Pekingese

FCI standard Nº 207

Origin
China, patronage Great Britain
Group
Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs
Section
Section 8 Japan Chin and Pekingese
Working
Without working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Thursday 03 November 1966
Publication of the official valid standard
Thursday 26 March 2009
Last update
Friday 05 June 2009
En français, cette race se dit
Pékinois
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Pekingese
En español, esta raza se dice
Pekinés
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Pekinees

Usage

Companion Dog.

General appearance

Leonine in appearance with alert and intelligent expression. Small, well balanced, moderately thick-set with great dignity and quality. Any signs of respiratory distress for any reason or inability to move soundly are unacceptable and should be heavily penalised. Not excessively coated.

Behaviour / temperament

Fearless, loyal, aloof, not timid or aggressive.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Fairly large, proportionately wider than deep.
Skull
Moderately broad, wide and flat between ears; not domed; wide between eyes. 
Stop
Defined.

Facial region

Foreface
Black pigment essential on nose, lips and eye rims.
Nose
Not too short, broad, nostrils large and open. A slight wrinkle, preferably broken, may extend from the cheeks to the bridge of nose in a wide inverted “V”. This must never adversely affect or obscure eyes or nose. Pinched nostrils and heavy over-nose wrinkles are unacceptable and should be heavily penalised.
Muzzle
Must be evident, but may be relatively short and wide. Firm underjaw.
Lips
Level lips. Must not show teeth or tongue; nor obscuring a well defined chin.
Eyes
Clear, round, dark lustrous and not too large. 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

Relatively short and thick.

Body

Body
Relatively short, 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.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Relatively short, thick, heavily boned forelegs. Standing well up on feet, not down on pasterns. Absolute soundness essential.
Shoulders
Laid back and fitting smoothly into the body.
Elbows
Close to the body.
Forearm
Bones of forelegs may be slightly bowed between pasterns and elbows, accommodating ribs.
Pastern
Slightly sloping, strong and not too close together.
Forefeet
Large and flat, not round. May be slightly turned out. Excessively turned out feet to be heavily penalised.

Hindquarters

Generality
Hind legs strong and well muscled but moderately lighter than forequarters. Excessively narrow hindquarters to be heavily penalised. Moderate angulation. Absolute soundness essential.
Stifle
Well defined.
Metatarsus
Strong, parallel when viewed from the rear.
Hock
Firm, low.
Hind feet
Large and flat, not round. Hind feet point straight ahead.

Gait and movement

Typically slow, dignified rolling gait in front. Typical movement must not be confused with a roll caused by slackness of shoulders or with other indications of unsoundness. Any slackness of shoulders and elbows, and any indications of unsoundness in feet and pasterns to be heavily penalised. Movement not to be hindered by excessive body coat.

Coat

Hair
Moderately long, straight with mane, not extending beyond shoulders, forming a cape around neck. Top coat coarse with thick, softer undercoat. Feathering on ears, back of legs, tail and toes. Length and volume of coat should neither impair the activity of the dog nor obscure the shapeliness of body. Excessive coat must be heavily penalised.
Colour
All colours and markings are permissible and of equal merit, except albino or liver. Parti-colours evenly broken.

Size and weight

Weight
Ideal weight not exceeding 5 kg for males and 5.4 females. Dogs should look small but be surprisingly heavy when picked up; 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 and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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