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Pekingese are very small dogs which have a long, soft, and straight coat that feels furry. The dog looks like a miniature dog-lion with a mane. Pekingese tend to shed a lot more hair than usual because they have so much of it! They can come in a wide variety of colours including gold, red, sable, cream, white, and tan.
This breed can grow up to 25 cm tall and they can weigh as little as 6 kg. Pekingese can live up to 15 years.
Because they are so small, Pekingese are known as companion dogs and don’t require a lot of exercise. They have a laid back nature and don’t really like going out and about, especially because they are so small. They love being held but are not the best dog for people with allergies.
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Pekingese are known as being brave, confident, and tough creatures. This may be because their lineage dates back to more than 2000 years and they may possibly believe they are more superior to other dogs.
Putting this aside, this breed is loving and very affectionate. They are usually very loyal and protective of their family.
Pekingese are easy to train and rewards are usually recommended in the training process. They don’t like to explore on their own and like familiar surroundings. Smaller toddlers are not recommended to play with Pekingese because toddlers can be rough and this breed can’t handle that because of their fragile, small bodies.
Pekingese usually like the company of other Pekingese dogs but can adapt to other dog breeds if they are raised from a young age together.
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Pekingese have a very interesting story to tell. The breed originated in China and they are one of the oldest surviving breeds in history. Centuries went by where the only people allowed ownership of this breed were people from the Chinese Imperial Palace.
The city of Beijing was originally named Peking after this dog breed, and Pekingese lived in China for more than 2000 years.
The Opium War in 1860 saw the British invading the city of Peking and the Chinese Imperial Palace. After troops entered the building, the owner of five Pekingese dogs committed suicide to avoid being caught. This was the beginning of the Pekingese breed moving to England and beyond.
The first Pekingese was registered in the American Kennel Club in 1906.
Pekingese Breeders Australia http://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds/breeders/pekingese.asp
Pekingese Club of NSW http://www.petdirectory.com.au/?page=directory&listingid=10299&country=1§ion=1