Pekin ducks are a type of large-breed, white-feathered, dabbling duck that was domesticated over 2000 years ago. Although the location of their origin is often disputed, most agree it was probably somewhere in Southeast Asia. Due to selective breeding, these birds produce larger eggs and more meat than most other ducks and have a visual appearance that pleases the eye. Over the years, Pekins have become one of the most common production ducks in the world.
Most Pekins are large and white with orange beaks. These hearty, friendly birds were bred specifically for meat and egg production and have become almost synonymous with the word duck today. They are calm-natured and a little bit skittish, but they make excellent pets due to their unique personalities and overall durability.