Pekingese Training Made Easy

Looking much like the Chinese guardian lions of old, the Pekingese breed was a favorite of the Chinese imperial court of ancient times. Today, the lion dog as they say is still a favorite toy dog breed popular around the world. A breed over 2000 years old, the Pekingese has a flat face, large eyes and an average height of 15-23cm and weight of 7-14lbs making it very much a toy dog. The Pekingese is a unique breed with very specific traits and characteristics but also has some specific downsides due to its uniqueness and so one should be informed on proper Pekingese training if one wishes to take care of one.

Pekingese training is very hard as the breed has a very hostile temperament, Pekingese are very fearless despite their small size, this is the reason why they where used as watchdogs in ancient china. They are also distrusting of people they do not know and thus will bark at them. As such they are very protective of their owners and can become possessive which can lead to further behavioral problems if not trained properly. One must also be patient when doing Pekingese training as puppies can be slow to learn. Pekingese can generally can get along with most animals but it really depends on the animals as larger ones especially larger dogs can cause conflicts due to the Pekingese’s fearless nature. Lastly, know that they are very affectionate dogs so expect yourself to give them a lot of attention. And due to their sensitive nature it is not advisable to care for a Pekingese if you have a small child in the house.

To learn proper Pekingese training there are a few things an owner needs to know, one is that you have to have patience as said that these dogs can be very rowdy and stubborn especially when trying to train them. Adding to that it is best to focus first on house training as that can take a while. Worry not whether your Pekingese is getting enough exercise as they need only a little but they still do enjoy walks outside. But take caution of the temperature as they are sensitive to heat so they should not be left out at the sun and never train if it is a hot day, their flat noses and heavy coat can cause breathing problems if not taken care of.

The Pekingese needs little exercise but enjoy walks but caution for overheat. When training, keep in mind that you have to show them who is the alpha-dog to keep them well behaved and manageable. When not trained properly they can develop negative behavior like separation anxiety, jealousy to other people, over-guarding, unprovoked hostility and too much barking. On a side note given their size and status as a toy dog. They can live in small spaces which makes them suitable for apartments or condo units so Pekingese training inside is also very doable.

Bottom line is the Pekingese are very difficult to housebreak and train and need consistent firm leadership. Do so and they will be very devoted companions dogs to you and your family.

The Pekingese Temperament

The Pekingese is known as the “Protector of Buddha” back in ancient China and peasants are even required to bow down before this quaint little dog. Pekingese temperament has a wide range as this regal dog is loyal confident, stubborn, well mannered, and is very proud. They need to respect a person first before they will show obedience. This dog is known to have a probing eye that intently observes people and other animals around him/her, as if studying its minions. Generally loving and friendly, the Pekingese is a good family pet and would do well with small places like an apartment.

Despite its small size, the Pekingese temperament makes it a very fearless dog who will not hesitate confronting other dogs that is twice or even thrice their size. Once the Pekingese feels that it is the packleader, its attitude will change and it display its innate feeling of royalty. It might lazily lounge around the house, ignoring orders, and would keep a stubborn attitude. To avoid this, owners must understand the Pekingese temperament and must know how important respect is for this dog breed. Consistent leadership skills is necessary.

However, the Pekingese temperament is not just about this regal toy dog deciding the terms in its kingdom. During random moments, the Pekingese might feel a little too happy and would actually burst into sudden playfulness, often delighting everyone around it. This is a loving dod who enjoys being around people, although personal space is important. A classic among dogs with short faces, the Pekingese is a master of the four S – snoring, sneezing, snoring, and snuffling.

Although categorized as one of the toy breeds, the Pekingese is a supremely confident dog who is described as the American Kennel Association as “should imply courage, boldness, and self-esteem rather than prettiness, daintliness, or delicacy.” Understanding the Pekingese temperament will surely spare its owners from problems. Rough handling and mischief is loathed by the Pekingese, as well as being scolded, jerked around, ordered. Remember that this dog breed is of royalty and will not take disrespect. This dog breed is also possessive and would not appreciate sharing its food, toys, and well…human friends. Gain the respect of the Pekingese and this dog will need minimal formal training.  This dog breed is one of the oldest in the world as has a long life expectancy of 10-15 years. An adult Pekingese grows to a height of 15-24 cm maximum and often weighs 3.6-4.5 lbs.