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The Pekingese is a very old breed known to have been in existence during the Tang Dynasty in China in the 8th century. These small dogs (also called lion dogs or sun dogs) were sacred, and were kept and bred only by the imperial family. When the British looted the Imperial Palace in 1860, several dogs were stolen and taken back to England.

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These toy-breed dogs stand 8 to 9 inches tall and weigh 8 to 14 pounds. The head is broad and flat, with wide-set eyes, a broad, short muzzle, and dropped ears. The body is heavier in the forequarters and lighter in the rear. The tail is carried over the back. There is a soft, thick undercoat and a profuse outer coat that stands out from the body. All colors are acceptable.

The coat requires considerable grooming, at least twice a week, but additional grooming is needed when the dog is shedding. The coat will tangle and mat if not brushed thoroughly. Pet owners often have the coat trimmed short for cleanliness and ease of care. Although puppies are playful, the adult Pekingese is a calm dog. The Pekingese enjoys walks but has not been bred to be an athlete and will prefer casual walks to brisk ones.

The Pekingese was never a working dog; but is a watchful companion. As a result, training this breed can be a challenge. It is dignified, independent, and amazingly stubborn. When training, owners must be consistent and very patient. The Pekingese is aloof with strangers, so early socialization is important. Housetraining can sometimes be a problem. Potential owners should understand that a Pekingese does not worship its owners as so many breeds do; in fact, the Pekingese thinks it should be worshipped. It does not always get along with children and will not tolerate rough play. It is not necessarily good with other dogs, either, although it is usually fine with cats. Health concerns include a sensitivity to anesthesia, breathing problems in hot, humid weather, disc disease, and eye problems.


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