.


Slow dignified rolling gait in front. Typical movement not to be confused with a roll caused by slackness of shoulders. Close action behind. Absolute soundness essential.


Long, straight with profuse mane extending beyond shoulders forming a cape round neck; top coat coarse with thick undercoat. Profuse feathering on ears, back of legs, tail and toes.


All colours and markings are permissible and of equal merit, except albino or liver. Parti-colours evenly broken.


Ideal weight not exceeding 5 kgs (11 lbs) for dogs and 5.4 kgs (12 lbs) for bitches. Dogs should look small but be surprisingly heavy when picked up; heavy bone and a sturdy well-built body are essentials of the breed.

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