Country: China Category: Wildlife By: absurdzen
Pekingese, or Pekinese, is an ancient breed of toy dog originating in China. They were the favored pet of the Chinese Imperial court, and the name relates to the city of Beijing where the Forbidden City resides. These dogs are also called Dogs of Foo (or Fu) by the Chinese, and how much they are revered can be seen in the number of Chinese artworks depicting them.

The Pekingese breed is over 2000 years old and has hardly changed in all that time. The Chinese bred them to be companions to the Emperor of China and his ladies and eunuchs. For centuries, they could be owned only by members of the Chinese Imperial Palace. They breed has short legs that are bowed. It is said that this was done to discourage wandering. However, they can and will keep up with the big dogs when allowed. The bowed legs makes their walk, run, or trot quite striking. The juvenile appearance of the Pekingese has been attributed to the artificial, perhaps inadvertent, paedomorphosis of an "ancestral" form of the dog through breeding.

The breed originated in China in antiquity, in the city of Peking most likely from Asian wolves. Another theory proposed by Professor Ludvic von Schulmuth is that the "Gobi Desert Kitchen Midden Dog", a scavenger, evolved into the "Small Soft-Coated Drop-Eared Hunting Dog". From this dog evolved the Pekingese, Tibetan Spaniel, and Japanese Chin. The Professor studied canine origins by studying the skeletal remains of dogs found in human settlements as long as ten thousand years ago and believed different branches of this "Kitchen Midden Dog" also gave rise to the Papillon and Long haired Chihuahua, as well as the Shih Tzu and the Pug. Recent DNA analysis confirms that the Pekingese breed is one of the oldest breeds of dog.

The Pekingese were first introduced to Europe during the Second Opium War. In 1860, the Forbidden City was invaded by Allied troops. The Emperor Xianfeng had fled with all of his court. However, an elderly aunt of the emperor remained. When the "foreign devils" entered, she committed suicide and was found with her five Pekingese mourning her passing. They were removed by the Allies before the Old Summer Palace was burnt. Lord John Hay took a pair, later called Schloff and Hytien and gave them to his sister, the Duchess of Wellington, wife of Henry Wellesley, 3rd Duke of Wellington. Sir George Fitzroy took another pair, and gave them to his cousins, the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon. Lieutenant Dunne presented the fifth Pekingese to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, who named it Looty.

The Empress Dowager Cixi presented Pekingese to several Americans, including John Pierpont Morgan and Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, who named it Manchu.

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Ho ho, who wodula thunk it, right?
December 05, 2016



Awesome you should think of sohetming like that
December 05, 2016



Well congrats on a new baby! I can asolbutely help you with teaching him to stop jumping when saying hello! He sounds like a great dog with just a few bad habits which are easily fixed! Give me a call 613-779-1236 and we can set up a training session when you have time, each session is about an hour and a half for $70 and I am pretty flexible with dates. By the sounds of things I may only need one or two sessions so give me a call so we can set something up! Thank you in advance,Grace
November 05, 2014



hey there! checked out your wbesite and am very interested in your assistance. We have a year old lab X greyhound (so we found out afterwards!) and all in all he is an amazing dog, we got him at 8 weeks and he has been around our daughter who had just turned 3 and is amazing with her she lays on him..pushes him is kind of in an agressive stage right now and we try really hard to stress to her NOT to be like that lol but anyways he has never growled, snapped, bit or snarled at her..or anyone for that matter.. he is a very loving and affectionate, licky/kissy dog.however, we have a baby on the way, and my husband was just called into the military and will be going away for quite a while. Bentley(dog) seems to listen to my husband more than me they are BFFS. And Bentley has and always has had an issue with jumping up, and pawing at people lol not aggressively but its still super frustrating, and we are concerned with the baby on the way and such and just want to get him under control while hes still young.Let me know what you think and We'd love to meet!
November 05, 2014
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