Origin and history
The contract between man and dog is more than ten thousand years old. The animals keep to this agreement made in ancient history unwavering and humiliate us with their untouchability. Frederic Cuvier (1773-1838)
Miss Bianca vom Fuhnetal
a female dog in silvergrey
A short excerpt of Pekingese history:
Pekingese are also called palace dogs for a good reason. The name is a calling for these small, dignified dogs. Their origin is China; the palace of his highness, the Chinese emperor. Only the noble emperors of China where allowed to keep and breed these dogs.
The Pekingese breed is very old. Their origin is not known and even cynologists have not been able to solve this mystery. There is a legend that they were born to a mountain lion and a monkey. It is proven that the breed stems from the Far East, from the emperors palace. Pekingese are very special and they will continue to be.
These little characters need especially “trained and well behaved servants”. Even though you need not cook their ancient favourite foods like throstle egg, shark fin, breast of a quail and liver, they still are gourmet eaters today.
The colour of their coat can vary so much, that the Chinese nobility had a matching Pekingese for each of their outfits. There were also the so called Sleeve-Pekingese, these Pekingese where so small, that they could be placed in the wide sleeves of nobility. These dogs weighted even less than 1000g.
In the ancient district of the emperor’s palace you can find the oldest cemetery for dogs. Pekingese that had passed away where buried in this place and received offerings on every full moon.
The breeding of Pekingese has been and still is not so easy. Complications can arise during birth so you need to have a trustworthy vet at your side. This has always been an important measure in breeding Pekingese and it still is. In China there also had been specialized doctors with lots of experience caring for and supervising the birth of Pekingese puppies. Of course this kind of special care comes with a cost. It is not possible to buy a purebred Pekingese from a good breeder for a low cost. Pekingese are little treasures and future Pekingese parents should be aware of this fact. It is also not possible to train a Pekingese like any other dog. If you are looking for a dog to follow your every word, a Pekingese is not the breed for you. This breed has a head of its own and will show you every day that you are the one being trained to their will. Pekingese owner should therefore be adaptable and have a good humour.
If you are looking for an aristocratic and proud dog with a head of its own, making his own rules, then a Pekingese will make an a bit stubborn but sturdy companion for the next 13 to 17 years for you.