AKC PuppyFinder: Pekingese Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Affectionate, loyal, regal in manner
  • Energy Level: Not Very Active; Pekes do well with just a couple of walks a day and some indoor playtime
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 6-9 inches
  • Weight: up to 14 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet
Breed Description
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There's a lot of confidence packed into the compact frame of a Pekingese. For centuries, the breed was the companion of Chinese royalty and they are a bit regal themselves, known for their independence, intelligence and self-esteem. Your Pekingese puppy can be a charming and amusing family member, who will be happier with adults or older children. He doesn't need a lot of exercise, but will enjoy a walk and some indoor playtime. He's an alert and loyal companion who forms close bonds to his human.

History & Job
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Origin: China

Year Recognized: 1906

Breed History & Job Description: The Pekingese is one of several breeds created for the royal families of ancient China. The date of origin is unknown, but Peke-like dogs were in the lap of Chinese luxury at least 1,300 years ago. Pekes were unknown in the West until 1860, when British troops invaded Peking (Beijing). An army captain returned to England with a Peke as a gift for Queen Victoria, and the breed quickly caught on in Britain. By the late 1890s, Pekes had arrived in America.

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For 140 years Pekingese have been one of healthiest of all breeds, as they still are today. As with all short-faced breeds, the natural ease of breathing can be a major concern. It is important to choose a Pekingese with wide open nostrils on a moderate-sized nose. Because Pekingese don’t have a long muzzle to act as a natural barrier of protection for the eyes, it is important to ensure that your environment is safe for your Peke and that nothing can jab or irritate its eyes. Pekingese appreciate cold temperatures and therefore some owners travel with their Pekes on frozen ice packs, or an ice pillow, even for rides in the car, which provides a level of comfort that Pekingese thoroughly enjoy.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • No recommended health tests
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Pekingese Charitable Foundation
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: audrianne@oh.rr.com
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 440 255-2200 Audrey Atherton
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://pekingesecharitablefoundation.com/


Click here to see all Pekingese Rescue Groups.

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