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
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As dogs get older they can develop arthritis and it can make it a little harder to get around. These are great at providing extra support and comfort to your dog when they are lying down on the floor. This will give them something to lay on besides the floor. It can also provide extra support when they go to get up as well. The only downside, is they have to use it in order to benefit from it! If they don't really sleep on dog beds, buying this might be a waste of money unfortunately. But it is definitely worth a try!! The price can vary according to size and brand. There are many different brand options out there for you to choose from. Id recommend shopping around and looking at the reviews on which one would be the best fit for your pup..
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As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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