Commonly referred to as a “little lion,” the Pekingese is a compact, sturdy, companion dog that originated in ancient China. He is distinguished by a stocky, muscular body with a massive front covered by a thick mane. The calm, dignified Pekingese is good-natured and affectionate, making the breed an ideal watchdog and companion. Frequent weekly grooming is required to avoid tangling in his coarse coat.
The Pekingese was regarded as a sacred, royal breed during the Tang Dynasty of eighth century China. A death sentence was inherent for anyone caught stealing one of these regal dogs.