Pekingese

March 11, 2022

The Pekingese breed is named after the ancient city of Peking, China, currently known as Beijing. The Pekingese were bred to look like the Chinese guardian lions’ ‘ foo dogs. Pekingese were available solely to the royalty—commoners owning them was a crime punishable by death.

There are more facts to learn about the Pekingese dogs, and the information below will be helpful. 

Body Facts about the Pekingese

  • A standard Pekingese weighs 3.5 to 6 kg, and the small ones weigh less than 2.7 kg. The Pekingese dogs that are small in size are called Sleeve Pekingese.
  • They are double-coated with a thick undercoat and a coarse, straight long exterior coat.
  • The coat of the Pekingese is fawn, cream, or black in color, and it protects it against harsh climatic conditions.

Historical Facts about the Pekingese

  • If an individual was not a royal family member, stealing and owning a Pekingese was punishable by death.
  • Some Emperors used the Pekingese as a guard dog.
  • The Pekingese were brought to England from China in the 1860s during the Opium war.

The Temperamental of the Pekingese

  • The Pekingese are stubborn in nature, making it easier to train.
  • The Pekingese is gentle and tiny. 
  • They are also extremely brave.
  • These canines are alert dogs that sound an alarm through barking.
  • The Pekingese can be aloof to strangers but friendly to family members. Therefore, it needs to be exposed to different people at a young age.
  • It is a low-energy dog that needs little strolling.

Additional Facts about the Pekingese

  • It has a lifespan of around 13 to 15 years.
  • Their fur needs regular trimming.
  • The Pekingese gestation period is around 58 to 68 days.
  • The female gives birth to two or four puppies through one delivery.

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