Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
The Pekingese is a small, compact
dog which portrays an air of
self-importance and dignity.
Because of this breed's expression,
independence, and profuse mane, the
Pekingese has often been referred to as
the "lion dog". Traced all the way back to
8th century Buddhism in ancient China, the
Pekingese was considered sacred and was a
constant companion to Chinese Emperors.
In 2004, a Pekingese won Best in Group
at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,
demonstrating that the love and devotion to
this breed hasn't swayed.
|Interesting Breed Facts:
||55th in 2008; with 2,056
registered with the American Kennel
|First recognized as a breed:
AKC first accepted the Pekingese as a
breed in 1906. The Pekingese Club
of America was first recognized by the
AKC in 1909.
||The Pekingese weighs up to 14
pounds and has a pear-shaped body. The
head is large, broad, and flat, the muzzle is
very short and the nose is black. This breed
has large, round, dark eyes and the ears
are heart-shaped with heavy feathering.
The front legs are short, thick, and slightly
bowed. The hind legs are thick and straight.
The coat is long and straight
with a coarse texture. There is a
noticeable mane around the neck
and shoulders, resembling that
of a lion. The tail is carried over
the body and is also profusely
feathered. According to the AKC,
all coat colors and markings are
acceptable, including parti-colors.
|#1 preventable health problem:
||Pekingese can be prone to tooth
loss if proper dental care isn't
maintained. Be sure to routinely
clean teeth to remove plaque and
||The Pekingese wants
nothing more than to be completely
devoted to his family, but
expects his family to respect his
||This breed is calm,
but can also make an excellent
watchdog. Because of his minimal
exercise requirements and small
size, this breed is also an excellent
|Biggest challenge to owners:
Pekingese can be stubborn. Since training
isn't automatic for this breed, you must
first gain his trust and respect. Once this is
accomplished, the Pekingese will do all he
can to please you.