If you haven't already done so, it would be a great idea to look up the history of the Pekingese dog. You will find some very interesting information about it ... like it's one of the most ancient dog breeds on the planet, or, that it was originally owned only by monks and Chinese emperors and their families, or, that the appearance of the breed has changed very little (she's a little smaller now than then) in over 2,000 years. At one time, it was actually a crime to own a Pekingese if you didn't fall into one of those categories. She is truly a magical and majestic little creature, if you like toy canine breeds, but not so much if you're into breeds which are considered more versatile and "durable" dogs. The majesty of the Pekingese isn't always appreciated ... as is the case with Malachy, a male Pekingese who achieved Best in Show rating at Westminster in 2012. This award, the most sought-after one in "dog-hood", is a source of pride not only for the owner but also for the dog. However, for the German Shepherd, the Doberman Pinscher, the Wire-Haired Dachshund, the Kerry Blue Terrier, the Dalmatian and the Irish Setter (and their owners) who were bested in the competition, Malachy's achievement was a true and grievous disappointment. Malachy won the competition, in part, due to his "spotless demeanor", which, based upon the intense verbal flack raised by owners of a variety of other canine breeds, is a lesson that could be considered one of which we could all benefit. But, as is the case with many of our canine breeds, he took all of the human nastiness in stride, remaining the happy dog he's always been.
Our second featured famous Pekingese spotlight is Fifi, the Peke. She is a figment of a Disney imagination, being created, comic-stripped and filmed as the love interest of Pluto, the dog. She is also depicted as the pet of Minnie Mouse, when Minnie was a younger mouse. She first appeared in the Mickey Mouse Sunday comic strip in March, 1932, with her first appearance in a cartoon being released in September, 1933. Her "acting career" sort of just disappeared after 1955 with her most recent appearance being a playable character in a cellphone video game called Disney Dog.