Pekingese Dog Breed Information

Pekingese Quick Facts
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: China
Nickname: Peke
Weight: 14 lbs
Height: 6-9 inches
Color(s): All colors and patterns are allowable

Pekingese Appearance

The Pekingese is a small, stocky and well balance dog with a heavy front and light rear, giving a lion like appearance; implying courage, distinction and self esteem. He has prominent eyes that are round and dark, its head is broad, with strong jaws and flat face with chin, nose and forehead all in one plane. Due to his short muzzle he can snore sometimes.

The ears are drop and heart shaped; it has very short neck and a feathered tail that is slightly arched, set high and curled over the back. The legs are noticeably bowed and restrict the Pekingese's movements. The coat of the Pekingese is long and straight, is double coated with thick undercoat and long flat soft outer coat that it could be any color including red, fawn, black, black and tan or white. The weight of the Pekingese is around 6-14 pounds; and the height around 6-9 inches.

Pekingese Temperament

The Pekingese is an independent and regal dog that is intelligent, dignified, and stubborn. The somewhat proud, over confident, and self-centered personality of the Pekingese can make this breed difficult to train. The Pekingese is brave; he is not the one that likes to start a fight but will not back down from one.

The Pekingese is the ideal pet for inexperienced dog owner as well as the more experienced. This breed makes a great companion and is a good watchdog. He has a low exercise demands that make them ideal for those that cannot get around much, such as elderly and persons with disabilities.

Is Pekingese the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Pekingese can make wonderful companions. They will enjoy a leisurely walk outdoor, but is equally happy to romp inside. Is not an outside dog and is very sensitive to heat. It can easily die if left outside in warm weather; he must be keep inside with air conditioning.

This breed is an ideal apartment dog and will do well in an apartment with adults and other children. They are relatively inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. It tends to be unfriendly around strangers and is not always good with children or other dogs but is good tempered and playful with those those that are part of the family.

Pekingese Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Pekingese is around 10-15 years.

Pekingese Health problems

The Pekingese are a relatively healthy. The major concerns associated with this breed are congestive heart failure, but he will be fine when diagnosed early and successfully treated with medications. There are some other concerns such as cataracts, corneal abrasions, elongated soft palate, breathing problems, resulting from its tiny skull and flattened face, and skin allergies, stenotic nares, patellar luxation, disticiasis, trichiasis, dermatitis, dry eye, and heatstroke in very hot conditions

Pekingese Care and Grooming

The Pekingese needs daily walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. Special attention should be pay to his diet, if overfed; the Pekingese will quickly become overweight. Due to their abundance of fur, it is important to keep the Pekingese cool. Daily combing and brushing of the very long, double coat is essential to keep his coat healthy and presentable. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo regularly. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Clean the face and eyes daily and check the hairy feet for burrs and objects that could attach there.

Pekingese Shedding

The Pekingese are average shedder, therefore, is not well suited to allergy sufferers.