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The Pekingese

Some people buy a dog for the family based on its looks; however, it is recommended to learn about its background, personality, temperament, characteristics, traits, behavior, etc. before letting a dog come into the family. This is especially true if you have other animals or small children. You want to ensure that the dog will be appropriate. Here’s everything you need to know about the Pekingese.

Pekingese Temperament
Partly because of their stubbornness, the Pekingese can be an excellent watchdog. They believe they are bigger and better than most other dogs. They tend to bark at strangers and strange noises, although they aren’t ankle-biters or annoying when it comes to their barking. Pekingese do not need a large backyard and are content in apartments.

Pekingese Personality
The Pekingese is extremely loyal to its owner, and therefore, protective. Possessiveness can become a problem if the Peke is not trained, which takes time, as the Peke is slower at learning than other breeds, and the owner will require patience. While the Pekingese can entertain himself on most days for hours, he does love to get attention from his owner.

Pekingese Exercise
The Peke does not need a lot of exercise, but it is recommended to walk your dog daily. Walks are highly enjoyed by the Pekingese. However, it is important to make sure they don’t overheat and never, ever leave them out in the sun without any access to shade. Make sure to always have water available, even on small works.

Pekingese Training
Because of their stubborn nature, Pekingese dogs can be extremely difficult to train. When compared to other breeds, the Pekingese will learn at a slower pace and the owner will need to be incredibly patient during the training process.

Shedding & Grooming
Even though their coat is only medium length, Pekingese dogs shed heavily. Your floor and furniture will be covered in your Pekingese’s hair. However, it can be controlled a bit by regular brushing – occasional brushing is recommended any way to meet he grooming needs of the Pekingese.

Did You Know These Facts About Pekingese Dogs?

Most people don’t know much about a dog except for the fact that they are cute and cuddly-looking. But, there is more to a dog and their breed than their looks. In fact, did you know that the Pekingese breed:

  • Can be traced all the way back to the 8th century with the Tang Dynasty? Considered pure and sacred, if one were to steal the Pekingese breed, they would be punished – with death.
  • Was considered sacred in prehistoric China? It has been said that generations upon generations have handed down Foo Dog idols of the breed.
  • Have been referred to as Sun Dogs, Lion Dogs and even Sleeve Dogs (because of large sleeves in the royal homes?
  • Were not shown in England until late-19th century?
  • Were first introduced into the Western hemisphere after looting of the Royal Palace in 1860 by the British at Peking.
  • Were first registered in 1906 by the AKC. The Pekingese Club of American was introduced as an AKC member in 1909.

Health Concerns for Pekingese Breeds

All breeds have their own problems. With Pekingese, they are generally healthy, but there are some medical conditions that owners need to be aware of, as they are common in the Pekingese breed.

Pekingese are known to develop back problems, food and skin allergies as well as eye injuries. While it cannot be predicted if your particular Peke will experience any or all of these ailments, it is possible. By being aware of the potential problems, an owner can ensure that their Peke is well taken care of and checked regularly by the veterinarian for these common problems. It is helpful for owners to learn more about these health issues, how to avoid them and how they can be treated, if they develop.

As Pekes age, they will require care from the veterinarian – more so than many other breeds. It is important for owners to understand that the cost of treatment should any of the aforementioned ailments develop can be pricey, as can veterinary care as they get older.