Description: This breed, which some say has an inflated sense of self-worth, is very affectionate, loving, noble, intelligent and brave beyond its size. A Pekingese can be stubborn and self-centered, choosing who will be in control. Thus, these dogs can dominate, at which point the lighter side of the nature will be gone. These dogs must be shown that their family/owner/handler is self-sufficient and can lead strongly.
These dogs are very suspicious of strangers and have a protective instinct that belies their size. Training is a must for this dog. Also, find some type of job for it to do. This breed likes to work. A Pekingese can get depressed if its coat gets matted, so they must be well groomed
Other Names: Lion Dog, Peking Palasthund
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.
With Children: Yes, but not suited for young children as he does not like to be disturbed while sleeping. More suited for older, quieter, children.
With Pets: Yes, if socialized at a young age as they have a tendency to be suspicious of other dogs.
Special Skills: Companion dog.
Watch-dog: Very High, very suspicious of strangers.
Guard-dog: Very Low
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
Living Environment: Just at home in a small apartment as a large house. The owner of a Pekingese needs to be patience 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 his date 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 marching by Britain and France on the Imperial palace in Peking. These five little dogs were taken back to England. Little is know of the breed after this until 1896 when a famous pair of black Pekingese were imported by Mrs. Loftus Allen.
First Registered by the AKC: 1915
AKC Group: Toy Group