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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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