Description: The Pekingese is the ultimate lap dog and devoted companion. They will adapt to their environment and surroundings. Even though they have a mind of their own and like to get their own way, they have an independent spirit which is their most endearing characteristic. A firm hand will let them know who is master. Pekingese are very suspicious of strangers even though they are an affectionate, noble dog who are both self-centered and stubborn.
Other Names: Lion Dog, Peking Palasthund
Type: Companion Dog
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: Pekingese are independent, lively.
With Children: Yes, but not suited for young children as they do 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. Female Pekingese will shed their undercoat when in season. Dry shampoo regularly. Pekingese will not benefit from long walks, but they do need some form of exercise or activity.
Training: Training can be difficult. You can not be overly bossy with your Pekingese, but they do need basic training to be a well adjusted companion. Praise them when they do something right, but do not punish harshly when they do something wrong.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Very Low, Problem Solving - Low
Living Environment: Just as 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 their 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 they date back some 1,500 years to China. For centuries they were the sacred dog of China, being coveted and treasured for their quaintness and individuality. They were so protected by the royal palaces it was said that death was the punishment for those who tried to smuggle them into the outside world. In 1860 five Pekingese were left behind during an attack 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
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC (GB), UKC