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Pekingese

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Pekingese

Pekingese's have long, heavy double coats draping over the entire body and reaching the floor. The coat should be long and straight with an ample mane extending over the shoulders and around the neck. All colors are accepted when showing this breed. The broad head is wide between the dark slightly prominent eyes. The face is dark and it has long, drooping ears. The neck is thick and short. The front legs should be short and slightly bowed. The feet should be large and flat with the front feet turning slightly out. The long feathered tail is set high and is carried over the back.

Temperament Pekingese's are dignified, self-confident and intelligent. They make great pets for adults and older children. However, they will not tolerate teasing or rough play from children. This breed is wary and suspicious of strangers but very loving and sweet towards their master. They can also be obstinate and self-willed and may be difficult to feed. They are not aggressive dogs but can hold their own if they have to. They bark a lot and are good watchdogs. This breed may be difficult to housebreak.
Height, Weight Height: 6-9" ; Weight: 8-10 lbs.
Health Problems This breed tends to catch colds. They are prone to having difficult births and could need a cesarean section. They are also prone to dislocated kneecaps, herniated discs, trichaiasis, breathing and heart problems.
Living Conditions This breed is great for apartment living. They do fine without a yard.
Exercise Though this breed does not demand a lot of exercise, they tend to gain weight easily and require regular exercise. They may be disinclined to take walks. Get them use to using a leash while they are puppies and use a harness instead of a collar.
Life Expectancy About 10-15 years
Grooming The coat of the Pekingese should be brushed daily to keep it from matting. Check and brush the hindquarters often to prevent matting. Because of its length, the pads, ears and face should be checked for matting and foreign objects. This breed is an average shedder. The female of this breed sheds her undercoat when she is in season.
Origin When Peking was sacked by the British in 1860, the imperial family gave instructions to destroy all the dogs so that none would fall into the hands of the "foreign devils". Nevertheless, soldiers found four guarding the body of the emperor's aunt, who had taken her own life. These small dogs were transported back to England where one was given to Queen Victoria who called her "Looty". Others were soon obtained from Peking through more normal channels and before long, the breed became fashionable and quickly rose to the esteemed position where it has remained. This breed is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Toy, UKC Companion Dog