The Pekingese: A Complete Guide

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For those of you who are looking for a relatively small dog with royal origins and a characteristic feisty nature, all we can say is that your choice should land on the Pekingese.

For centuries, these dogs were bred to be lapdogs of the Chinese empire royalty.

It seems that somehow, today’s Pekingese are aware of their origins because they have that “I am your king and you need to obey me” attitude.

However, despite their sassy nature, these dogs are wonderful companions and they have a lot of love to share once they get attached for you.

But, if you want to find a perfect, healthy puppy, you need to do some serious research so that you make sure you are making the right choice.

This breed has been on the market for a long time and many inexperienced breeders have entered the scene, with low-quality puppies that are nothing but stress once you open your heart for them.

So, to spend the time with your Pekingese playing, and not go from a vet to a vet because he is constantly ill or doesn’t develop properly, you have to find a reputable breeder with high-quality pups.

To help you out, we have covered all the important aspects of the whole Pekingese choosing process, and all you have to do is to read carefully and follow the advice given in this guide.

Let’s begin the quest for knowledge by checking out what important questions you need to ask yourself before buying a puppy.

The Pekingese Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small black Pekingese wearing a bow tie
The Pekingese is a miniature protector.

When it comes to buying a puppy, of any breed, there are 3 important questions you need to know the answers to. In the case of Dalmatians, here is what you need to know.

  • How much does a Dalmatian puppy go for?
  • Will I be able to find a reputable breeder and how?
  • What are the Pekingese puppies little-known facts and can I handle him?

You will find all the answers below.

What price are the Pekingese puppies?

Depending on the breeder and where you buy the puppy from, the price range can go from around $400 to $600. But, it can go even higher if you find a breeder that has champion bloodline Pekingese.

For an average home pet Pekingese, with all the necessary health papers, the average price you can expect is around some $500.

How to find reputable Pekingese breeders?

Once you know the average market price range of a Pekingese, it can be much easier to determine which breeders are experienced and reputable, and which one is a backyard breeder, with low-quality puppies.

If the price you find is way below the market value, we strongly recommend that you find another breeder.

A low price can only mean bad health, no medical history paperwork, and unpredictable behavior since the breeder doesn’t care about matching the dogs’ personalities.

Also, if you find a breeder that always has available litters and plenty of them for that matter, you are most likely dealing with a puppy mill.

This is the worst possible choice you can make and if you buy a puppy from a puppy mill, you will end up with a pup that is in bad health shape, and who knows how many health issues to appear as it gets older.

They are bred in horrible conditions, without proper medical care and the lowest dog food quality…

On the other hand, reputable breeders have higher prices, but with them, you are positive that the puppy you buy is completely healthy, with great genes, and has the exact personality type the breeder tells you it has.

Also, for that price, the breeder helps you in picking a puppy that matches both your lifestyle and personality and gives you extremely important advice about how to take care of your dog and how and what to feed him with.

This is something that you won’t be getting from puppy mills or backyard breeders.

3 Little-known facts about the Pekingese puppies

Okay, now that you know how to find a reputable breeder, it’s time to see if you have what it takes to live with a Pekingese puppy.

  • They snore a lot

Due to the shape and the short length of their noses, Pekingese snore like thunder. Even while they are pups, you will be amazed at how loud they snore.

  • Their eyes can pop out

This is not a myth. If you aren’t careful while playing, your Pekingese’s eyes can pop out of their sockets.

That is why you need to take extra care when playing with your dog.

  • They know how to strike

Not many are aware of how far a Pekingese stubbornness can go. If they are not happy with a certain decision you made, they can even go on a hunger strike until you change your mind!

Physical Traits of the Pekingese

The Pekingese licking its nose
The Pekingese is bred as a lap dog.

Let’s see how “big” these big-hearted dogs can get when fully-grown.

How big is a full-grown Pekingese?

We are pretty sure that you’ve seen a Pekingese in person by now and that you know that this is a small dog breed.

But how small are they?

The male Pekingese, when fully matured, can go up to 9 inches in height while the females are a bit shorter and the maximum height they can achieve is some 6 inches.

As for the weight, you will discover that when compared to their miniature height, they are heavyweight.

The males can gain up to 14 pounds, while the females are half the weight and reach a maximum of 7 pounds.

Of course, if they don’t have enough exercise, they can become even heavier, but that is not a good thing for their health and the lifespan.

What is the life expectancy of the Pekingese?

Speaking of life expectancy, you can expect your faithful companion to be a part of the family for 12 to 15 years.

More than enough to create numerous happy and funny memories and fill up a few family albums.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Pekingese

A Pekingese running towards you
The Pekingese is a wonderful companion.

Considering that these dogs were the favorites in the Chinese empire, it’s no wonder they come with such a high self-esteem nature. They know they were royalty before, and they act accordingly.

But, their snobbish nature aside, the Pekingese are very intelligent dogs. And, it is what makes them independent and stubborn.

Training any Pekingese is a true challenge. They always think that they are in charge of the situation, and it takes a lot of effort to convince them otherwise.

Also, they don’t react well to harsh discipline or training, and will in most cases bite you if you push them too far.

On the other hand, they don’t need any training to love their family and have that fearless protective way of thinking, even if it means giving their own lives to protect the ones they love.

As for strangers, well, we all know how they react to new people, they are suspicious and if they get too close, they will bark as crazy and bite.

Some Pekingese will bark at anything that moves or even with the slightest sound, so you must teach them when to stop barking.

There are great traits when it comes to keeping an eye on the home, but if you live in an apartment, it can be stressful for the neighbors.

When it comes to kids, the Pekingese is infamous. This dog has almost zero tolerance for small kids, or any kids for that matter, and can quickly bite if he feels threatened.

So, if you have toddlers, this might not be the right breed for your family.

Furthermore, they don’t get along with other animals or dogs, but with early socialization, and if they grow up together, your Pekingese can be best friends even with a cat, let alone the neighbor’s dog.

All in all, if you are looking for a devoted, caring companion that has a spunky (almost Terrier-like) attitude, and if you have the time and the patience to train and socialize him, the Pekingese can turn out to be a wonderful addition to your home or your family.

Pekingese Diet

When it comes to what your Pekingese should eat, you should know that for them, proteins are everything.

Each meal should contain animal protein. Good sources are lamb, chicken, fish, and bison meat.

You can also spice up his protein intake with small amounts of eggs.

And, not to forget, your Pekingese will also need minerals and vitamins, so his meal should also include vegetables as well.

For the best diet advice, ask the breeder you bought the puppy from, and, you can additionally consult your dog’s vet.

How much Exercise does a Pekingese need?

When it comes to the Pekingese and his exercise needs, if you live a slow-paced life, this is the perfect breed for you.

They will be happy if you let them sit on the sofa the entire day, with a few short bursts of energy and playing fetch with himself and his favorite toy.

But, if you don’t want him to become obese, we recommend at least one or two half-hour walks, combined with 10 minutes of fetch or running with other dogs in the park.

The Pekingese Health and Conditions

Even though this breed is considered one of the healthy ones, there is a number of potential health issues you should be aware of. These issues include the following:

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Cleft Palate
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Distichiasis
  • Ectopic Cilia
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Fold Dermatitis
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy

You should have a long talk with the breeder about these conditions, and see if he has the pup’s parents health tested for all the listed problems.

My final thoughts on the PekingeseThe Pekingese dog breed

As always, the health section was the last section of the guide. We truly hope that you have a much better understanding of this cute little breed.

And, that the final choice, regardless of which one it is, is an informed one and that you are sure you are doing the right thing.

But how can getting a Pekingese to be a wrong thing? Just take a look at them! They are like miniature lions, and with a matching personality.

But, despite their mouthiness and the spunky attitude, Pekingese is a sweet, gentle, and family devoted dog.

But, you will have to spend some time, training his stubborn little head, and he needs plenty of socialization if you want to end up with a well-mannered citizen.

All in all, for families that want a miniature protector that is the size of a cat, but with the heart of a lion, the Pekingese might be the best choice.

Thank you for staying with us until the end of this guide. If you are still not sure if this is the breed for you, we recommend browsing through our website and comparing some similar breed to the Pekingese.

And, if you want other people’s opinions on this breed, share this guide on social media, so that they can read it and share their opinion and perhaps help you in making the final decision.

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