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Pekingese

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Dog Breed Group
Toy Dogs 
Origin of Breed
China as a companion. 
Life Expectancy
12 to 14 years. 
Color
All colors and markings are permissible. 
Coat
Long, straight, double-coated with a coarse top coat, thick undercoat and profuse mane and feathered tail. 
Exercise Needs
Daily grooming with a brush or comb, taking extra care around the hindquarter which can become soiled or matted. Females will sh 
Temperament
The Pekingese can be stubborn and disobedient but has the courage of a lion. It is said that his independence and self esteem ar 
Good with Children
Best with older, quieter, children as he does not like to be disturbed while sleeping. Good with other pets if socialized at a y 
Grooming Needs
Daily grooming with a brush or comb, taking extra care around the hindquarter which can become soiled or matted. Females will sh 
Average Size - Male (in)
6 - 9 
Average Size - Female (in)
6 - 9 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
< 14 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
< 14 
Health Issues
Problems birthing, breathing problems and his eyes are sensitive and prone to corneal ulcers.v
Living Conditions
Just at home in a small apartment as a large house. The owner of a Pekingese needs to be patience leader who does not expect an  

Breed Description

The Pekingese is a breed of toy dog developed in ancient China, and is one of the most ancient dogs in the world. This Chinese breed was bred and preserved at the Imperial Palace for centuries where it was held sacred and was kept as a palace dog by members of the Imperial family. He is believed to be a close relative of the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. The first Pekingese arrived in Europe and subsequently the US when British Army officers raided the Summer Palace in Peking following the Boxer Rebellion of 1860. Five Imperial Pekinese looted from women's apartments were brought to England. Looty, one of the five, was presented to Queen Victoria. The Pekingese has been known, both in the Orient and in the West, as the "lion dog"-presumably because of its appearance, although it is also acclaimed as having a lionlike independence and courage. It stands about 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23 centimeters) and weighs up to about 14 pounds (6.5 kilograms). The celebrated "sleeve dogs" are very small Pekingese once carried by Chinese royalty in the sleeves of their robes. A long-haired dog, the Pekingese has a full mane and heavily haired thighs, forelegs, tail, and toes. Its head is broad and flat, with hanging ears and a short, wrinkled muzzle. The coat may be solid or variegated in colour, but there is always a black mask across the face.

Breed Infobits

The Pekingese probably has Spitz blood.

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