Also known by the name Chinese lion dog due to their dignity, boldness and self-esteem, Pekingese is a lovable lap dog. The breed’s origin traces back to the early 18th century, and it was first introduced in Britain in 1893. The Pekingese breed enjoyed a semi-divine status in China and was the most favored dog of the royal clan of Tang dynasty.
Quite aptly to its name the ‘Chinese lion dog’, the dog has abundant hair that lends it an uncanny resemblance to a lion. The breed has a stumpy appearance, but a dignified gait and a slow, smooth motion. It has a broad nose with wide nostrils, a flat muzzle and a pair of dark lustrous eyes.
All coat colors are acceptable and of equal merit.
Pekingese is a tough breed and quite difficult to handle. They make excellent watchdogs because of their powerful loud barks. This breed is highly affectionate towards its master but rather unfriendly and wary towards strangers. They are independent and stubborn, and normally require a strong hand to train them. This cuddly lap dog easily adapts itself to any surroundings. They are self-willed and have lots of attitude.
The average life span of this breed is 10 to 15 years. Brain and respiratory problems occur most commonly in Pekingese. The breed is also prone to serious health ailments like herniated disks, dislocated kneecaps and Trichaiasis (lashes growing inwards toward the eyeballs). Ear infections, eye injuries, wheezing, and snoring are also commonly reported in this breed.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC