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
Accepted for usage in dogs, even in human-size dosages
First of, if your dog has chronic flatulence problem, you should check it out with your veterinarian. Some illness can cause gas build ups, like intestinal or pancreatic disease. Other thing is, commercial foods should be changed for higher quality foods, and at the end, even with high quality you should experiment to see what ingredient is problematic; mostly dogs react to carbohydrates, or to only one source of carbs in food, like peas. Simethicone works by binding small bubbles of gas into large ones that are easy to eliminate, but it is important to notice that this drug do not affect the cause of forming the bubbles at the first place. .
From DVM Ivana Vukasinovic 5 days ago
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Many people opt to use a back clip harness on a dog that pulls. Well, this is great if you want your dog to pull a sleigh or become a weight pull champion, but if you want your pooch to learn to heal, then you need to avoid a back clip harness. The dog will not be choked by the harness and indeed be able to put effort into pulling you from point A to point B. You will not be able to teach the dog to heel with such a device.
Avoid a back clip harness as a training tool. It is ineffective if you want to teach your dog to heel. Instead, use a choke collar or a prong collar. .
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