Pekingese Breed Information
Almost everyone knows the Pekingese, a small dog with roots in China. Most people are familiar with the breed or even know someone who has one. However, did you known that the Pekingese is one of the 50 most popular dogs? There could be several reasons for this, but its long, flowing coat and dignified appearance certainly are at the top of the list.
The Pekingese is a compact muscular dog. You may be surprised to find that this small dog is stocky and very sturdy. In fact, the Pekingese can weigh as much as 14 pounds when fully grown.
Most Pekingese walk with a self-importance and dignity that seem to fit the beautiful appearance. Typically, owners find that their pet can also be a wonderful friend when it is with someone who has earned respect.
The well-bred Pekingese seems to be self-possessed and somewhat standoffish to those it does not know. Many dogs of this breed are very good-natured and comfortable around family members.
In addition, the Pekingese can be very courageous and independent, showing little fear. This combination of traits can make the Pekingese difficult to train. Some owners, say their pet may even refuse to eat or do some other small task, just to show that it is in charge.
The Pekingese makes a good watchdog because they are protective of a few individuals. Your pet will bark quite a bit, but this can add to their popularity as a watchdog. A Pekingese may also be a bit jealous when you pay attention to something else or to another dog.
Good breeding and some consistent early training will help make your Pekingese a good pet. Usually a one-person dog, the Pekingese can be comfortable around children, though this may take some time.
Pekingese Size and Color
This longhaired, often beautiful dog may have one of many color combinations. Red sable is the most common color, though blonde is often preferred. Black and tan is a popular combination as well. More noticeable perhaps are the solid black and all white Pekingese, though most Pekingese have some black on the face.
The fully-grown Pekingese will stand from 6 inches to 9 inches tall and will usually weigh about 8 pounds to 10 pounds. The American Kennel Club considers weight over 14 pounds to be a major fault.
Most Pekingese will have a head that is large in proportion to the body, though the long coat can mask this tendency.
Pekingese Feeding and Grooming Requirements
The Pekingese can tend to be overweight, especially if the owner does not monitor how much the dog eats. It is always best to begin with a premium dog food if you choose to feed commercial foods. Some owners and breeders consistently feed fresh foods such as lean meats, some vegetables, and even selected fruits.
Many purebred dogs are allergic to the excessive amounts of grain in low-priced foods. Dogs may develop breathing problems and skin irritation problems from too much soy, corn, wheat, or rice in these foods. Pekingese can have problems with stomach gas with the wrong diet. Staying with real meat and other fresh foods can help with this problem.
Your Pekingese can become a mess if it does not receive regular brushing and combing. Because the dogs in this breed have a wonderful appearance with the long coat, the owner should plan to spend some time cleaning and brushing on a regular basis.
It is also important to clean the face and around the eyes of a Pekingese. Now, this breed sheds, although considered an average shedder.
Pekingese Exercise Needs
Most Pekingese will do well indoors, but you should plan to give your pet a daily walk on the leash. The dog’s comfort with a leash may depend on the individual animal. Pekingese will live 10 to 15 years if cared for and fed properly. A dog of this breed should get regular exercise and a proper diet so that it does not become overweight.
Another way to give your Pekingese exercise is to play with it daily. This activity can become a habit if you begin early enough in the dog’s life.
Remember that the Pekingese may be stubborn and independent. So do not be surprised if your pet rejects attempts to take it for a walk or get it involved in play.
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