Pekingese Dog Information

What is a Pekingese Dog?
Pekingese dogs are elegant and affectionate family companions. They are referred as Lion Dog because they resemble the Chinese guardian lions. Pekingese dogs are intelligent and possess self-importance and high value for itself. They appear lion-like, implying dignity and courage.
They are inactive and will be pleased staying indoors. They love to walk but they are not capable of doing field task unlike the other dogs. Instead, they would like to stay at home and pat with the owner. They behave well in a peaceful environment and will be able to do well in apartment set up.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) categorized dogs into 7 groups:

  • Herding
  • Hound
  • Non-sporting
  • Sporting
  • Terrier
  • Toy
  • Working

Pekingese dogs are recognized by American Kennel Club in 1906 and categorized under the toy group. Because this dog breed belongs to the toy group, these dogs are usually one of the major competitors in dog shows. Its good appearance is likely to win medals primarily because of its size, unique coat, and intelligence.

This dog breed is easy to please and would want outdoor play or exercise most of the time to proudly ramp their stuff. Older Pekingese dogs will enjoy the comfort indoors and will happily roam inside the house. They demand a lot of attention and is very affectionate.

Dog lovers have provided a list of characteristics to love about a Pekingese dog:

  • Well-balanced
  • Delicate
  • Lion-like
  • Dignified
  • Self-esteemed
  • Confident
  • Courageous
  • Intelligent
  • High-valued
  • Opinionated
  • Affectionate
  • Bold
  • Happy
  • Playful
  • Attention-seeker
  • Excellent
  • Great pet
  • Watchful
  • Alert
  • Adorable
  • Well-behaved
  • Family dog
  • Companion
  • Loving
  • People dog
  • Smart

Pekingese Dog History
The origin of the Pekingese dogs can be traced way back the Chinese Dynasties. They were pet dogs of the royalties and any person who will steal a Pekingese DOG will be sanctioned to death. DNA analysis has confirmed that the Pekingese DOG breed is one of the oldest breed of dog and centuries have gone that Pekingese dogs are owned only by members of the Chinese Imperial Palace. This is probably one of the reasons why these dogs think of themselves as highly important, an attitude that was transferred year after year until the present time.

In 1860s, after the Second Opium War break through, the Old Summer Palace of the monarchs in Beijing was occupied by British and French Troops. One of the member of the royal family committed suicide on the onset of the British Invasion and a lot of Pekingese DOG were seen mourning over the dead body. The Pekingese dogs were later on taken by the British troops before they turned down and buried the palace. The Pekingese dogs were one of the remnants of the historical turn-down of the Chinese Empire during that time.

Lord John Hay gave a pair of Pekingese DOG to his sister, the wife of the 3rd Duke of Wellington, Henry Wellesley. The other pairs were taken by Sir George Fitzroy and Lieutenant Dunne. The former gave it to his cousins, the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, and the latter to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and named the Pekingese dog as Looty.

It was after the dramatic fall of the Chinese Empire that the Pekingese dogs were introduced to different places. The Empress Dowager Cixi, for instance, sold the pairs of Pekingese dogs in his possession to several Americans, one of which is the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt. There were also Pekingese dogs introduced to the other parts of the world like Ireland.

In effect, the spread of the remaining Pekingese dogs after the British invasion to all parts of the world through trade enables the breed to subsist through centuries.

Lion-like, affectionate and intelligent dog
The AKC specifically categorized the Pekingese DOG under the toy group. An ideal Pekinese dog is good-natured, intelligent and affectionate.

The breed of Pekingese dogs are said to have stayed through time for over 2000 years. Their breed continues and never changes in appearance. They have low body built and have muscular and compact body. Their most obvious and unique characteristic is their flat face and long coat that covers their neck until the chest.

These dogs measure from 6 to 9 inches at the withers and can even be smaller. They weigh from 7 to 14 pounds. Their coat can be any color and the AKC allowed any color combination for a Pekingese dog if so desired.

It has a distinct temperament compared to the other dogs. Expert suggests that Pekingese dogs should not be left with children of tender years at home. The reason behind this is that Pekingese DOG tend to be possessive at times and it might hurt the child if he or she comes in the way. Also, this dog breed is attention seeker and it becomes resentful to the child once the attention is taken away.

A Pekingese DOG has an average life span of 11 years according to a UK survey.

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.