The Pekingese were bred for hundreds of years to be companion dogs for the imperial family of China. They are also referred to as the dogs of Fu Lin or “The Lion Dogs of China.” They are one of the oldest dog breeds known to exist. The Pekingese breed is believed to have existed for as long as 2,000 years. They were named after the capital city which was once called Peking. They were companions of only the nobles and members of the imperial family. They were taken by the British from an imperial palace during a time of war by and transported to England. They were extremely rare outside of China until more were smuggled out of the country during the late 1800’s.
Life Span – 12 to 15 Years – Pekingese can live longer than twelve to fifteen years with proper nutrition and medical care.
Activity Level – Low – They might enjoy playing or going for a short walk. However, they are really low activity dogs and enjoy the indoors.
Potential Weight- 8 to 14 lbs
Potential Height – 6-9 inches tall at the shoulder.
Barking – Low-They will definitely alert someone if there is a reason. However, they are generally a quiet breed that does not yap or bark for the sake of barking.
Shedding – Abundant – Pekingese shed quiet a bit. They have a thick coat of hair that requires frequent burshing and combing. If you do not brush them regularly their hair will get matted.
Family Friendly- Moderately- They are friendly, loving, and affectionate. However, they demand a certain level of respect. If they are being pestered or treated roughly by a toddler, they will not be too happy about it.
Pet Friendly -Very – They are very friendly dogs that will get along with others. It is important to socialize them early. It is a good idea to feed dogs in separate locations at the same time. Have an area each can eat in without the other dog having access to them.
Fur Real Famous – Here are a few famous people who have owned a Pekingese over the years: Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Rivers, Sarah Hyland, & Joe Jonas.
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