Pekingese dogs are part of the toy group and can be Red, Fawn, White, Black and Brindle in colour.
Origins of the Pekingese
The Pekingese originated in China and received its name from the ancient city of Peking, which is today known as Beijing City. They were mainly owned by the Chinese royalty and were considered to be sacred dogs, which drove away evil spirits. In 1860 when the British took over the Imperial Palace, the Chinese Imperial guards were ordered to kill all of the Pekingese dogs to prevent them from falling in to the hands of the “foreign devils”. However, 5 of the little dogs fortunately survived and were then given to Queen Victoria. It was from these 5 survivors that the Pekingese breed still exists today.
Sizes of the Typical Male and Female Pekingese
The Pekingese is a small dog and part of the toy breed group. Adult Pekingese typically weigh between 2.75kg to 5.5kg. The height could vary from 15cm to 23cm. Both male and female Pekingese grow the same in sizes.
The Pekingese has a very long, double coat, which should be brushed daily. It is advised to take extra care around the hind quarters while brushing, as this area can become tangled and even soiled. The male and female Pekinese will shed their top coat constantly throughout the year and the females will shed their bottom coat while in season.
Appearance of the Pekingese
The Pekingese can come in a wide variety of colours such as: Red, Fawn, White, Black and Brindle. The breed will usually have a black muzzle or mask, although some may have light coloured masks.
The Pekingese has great temperaments, a great family dog who devotes himself to his owner. He is full of personality and naturally well mannered, However, he is one of the most stubborn and self-opinionated breeds of all. Although he is a small dog, he is a very energetic dog and dislikes to be left out of any family activities.
The Pekingese puppies when they are new-born or very young can catch colds very easily; you should always acquire your Pekingese from a reputable and kc registered breeder, who take great care in looking after them.Pekingese puppies should not leave their mother until at least they are 8 weeks old.
Cost of Pekingese
From a breeder, Pekingese puppies normally cost around £400 – £700 in the UK.
The Life Expectancy of a Pekingese
Pekingese typically live for 12 to 14 years.
What Health Problems Can Pekingese Suffer From
The Pekingese are reasonably likely to have; eye injuries, breathing difficulties, back problems, tear gland defects, sore nose wrinkles, over-heating, kneecap dislocation (patella Luxation), and sore nose wrinkles.
It would be highly advisable to obtain trustworthy pet insurance with this breed as well as a good reputable vet.
Exercising Your Pekingese
The Pekingese enjoys going for walks, but due to their heavy coat and breathing problems, it makes it hard for him to venture far. He will be happy to go for a daily walk, but only at his own pace and to his own choice of distance; this will keep him happy and also healthy. A Pekingese should never be exercised during hot weather conditions as he can overheat very quickly.
Dog Groups Related to Pekingese
Similar dog breed(s) to the Pekingese