Pekingese dogs are the ancient pet dogs of the royalties in the Chinese Empire. During the ancient empire days, stealing Pekingese dogs is a sin sanctioned to death. Only the members of the Chinese Imperial Palace have the capacity to own Pekingese puppies.
The spread of the Pekingese dogs throughout the neighboring countries were only made possible after the fall of the Chinese Empire. It was in 1860s when British and French troops combine together to turn down the Chinese Imperial palace. They succeeded and before they burn the palace into the ground, they took the Pekingese dogs seen mourning over the body of one member of the empire who died after suicide.
The eventual fall of the Chinese Empire is the start of the spread of the Pekingese dogs throughout Europe and later on, in its neighboring continent, America. Prominent people gave their acquired Pekingese puppies from China to their relatives. Lord John Hay gave a pair of the dog to his sister; Sir George Fitzroy gave a pair of dog to his cousins; and Lieutenant Dunne gave it to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. It was later on introduced to several Americans and one of this is the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt. There were also trade of the Pekingese puppies in Ireland and the spread of the breed subsist.
The American Kennel Club recognized the Pekingese dogs in 1906 and categorized it under the toy group.
The Pekingese breed of dog has stayed through years and still subsisting. Their appearance has also not changed at all. The Pekingese puppies have flat face and long-haired type of coat that requires hourly brushing every week. This is one of the reasons why people love them so dearly. Their body is compact and muscular. It stands lowly on the ground and only stands about 6 to 9 inches and weighs from 7 to 14 pounds. Different from the other dog breeds, AKC allowed any color for a Pekingese puppies and even color combinations as the owner so desires. Smaller Pekingese puppies are referred to as Sleeves, associating to the ancient time when small Pekingese puppies can be put into the sleeves of the royalties.
An ideal Pekinese dog is intelligent and affectionate family dog. They are inactive and would enjoy staying indoors. Pekingese puppies also want to ramp at the park to flaunt because they are attention seeker and think that they are high-valued. They are playful and has an attitude to posses. Pekingese puppies will not like to share what it has and this will often result in conflict to child of tender years who knew nothing about dogs boundaries.
Pekingese dogs have a medium life span of 11 years and may extend depending on the home care of the owner. They are generally healthy and the reason of their eventual death is trauma or heart ailment. It is highly recommended for the Pekingese dog owners to consult a veterinarian to ensure the health and safety of the dog.
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.