Pekin Bantam Club of Great Britain

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Pekin Breed History

 

The first Pekins are alleged to have been looted from the private collection of the Emperor of China at Peking (now known as Beijing) by British soldiers towards the end of the Second Opium War around 1860. However, some sources suggest that a consignment of birds from China around 1835 were given to Queen Victoria, assuming the name of 'Shanghais' and that these birds were bred with further imports and were developed into the breed we know today as Pekins. The Pekins first brought to the United Kingdom are said to have been buff in colour, with blacks and cuckoos arriving later on.

Origin: China

Size: Bantam

Classification: True BantamPekin Bantam Club of GB
History of the Pekin:
The first Pekins are alleged to have been looted from the private collection of
the Emperor of China at Peking (now known as Beijing) by British soldiers
towards the end of the Second Opium War around 1860. However, some
sources suggest that a consignment of birds from China around 1835 were given
to Queen Victoria, assuming the name of 'Shanghais' and that these birds were
bred with further imports and were developed into the breed we know today as
Pekins. The Pekins first brought to the United Kingdom are said to have been
buff in colour, with blacks and cuckoos arriving later on. They are known in the
United States, Canada and Europe as Cochin Bantams.
Origin: China
Size: Bantam
Classification: True Bantam


Champion Pekin Federation Show 2019. Owner Richard Swale. Photo Joshua Kittle Photography.