Pekingese Breed Summary
Affectionate, Adoring, Intelligent, Comical and Playful
These dogs have brushed their little tails with royalty over a very rich history! Because of this, they will always greet you with dignity and swish themselves along with great pride. However, their independent streak does mean that they can be fairly difficult to train.
They are very affectionate and loving and make lovely family pets. Each doggy has their own unique personality with the biggest heart in the world.
Fun Fact: One Pekingese called Sun Yat-sen survived the Titanic!
|Kennel Club Group||Toy|
|Lifespan||11 - 13 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 6in - 9in|
|Weight||Males and Females up to 14lb|
|Coat||Long, straight hair with a distinct mane. Their top coat is quite thick and coarse. The undercoat is much softer.|
|Color||Black, Black & Tan, Black & White, Brindle Black Mask, Cream, Cream Black Mask, Fawn, Fawn & Black, Fawn Black Mask, Fawn Brindle, Fawn Brindle Black Mask, Grey Brindle, Light Red, Particolor, Red, Red Black Mask, Red Brindle, Red Brindle Black Mask, Red Fawn, Red Fawn Black Mask, Silver, Silver Brindle, Silver Fawn, Silver Fawn Black Mask, White|
|Common health issues||Hereditary and congenital deafness, Back problems more especially Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVVD), Eye issues and disorders, Heart problems, Breathing issues more especially due to stenotic nares and pinched nostrils, Pyometra, Dystocia|
|Other Names||Peke, Peking lion dog, Peking Palasthund, Lion Dog, Chinese Spaniel, Pelchie Dog, Peking Palasthund|
The Pekingese breed is well-known for their sweet and affectionate natures. They are also very playful and comical and absolutely love hoomans. They don't like to be left by themselves and in some cases can suffer from separation anxiety, where they can become depressed and destructive. Therefore, one person would need to be home for most of the day. They are very sociable, and although slightly shy around new people, there is rarely a person they won't get on with! They make ideal pets for older people and first-time owners as they are such a delight to be around. They have the potential to make a lovely family pet and would provide you with years of love and joy!
Pekes were unknown to the West until 1860, when British troops invaded Peking (Beijing) during the Opium Wars. As the Brits stormed the emperor’s magnificent summer palace with the intention of looting and burning it, the royal family killed their Pekes rather than see them fall into enemy hands. A British captain discovered the emperor’s aunt dead, a suicide, but five of her Pekes were still alive, hiding behind a drapery. The dogs were returned to England as a gift for a delighted Queen Victoria, and the breed quickly caught on among her subjects.
By the late 1890s, Pekes had arrived in America. They were first registered by the AKC in 1906. Six years later, the breed made headlines when a Pekingese was one of only three dogs to survive the sinking of the Titanic.