Characteristics breeds of dogs “Pekingese”: distinctive features of Pets and the basics of competent care + owner reviews


Pekingese are not breeding fashionable, considered a sign of prestige.

However, these are short, stocky dogs with a funny face and a truly Regal bearing has many admirers.

Pekingese are considered to be good companions and faithful friends, but their content in the house we have to consider many aspects.

After all, these animals have a specific nature and require proper care, feeding and education.

Origin story

History of the Pekingese dates back to Ancient China, where these dogs were bred over two thousand years ago. There Pekingese was considered a gift of the Buddha and guardian spirit of the ruling dynasty, but because keeping them could only members of the Imperial family.

Take the Pekingese for the territory of the celestial Empire was considered a terrible crime, and the one who stole the dog out of the Palace, waiting for the death penalty.

But sometimes puppies as a sign of special location was presented to the people, which the Imperial dynasty special services, and sometimes among them were even foreigners.

In Europe, the Pekingese was once Beijing was in 1860, captured by the British. The soldiers found in the chambers of the Palace five live dogs, he sent them as a gift to Queen Victoria.

In Britain some time Pekingese tried to use not only as cabin dogs and companion dogs but also for hunting, guarding and herding sheep.

English breeders in the second half of the 19th century wanted to improve the original breed and make it more versatile, however, all these attempts were unsuccessful, and the breed began to gain her unusual features.

In the end, it was decided to return to the original type, allowing modern Pekingese to look almost the same as their ancestors from Ancient China.











Interesting facts

White color Pekingese was not popular in their historical homeland because the color white in China is considered a symbol of death.

In countries such as Germany, Holland and the USA, Pekingese first came in 1900.

A DNA analysis has shown that the Pekingese breed is related to pugs, Papillons and even a Chihuahua.

The Pekingese is considered one of the most long-lived dogs, many of them live 18-20 years.

These dogs became the heroes of many cartoons and feature films.

Puggy the Pekingese of the United States is the dog with the longest tongue, which reaches a length of 11.43 cm

The Pekingese was almost the most expensive dog in the world: 32 thousand pounds was proposed by the American millionaire the Englishwoman Clarissa Ashton Cross for her dog, but she refused to sell pets.










Description of the breed

The Pekingese is a small, undersized stocky dog with a proud posture, thick long hair and short muzzle.

Head rather large, its width somewhat exceeds the length.

Ears well furred, not too long. Eyes rounded, widely spaced, dark, and convex.

This breed is characterized by mouth.

The body of rectangular format, short legs with moderately broad and close.

Chest deep, descending below the elbow.

The back is straight and moderately broad, the withers are weak.

The tail is of medium length, set high and heavily pubescent.

The abandoned sweeps over the back and looks similar to a fan.

The coat is dense and long, forming a mane on neck and shoulders, and feathering on tail, ears, and paws.

Allowed any color except white, if he is associated with the gene of albinism.













Pekingese — balanced and calm Pets with a few arrogant and independent-minded. Despite the small stature, they are brave and fearless: without hesitation, accept the challenge and enter the battle with larger opponents.

These dogs are very smart and clever, they respond well to training but can be stubborn and even disobedience, if they see that the owner, forcing them to carry the team, trying to manipulate them.

High ambition and the habit of considering itself the center of the universe, to make a Pekingese demand adoration and even worship from their owners.

The Pekingese is not a dog that will tolerate rough or not too correct to be treated.

However, the independent nature of these dogs and their self-sufficiency allow owners to get away from home, leaving the pet alone. Pekingese in the absence of the owner will not damage furniture or peeling the Wallpaper off the walls and find a more harmless activity.

Pekingese are different, proud and independent disposition. These dogs, despite the small rise, hold proudly and consider themselves center of the universe. However, the Pekingese is calm, balanced and not unruly, which makes them suitable as companions for working single people. And here at home with the kids Pekingese is better not to start, because these dogs hate it when they annoy or tease them.

The pros and cons


Calm and balanced.


Clever and quick-witted.

Well-trained to.

Not prone to mischief.

The Pekingese can keep even very busy people because these dogs are self-sufficient and not require constant communication with the host.

Loyal, although their love has to be earned.

The small size makes these dogs easy for keeping in small apartments.


Arrogant and independent-minded.

Fearless so that they can fight against a larger and stronger opponent.

Not suitable as Pets for families with young children.

Ambitious and have their worldview.

It can be stubborn and willful.

Are predisposed to several breed-specific ailments.

Require daily grooming.

Suitable for keeping in an apartment? On the street?

Pekingese and other breeds designed for room maintenance. Therefore, the optimal place for the maintenance of Pekingese dogs is a flat or private house.

CAUTION! Captive, or, especially, chain maintenance for these dogs is absolutely unacceptable.

Attitude towards children and gets along with other Pets?

Pekingese are good for children of school age who treat them respectfully and sensitively.

But kids these dogs can dislike because of their noisiness, and the fact that young children are often too Intrusive.

In this case, the Pekingese is unlikely to endure such treatment: he, at least, will snap at the child.

Often the communication of kids with this breed ends albeit slightly, but the bites, as well as mutual grievances.

The Pekingese can get along with other pets, including cats, but only if they not trying to annoy or dominate.

How to treat

The coat of the Pekingese should be brushed daily. Wash pet 4-5 times per year, it is recommended to use a special shampoo for long-haired dogs.

Because of shortened legs and a lush coat, these dogs are very dirty during the walks, therefore, it is desirable to bring them to the walk-in boiler suits.

It is also possible to simplify the care of the dog, to give her a haircut. But it can be done only if the Pekingese is not exposed.

Eyes and ears need each day to explore, and with the appearance of dirt to clean with the help of special drops or lotions applied on a cotton pad. The ear canal is cleaned with cotton sticks.

Teeth should also be cleaned as needed, and inspect daily, it is especially important to do during the change of milk teeth to permanent.

For teeth cleaning, you can use a brush and dog toothpaste, or just to give your pet a special chew treats or toys purchased in veterinary pharmacy or pet shop.

Claws as they regrowth, it is recommended to cut costerton.

How I live? Health and major illness

The average life expectancy of the modern Pekingese is equal to 12-15 years.

However, if the dog comes from healthy lines and contains it properly, he has a chance to live to 18-20 years.

Pekingese are healthy enough to breed: they rarely get sick, but can be prone to some ailments related to their stretched format and specific structure of the head and muzzle:

Progressive retinal atrophy.



Volvulus century.

Dislocation of the eyeball.

Cardiovascular diseases, including congenital or acquired malformations of the heart and valves.

Deformation of intervertebral disks.

Respiratory diseases.

Perianal adenoma (only in males).

Dimensions and weight for boys and girls


Males — 15-25 cmMales — 3,0-5,0 kg
Bitches — 15-25 cmBitches — 3.5-5.5 kg

Feeding habits — the better to feed? How many times a day?

To feed Pekingese can as natural food, and prepared quality food with premium and above. It is very important that the dog’s diet was adequate, but not excessive, as overfeeding is bad for the health of this breed.

When natural feeding Pekingese needs to obtain meat, offal, and raw or cooked vegetables and dairy products. Porridge should also be present in the diet, but they should not constitute its basis.

You can not mix natural products with ready-made food or alternate them with him.

Puppy the first time it is recommended to feed as many times a day as the breeder’s house, later the number of feedings decrease.

Adult Pekingese receive food 2 times a day.

The best dry food:

Heritage Acana Adult Small Breed

Bosch Mini

Adult Lamb & Rice Brit Premium Adult S

Daily dog Adult Mini Breed lamb and rice

Eukanuba Adult Dry Dog Food For Small Breed Chicken

Farmina Cibau Sensitive Fish Mini

Hill’s Science Plan Canine Adult Small & Miniature Lamb with Rice

Grandorf 4 Meat & Brown Rice Mini

Purina Pro Plan Small & Mini Adult sapped Sensitive Skin Salmon and rice dry

Royal Canin Mini Adult

Dog Wellness CORE Small Breed Original

Sample menu for a week

Day of the week Morning feeding Evening feeding
Monday Kefir (sour milk) + cheese Meat + steamed pumpkin + buckwheat + flax (olive oil)
Tuesday Natural yoghurt + cheese + grated Apple Boiled liver + boiled carrots + vegetable oil
WednesdayFermented baked milk (yogurt)+cheese Meat + sauteed zucchini + flaxen (olive) oil
ThursdayNatural yogurt + cottage cheese + mashed banana Boiled beef heart + steamed pumpkin + rice porridge
Friday Yogurt + cottage cheese + raw grated carrotsBoiled boneless fish + boiled carrots or squash + vegetable oil
Saturday Natural yoghurt + cheese + grated Apple Apple Meat + roasted pumpkin + oatmeal + olive oil
Sunday Yogurt + cottage cheese + mashed banana Boiled liver, boiled carrots + buckwheat

How to choose? Boy or girl?

Even in that case, if you purchase a pet, not a puppy show class, buy Pekingese should be in the kennel or the breeder. During a search of your future pet, you need to pay attention not only on titles and pedigree of his ancestors but whether this line among the healthy.

In a letter, you need to choose a puppy moderately vigorous and active, which shows no aggression towards other dogs or towards people.

The baby should be completely healthy and to look the part standard. He should not be too long or, conversely, shearling, and color if he is white, should not be associated with albinism.

IMPORTANT! Experts recommend to buy a bitch if you need a pet for the family and dog if you need a dog to participate in exhibitions, as the males usually look more impressive in the ring due to a more rich mane.

However, it is useful to consider the fact that males are a more stubborn and headstrong disposition, and females are more soft and friendly in nature, they are obedient and easier trained.

Owner reviews

“Our Pekingese — storm around the yard, he may be a big dog to rush, but to the people gentle and friendly. It applies to children is good, but when they Pat him or play with him, but the offense does not tolerate the growls and can bite really more for appearance. Our dog is a good immune system, so he’s rarely sick, except for a small inflammation of the eye, which he had once. Food problems do not exist, except for the fact that he’s a terrible beggar: he loves to beg for Goodies, standing on its hind legs, and eating with hands rather than from a bowl”.

“My pet, we bought the documents, but the dog still proved to be quite problematic. Three times already she had conjunctivitis, but due to the peculiarities of occlusion have to grind her food because she can’t chew large pieces. Food beautiful: eat just what you want. In addition, its coat every day has to comb out, and if it is not time to do it she crumples, strays into mats”.

“By the time we started our Pekinese in the house already there lived a cat. The dog was very intelligent and obedient, the cat wasn’t annoying, didn’t pay attention to him. Not to spoil things, go to the toilet on the tray, ate natural food, and, in general, were not inconvenienced. But, unfortunately, we have not provided that to be jealous is not a dog, and a cat who already lived in the house for many years and to leave which we could not, therefore, had to give up our Dolly family”.

“Our dog presented with the familiar: they have Pekinese puppies and one puppy remained unsold, so he came to our house. From the beginning, the dog we liked and we all loved it and tried on it well taken care of. However, with the feeding, we have a small problem: the cat won’t eat everything, and she loves bagels, although it’s probably wrong for her to give. Now, when the dog is no longer young, she had and health problems. However, despite this, it is still for us the best dog in the world, with which we’ll never part”.

“Our Pekingese loves the outdoors and loves to roll in the snow. In the mud or slush, you have to put on his jumpsuit, as he has a habit to stomp straight through the puddles. It applies to children normally, or rather indifferent, but only when they themselves did not touch him. Care for them is not too complicated, except for the fact that the coat every day have to comb out, and in the spring led to the grooming salon for a haircut. The nature of the dog is quite energetic and a little jealous, likes to be with him busy and give him attention but can be affectionate, and even playful, but, of course, depends on his mood”.

Summary and conclusions

The Pekingese is a beautiful dog with luxurious long hair, funny monkey face and slightly arrogant, but calm and friendly disposition.

These dogs are suitable only for indoor content to live in the yard or in the aviary they can’t. Because of their proud and independent temper, Pekingese can be recommended as Pets for adults or families with grown children.

With the right upbringing, these dogs grow up to be balanced, obedient and not prone to mischief.

The majority of Pekingese owners speak about their dogs positively, noting their calm disposition, courage, devotion and, of course, the beauty of these amazing animals.

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