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The Pekingese is a short-legged breed of dog with a characteristic rolling gait. It has a relatively compact, flattened face fringed with longer hair, which gives the impression of the dog having a mane. This breed makes a bold and alert watchdog for the home.

History of Pekingese

It was first seen in the West after the British overran Beijing in 1860. Prior to this, the Pekingese had been the jealously guarded, exclusive possession of the Chinese emperor.


Pekingese used to be known as “sleeve dogs” because they could be carried in the long, flowing sleeves of Chinese courtiers.

Other Names of Pekingese: Peking Palasthund.

Identification keys of Pekingese

  • large, round, dark eyes
  • very evident stop to nose
  • well-feathered tail is set high and curled over to one side
  • long, silky coat
  • broad noise with large nostrils
  • large head with broad skull
  • skull is flat between aers
  • heart-shaped ears set level with skull

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