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Pekingese Breed Information


Recognized By: ACR , AKC , ANKC , APRI , CKC , FCI , KCGB , NKC , NZKC , PCA , UKC
AKA: Peke, Peking Palasthund
Mispellings: Peakanies, Peekingese, Peekingnees, Peikines, Pekanese, Pekangese, Pekeanease, Pekenease, Pekenese, Pekenigese, Pekenise, Pekigese, Pekignese, Pekigness, Pekinese, Pekingess, Pekingnese, Pickneesse, Pikaneese, Pikienese, Pikineese, Pikinese, Pikingese, Pikingnese

Living with a Pekingese

Temperament: The Pekingese was breed to be a lap dog. They are intelligent, courageous dogs with a sense if dignity and importance. Pekingese are not provokers, but will not run and hide if confronted either. They tend to be reserved around strangers yet extremely devoted and loyal to its family. They are known for their stubbornness.

Family Dog: The Pekingese will make a good family dog for people in a house or an apartment.

Grooming: The coat of a Pekingese will need to be combed or brushed at least every week to keep from matting. The wrinkle over their nose should be cleaned daily to avoid infection.

Weather: The Pekingese are extremely sensitive to weather conditions. They can easily die of heat prostration and thus should be kept indoors in the air conditioning in warm weather. Pekingese can be outside in cooler weather during the day but should never be left outside to sleep.

Exercise: Pekingese are playful dogs, but not overly playful and excited. The Pekingese will enjoy leisurely walks outdoors or will be equally happy playing indoors.

Pekingese Appearance

Appearance: The Pekingese is a small, compact dog with a stocky, heavy build. The Pekingese has a pear-shaped body with larger back legs than front legs. The Pekingese is slightly longer than it is tall. The gait of a Pekingese is proud and dignified, not hurried.

Size: A Pekingese should be between 6 - 9 inches tall and weigh less than 14 pounds when fully grown.

Head: The Pekingese has a massive, broad, flat topskull with a broad lower jaw. When viewed from the front the head appears wider than it is deep contributing to the rectangular shape of the head. When viewed from the side the face appears flat with the chin, nose and brow lying in a single plane which slants slightly backward from the chin to the forehead. The Pekingese has a characteristic wrinkle that extends from one cheek over the bridge of the nose to the opposite cheek effectively separating the upper and lower portions of the face.

Nose: The Pekingese has a short, wide, black nose with wide open nostrils.

Eyes: The Pekingese has large, round, wide set, very dark eyes with black rims. The white of the eye should not be visible when the dog is looking straight forward.

Ears: The ears of the Pekingese are heart-shaped and set toward the front of the head lying flat against the head. The leather of the ear should not extend below the jaw. They are covered in heavy feathering and long fringing framing the face and contributing to the rectangular shape of the head.

Muzzle: The Pekingese has a broad, very flat, black muzzle that is well filled-in below the eyes with whiskers creating the desired expression.

Teeth/Bite: The lower jaw of the Pekingese is wide and undershot. The lips are black meeting neatly and hiding the tongue and teeth from view when the mouth is closed.

Neck: The Pekingese has a very short, thick neck.

Body: The body of the Pekingese is low to the ground, compact and pear-shaped being heavy in front with well-sprung ribs and broad forechest. The underline rises toward the rear forming a narrow waist. The topline is straight.

Forequarters: The Pekingese has short, thick, heavy-boned forequarters with the forelegs being moderately bowed between the pastern and elbow. The shoulders are well laid back with the elbows close to the body. The distance from the tip of the withers to the point of the shoulder should be approximately equal to its distance from elbow.

Hindquarters: The hindquarters of the Pekingese are lighter in bone than the forequarters with moderate angulation of stifle and hock. When viewed from the rear the back legs should appear close and parallel.

Gait: The Pekingese has an unhurried, dignified gait with a slight roll over the shoulders. They should appear smooth and effortless.

Feet: The front feet of the Pekingese are slightly turned out while the rear feet should point straight ahead.

Tail: The tail of the Pekingese is set high, slightly arched and carried over the back. It is covered in thick, straight fringing that may fall toward either side. It should be free from and kinks or curls.

Color: The coat of the Pekingese can be any color with any markings. The only color requirement is that any visible skin on the muzzle, nose, lips and eye rims must be black.

Coat: The Pekingese has a thick, soft undercoat with a long, straight, coarse outer coat forming a mane around the shoulders and giving the appearance of a miniature lion. The toes, thighs and forelegs are covered in long feathering with the ears and tail being covered in a longer fringing.

Pekingese Facts

Category: Herding, AKC Toy

Life Expectancy: The Pekingese can live to be 13 - 15 years when properly cared for.

Characteristics: Pekingese tend to snore while they are sleeping. The Pekingese has a bold and direct character with a distinctive expression.

Pekingese Health

Health: The Pekingese has no major health concerns. They have some predisposition to the following: elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, KCS, patellar luxation, disticiasis, trichiasis, skin fold dermatitis and urolithiasis. The Pekingese is sensitive to anesthesia.

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