Routine Care: A Pekingese is well suited to apartment life as long as she is given a daily walk. She can be sensitive to warm temperatures; avoid any prolonged exposure and be very alert to the signs of heat stress.
Grooming: Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.
Dental: Pekingese generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!
Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
The Pekingese is dignified and intelligent, calm and quiet indoors. With a confident owner, she makes an excellent family companion.
• Sweet, playful, and friendly
• Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark
• Needs minimal exercise
• Good with children and other pets
• Small, but sturdy
• Confident, steady, and fearless
• An indoor dog that doesn’t do well in the heat
• Makes a lot of snorting, snuffling, and wheezing noises, and she may snore
• Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance
• Might be bossy and overprotective if not well socialized early
• Can be difficult to housetrain
• Can be strong-willed and difficult to train
Whether you are considering adding a new Pekingese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Pekingese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Pekingese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Pekingese could encounter:
The Pekingese originated in China during the Tang Dynasty in the 8th century – nearly 500 years ago. They were bred for companionship and were considered sacred. They were originally owned only by royalty; theft of a Pekingese was punishable by death! Pekingese were named after the ancient city of Peking, now called Beijing.
The Peke is an independent breed known for its opinionated and stubborn nature. They are affectionate and loyal, but they do not require constant attention. Pekes are sensitive, good natured, and expressive dogs.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Pekingese shows signs of the following:
• Unwilling to jump, pain, hunched back, paralysis
• Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye
• Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
• Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”
• Unwilling to jump, cries when moving head
• Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating
• Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
• Loud breathing, tires easily at exercise