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Kennel Club London - Amended October 2008
Adopted ANKC November 2008
FCI Standard No 207 

Group: Group 1 (Toys)
General Appearance: 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.
Characteristics: Leonine in appearance. Alert and intelligent expression.
Temperament: Fearless, loyal, aloof, not timid or aggressive.
Head And Skull: Head fairly large, proportionately wider than deep. Skull moderately broad, wide and flat between ears, not domed, wide between eyes. Nose not too short, broad, nostrils large and open. A slight wrinkle, preferably broken, may extend from the cheeks to the bridge of the 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 not obscuring a well defined chin. Defined stop. Black pigment essential on nose, lips and eye rims.
Eyes: Clear, round, dark lustrous and not too large. Free from obvious eye problems.
Ears: Leather heart-shaped, set level with the skull, carried close to the head and not coming below line of muzzle. Long, profuse feathering.
Mouth: Level lips, must not show teeth or tongue. Firm under-jaw essential.
Neck: Relatively short and thick.
Forequarters: Relatively short, thick, heavily boned forelegs. Bones of forelegs may be slightly bowed between pasterns and elbows accommodating ribs. Elbows should be close to the body. Shoulders laid back and fitting smoothly into the body. Standing well up on feet, not down on pasterns, which should be strong and not too close together. Absolute soundness essential.
Body: Relatively short. Distinct waist. Broad chest and well sprung ribs slung between forelegs. Level topline.
Hindquarters: Hindlegs strong and well muscled but moderately lighter than forequarters. Excessively narrow hindquarters to be heavily penalised. Moderate angulation. Well defined stifles. Firm, low hocks. Strong rear pasterns, parallel when viewed from the rear. Absolute soundness essential.
Feet: Large and flat, not round. Front feet may be slightly turned out. Excessively turned out feet to be heavily penalised. Hind feet point straight ahead.
Tail: Set high, carried tightly, slightly curved over back to either side. Long feathering.
Gait/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 indication of unsoundness in feet and pasterns to be heavily penalised. Movement not to be hindered by excessive body coat.
Coat: 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.
Sizes: Ideal weight
Dogs not exceeding 5 kg (11 lbs); Bitches not exceeding 5.4 kg (12 lbs)

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.
Notes: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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Pekingese Breed Standard - Amendment

The ANKC received an amended Pekingese Standard on the 14 October 2008, and it was resolved at the October 2008 ANKC Conference to put the adoption of the amendment standard on hold until the Pekingese Breed Clubs in England had a chance to review the revised standard.

The Kennel Club (England) welcomed the outcome of their meeting with Pekingese Breed Clubs held in October at which the revised breed standard for the Pekingese, which is set radically to improve the health of the breed, was accepted without reservation by all clubs present.

The Kennel Club (England) confirmed that no further changes to the standard will be considered for a period of three [3] years.

Accordingly the reason for delaying the adoption of the amended standard was removed and in this politically sensitive climate the ANKC will act as quickly as possible to address any issue that benefits the health of our dogs.

Therefore the amended Pekingese standard has been down loaded on to the ANKC Web Site and comes into affect immediately.

Roger Bridgford
ANKC Breed Standards Coordinator
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