Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Pekinese; Peke
The regal Pekingese is a little dog with a big history going back over 2,000 years. For centuries, they could only be owned by members of the Chinese Imperial Palace. In 1860, during the sack of Peking, British soldiers looted four or five (accounts vary) to bring back to England. This calm, aristocratic toy breed was a hit, and soon more Pekingese made their way west via what the Kennel Club (UK) dryly describes as "more normal means." Whether the dogs were abducted or purchased, the lion-like appearance combined with the dignified personality meant that the Pekingese was destined to become a coveted breed.
This dog has a lot to recommend itself to the less active owner. They don't need a lot of exercise, they are quite calm and easy-going if somewhat protective of their toys, and they are happy to hang out on a cushion to help you watch TV. If you want a stress-free companion, the Pekingese is worth a look.
Appearance / health:
The Pekingese is a heavy-boned, well-built, compact dog that is a bit longer than it is tall. The head is large. The face is flat with a black wrinkled muzzle. The large round eyes have black spectacles around them. The heart-shaped ears hang forward. The tail is set high, slightly arched and is carried well over the back. They have a profuse mane with feathering of the fur on legs, tail, and between the toes.
They walk with a distinct slow, rolling gait.
Pekingese dogs are average shedders - females shed when in season. The coat needs a lot of care as it tends to mat and tangle. Combing and brushing regularly with a soft-wired slicker brush is sufficient. A thorough combing to prevent matting during bathing should precede bathing. The coat needs to be completely dried after bathing. It may be wise to clean the eyes as needed, as some Pekingese are prone to eye diseases. Fortunately, today's Pekingese have eyes which are much less "bulging" and it is far more normal for a Peke to live out his entire life without ever having an eye problem. Toenails can be trimmed every two weeks, as with other breeds.
Pekingese are small and have short legs, and don't require long walks to give them a good workout. However, they still require a daily walk for both physical and psychological well-being.
Pekingese may be prone to eye problems (i.e., Trichaiasis - lashes growing inwards toward the eyeballs), herniated discs, dislocated kneecaps, and respiratory problems (due to their shortened snout). Births are difficult and cesarean may be required during whelping.
Behavior / temperament:
Pekingese are very brave little dogs that seem to be unaware that they are so small in stature. They are sensitive, independent and extremely affectionate with their master, but are very wary of strangers.
Pekingese are loyal and affectionate pets that do require a fair amount of attention to keep them happy. They are independent, confident and brave – they do not retreat if they feel that their owner is threatened. Pekingese are potentially stubborn due to their intelligence.
Pekingese dogs are very intelligent and easy to train. However, they are self willed at times. Training may require lot of patience and needs to be firm and consistent. Some, though not all, may be difficult to housebreak.
They tend to bark a lot and make good watchdogs. They also snort, snore, and wheeze loudly.
Funny, happy demeanor, little characters, lustrous dark eyes, good companions, nice family dogs
groomed, stubborn streak, combing, high maintenance, heavy coats, short noses, heavy shedders, long hair
big attitude, big eaters, high energy dogs
The sheepish lion of the family
My ex and I got Brooklyn from a friend who rescued him in 2007. He quickly became very attached to my ex and it took some time for him to warm up to me. He was somewhat temperamental--still is, and would snap at me sometimes when I would pet him or try to pick him up. He's chilled out a lot since then.
Brookie was in pretty good shape when we got him, but out of the blue, he lost the ability to stand up on his hind legs. We were devastated, to say the least. Our vet told us there was only a small chance he would regain the use of his legs, so for almost a year, we held up his back legs with a small towel when we took him out, and he would move about the apartment by dragging himself with his front legs. This was hard for us to watch, but he always seemed happy and didn't seem like he was in any pain. We eventually raised the money to invest in a wheelchair for him. He didn't love it, but there were times he'd go crazy running up and down the street with it.
Miraculously one day, we noticed he was picking himself up a little bit. After so long carrying him around and watching him struggle, we were amazed to see that he was walking again. He limps a bit but is able to actually run (a little diagonally :) now. He is quite amazing!
In terms of grooming, he has A LOT of fur. We give him a lion's cut when it's hot out (shave his body and leave his fur from the collar up), and people go crazy when they see him outside. Some of them don't even realize he's a dog. He sheds quite a bit and gets a little stinky, but he doesn't make a fuss when we bathe or brush him.
He has some issues with his skin, probably hot spots (vet doesn't know what they are and that's our guess).
Brookie isn't exactly the most affectionate dog, but he is very loyal and still an absolute love. I wouldn't trade him for the world, but I probably won't get a Pekingese again because they aren't very self-sufficient. They are fragile, need to be carried a lot, and can't handle stairs. If you're looking for a mostly indoor dog to be a companion, a Peke would be ideal. If you want a dog to play fetch with, this isn't the kind for you..
From jsherm81 Aug 25 2015 12:21PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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