Diet and Nutrition for Pekingese Breeds
While most dog owners do not worry about a dog’s breed origin when thinking about nutritional needs, it is best to do some research to discover what is best for the Pekingese breed, as it may not be the same for another breed of dog.
Don’t force your Peke to eat food that you want him to eat, instead provide your Peke a diet that is enriched with foods that were once eaten by his ancestors in their native environment. Your Pekingese will absorb these foods easier resulting in less stomach problems. At the same time, you want to make certain that your dog’s diet contains all the necessary nutrients from vitamins and minerals to fatty acids, protein and carbohydrates in the proper proportion.
By ensuring your Peke is fed properly, you’ll save time and money on trips to your veterinarian. Because you are feeding your Peke adequately, he will develop fewer illnesses related to nutrition, such as itchy skin, skin allergies, constipation, and ailments with the liver or kidney. After all, your Peke is very sensitive to the foods that he consumes, so if you are feeding him something that doesn’t sit well, you’ll know quickly.
Pekingese – Native Foods and Foods for Today
Native foods for the Pekingese have been around since they were the dog of choice in Peking, China, within the Imperial Palace, and consist of Mandarin foods, such as fish, poultry and pork with some rice, beets, greens and soy products. Today, there isn’t much change, as Pekingese are primarily fed blends of rice, beets, yellow corn, soy and poultry. You should avoid feeding your Peke avocadoes, beef, oats, horse meet or white potatoes, as these could all cause indigestion problems.
Quality Protein Diet
Because the Peke loves to eat, it is important to ensure that he doesn’t overeat or eat too much of a certain type of food that contains sugar and other unnecessary fillers. In fact, it is best to provide your Peke a protein-based diet of high quality foods. Years and years ago, the Peke would eat eggs, rats and mice with small amounts of veggies and grains being digested from the animal consumption. The Pekingese breed did not willingly seek out grains and vegetables on their own to get the protein that they needed.
Peke’s need consistency when it comes to their diet because of their susceptibility to allergies. Rabbit and lamp are better than chicken and beef, as the latter two forms of meat can cause digestion problems. Make sure that the proper ratio is used in whatever food that your offer your Peke whether you cook it yourself or buy food.
Things to Look For
Even if you do everything right, your Peke could be extremely over-sensitive to food and could develop an allergy or digestion problem. Look for these signs, as they may be warning you that the food your Peke is consuming isn’t right for him:
- Constant itching
- Hot spots (no fleas)