At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 8 - 14 lbs.

Height: 8" - 9"

Life Span: 13 - 15 years


Also know as: Chinese Lion Dog, Pekes

Group: Toy

Origin: China

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: The Pekinese is an ancient breed that was favored by the Chinese Imperial Court.

Temperament / Behavior
The Pekinese is a playful, loyal, intelligent and opinionated dog that makes a good-natured companion for its owner. Some Pekinese can be independent and stubborn, which can make training difficult. Pekinese tend to be cautious of strangers and children under the age of 10. While this breed may be a bit aggressive or aloof with other dogs, they tend to be good with cats. Good alarm barkers.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Umbilical hernias; eye problems; patellar luxation; undescended testicles; intervertbral disc protrusion; breathing problems due to deformities of nose and mouth

Special Needs
Exercise: No special exercise requirements.

Grooming: The Pekingese requires daily brushing and combing. The Pekinese has a soft, long, straight coat with a thick undercoat.


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