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Pekingese (Dog standard)

Pekingese is a fearless, loyal, aloof, not timid or aggressive.

FCI-Standard N░207/ 22. 11. 2004 / GB


ORIGIN : China.

PATRONAGEá: Great Britain.


UTILIZATION : Companion.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 9 Companions and Toys.
Section 8 Japan Chin and Pekingese.
Without working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Leonine in appearance with alert and intelligent expression. Small, well balanced, thick-set with great dignity and quality. Any signs of respiratory distress under normal conditions are unacceptable and should be heavily penalised.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT : Fearless, loyal, aloof, not timid or aggressive.

HEADá: Large, proportionately wider than deep.

Skull : Broad, wide and flat between earsá; not domedá; wide between eyes.
Stop : Pronounced.

FACIAL REGION : Profile flat with nose well up between eyes. Black pigment essential on nose, lips and eye rims.
Nose : Short and broad, nostrils large and open. A wrinkle, either continuous or broken, should extend from the cheeks to the bridge of nose in a wide inverted ôvö. This should not adversely affect or obscure eyes or nose. Pinched nostrils and heavy over-nose wrinkles are unacceptable and should be heavily penalised.
Muzzle : Wide with firm underjaw.
Mouth : Level lips, must not show teeth or tongue. Firm under-jaw essential.
Eyes : Large, clear, round, dark and lustrous. Free from obvious eye problems.
Ears : Leathers heart-shaped, set level with the skull, carried close to the head and not coming below line of muzzle. Long profuse feathering.

NECK : Short and thick.

BODY : Short, heavier in front than rear, with a distinct waist.
Topline : Level.
Chest : Broad and well sprung ribs slung between forelegs.

TAIL : Set high, carried tightly, slightly curved over back to either side. Long feathering.


FOREQUARTERS : Short, thick, heavily boned forelegs. Bones of forelegs slightly bowed between pasterns and elbows. Shoulders laid back and fitting smoothly into the body. Elbows should be close to the body.

HINDQUARTERS : Hind legs lighter than forelegs, with moderate angulation and definition of stifles. Firm hocks. When viewed from the rear, legs are reasonably close and parallel. Absolute soundness essential.

FEET : Large and flat, not round. Standing well up on feet, not on pasterns. Front feet slightly turned out. Hind feet point straight ahead.

GAIT / MOVEMENT : Slow, dignified rolling gait in front. Typical movement not to be confused with a roll caused by slackness of shoulders. Close action behind. Soundness in forequarters, hindquarters and movement is of the utmost importance.


HAIR : Long, straight with profuse mane extending beyond shoulders forming a cape around necká; top coat coarse with thick, softer undercoat. Feathering on ears, back of legs, tail and toes. Length and volume of coat should not obscure the shapeliness of body.

COLOUR : All colours and markings are permissible and of equal merit, except albino or liver. Parti-colours evenly broken.

SIZE AND WEIGHT : Ideal weight not exceeding 5 kg (11 lbs) for dogs and 5.4 (12 lbs) for bitches. Dogs should look small but be surprisingly heavy when picked upá; heavy bone and a sturdy well-built body are essentials of the breed.

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.