The Pekinese breed dates to 2000BC, with its first known appearance in America in 1898. The breed was added to the American Kennel Club registry in 1906 and ranks in the top 25 of the Club's listing of registrations.
As show dogs, Pekinese are often groomed according to industry standards or the preference of the owners. Owners will also opt for different grooming practices while their dog is doing shows than they do while the dog is at home.
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The "Puppy Cut"
Like Shih Tzus, the long, coarse, dense fur of a Pekinese often leads owners to choose the "puppy cut," a cut that consists of trimming the entire body, including the head, face and legs, to a uniform length.
The "Lion Cut"
The lion cut is mostly self-explanatory, consisting of a very close shave to the body of the dog with the hair left tufted as a mane around the face and full pouf or tuft at the end of the tail. Some may shave the haunches of the dog while leaving the entire forward half of the body untrimmed.
Many Pekinese owners opt against any kind of cut for their pets, as there are often penalties for "shaping or sculpting" the coat, according to the American Kennel Club's website, AKC.org. The site states a "long and profuse coat is desirable" for the breed.
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