Description: Pekinese puppies (also spelled Pekingese) are a breed of toy dogs originating from China, and are distinguished by a flatter face that beams with cute factor! Smaller Pekingese are commonly referred to as "Sleeve" Pekingese, Minaturepekinese, or just "Sleeves" due to their stature and history of Emperors carrying these miniature dogs in the sleeves of their robes.
Appearance: All Pekinese breed standards allow a wide range of color combinations. The majority of Pekinese are gold, red or sable. Cream, black, white, tan, black and tan and occasionally 'blue' or slate grey have appeared in the breed. The latter often has poor pigment and light eyes. Albino Pekinese (white with pink eyes) should be bred cautiously due to health problems that have been associated with albinism.
The Pekingese's flat face and large eyes are some of the breeds most obvious characteristics. The body is compact and low to the ground. Pekingese also have a muscular and durable body. The breed's unusual rolling gait may have been deliberately developed by breeding to prevent the court dogs from wandering in ancient times.
Size: The Pekingese weigh from 7 to 14 lb and stand about 6–9 inches, however they can sometimes be smaller.
Life Span: Usually live between 12-15 years.
Temperament & Behavior: Stubborn, Opinionated, Affectionate, Good-natured, Intelligent, Aggressive
Pekingese can get along with other dogs and pets, but it is naturally suspicious. The Pekingese does not like to be disturbed and will not tolerate disrespect, so it is probably not well-suited for homes with small children. Pekingese sheds a lot and are not hypo-allergenic. Their exercise needs are minimal, with 30 minutes a day being adequate.
Care: The Pekingese should not be kept outside, as having flattened faces and noses can cause them to develop breathing problems, making it difficult for them to regulate their body temperature in overly hot or cold weather. Their long backs, relative to their legs, make them vulnerable to back injuries. Care should be taken when picking them up to give adequate support to the back: one hand under the chest, the other under the abdomen. Short legs give some Pekingese difficulty with stairs; older dogs may not be able to go up or down stairs alone. Keeping the Pekingese coat healthy and presentable requires daily brushing, and a trip to the groomer every 8–12 weeks.
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