Lincolnshire Live has joined forces with our brand new sister site, TeamDogs, and the fabulous Pooch & Mutt food for dogs company, to find out which dog breed really is the nation’s favourite.
Here, Sarah-Jane White champions Pekingese and explains exactly why they are the best breed.
If you agree – or disagree – we’ll give you the chance to vote in the search to find the UK’s favourite dog breed.
Head over to teamdogs.co.uk to find out who is at the top of the league table. Remember the rankings will keep changing so do cast your vote.
The breeds with the lowest number of votes will end up in the Dog House. The 10 lowest ranking will be eliminated each week until we end up with our worthy winner!
I love Pekingese dogs. Small, fluffy, great big brown eyes and a cute smushed face, what’s not to love?
My first Peke was a feisty girl who looked harmless but used to guard the cashbox at the cattle market where my mum worked and woe betide anyone who reached out to give her a pat. She had a ferocious bark for such a small dog and lived until she was the ripe old age of 16.
Ming and Tricki are our current floof balls, but don’t let that fluffy cute exterior fool you. Ming has a bark that sounds like she’s smoked too many cigarettes. Tricki guards the front door religiously, so much so that we had to put the mailbox on the outside!
Always happy to see you, Ming’s tail won’t stop wagging – ever. She wags it so much it creates a constant draft. Honestly, it never stops. She’s just so laid back and happy.
Tricki loves to be brushed and will roll over the minute he sees you pick up the comb. Pekes have a thick, double coat that repels water and provides insulation so they need daily grooming. His coat is so fluffy it’s like cuddling a little cloud that makes you feel safe and warm. He always knows when I am feeling down and cheers me up with a lick from his little pink tongue.
Pekes are smart dogs who love training. They do have a mind of their own and you can see the cogs whirring as they figure out the puzzle in front of them. They do like to bury their toys and it’s not uncommon to find a soggy bone in the laundry basket. Maybe they were leaving me a hint?
As one of the oldest dog breeds in the world originating from China, they are named after the capital Peking (now called Beijing) the Pekingese is a super dog. I love their feisty yet gentle personality and how they seem to be so happy all the time. Pekingese are adorable and affectionate dogs that make great companions so if you’re looking for an intelligent dog with a lot of personality, choose a Peke!
Take a look at the TeamDogs leaderboard and cast your vote. If your favourite isn’t there, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with 200 words telling us how brilliant the breed is and why it deserves to win and we’ll add it to the competition