What we do Watchlist Ducks watchlist Pekin Key Characteristics The typical characteristic of the Pekin is the upright stance, thick neck and the white plumage with a yellow sheen. It is a heavy duck, with a drake averagely weighing 4.1kg(9lb) and a duck slightly lighter at 3.6kg (8lb). History First domesticated some 2000 years ago, the Pekin duck was standardised in the UK in 1901, but it has a long history before this point. In 1870 a Chinese student, Chan Laisun, gave a lecture in New York referring to ducks known in his homeland as ten pound ducks (referring to the weight). As a result of the lecture, in 1872 some ducks were imported into the UK. Then a year later, some ducklings were imported into the USA in 1873 by John Palmer. Appearance The present-day European Pekins are upright with particularly dense plumage. The general shape of the Pekin is that it resembles a small, wide boat, standing almost on its stern, and the bow leaning slightly forwards. Uses This is a variety that continues to survive as an exhibition breed and also as important base stock for commercial breeding. Breed Societies For more information visit the British Waterfowl Association.