As a pet, the Pekingese is elegant with a regal demeanor. He is affectionate and loyal to his owners, with a a cute, scrunched up face and beautiful fur that comes in a multitude of colors from golden-red to darker shades.
For maintenance, note that his long fur does need extended brushing at least once a week to stay looking good. On the flip side, his energy level is low to moderate, so you won’t need to spend too much time exercising him.
The Pekingese has a long, fascinating history. The breed dates back to at least the 8th century during the time of the Tang dynasty and gets its name from the ancient city of Peking, now Beijing. They were considered sacred – in fact, the Pekingese could only be owned by royalty.
The breed later made its way to Europe in the 1800s when it was captured during war. The captured dogs were brought back West where one was given as a gift for Queen Victoria of England who named it Looty. The Pekingese became a favorite breed of the royal court.
Pekingese Training & Temperament
Pekes are fairly independent and can be stubborn about training. However they are very friendly, loving and intelligent. They bond with their owners and are fine with children, but don’t appreciate rough play.
Pekingese are charming and confident in their play, but they don’t need too much of it. This small toy breed enjoys a small amount of exercise at a slower pace.
The long, fluffy coat of the Pekingese requires quite a bit of maintenance. This breed does shed with the season and brushing will help control the loose hairs and work out tangles. Professional grooming is recommended every 8-12 weeks.
Pekingese prefer colder temperatures so it’s best to avoid the heat. Due to their short snouts it’s important to make sure they are breathing find and if they are heavily stop exercise and remove them from heat. Be careful around their eyes as the short snout also offers little protection.