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Pekingese Breed Profile

Pekingese fact file

KC Group: toy
Size: small
Good with children?: seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: little
Good guard dogs?: no
Moulting level: high
Grooming: lots
Jogging partner: no

According to legend, when a lion and a marmoset monkey fell in love, Buddha allowed the lion to shrink in size so that they could mate. The result was the Pekingese! At one time Pekes were the exclusive property of Chinese Royalty. Commoners were forbidden to own one! They make good family pets and companions and show little aggression.

Pekingese Character

Pekes are very regal and dignified almost to the point of being considered aloof or haughty! They are self confident and fearless, although not at all aggressive. They make ideal family pets and are not quick to pick a fight, although they will stand their ground if required. They can also be very stubborn and independent and require a patient owner willing to devote time to training.

Pekingese Size

Tiny. The breed standards state that they should measure between 15-23 cm and weigh no more than 5kg.

Pekingese Health

They are a hardy breed but their breeding has caused some health problems. Their short snouts make them prone to respiratory difficulties. They are also prone to heart problems and eye injuries. The average lifespan is 13-15 years.

Pekingese Special Care

This is not the ideal breed for someone who doesn't want to spend a lot of time grooming their dog. Also, because of their short face, Pekingese snort, grunt, and snore loudly! Expect to invest a lot of time and attention when training.

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