Pekingese-the Little Lion Dogs

I’m sure many of you spent time watching the Westminster Kennel Club annual competition and saw Ch. Palacegarden Malachy or Malachy as his friends know him, walk away with Best in Show.  If so, you may wish to know more about this diminutive breed. Here are some facts from the Pekingese Club of America.

  • Pekingese originated in China. They were bred early on by the Imperial kennels.  They originally came in short and longhair, and the short, bowed front legs were bred for to insure that the dogs wouldn’t wander off too far.
  • Pekingese were sometimes given as gifts to visiting dignitaries and the first five dogs to arrive in England were stolen as loot from Beijing in 1860.
  • The recommended weight for Pekingese is under 14 pounds and they have a stocky, muscular build for their size.
  • While a gold or reddish dog with a black mask is the most common, any coat color is allowed.
  • Pekingese can be prone to breathing issues, which are often seen in breeds of dogs with short faces. They can also have eye issues, back/spinal issues and heart issues.
  • Pekingese can make good apartment dogs due to their small size and since they need less exercise than larger dogs.


Some other things you may wish to keep in mind if you’re considering a Pekingese is that due to those cute, short noses, they can snore, and quite loudly at times. Also if you want to keep that pretty long coat, you will need to keep them brushed out on a regular basis. If daily grooming is an issue, we’ve known many Pekes who are happy to get regular haircuts at the groomer. They can be very loving and affectionate family dogs, although they are often suspicious of people they don’t know. These guys like mealtime and are prone to becoming overweight, so be sure to control how much they eat and make sure they get daily exercise.

If you think a Pekingese may be the right dog for you, you can look for reputable breeders at the Pekingese Club of America. If your only wish is for a pet dog, Petfinder is a good source to find Pekingese and Peke mixes in rescue groups or shelters that are in need of new homes.


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