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Pekingese dog: proud animal, raised at the Palace and therefore with no intention of having feet or paws put on his head. Pekingese dog means dog / cat: suspicious, proud, of penetrating intelligence, courageous and not very inclined to "popular" gestures of affection, but when he decides to give them, he gives infinity, and he is an adorable dog. From a distance and without giving him orders. He certainly has quite a temper Pekingese dog, and reap many followers for this unique being, royal and well aware of its noble origins.

Pekingese dog: character

Born in China, but arrived in the West and in a certain sense "adopted" by Great Britain, the Pekingese dog has been recognized by the F.C.I. and placed in group 9, as a companion dog. It is more than anything else"Lap dog", born to live at home and to do very little movement.

Loyal but rather cold and wary of strangers, this breed is very fond of its owner but, if you have already understood how it is with the Pekingese dog, he does not show it with great enthusiasm. However, if it is necessary, show off the courage of a “lion” for your friend-man.

Let's make it clear that it is NOT ideal for children: it usually ignores them. The Pekingese dog on the other hand, it is perfect for elderly or sedentary people, because it does not need bikes, and for those who want a dog that is "a bit cat" in attitude, and not too clingy and pretentious. The Pekingese dog he claims respect, that yes, honors and glory as if he were the king of the house, but also to be left in peace.

With strangers the Pekingese dog he shows off his "best" side, as a sovereign: he pretends to be served and revered. If guests come to you who are not welcome his "subjects" then he will not even calculate them, indeed, he will not hesitate to show the contempt he feels for those who do not worship him.
But whoever knows, attends, possesses a Pekingese dog, he knows well that once conquered, his sympathy is irresistible: he knows, when he wants, to show affectionate in a profound and unfailing way. Affectionate, yes, but let's not delude ourselves: we don't talk about training him, you can at most "flatter him, soothe him, even get to plagiarize him" to be heard. Don't always obey.

With such a temper it is not recommended to accompany the Pekingese dog to other dogs, Pekingese or not, and to other animals, and even less to offer them great outings. He hates physical exercise and its sublime but mental agility.

Pekingese dog: physical appearance

Large muzzle, heart-shaped and drooping ears Pekingese dog it's a "Head dog": its most important characteristics are those of the head, large, disproportionate to the little body. This asymmetry gives it a “pear” shape but don't you dare say it: we have seen what character it has!

In total, head and body, a Pekingese dog it can weigh up to 8 kg, has large, round, bright and protruding eyes, a black nose and a high, rigid tail decorated with abundant fringes. The hair of the Pekingese dog it is long and to be caressed with love and care, even on the abundant mane that reaches up to the shoulders. According to the standards, the undercoat is allowed, and all colors and markings, apart from albino and liver-colored ones.

The Pekingese dog it is a compact dog, it has a peculiar gait that is hardly associated with its character all in one piece, but it is due to the short and arched front limbs, as opposed to the longer and straighter hind limbs. An asymmetry perhaps due, so it is rumored behind his hairy shoulders, which in the past was thus made to grow, from generation to generation, so that he could not with great strides escape from the imperial palaces in which he was "preserved" and venerated.

Pekingese dog: origins

We talked about the Palazzo and here the beautiful and long history of the distant origins of Pekingese dog, also called Pekingese, Pékinois or Pekinés. There are many historical documents in various eras, since 2000 BC, and has always, or almost always, been considered a sacred and precious animal, so much so that the theft or killing of a Pekingese dog in ancient China they were punished with death.

The first specimens of Pekingese dog arrived in Europe, in Great Britain, orphaned by the Chinese princess who had committed suicide at the time of the sacking of the Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860. One arrived as a gift to Queen Victoria of England, after various English events. And from that moment it depopulated, maintaining its royal extraction. Noble, haughty. The stench under your nose, Signorino di Palazzo.

The character of the Pekingese dog it was forged when he lived locked up in the Forbidden City, out of contact with the outside world and preserved by Western observers. This is how it remained, even physically, without obvious changes or evolutions, and we arrive at 1894, when a specimen of Pekingese dog it was first presented at the Chester exhibition.

In 1898 the first standard of the Pekingese dog and in 1904 the British created the first Pekingese Club. Here is its definitive rise and not only in Great Britain: already on the eve of the First World War, the Pekingese dog it was very successful, both in the refined salons and in the show rings. All thanks to the great physical originality.

Pekingese dog: myths and legends

About the physicist of the Pekingese dog, legend has it that it was born from the love of a lion for a monkey. Once upon a time there was a tawny lion who was desperately in love with a tiny monkey. Desperately because a love like this was seen as unnatural, in the animal kingdom, and even the god Hai Ho which proved more understanding than expected. "If you agree to sacrifice your size and your strength for the love you feel for this little monkey, I will bless your union". here is the Pekingese dog, with the courage, nobility and pride of the lion father and the size, intelligence and sweetness of the monkey mother.

The leonine features of the Pekingese dog, despite the size, they made it become around the second century, the symbol of "Lion of Buddha", as well as a sacred dog revered by imperial families from generation to generation. Sadly locked up in the Palace, with his legs too short and out of proportion to escape.

Pekingese dog: care and nutrition

The Pekingese dog conquers for his temper, but above all for his magnificent fur that must be taken care of. Not over the top, but it should be passed with one boar brush and a metal comb with long teeth, and a shampoo, neutral and delicate, every 2 months, it doesn't hurt.

For the rest it is necessary to cut his nails frequently, also cut the hair between the pads of the fingers, clean the easily irritated eyes with a physiological solution. The teeth must be cleaned often and, even before that, the food must be taken care of: it must be for the Pekingese dog as for all, very balanced. Furthermore the Pekingese dog may need vitamin and mineral supplements to make the coat even more beautiful. A nice mane for a lion dog.

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