Pekingese

Pekingese information

The Pekingese breed originates from China. A tale in China tells the story of the Pekingese breed. It says that a lion fell in love with a monkey. The Lion had to ask the lord of the animals to marry the monkey. The lord of the animal authorized the marriage under one condition: that the lion loses its strength and spectacular size. The lion accepted it: he became very small and married the monkey.

Pekingese were considered valuable dogs and were owned by aristocrats only. Aristocrats would sometimes offer Pekingese as a present to their guests of honour. Therefore, Pekingese remained in China for centuries. In 1860, the Pekingese breed was in danger as the Chinese empress gave the order to kill all Pekingese dogs so that English soldiers could not import them to their country. Five Pekingese survived and were imported to England. The General Dunne offered one of them to Queen Victoria.


Pekingese characteristics

Pekingese are part of the toy group. They measures 6 to 9 inches and weight between 3 to 6 Kilos. Smaller dogs are called sleeve Pekingese. This name was given to them as owners were used, in the past, to carrying them in their sleeves. They have a long-haired coat which can be of different colours. The most common colours are red, sable and gold.


Pekingese grooming

It is important to get your Pekingese puppy used to being brushed from an early age. The wooly hair of the Pekingese needs to be brushed regularly to avoid tangles. Untangling the Pekingese hair can be difficult and painful for the animal considering the hair thickness.

The Pekingese will have to lie on its back so that the owner is able to comb properly the hair on the stomach. It is important to comb the hair in both ways to untangle the hair properly. The hair will also need to be combed on the leg, back and ears of the animal.


Pekingese temperament

The Pekingese is a good companion, very attached to his owner. He is wary about strangers and will bark at them. He can be possessive of his owner and become extremely jealous. Endowed with a courageous temperament, the Pekingese does not seem conscious of his small size and can be aggressive towards bigger dogs.

Pekingese can be very stubborn and therefore will need a firm training.


Pekingese training

Pekingese are independent dogs who can be wary of strangers also it is important to socialize them from an early age. By nature Pekingese are not submissive. Therefore, Pekingese puppies will need consistency in their training and their owner will have to remain calm but firm with them.

Pekingese do not require too much exercise and will be happy going on short walks. His low level of energy and his small size makes him a good companion for people leaving in apartments.


Pekingese food habits

It is important to feed your Pekingese with good quality food. The food should not be too rich in nutrients or too fatty in order to avoid your dog suffering from skin conditions like hair loss or eczema. It is also important to feed your dog with the right food quantities to avoid obesity.


Pekingese health

The life expectancy of Pekingese is about 13 years. His eyes are very sensible and will need to be checked and cleaned regularly. There are a few hereditary disease which can affect the breed such as Cataract and Progressive Retinal Atrophy.


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