How we got started in Pekes .....                                                                                                                                                                                                      

We’ve been interested in the Pekingese breed since 1994. When we acquired our first peke – Suki – ‘Princess Kenue Suki’ purely as a pet. She was so loving & such a loyal friend.  (We sadly lost Suki to the Rainbow Bridge in November, 2006 & she is very much missed every day). 

Suki 6 month old

In the same year, we visited Crufts the UKs largest dog show for the first time as spectators, & our interest in the breed deepened from thereon.  We were told about a peke breed club in our area by Roy Littlewood (TIYANG) & he sent us a show schedule.  We went along & so attended our first breed open show at the Red Rose Pekingese Club, (as spectators). 

The pekes at the shows where very different in looks from my Suki, with lovely long thick coats & extremely flat faces.  It was at this show we met an exhibitor called Alison Whittle (MOORTHORPE)  from whom we bought our first ‘show’ peke, a little bitch called Hetti – ‘Moorthorpe Golden Heather’, & to whom we are forever grateful for giving us our start in showing pekingese.

Hetti was only a few weeks old when we first went to see her, & we fell in love with her straight away, we couldn’t wait to take her home.  When she was 4 months old she arrived home with us & the training to walk on a lead & grooming began, (for both Hetti & myself!) under Alison's experienced guidance.

Hetti - 4 month old

The first show we exhibited at was Birmingham Peke Open Show & neither myself or Hetti quite knew what to do.  We watched the other classes with great interest & then it was our turn...

Hetti was very un-co-operative & ended up off her lead & running out of the show ring, with a rather embarrassed ‘me’ stood not knowing quite what to do, with the lead in my hand & NO dog!

The judge was lovely (Janet Heap - Shiera) & gave us both quite a few attempts at trying to walk down the mat.  One of the other exhibitors took pity on us & offered help, & eventually we walked down the mat in a fashion.

The shows after that seemed less traumatic & we both picked up a bit of confidence & knew what was expected of us.  

Hetti has gone on to win many Best Puppy in Breed awards at Open Shows & is consistently placed at Open & Championship Shows.

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