The Pekingese Dog is from the Toy Group and is more of a companion dog. An alert and feisty dog, this faithful companion packs an attitude that is stubborn, dignified and courageous. But don’t be swayed by his pretty looks, to be a true master to a Pekingese, you will have to earn its respect and ensure that the dog knows you are the Alpha.
Originated in China, this small dog is between 6 to 9 inches high and can weigh up to 14 pounds. They shed a lot of hair, being a little bundle of fur and joy, and if you are looking for a dog that doesn’t leave behind a trail of hair on your couches, the Pekingese dog is not for you. A good natured, lively and immensely affectionate dog, the Pekingese is an ideal pet for a small family or even an elderly person who loves the companionship of a dog but don’t want to deal with a larger breed for they demand too much exercise.
The Pekingese dogs come in a variety of colors, from black, grey, beige to even white. Their life span is about 13 to 15 years, and these are highly adaptable dogs that thrive even in an apartment. However, you will need to groom your Pekingese on a daily basis, because the coat can get matted easily. They need regular brushing and you can bathe your dog once in 15 days.
As for their personality, the Pekingese are highly devoted, often known for their courage and affection. A playful dog, many owners believe that a Pekingese has a heart of a big dog trapped in a small body! If you desire to have a dog that isn’t too big to handle but will keep you on your toes, the Pekingese is the perfect choice. They are great with children, good with other pets when socialized correctly and are wonderful with the elderly.
Now, as for exercise, the Pekingese don’t need much in terms of exercising. A nice walk around the neighborhood is enough for your Pekinese dog, though if you have a yard you can simply leave him there to romp about and explore the territory. However, the Pekinese need a good training session when puppies, owing to their stubborn nature.
Keep in mind that Pekingese dogs are prone to several health problems, like disc problems and skin problems. Also, they don’t do well in very hot climate, thanks to their short muzzle. However, a healthy lifestyle, reasonable exercise, good diet and frequent visits to the vet will ensure that your companion lives a happy, healthy life.
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