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The Pekingese is a feisty, bold, and courageous guard dog, said to have the disposition of a lion. Since they are somewhat combative, Pekingese are not recommended for homes with small children. They do however make excellent companions for the elderly.PURPOSE OF BREED:This oriental breed is believed to have existed as early as 900 A.D. They lived with the Imperial family and were much revered for their courage and for the good luck they were said to bring.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:3 puppies

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HEIGHT: MALE : 13 inches - FEMALE : 12 inchesWEIGHT: MALE : 14lbs (6kg) - FEMALE : 12lbs (5 kg)

Pekingese have a double coat. Their guard coat is rather long and sweeps the floor as they walk. Their ears, legs, and tail have an equally long coat. Their undercoat is thick and gives the appearance of having volumes of hair and a coat with a mane. Considerable brushing is required to keep the coat in clean, mat-free condition. All colors of Pekingese are allowed, but most are red with black mask and ear tips.

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Earliest known record of Pekingese existence is traceable to the Tang dynasty of the 8th century. However, the very oldest strains (held only by the imperial family) were kept pure, and the theft of one of the sacred dogs was punishable by death. <a href="">(Credit:</a>
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