They are known for, both in the Orient and in the West, as the “lion dog”-presumably because of its appearance, although it is also acclaimed as having a lion-like independence and courage. They have a characteristically short, flat face, and long ears.
The Pekingese has an extravagant, long, straight-flowing coat that has profuse feathering. The Peke can be any of a variety of colors, the most common being fawn and black, red or parti-colored.
11 – 12 lbs
Average Life Span:
11 – 15 yrs
Pekingese are brave, independent, stubborn, intelligent little dogs. The Peke, although calm, non-aggressive and fearless, can at times be extremely stubborn They are good with children only if they have been raised with them otherwise they can be quite jealous. They are good with other pets if socialized at a young age as they have a tendency to be suspicious of other dogs. Pekingese make a good watchdog as they are very suspicious of strangers. They also have a tendency to be bossy and they like to be pampered.
Pekingese can be stubborn and independent, not the easiest dog to obedience train.
Daily combing and brushing of the very long, double coat is essential. This routine should be established early in the dog’s life. Some owners take great pride in keeping the coat of the Pekingese very full. However, most owners find this an overwhelming task and keep the coat cut back to a moderate length.
Minimal requirements, they will get enough exercise running and playing around the house and garden. Short walks would also be appreciated by this happy little dog.
pekingese can sometimes have difficulty in whelping due to size and shape of heads thus making cesarean sections necessary.
They have a unique “flat faced” nose and head structure which is technically called “brachycephalic”. Dogs with this structure feel the effects of warm surroundings and exertion sooner than dogs with more typical nose and head structure. They pant more readily to cool themselves.
Hot weather can be fatal:
To these little dogs, they don’t even need to be moving about in it to succumb to the heat. Please make sure that any exercise is given early in the morning or late in the evening, don’t be tempted to go for a nice Sunday afternoon stroll when it is very sunny or hot. Also please don’t allow your dog to lay out in the sun for long periods, they do not know when they have had enough and it doesn’t take long for their panting to become out of control.
Protrusion or tear in the muscle of the abdominal wall through the navel
Protrusion near the groin under the skin.
Slipping knee joints (also referred to as luxating patellas, slipped stifles) are a common problem in small breeds. In this condition, the kneecap slips out of its groove and moves against the thighbone (femur) instead of along its natural groove. Although this has been found to be a heritable condition, small, active breeds are likely to aggravate it through the course of their natural activities (jumping up and down) around taller objects such as furniture.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA):
Is a family of diseases all involving the gradual deterioration of the retina. It is diagnosed by a retinoscopic exam or by means of an electroretinogram (ERG). Early in the disease, affected dogs become night blind and lack the ability to see in dim light; later on daytime vision also fails. As their vision deteriorates, affected dogs adapt to their handicap very well, as long as their environment remains constant. Certain breeds are affected early in life, whereas in other breeds, PRA develops much later in onset.
Caused when natural tear production slows or stops. Symptoms include green gungy eyes, especially in the morning and a dry appearance or blue haze to the eye itself. Can be confirmed by your vet who will perform a dry eye test with blotting type paper to see how much moisture can be soaked from the eyes surface. Artificial tears will need to be applied to the eye for life, your vet can prescribe this.
An endocrine disease that results in the abnormally low production of thyroid hormones. The symptoms of hypothyroidism include lethargy, mental depression, weight gain and a tendency to seek out warm places. Hypothyroidism can also affect the coat and skin, causing hair loss and excessive dandruff.