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The Club

The Pekingese Club was founded in 1904 and it was the first of its kind to formed for the breed in the United Kingdom, its foundation was a natural progression several years after the first Pekingese found their way to these shores, and having gained in popularity through the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Prior to 1898, there had been no dedicated show classes for the breed and they had only been able to enter in Variety Classes at shows. It wasn't until 1898 that specialized classes were first scheduled, that being at the Ladies Kennel Association show at the Botanic Gardens, drawing a grand entry of seven (7). Crufts did not schedule any classes for the breed until 1900 and at that show there was just but one dog, Sir Edgar Boehms "Pekin Yen".

During these early years the breed had drawn together a strong, if only small, band of admirers and breeders particularly on the Committee of the Japanese Spaniel Club. They included the Countess of Warwick, Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox, Lady de-Ramsay, Lady Samuelson, Mrs. Kate Soloman and Mrs. Loftus Allen and it was this group who had requested that a standard of points be drawn up for Pekingese.

Some of the founder members
Countess of WarwickLady de-RamsayMrs. Loftus AllenLady Algernon Gordon Lennox with her daughter Ivy

As the breed began to gain strength the name of the Japanese Spaniel Club changed to the Japanese & Pekingese Club. A list of Judges was drawn up, seven in all. They were Mrs. Douglas Murray, Mrs. Albert Gray, Mrs. Strick, The Earl of March, Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox, Mr. G Brown and Mrs. Loftus Allen. By 1904 the popularity of the breed dictated that the time had come for a club to be formed solely for Pekingese.

On 18th October 1904 the Japanese and Pekingese Club was dissolved and at a further meeting on 22 November in the same year the Pekingese Club was born with all of 29 members with Lady Algernon Gordon Lennox (Blanche) as, previously with the former Club, it's President.