The Pekingese is a friendly, independent, low activity lap dog that will do well in an apartment or small house. They are very affectionate but still make good watch dogs. They can be wary of other dogs so they need to be extensively socialized early. They like older children but may not be happy with loud young children. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.
Approximate Adult Size
The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Pekingese is 6 to 9 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 8 to 10 pounds. Under 6 pounds is a tea cup or sleeve Pekingese and between 6 and 8 pounds is a mini.
Special Health Considerations
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Pekingese is no exception. Be on the look out for kidney stones, breathing problems, easily damaged eyes, and the danger of corneal ulcers. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
The Pekingese has a long, coarse and straight coat with a soft, thick undercoat. They should be brushed daily. Also eyes and ears need to be cleaned and checked daily. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.
The Pekingese can live between 13 and 15 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
The Pekingese come from China where they were the national sacred dog. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1915.
- Pekingese Club of America
- UKC United Kennel Club
- NKC National Kennel Club
- CKC Continental Kennel Club
- APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
- AKC American Kennel Club
- FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
- NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
- KCGB Kennel Club of Great Britain
- ANKC Australian National Kennel Club
- ACR American Canine Registry
2 to 4 Pekingese puppies
Terms To Describe
Intelligent, dignified, compact, direct, independent, courage, self-esteem, brave, sensitive, affectionate, snobbish, self-centered
SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
- Very Good watch dog.
- Learn very fast.
- Great lap dog.
- Very poor guard dog.
- Like to be pampered.
- Can be an obedience problem.
- Can be a barker.
- Strong willed.
- Can be difficult to housebreak.
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Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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