History reveals that the Chinese Emperors belonging to various dynasties, beginning with the Shang Dynasty, 3000 years ago, were said to have bred a variety of small companion dogs including Pekingese. These dogs were the prized possessions of the Emperors and lived in a most luxurious atmosphere in the Palaces; they were guarded and looked after by Palace eunuchs. Pekingese were not known to the Chinese community in general.
Between 1860 and 1900 more Pekingese dogs were brought to England from China, these dogs formed the start of the breed as it is known today.
Whilst at times aloof with an element of self importance, Pekingese are affectionate and fiercely loyal to their owners. They are charismatic and do have a magnetic personality.
Pekingese can be wary of strangers and will bark, so they can make a good watchdog.
They interact well with children, they donít need vigorous exercise, however they do need regular grooming. A Pekingese makes a perfect family pet.
Also note Pekingese do not tolerate heat well.
They have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
Generally the Pekingese is a healthy breed, however like all other dogs they are not without potential health problems. Whilst unlike many other pedigree dog breeds the Kennel Club do not have in place any mandatory health checks for the breed, concerned and dedicated breeders do accept however in rare occasions health issues could included in exceptional circumstances:
Elongated Soft Palate, Stenotic Nares and Thoracolumbar (T-L) disc disease.