Friday, April 25, 2014

Things you didn't know about the Pekingese

The Pekingese is a charming little dog associated with the emperors of China for millennia. They are also called the lion dog, for their brave hearts.

  • While the Pekingese doesn't look much like a wolf, they are genetically amongst the breeds closest to wolves

  • Thee breed stems back to the Han dynasty, roughly 2,000 years ago

  • The Pekingese, the Tibetan Mastiff, and the Lhasa Apso were all bred to resemble stylized Chinese lion images

  • Emperor Lingdi of Han (ruled 168-189) made his favorite Pekingese a member of the nobel cast.

  • In the time of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) nobody outside the Imperial palace was allowed to own or breed a Pekingese. If an ordinary person happened to cross paths with one of the dogs, he or she had to bow.

  • At one period in history, the Pekingese were bred down in size so their owners could carry them concealed in their sleeves. They were called "sleeve dogs."

  • Three dogs escaped the Titanic: two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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