Pekingese were dogs bred for centuries to be the cherished companions of the imperial family of China. Today they are still cherished family companions and show dogs who greet everyone they meet with dignity and grace.
Dog Breed Group:Companion Dogs
Height:6 inches to 9 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:7 to 14 pounds
Life Span:12 to 15 years
- Due to their short noses, Pekes snore, some quite loudly.
- The round bulging eye of the Pekingese can be damaged or “popped out” during excessively rough play; this is rare but can occur.
- Pekes have an excessive amount of wrinkling on face; this can cause problems with skin fold dermatitis, skin irritations, and infections. The folds should be kept clean and dry.
- Pekes have a tendency to gain weight if overfed.
- A Peke may go on a hunger strike just to prove a point over his owner.
- Pekingese tend to bark a lot.
- The breed can be difficult to housebreak.
- Pekingese tend to be one-person dogs.
- Because of their profuse coat and short noses, they do not tolerate heat well.
- To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.