EASE OF TRAINING •
GOOD WITH KIDS ••••••••••
LIFE SPAN 12-13 YEARS
WEIGHT ± 14 POUNDS
USE TODAY COMPANION
An ancient toy breed, the Pekingese is an excellent watchdog who thinks he is far larger and braver than he really is.
They are distrusting of strangers, and will bark at unusual noises. (However, they are generally not nuisance barkers.)
The Pekingese has a high opinion of himself, and he can be protective of his owner to the point of being possessive.
He will need to be trained so that this protective instinct does not turn into aggression.
It takes a patient person to train a Pekingese, because they are stubborn and opinionated. They can be quite difficult to housetrain.
The Pekingese has low exercise needs, but still enjoys walks. Because of the shape of their nose, they cannot handle extreme temperatures. Be careful when they exercise that they don't overheat. Also, they must never be left out in the sun.
They are hardier than their reputation lets on, and they don't mind going out for a romp in the rain. Of course, you are the one who will have to clean them afterwards.
They don't need much space to be happy and can live contentedly in an apartment or a mansion. They can do well with other animals, but it really depends on the specific dog.
Just know that all Pekingese are fearless, so a larger stronger dog can pose a serious threat. Some Pekingese do well with children. Others do not. Pekingese are small, and their large, beautiful eyes are very sensitive to the picked fingers of a toddler.
Many breeders will not let a Pekingese go to a home with a small child. Your Pekingese will love to show off and will prance around trying to impress you.
An independent little character, he can entertain himself for hours with a toy. But he also loves your attention.
The Pekingese is an affectionate dog who will take pride in being your favourite companion. But consider yourself warned: he will snore, snort, sneeze and snuffle.
***The length of the body from front of the breastbone to buttocks should be slightly greater than the height at the withers
The Pekingese is the hardest to train of all dog breeds. He learns new commands slower than all other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.
All coat colours and markings, including parti-colours are allowed
Full, long, coarse, straight, stand-off coat with thick, softer undercoat, forming a noticeable mane on the neck and shoulder area with the coat on the remainder of the body somewhat shorter in length. Long feathering on the back of thighs and forelegs, ears, tall and toes
The Pekingese sheds excessively
Daily, with thorough weekly brushing
Cats may be tolerated but children and other dogs usually aren't
Daily grooming is a must and shedding will be noticeable
Needs air conditioning; he can't tolerate heat andhumidity (just look at his coat)