In the late 19th century, Queen Victoria mourned silently. While she was eating breakfast at her Windsor Castle, she was informed of a terrible news about the death of her dog named Looty, a Pekingese dog that was given to her by a loyal captain. That dog was brought from China and was offered to the queen as a present. That morning, the Queen lost a pet that was fondly remembered as a loving, affectionate, and smart dog.
According to the story, Pekingese dogs originated from China. In fact, Looty was said to be the pet of an Empress in a certain palace in Peking, China. The soldier who brought the dog described it as a smart and loving creature. Since that time and until now, the Pekingese dogs are considered as the oldest canine breed in the world. Many people who practice Buddhism revered this dog as a symbol of greatness because in the olden days, Pekingese dogs were compared to lions. In the Buddhist religion, lions are highly glorified as magnificent creatures. Pekingese dogs look like lions because of their manes.
In other myths, Pekingese dogs were believed to be lions. In one story, a lioness fell in love with a butterfly. The lioness could no longer withstand the harshness and forcefulness of her species. One day, she fell in love with a very beautiful butterfly. In the ensuing years, their union brought forth a new species, the Pekingese dogs. Pekingese dogs are known to be very brave creatures. But despite of their courage and strength of character, Pekingese dogs are also very gentle creatures.
Today, many pet owners admire the physical beauty and personality of Pekingese dogs. If you want to get one for yourself, then gather more information first about how to take care of Pekingese dogs. These dogs are not really for running and active sports although you can train them for such while they are still very young. They can be trained to walk with you every day or play with your children. You just need to be very careful not to bring near big bodies of water. Their very thick coat can easily drown them.
Pekingese dogs are also vulnerable to certain health problems especially eyes infections. If you notice that your Pekingese dogs are not acting normally, or they show signs of weakness and lack of appetite, you should bring them to the nearest veterinary clinic right away. The symptoms can be very subtle so you should be very keen on giving them the immediate medical attention.
Pekingese dogs are the ancient pet dogs of the royalties in the Chinese Empire. During the ancient empire days, stealing Pekingese dogs is a sin sanctioned to death. Only the members of the Chinese Imperial Palace have the capacity to own Pekingese puppies.
The spread of the Pekingese dogs throughout the neighboring countries were only made possible after the fall of the Chinese Empire. It was in 1860s when British and French troops combine together to turn down the Chinese Imperial palace. They succeeded and before they burn the palace into the ground, they took the Pekingese dogs seen mourning over the body of one member of the empire who died after suicide.
The eventual fall of the Chinese Empire is the start of the spread of the Pekingese dogs throughout Europe and later on, in its neighboring continent, America. Prominent people gave their acquired Pekingese puppies from China to their relatives. Lord John Hay gave a pair of the dog to his sister; Sir George Fitzroy gave a pair of dog to his cousins; and Lieutenant Dunne gave it to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. It was later on introduced to several Americans and one of this is the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt. There were also trade of the Pekingese puppies in Ireland and the spread of the breed subsist.
The American Kennel Club recognized the Pekingese dogs in 1906 and categorized it under the toy group.
The Pekingese breed of dog has stayed through years and still subsisting. Their appearance has also not changed at all. The Pekingese puppies have flat face and long-haired type of coat that requires hourly brushing every week. This is one of the reasons why people love them so dearly. Their body is compact and muscular. It stands lowly on the ground and only stands about 6 to 9 inches and weighs from 7 to 14 pounds. Different from the other dog breeds, AKC allowed any color for a Pekingese puppies and even color combinations as the owner so desires. Smaller Pekingese puppies are referred to as Sleeves, associating to the ancient time when small Pekingese puppies can be put into the sleeves of the royalties.
An ideal Pekinese dog is intelligent and affectionate family dog. They are inactive and would enjoy staying indoors. Pekingese puppies also want to ramp at the park to flaunt because they are attention seeker and think that they are high-valued. They are playful and has an attitude to posses. Pekingese puppies will not like to share what it has and this will often result in conflict to child of tender years who knew nothing about dogs boundaries.
Pekingese dogs have a medium life span of 11 years and may extend depending on the home care of the owner. They are generally healthy and the reason of their eventual death is trauma or heart ailment. It is highly recommended for the Pekingese dog owners to consult a veterinarian to ensure the health and safety of the dog.