Dog Profiles - Description of Pekingese


Description: The Pekingese, the ultimate lap dog and devoted companion, will adapt to his environment and surroundings. Even though he has a mind of his own and likes to get his own way, he has an independent spirit which is his most endearing characteristics. A firm hand will let him now who is master. He is very suspicious of strangers even though he is an affectionate, noble dog who is both self-centered and stubborn.

Height: 6-9 inches

Weight: 7-12 lbs.

Colors: All colors and markings are permissible.

Coat: Long, straight, double-coated with a coarse top coat, thick undercoat and profuse mane and feathered tail.

Temperament: Independent, lively. Not suited for young children as he does not like to be disturbed while sleeping. More suited for older, quieter, children. Okay with other pets if socialized at a young age as they have a tendency to be suspicious of other dogs. Good companion dog. Very good watch-dog. Very suspicious of strangers. Very poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Daily grooming with a brush or comb, taking extra care around the hindquarter which can become soiled or matted. Females will shed their undercoat when in season. Dry shampoo regularly. Will not benefit from long walks, but he does need some form of exercise or activity.

Training: Training can be difficult. You can not be overly bossy with your Pekingese, but he does need basic training to be a well adjusted companion. Praise him when he does something right, but do not punish harshly when he does something wrong. Learning Rate: High, Obedience: Very Low, Problem Solving: Low.

Activity: Low

Living Environment: Just at home in a small apartment as a large house. The owner of a Pekingese needs to be a patient leader who does not expect an instant response. Pekingese also have a tendency to be bossy and they like to be pampered.

Health Issues: Problems birthing, breathing problems, and his eyes are sensitive and prone to corneal ulcers.

Life Span: 13-15 Years

Litter Size: 2-4

Country of Origin: China

History: Folklore has a wonderful little story that the Pekingese was an offspring of a lion and a marmoset, but he dates back some 1,500 years to China. For centuries he was the sacred dog of China, being coveted and treasured for his quaintness and individuality. He was so protected by the royal palaces it was said that death was the punishment for those who tried to smuggle him into the outside world. In 1860 five Pekingese were left behind during a march by Britain and France on the Imperial palace in Peking. These five little dogs were taken back to England. Little is known of the breed after this until 1896 when a famous pair of black Pekingese were imported by Mrs. Loftus Allen.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB), UKC