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Pekingese, the dog that disappeared from the city

Pekingese, the dog that disappeared from the city

He was seen no more. Neither in the streets, nor in the parks nor in the squares. Nor within the homes of Rosario. The Pekingese dog practically disappeared. Almost no one chooses it as a pet anymore. It is not that they hate him: he was surpassed by other races, which replaced him.

A few decades ago it dominated the neighborhoods. He was everywhere and more than one will remember him along with an elderly aunt. It was one of the favorite dogs of older adults, perhaps because they did not usually like boys so much.

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The weather in Rosario: Monday with cloudiness promises a pleasant afternoon, but tomorrow the intense cold will return

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His physiognomy remains in perennial memory: broad head at the top of the skull and relatively flat, with folds on the face. His eyes are large, dark, shiny, set wide apart, prominent and bulging but very lively. Generally rectangular, longer than tall, deep-chested and short-legged: petiso.Although there were various colors, the most recognized were beige: always well groomed, at least those that were seen walking with their owners on Oroño Boulevard. In that area of ​​the Rosario macrocenter, veterinarian Hernán L’ Episcopo remembers them. And he even tells a story of his adolescence. “In that cold July of 1990, when Argentina had just lost the World Cup final, we encouraged ourselves, despite having seen Diego with tears in his eyes, to play with our friends our classic chopped by the central stone. That day, as soon as we had started, we stopped the ball before the passage of two ladies, with the faces of aunts, who wore a Pekingese with a kind of scarf. He was a dog present in every corner of Rosario.”


The professional does not forget that moment that serves as a presentation to rehearse an explanation for the very low presence of these specimens today.

What happened What happened to them? “The answer is simple: they went out of style,” she says. His colleague Pablo Carrillo agrees when he humorously adds: “If you see one today, take a picture of it.” In Argentina there are few breeding places for this species and those who keep it take care of it with suspicion. Both assume that the general characteristics of other similar dogs influenced this change in choice of pet. The market added somewhat more friendly variants: the poodle (mini, toy and micro toy), chihuahua and, fundamentally, shitzu, which has a similar origin to the Pekingese.Hernán, a renowned journalist from Rosario, remembers Pepito, his uncle’s Pekingese, and defines him without half measures: he was a bastard, a barker and unbearable. However, not everyone exposes it that way. During its times of extreme popularity, this dog became a classic but later “some crosses were distorting the breed”, says Carrillo before making some history.”It was the dog of the Chinese emperor: the pet that took care of him,” he explains and immediately goes forward in time: “Around 1860 the English take this specimen, take it to Europe and give it to royalty until it is inserted into the community and then crosses all the continents”, to reach Argentina where he was quickly accepted.


“The reverse is the case today, in the 70s and 80s it was very fashionable: a size between 15 and 25 centimeters and a weight between four and eight kilos, a good companion and intelligent were some of the characteristics that made many choose for choosing it. But those advantages didn’t weigh too much in the balance: He wasn’t used to socializing with other dogs or animals, and he was prone to respiratory and visual problems. The brachiocephalic syndrome caused him problems and he snored a lot when he slept. “The people who keep this breed today know that it makes a lot of noise when it breathes”, underlines L ‘Episcopo. “For this reason, we always insist that before taking a dog home, you should seek advice: behind the beauty, complications can appear,” he adds.However, he remarks: “All in all, he is an adorable dog and I do not rule out that he will return to the homes of Rosario.”

In first person

Gerardo Herrera, from a perrera family, lives in Roldán and is one of the few owners of Pekingese in the region. He has a female (Tora, age six) and a male (Obi-Wan Kenobi, age two). He brought them from Corrientes where, according to what he says, they continue to be bred for gifts. It was in this way that both dogs came to him. image (1).png

Knowing that in the Rosario area there are almost no more of these dogs that “were replaced by others, like the poodle”, he tells how his pets behave, to whom, beyond the fact that he does not say it explicitly before the Capital, he loves very much. So much so that he humanizes them when mentioning them, not to mention that he has celebrated their birthdays. Legend has it that the breed was born from the love between a monkey and a lion. As a result of this union, a type of dog appeared that had traits and attitudes similar to those species: the intelligence of his mother and the courage, nobility and value of his father. With this premise, Gerardo describes that his Pekingese “always take control” On the other hand, he admits that it is often said that “they are dogs for old people”, although he counters: “I am 44 and I get along great”.According to their owner, these two specimens “are super companions and very rabble-rousing: they smell and observe everything”. Gerardo built an excellent relationship with his pets, who take care of him, notify him when someone comes home and don’t let him sleep alone. “I use them for pillows,” he declares. Indeed, when he is not at his house, his sister, who usually takes care of them in those instances, says that they miss him a lot.In short, Gerardo would not change them for another breed beyond the fact that he recognizes that they get angry if they are harassed, it seems that they want to bite because they have their teeth out and it is very difficult for him to stay calm on the vet’s table.

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