Looking for a little “Lap Lion” to spoil and pamper? The Pekingese dog is an ancient breed that surely fits the bill!

It is said that the Pekingese may a compact version of the ancient “Chinese Foo Dogs” that were used to ward off evil spirits in their native China. Dating back as far as the 8th Century, these little lion dogs were permitted to be owned only by Imperial royalty, and pampered in relative seclusion for centuries.

When the Summer Palace in Peking was invaded by the British in the late 1800’s, the Pekingese dog breed was discovered and 5 were brought back to England, where one was offered to Queen Victoria as a gift. These five dogs formed the foundation for the breed as it exists today.

Adorably stubborn and with regal bearing befitting it’s history, the endearing Pekingese dog will steal your heart within moments. The Pekingese dog breed is calm, affectionate and good-natured, but can also be independent and somewhat fearless.

The Pekingese is a great choice for elderly or disabled dog owners, since it’s exercise needs are minimal. The Pekingese dog breed is well suited to apartment living and city life.

Stocky and muscular, the Pekingese dog can weigh up to 14 pounds. It can be difficult to distinguish head from tail in the Pekinese, due to it’s incredible mane of long, straight hair that comes in a wide range of colors.

The Pekingese dog has a glorious mane that needs attention; a good daily brushing is mandatory.

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