This exotic and distinct breed of dogs originates from China and dates back thousands of years ago. It is also known as Lion Dog, Pelchie Dog, Peiching Kou, Pekin Spaniel, Dragon dog and Peke. This breed was a favorite for royalty because of their divine significance to the Chinese citizens. The Peke made it to Europe after the British invaded China and were able to obtain a handful of them. The Chinese tried to kill all of them so that they may not get into British hands, but this handful became the progenitor of a new generation of the Pekingese in Europe. The Pekingese continues to walk with an air of dignity around it with a firm confidence of its royal history.
They are small but well build dogs. It has a compact face with a small muzzle. Its muzzle is a bit raise almost cutting in-between its eyes. It has a flat tipped nose with huge nostrils. Its eyes are round and dark and are fixed low on its face giving it a big protruding forehead. Its ears hung on the side of its head and droop down its shoulders. It stands at 6 – 9 inches and weighs 10 – 12 pounds. It has short legs, neck, and tail that stands erect on its back.
This is a self-confident, proud and elegant breed of dogs. They exude majesty wherever they go probably due to their ancestral background of being raised in royal circles. They are very affectionate to their owners and demand a lot of time and attention. They are very wary of strangers hence make good watchdogs. They don’t require a lot of physical activity to keep them motivated hence short walks will suffice for them. They may not be easy to train as they already have a mindset of being full of themselves hence early training will help.
These are very affectionate dogs that find a deep feeling of attachment to their owner. They will require considerable amount of quality time for them to be fully satisfied. Training should be done early in their puppyhood. Otherwise, it may become difficult to teach them. Ensure to give them their daily exercise routine but should not be any vigorous activity.
They are generally a healthy breed and prone to what is common to other breeds such as colds, cataracts, cleft palates, patellar luxation, hydrocephalus and intervertebral disk disease. They also suffer from heart and respiratory complications.
They should be fed high-quality, nutritious food. The right amount should be served at the right time to prevent the dog from becoming obese. The amount of food is dependent on the level of activity of the dog and its age.
Coat color and grooming
The Pekingese has long coat hair that stands out straight. It has a hard top coat and a thick, soft undercoat. Its coat comes in a variety of colors that range from black with spots of white or various shades of brown and black marks. Its coat should be brushed regularly and clean its eyes to remove any dirt.
With family and other pets
The Pekingese is good with family as it shows love and affection to people however it may not be the best dog to keep with toddlers as it is self-centered and selfish. With early socialization, it will get along well with other pets