The Pekingese were bred to have short bowed legs so they could not wander far, they also have very thick coats making them prone to over heating.

These small dogs also have a very short nose which makes breathing rather difficult for them in hot weather, which also means they do not like to exercise.

Pekingese Facts


Exercise Requirements:      1 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        1 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       zero star rating

Good with Other Pets:         4 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 15-23 cm (6-9 in)

Weight: 4-5.5 kg (9-12 lb)

Coat: Profuse long and straight mane with a thick undercoat. Feathering on ears, back of legs, tail and toes

Colour: All colours

Lifespan: 12-13 years

Special Characteristics

This is an alert little dog that enjoys the company of people. They are described as being courageous, loyal, calm, aloof, stubborn and independent.

Exercise Requirements

These small dogs do not like to exercise and therefore have low exercise requirements. One short walk each day will be enough for this breed of dog.

Their thick fur coat and breathing difficulties due to their short nose will zap the dogs energy quickly, so short walks are advised in hot weather.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Are affectionate and very loyal towards their owners.

Children: Are good around children although they can be easily injured by boisterous children playing.

Other Pets: They are good around other small pets including cats.

Strangers: Are wary and a little aloof around strangers.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are good around unknown dogs if well socialised from a young age.

What to Watch Out For

These little dogs are known for barking excessively. Because of their short nose they are also known for snoring and may have breathing difficulties in the hot weather.

The dogs long coat will bring in mud and dirt from outside and requires daily grooming to prevent mats from forming in their long fur coat. The dogs bulbous eyes are also prone to injury.

Health Risks

Just a few health risks to take note of with this breed including; pastern and patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, dry eye and spinal problems.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner of the Pekingese would be gentle and easy-going and have plenty of time available for the dogs daily grooming needs.

More Photos

Pekingese with white and light brown fur coat Pekingese with long dark brown and black fur coat

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