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Owning a Pekingese : Breeder Recommendations

One of the first decisions you should make when buying a Pekingese is whether to purchase a puppy or an adult. If you choose to get a grown dog from a rescue group, you should always ask questions about the dog’s health and background.

Knowing about the health and family history of your pet can be a key in preventing future problems.

There are certainly some excellent older dogs available from these rescue sources and they do need good homes.


Things to Know Before Getting a Pekingese

Keep in mind that this can bring with it a different set of problems than buying a puppy from a top breeder. For an adult, especially one coming out of a rescue organization, plan on being patient to break old habits or teach the dog that you are not going to hurt it, simply give it a good, loving home.

The Pekingese is an intelligent dog that moves with an air of self-importance. Because of its independent nature, the Pekingese may not be the best choice for a first-time dog owner. The stubbornness that is part of this breed’s makeup can be frustrating for some owners, as can the care needed to keep the long coat clean and mat free. If you decide the Pekingese is for you, we recommend visiting at least three breeders so you have a chance to compare facilities and the way the breeder cares for the dogs.

With puppies, we strongly recommend you never buy one younger than 10 weeks of age. A big part of giving a puppy a good start is the time spent with the breeder. Puppies need about 8 to 10 weeks of socialization and care so that they are ready to live with people and other dogs comfortably. A new puppy takes a great deal of time and patience.

You will be spending time teaching the dog the areas that are off limits in the home. Getting a puppy to the point that it will not be a headache and will be a good companion takes time.

The next decision has to do with color. Some people have a strong preference for color with their dog, though many new owners think this is of secondary importance. You may be able to find a Pekingese that is just right for you in red sable, blonde, black-and-tan, solid black, or white. The Pekingese will have a black face with any color coat.


Owning a Pekingese


You should plan to give your new dog plenty of attention when it comes to the coat, especially if you value the luxurious appearance of the long coat that can be a trademark of the breed.

As you talk with your breeder, ask about both parents of the litter you are looking at. Make sure the breeder is able to clear up any doubts you may have about health problems and that the breeder gives you documentation that shows the puppy to be free of serious health problems. It may be difficult to think about losing a new pet, but you should be sure to have some guarantees from the breeder, in writing.

Make sure that, if the dog dies in a certain amount of time, you get a replacement or have your money returned. It would be best if you also have some guarantee if a serious illness or health problem occurs.

Asking many questions and getting plenty of information is the best way to head off serious problems in the future. Finally, you need to determine if American Kennel Club (AKC) registration and/or pedigree is important. If you plan to breed or show your new dog, then these certifications would be invaluable.

It is important that you also check the puppy’s bloodline, looking for Grand National Champions and tight ancestry.Again, a reputable breeder would be able to provide you with this information, if it matters to you.


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