Pekin’s were imported from the Far East in the mid-19th century and some Pekin enthusiasts believe that the first birds were stolen from the private collection of the Emperor of China some time towards the end of the Opium Wars (around 1860). Other believe that today’s Pekin is a derivative of the Cochin. What ever the truth of its origin, the breed was not accepted in its own right until the Birmingham Poultry Show of 1969. The Pekin is a very gentle bird, they are good layers of small eggs. They make excellent pets for children as they are tame, they settle very well and require little space. They tend not to scratch around in flower beds so are good to keep in an urban garden. They are available in a whole range of colours. The Pekin should be single combed, and ‘circular in shape when viewed from above,(the) whole outline rounded (with) heavily feathered legs and feet’.
Key: 1 = low, 5 = high
- Class: Bantam
- Purpose: Exhibition/Ornamental