Pekingese – Characteristics, Temperament, Health, Care & Training


Pekingese Overview

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The Pekingese is a small, sturdy dog that was originally bred in China. They have a distinctive look, with a large head and short muzzle. Pekingese are known for their independent spirit and can be a challenge to train. However, they are also very loyal and make great companions. They can be great family dogs for the right people, but Pekingese are not recommended for first-time dog owners. Pekingese are typically one-person dogs, though they can occasionally bond with their whole family.


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The Pekingese is a small dog that stands no more than 15 inches at the shoulder and weighs no more than 14 pounds. They have large eyes that give them an intelligent expression all year round, regardless of what season it is. Pekingese have long double coats which require frequent brushing to keep matting to a minimum. The Pekingese’s body should be square in shape with a well-rounded chest and stomach. Pekingese are available in many colors including black, white/yellow/fawn, red/sable, and brindle Pekingese.

Pekingese Temperament

The Pekingese is a confident dog that can be willful at times. They are not always the best with children or other animals and can be protective of their family and territory. Pekingese need firm training and plenty of exercises to stay out of mischief.

Pekingese Health

The Pekingese is a generally healthy breed, but they are prone to a few health concerns. Some common problems include obesity, skin allergies, eye problems, and knee issues. Pekingese should be groomed regularly to help prevent skin allergies, and they should be taken to a vet for regular checkups. Pekingese are generally healthy, but find a Pekingese breeder that is registered with the Pekingese Club of America to ensure they’re buying from a reputable source.

Pekingese Care

The Pekingese has a short, thick coat that requires little grooming. They need daily exercise and do best living in a warm climate due to their heavy coats. Pekes shed year-round and will require frequent brushing during those times. Pekes also love food and tend to eat as much as they can whenever possible! This breed does best living inside with the family, where they can get enough attention and activity throughout the day.

Pekingese Training

Pekingese can be a challenge to train, as they are quite independent. They respond best to positive reinforcement methods and need plenty of patience from their trainer. Pekingese can be housebroken but may take a little longer than other breeds. Start training your Pekingese puppy early and be consistent with commands and rewards.

Pekingese can be a challenging breed to own. They are known for their independent spirit but are also considered good watchdogs due to their guarding instincts. Pekingese are not recommended for first-time dog owners as they require firm training with an owner who is confident and consistent. Pekingese respond best to positive reinforcement training methods, but some owners find it necessary to use a little bit of forcefulness for Pekingese to understand what is expected of them. Pekingese can be great family dogs if introduced and socialized correctly at a young age, but they are typically one-person dogs.

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