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 Pekingese Info

Facts About the Pekingese

The Pekingese is a small, well-balanced, compact dog. It has a stocky, muscular body that is slightly longer than it is tall. The head is large in proportion to the rest of the body, with the top of the head being massive, broad and flat. The front of the face is flat. The muzzle is broad and flat, thicker below the eyes separating the upper and lower areas of the face. The skin on the muzzle is black. The black nose is broad and short. Teeth meet in an under bite with a broad jaw bone. The large, prominent, round eyes are set wide apart with black eye rims. The ears are set on the front corners of the top of the skull, are heart-shaped, laying flat against the head. They are well feathered so that they appear to blend with the head giving it a rectangular look. The neck is short and thick. The legs are short, thick and heavy-boned. The tail is high-set, slightly arched and carried over the back. The outer coat is long and coarse in texture with profuse feathering. The undercoat is soft and thick. The coat comes in all colors, sometimes with a black mask.

Height: 6-9 inches (30.4-45cm.), Weight: 8-10 pounds (3.6-4.5kg.)
Any Pekingese under 6 pounds is called a sleeve Pekingese. It is the smallest member of the Pekingese family, and the most popular size during the breeds development in China. To be a sleeve it must be 6 pounds (2.7 kg) or under, anything over that is not a considered a sleeve. In-between 6 and 8 (2.7-3.6 kg.) pounds is considered a Mini Pekingese.


Adopting a Peke is fairly simple. 

We do all we can to see that each Peke is taken to the vet, have their shots, heartworm test and a spay/neuter. Some of the dogs go to the groomer and have a dental, depending on condition.

1. We send an adoption application via email or postal mail to anyone interested in adopting. IT TAKES TIME TO GO THROUGH ALL THE APPS AND REFERENCES WE GET! PLEASE REMAIN CALM!! IF YOU TAKE UP OUR TIME ANSWERING ALL YOUR MESSAGES ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON, IT WILL TAKE EVEN LONGER TO GET THROUGH THE APP!!  You are free to ask questions about the app in a calm and respectful manner. RUDE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED! 

2. If the app check goes well, we do a home visit to make sure that the home is safe. 

3. If we feel confident that this is the right home for our Peke, then the adoption is made final. You will sign a law abiding adoption contract and pay the adoption fee. NO, DOGS ARE NOT FREE. IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD THE ADOPTION FEE, YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO PROPERLY CARE FOR A DOG! DON'T ASK, NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE!


The most common health problems in Pekingese:

Pekingese are a deformed breed in two ways – their short legs and long back are chondrodysplastic, and their short pushed-in face is brachycephalic. Both of these syndromes can cause orthopedic problems, respiratory problems, and eye problems.

Virtually all Pekingese puppies are born by C-section, birth defects are common, and the puppy mortality rate is high.

The most common orthopedic problem in Pekingese is intervertebral disk disease – only the Dachshund has a higher risk. Luxating patella (loose knees) also occurs in Pekingese.

Hip dysplasia appears to be the rule rather the exception in Pekingese. The Orthopedic Foundation of America looked at the hip X-rays of only 5 Pekingese, but found 4 of the 5 to be dysplastic. Breeders may tell you hip dysplasia doesn't matter because few Pekes show symptoms – however, hip dysplasia always leads to arthritis later in life, and that most certainly does matter.

Eye problems are very common in Pekingese, especially corneal ulcers, as the protruding eyes are easily scratched. Dry eye and cherry eye are also common, and cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) can occur.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), especially in Pekes with deep facial folds. Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals.

Heart disease (mitral valve disease) is becoming a concern in the breed.

Other health issues in Pekingese include hernias, bloat, and autoimmune hemolytic anemia.

Hanging tongue is a mild condition that can occur in Pekingese, where the tongue protrudes through the front teeth or hangs out the side of the mouth. It may be a neurological defect or a structural defect, but it isn't really anything to worry about.

Finally, Pekingese are prone to dental disease (serious) and intermittent episodes of reverse sneezing (harmless).


If you want a dog who...

  • Is small but extremely sturdy, even chunky in build
  • Has a very short face, large expressive eyes, and a long thick coat that comes in many colors
  • Is one of the most dignified, supremely confident, and independent of the toy breeds
  • Is calm and quiet indoors and doesn't need much exercise
  • Is polite with strangers and usually accepting of other animals
  • If he respects you, will be well-mannered without much formal training required

A Pekingese may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
  • Snorting, snuffling, wheezing, loud snoring
  • Regular brushing and combing
  • Heavy shedding
  • Slowness to housebreak
  • Gassiness (flatulence)
  • A multitude of potential health problems

A Pekingese may not be right for you.