The Pekingese are very small, weighing approximately 3-6 kg (7-14 lbs).
15-23 cm (6-9 inches)
Gold, red, cream, black, white, tan, and occasionally grey.
There are two typical coat-types for Pekingese. The more traditional coat is a spaniel-type coat but the more popular is the long-haired type coat.
These dogs are stubborn and independent. They will likely have issues with obedience and tend not to come when called. They can be aggressive, especially toward other pets as they have a bit of a jealous streak. Pekingese might even be described as somewhat arrogant – believing that they are royalty. However, they can be exceptionally loyal and protective as well.
Country of Origin:
The Pekingese were bred by the Chinese as pets for the emperors. The breed is more than 2000 years old, and in that time their characteristics haven’t changed much. Interestingly, their ancestry seems to be that of Asian wolves and is shared with the Tibetan Spaniel and Japanese Chin. It is also believed that the Pekingese may have given rise to such breeds as the Shih Tzu, Papillon, and long-haired Chihuahua. Not only are they one of the oldest toy breeds, but they are one of the oldest dog breeds of pet but for centuries they could only be owned my members of Chinese Royalty.
They are named after Peking, the region in China where they are believed to have originated.
Pekingese are highly independent, stubborn, and sometimes aggressive dogs that do not make very good pets for small children. In fact, many breeders will not place a Pekingese into a family with children as this breed can be moody, especially if they are handled roughly.
Pekingese can be very difficult to train and convincing them that training is beneficial is certainly a challenge. Nonetheless, training from a young age is important otherwise behavioral problems will be evident. They are not likely to be obedient so continued training is also recommended.
As a small dog, their activity requirements are simple. They should be walked daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but are quite happy with a small yard to roam. Even if you don’t have a yard, they should be content with roaming the house.
Because they are often stubborn and moody they can make difficult pets. It takes some time for them to become comfortable with their owner, but once a bond is formed they can be very loving. They need to be brushed regularly to maintain the health of their coat and if they are intended as house pets only, a short hair cut is much easier to manage.
The Pekingese also have a number of health issues which should be monitored, most notably congestive heart failure. This is the leading cause of death in Pekingese but can be managed by medication.