In addition, though not club founders, two of PCA's early patrons were Lady Algemon Gordon Lennox. a breed pioneer and visionary in the UK. and famed financier John Pierpont Morgan, a noted sportsman in many breeds, who became the Honorary President of The Pekingese Club of America and Vice Chairman of the Peking Palace Dog Association in Britain.
The Club still offers Mr. Morgan's perpetual trophy at its specialty in Manhattan, originally offered for Best of Breed and now offered for Best of Opposite Sex. Morgan's sterling silver trophy is housed at AKC Headquarters in New York. It's on permanent display there. along with PCA's prestigious English-made Lasca McClure Halley Trophy. One of the largest in the sport, donated in 1929 by prominent handler Mr. McClure Halley, in memory of his late wife, Lasca, who was a judge and a PCA Director in the 1920's. These distinguished sterling silver PCA trophies, appraised in 2008 and said to be "worth a fortune", remain a symbol of The Pekingese Club of America's respected heritage.
In 1909, PCA adopted its breed first standard verbatim from The Pekingese Club in Britain which had been founded 5 years earlier, and has amended it four times since then, in 1933, 1956 (adopted by Canada), 1995, and again in 2004.
Although the first Chinese imports to England weighed between 3-9 pounds, the British and American parent clubs established an 18-pound weight limit to accommodate the breed's burgeoning popularity and encourage participation by more exhibitors. That brought opposition from the breed purist founders who successfully forced the weight limit back down, initially to 10 pounds (by forming a new club - the Pekin Palace dog Association). But the British parent club, The Pekingese Club, eventually compromised to 14 pounds which became the limit in the AKC standard (which added a disqualification over 14 pounds). The British later amended their standard to read "ideal weight not to exceed 11 pounds for dogs and 12 pounds for bitches", which is current.