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Facts About the Pekingese


While many don’t take the time to learn about a dog’s history, it is important in a number of ways. With humans, medical history is pertinent to their future and a dog’s breeding history is just as important for their future. Here are some quick facts about the Pekingese breed that any current or potential Pekingese dog owner should be well aware of:

  • Origin Country: Great Britain/China
  • Utilization: Friend/Companion Dog
  • Classification in the AKC (American Kennel Club): Toy Group
  • Recognition: AKC, ACR, APRI, ANKC, CKC, DRA, FCI, KCGB, NZKC, NKC, PCA and UKC
  • Personality: Alert, sensitive and expressive. Proud, self-confident and fearless, the Pekingese is 100% loyal to its owner/master. However, this breed can often be difficult to housebreak due to their stubbornness.
  • Weight/Height: 8-10 pounds, 6-9 inches at the dog’s shoulders. A mini-Peke is one that weights between 6 and 8 pounds. A Sleeve Pekingese is one that weights less than six pounds.
  • Colors: Albino and liver are out of the question, but all other colors and markings can be created. Part-colors are always evenly dispersed throughout the dog’s coat.
  • Other Common Names: Sleeve Dog, Lion Dog, Peking Dog and Peke
  • Average Size of Litter: 3
  • Life Span: Anywhere from 10 to 15 years
  • Grooming Needs: Pekes need daily brushing in order to avoid facial creases and mats. Eyes need to be cleaned and trimmed regularly.
  • Shedding: Depending on the exact time of year, moderate to heavy shedding is common of Pekes.
  • Living Conditions: Pekes do not require a large yard, but they do need to be walked frequently for exercise. Pekingese are not to be outdoor pets, and are very comfortable in apartments.
  • Social Skills: As long as the Pekingese is around other dogs early on, they’ll be friendly with others. However, at times, Pekes can be insecure when around other dogs.
  • Children Suitability: As long as the Pekingese has been trained and socialized properly, they are great with children.
  • Exercising Needs: This particular breed requires at least 20 minutes of exercise each day, and up to 30 minutes.
  • Training Ability: Because they are stubborn, Pekes are not the easiest breed to train. The owner will need to be consistent, persistent and most importantly, patient.
  • Issues with Health and Behavior: Pekes are known to have back problems, joint issues, problems with breathing, heatstroke, corneal ulcers and eye injuries.