The Pekingese is a small breed and an ancient one, characterized by a lion-like appearance with alert and intelligent expression. It is a little bit longer than it is tall and sports a body with a heavy front. It has a wide and flat head, short and broad nose with large and open nostrils, inverted, v-shaped wrinkles from the cheeks to the bridge of the nose, large, dark, round eyes, and heart-shaped ears carried close to the head. The neck is short and thick. The forequarters is distinguished by short and heavily boned front legs slightly bowed between the pasterns and elbows. The back legs are lighter then the front legs which are supported by large, straight-pointing and flat feet. The highly-set, long-feathered tail is carried tightly and is slightly curved over the back to either side. It has a long and straight coat with a thick mane that extends beyond the shoulders forming a cape around the neck, which give the breed its lion-like appearance. All breed standards allow all sorts of colours and markings except for the English Kennel Club standard which prohibits albino or liver.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Pekingese is of ancient Asiatic origin developed in China most likely from Asian wolves. Recent findings based on modern DNA analysis confirm that this breed is indeed on of the oldest canine breeds. For many centuries, it has been regarded as a royal breed and only the imperial members of the Chinese dynasties can own one. Ancient Chinese believed the little breed was born to a lion and a marmoset and that it was an earthly expression of mythical Foo dog that drove away evil spirits. These Foo dogs were like mini-lions which symbolizes Buddhism. When an Emperor dies, the dogs were buried along with the deceased to accompany him in the afterlife. The Pekingese was so revered and treasured that stealing them is punishable by death. During the Second Opium War in 1860, British and French allies raided the Forbidden City. Emperor Xianfeng fled the city with all of his court, ordering all dogs to be killed to prevent them from falling into enemy hands but five dogs were lucky enough to survive. These five were taken by the British to the United Kingdom where one was given to Queen Victoria who named it “Looty.” The Pekingese was first shown publicly in Britain.
Although a small breed, the Pekingese is a brave little dog and very independent minded. It has a stubborn and jealous streak and may not always come when it is called upon. It has a tendency to be aggressive especially towards other dogs and it may take quite some time before it gets used to being with other dogs in the house. However, once it gets to know the other pets, it can become a very good friend. Because it was a dog with a “royalty” status, it can get quite authoritative even towards its master. This attitude makes it unsuitable for a novice pet owner. However, it is a very loyal breed, normally a one-person dog, very affectionate to its owner. It is generally good with children but improperly trained and socialized Pekingese may develop jealousy problems. It is wary of strangers and has the propensity to bark a lot, though it makes a good watchdog, it can also annoy the neighbours.
The Pekingese is relatively inactive indoors and will do just fine without a yard. It is suitable for apartment or condominium living. This can happen if the breed is not socialized and trained at an early age. It is recommended that training must be firm and consistent as this dog can become authoritative if not taught early.
The long, double coat needs to be groomed on a daily basis. Brushing and combing is essential, especially around the back and hindquarters as these are prone to matting. The face area, especially the eyes, the wrinkle above its nose and the feet should be checked for dirt regularly.
The average lifespan of a Pekingese is 12 to 15 years. Its main health problems are sight and breathing-related due to the fact that it has a small skull and flattened muzzle. Because it has large, round eyes, it is prone to corneal ulcer (inflammation of the cornea.) This breed has trouble regulating its body temperature in extreme weather conditions so it should not be exposed to outside weather for very long periods. It is also prone to spinal injuries because of relatively long body and short legs so make sure to support the dog properly when picking it up.
This breed cannot tolerate extreme hot weathers and can die of heat exhaustion so make sure it has plenty of shade and water during hot weather conditions and it should not be left outside. Experts recommend a blend of poultry, rice, yellow corn, beet and soy in the breed’s diet.
Although this breed doesn’t need a lot of exercise, it would stay in better physical and mental condition if it is taken for regular short walks or sessions of play in an open space. This would also prevent the dog from becoming obese and lazy. Depending on the breed, some Pekingese will enjoy nice long walks on-leash while others won’t be as much obliged to walk at all.
It is known as a lap dog and companion dog. It adapts well to apartment living and is good for novice owner. very loving and affectionate with their family but aloof, almost wary, of strangers. will defend you to the death if needed.
Supervised interaction with Pekingese is encouraged especially with children since Pekingese is known to defend himself and does not tolerate harsh treatment nor excessively rough play.
However, with proper socialization and early exposure, they can easily adopt.