The Pekingese, developed in China centuris ago, is a member of the toy group and believed to be close relatives of the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu breeds. Once carried by Chinese royalty in the sleeves of their robes, the tiny Pekingese were given the nickname of "Sleeve Dogs." They are known to be extremely stubborn and independent, somewhat like a cat. Pekingese are very feisty, courageous dogs with a natural suspicious nature which makes them excellent watchdogs.

Pekingese do better with adults than with families with young children unless socialized with young children at an early age. If you hate grooming and don't want to pay a professional groomer, you should not own a Pekingese. Pekes need brushing daily and an extra-thorough brushing weekly, or professional grooming monthly. Very aggressive towards other dogs. Pekes are prone to back problems because of their long bodies and short legs. They can get really hurt going up and down the stairs or jumping off the couch.

Pekingese Breed Outline

Other Names: Peke, Lion Dog, Sleeve Dog, Peking Dog

Country of Origin: China/Great Britain

Utilization: Companion Dog

FCI Classification: Group 9 - Companion & Toy Breeds; Japanese Chin and Pekingese (without working trial); AKC Classification: Toy Group

Size: Small (6-9 inches at shoulders)

Colors: All colors and markings are permissible and of equal merit, except albino or liver. Parti-colors evenly broken.

Litter Size: 3

Life Span: 9-15 years

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Grooming Requirements: This little ball of fluff requires daily brushing with particular attention being paid to the hair on the legs, between the leg joint and the body and the underside. Due to their facial conformation the creases should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis.

Shedding: Moderate

Personality: Leonine in appearance with alert and intelligent expression. Fearless, loyal, aloof, not timid or aggressive. The Peke is a very regal, dignified, self-confident dog that can be lively and mischievous. They have personality plus and get along great with cats.

Social skills: Good with other pets if socialized at a young age as they have a tendency to be suspicious of other dogs.

Suitability for Children: The Pekingese will not tolerate teasing, so children must be taught how to behave around the dog. Best with older, quieter, children as he does not like to be disturbed while sleeping.

Exercise Needs: 20-30 minutes a day

Train Ability: They can be stubborn and independent, not the easiest dog to obedience train. They can be obedient but it is a case of doing so in its own time. Needs a patient owner who will spend time with training.

Health & Behavioral Issues: Breathing problems, back problems and eye injuries and corneal ulcers.

Keywords: Pekingese, Pekinois, Pekines, toy breed

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