The Pekingese is a very beautiful little dog that is used as a pet, companion, and a great show dog. The Pekingese has won many championship titles in a variety of different categories and shows. Although many owners purchase their Pekingese for a pet, they eventually work him into becoming a show dog as well.
When the Pekingese Organization first began, the breed was divided into two groups depending on their weight, with one being under 10 pounds and the other over 10 pounds. There were many problems with these restrictions and regulations until the Kennel Club stepped in and decided there should only be one breed.
Today there are many Pekingese that are being shown and winning many awards and titles. One of the requirements is that the dog cannot weigh more than 14 pounds. There are also certain color requirements for the Pekingese dog, although there are many varieties that are acceptable to the Kennel Club. The Pekingese has always been known as a very stubborn and sometimes aggressive dog. When in the show ring, the Peke must show its noble, respectable, and intelligent side to avoid disqualification by the judges. This is usually the result of hard work and dedication in training of the Peke.
The Pekingese can be shown in different groups such as obedience, agility, and conformation. There are "specialty" classes, which is a specific type of event and one that many Pekes are entered into. A Pekingese can very easily be trained to successfully compete in the obedience group, despite their reputation for being stubborn and aggressive. Conformation is a class that many Pekes excel in because of their noble appearance and look of royalty. This event looks at every aspect of the dog's grooming as well as how they present themselves in the ring. Agility is an event that the Peke usually enjoys very much because they love the one-on-one with their owner. They are expected to compete with other dogs as they jump over and through different obstacle courses. Often each of these obstacle courses is higher than the one before. The Peke usually loves this type of event because it's a time they spend with their owners. It also gives the judges a chance to see the dog around other dogs and distractions.
The basic obedience is the first type of training the Pekingese will have with their owner, whether it's for show or at home use. For the purposes of the show, the dog needs to obey specific commands such as sit, down, heel, stay, etc.
In addition to these types of competitions, many Pekes earn titles such as Best Dog Overall, which is an honor for the Pekingese as well as their owners.