Pekingese Dog Breed – Everything you Need to Know

Pekingese Dog breed
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Pekingese dogs, a.k.a Pekes is well known for its unique characteristics; with their flat face and short nose making their face have the cutest smile ever. They make the perfect choice for apartments or small houses. Here, you will learn everything about them.

Everything You Need to Know about Pekingese Dog Breed! 🐶🐶



Pekingese dogs are one of the most famous Chinese breeds. Their origin is back to A.D 700, they were symbols of Buddha. Only a few Pekingese have survived the sacking of Peking by the British in 1860. Most of the Pekingese dogs right now are larger than the original sleeve dogs but they are loved in the same way.

Life Span

The average lifespan of the Pekingese dogs is about 10 to 12 years.


Height: Males 15 – 23 cm, Females 15 – 23 cm

Weight: Males 3.5 – 6.5 kg, Females 3.5 – 6.5 kg


There are 10 registered coat colors for the Pekingese dogs:

  • Black
  • Cream
  • Biscuit
  • Fawn Sable
  • White
  • Fawn
  • Red Sable
  • Black and Tan
  • Grey
  • Red


Pekingese dogs have a unique personality; they are very loyal, loving and smart. They can create the strongest bond with their human. They are not highly energetic dogs, but they do just fine in small apartments. However, they must have a minimum exercise every day. They have an outgoing, loving character that is generally good with other pets and they prefer the company of adults. They might be distant from strangers, but they are surely enjoying the strongest bond with their families.


A Pekingese dog’s coat is long and requires daily attention. You have to brush and comb it every day all way down from head to feet. You’re advised to wet the coat a little before brushing it because this will reduce the damage.


If you’re planning to get a Pekingese dog, you have to be ready that they need extra care and require many visits to the vet. Patellar Luxation is one of the most common issues that Pekingese dogs have; it’s a health condition where the kneecap is dislocated.

Common Health issues:

  • Ear infection
  • Skin infection
  • Fungal infection
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Brachycephalic syndrome
  • Kidney stones
  • Thrombocytopaenia
  • Facial Fold Dermatitis
  • Collapsing Trachea
  • Hypoplasia of Dens
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Shortness of Breath
  • wheezing
  • Snoring
  • Flatulence
  • Heat Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Rapid Weight Gain
  • Degenerative Heart Valve Disease


Pekingese dogs are very difficult to train; however, they need the training to learn the basic manners to adapt to the house’s rules. They believe they are controlling the house and some dog parents encourage them to feel so. That’s why you should start training your Pekingese dog as soon as possible to teach them who’s in charge. You can use food as a motivator and make sure you keep the training session short.


Just like all other dog breeds, Pekingese dogs need a balanced diet and a daily exercise in accordance with their own needs. They tend to be overweight; thus, you have to avoid overfeeding them no matter what. In addition, their shortened nose may cause them to breathe problems such as snoring but this should not become an excuse for them not doing a daily exercise.


Pekingese dogs need a lot of human’s love and affection to stay happy. They seek attention at all costs and they will bark fiercely to protect their humans. Pekingese dogs do not handle humid weather and they require small amounts of food to remain healthy, however, so many treats could lead to obesity.


Pekingese dogs are one of the most famous dog breeds to get crossed with other breeds to make another dog breed. Here are some famous examples:

  • Yorkinese: a cross between a Pekingese and a Yorkshire Terrier
  • Peagle: a cross between a Pekingese and a Beagle
  • Cheeks: a cross between a Pekingese and a Chihuahua
  • Havapeke: a cross between a Pekingese and a Havanese

Pekingese Puppies 🐶🐶

A Pekingese puppy looks so much like a little toy! Unlike other breeds, a Pekingese puppy does not like to be cuddled so much. They like having their own space and when they want so affection or love, they will let you know. However, it is hard to resist their CUTENESS!

Are Pekingese dogs a Hypoallergenic breed?

Pekingese Dog breed

No, the Pekingese dogs are not considered as one of the hypoallergenic dogs. Their long coat tends to shed frequently.

In a nutshell, Pekingese dogs are just like other dog breeds need love and affection; they require extra health care as they are exposed to several health problems. If you are planning to get one, get ready for a caring, confident dog with lots of love and protection.

Before you go, you might want to check out this minimal but excellent guide on how to cut your dog’s nails real quick.

Share this blog with all of your friends and family who have a Pekingese dog or who are willing to get one, so they can learn more about it!


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