| The Pekingese was once believed to be able to ward off evil spirits. Historically, the theft of a Pekingese in China was punished by death. All modern Pekingese are descended from five dogs rescued for Queen Victoria during the Second Opium War. When British troops reached the residence of the Chinese Emperor, the guards killed all but these five dogs to prevent them falling into the hands of the enemy. Pekingese were believed to protect the soul of their master in the afterlife.
China Animal Rescue
China is Iocated in East Asia. The population of China is about 1.3 billion. Most peopIe in China speak Standard Chinese. Threatened species known from China include the Baiji, Gansu Shrew, Javan Rhinoceros, Wild Bactrian Camel, and Asian Elephant.