The Pekingese was the favorite dog of the Chinese Emperor’s Court until 1860. Small specimens of this fluffy little dog were called “sleeve dogs” because they fit neatly into the sleeves of Chinese courtiers’ robes. They were called “lion dogs” because of their large chests, full manes and strong personalities. Pekingese were thought to be miniature versions of Chinese Foo Dogs, able to stave off evil spirits. They were often put to death when their masters died to protect the owners in the afterlife. British soldiers discovered the breed when they overran the Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860. They brought some of these animals to the Western world. The sweet little Pekingese caught on quickly with dog fanciers in the West and is now one of the most popular breeds.

Our Price:  Registered:  $300 (male)/$350 (female) ; Non-Registered:  NA

Description:  A small, but sturdy, dog with a long straight coat, thick mane and plenty of feathering on the tail, underside, legs and ears. The Pekingese is surprisingly heavy for his size. The top of the skull is flat, not domed. The black face is wide and flattened– breeders describe a “brick-shaped” head as being most desirable. The large round eyes are dark and luminous, set wide apart. There must be black spectacles around the eyes. The nose is black, with open nostrils. A wrinkle separates the upper and lower parts of the face. The heart-shaped ears hang down. Any color is allowable. The Pekingese has a unique rolling gait due to his short bowed legs, heavy front body and lighter hindquarters.

Height:  Averages 8 inches.

Size: Very Small.

Weight: up to 14 pounds.

Personality:  Very loving and sweet with his master, but wary of strangers. Brave even when such behaviour is unwise. Loyal and dignified. Self-important and confident. Calm, pleasant company. Can be quite willful; a big dog in a small body. Demanding lap dog, but not high-strung. Naturally well-behaved. Tends to be possessive of toys and food. Overprotected Pekingese can develop neuroses.


Children: Not recommended for children Friendliness: Moderately protective Trainability: Easy to train Independence: Needs people a lot Dominance: High Other Pets: Generally good with other pets Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs Noise: Likes to bark

Grooming and Physical Needs:

Grooming: Extensive grooming needed Trimming & Stripping: No trimming or stripping needed Coat: Long coat Shedding: Average shedder

Exercise: Very little exercise needed

Jogging: A poor jogging companion

Indoors: Relatively inactive indoors

Apartments: Good for apartment living

Outdoor Space: Does all right without a yard

Climate: Prefers cool climates

Owner: Good for novice owners

Longevity: Average (10 to 12 years)

Talents:  watchdog

Notes:  Some bloodlines are prone to eye, spine and respiratory problems. Like many short-faced breeds, the Pekingese may wheeze and snore and is sensitive to hot weather. Can be a picky eater. Tends to bite–not recommended for children. The coat requires much constant attention. Usually gets along well with other animals. Likes to bark, but the bark usually is not loud. Whelping often requires Cesarean section.

Grooming Demand Rating: Moderately High

Full Grooming Interval: 4 to 8 Weeks

Maintenance Interval: Twice Weekly Minimum

Blades & Tools:  Slicker brush, metal combs, thinning shears, scissors, matt rake or comb, clippers and blades.

Coat & Groom Tips:  Regular brushing and combing is essential in order to remove substantial wooly hair shed from the dense undercoat, and not only the outer coarse guard coat which protects the undercoat. The density of the hair coat can be misleading to novice groomers or owners of this breed; it is dense.

Pekingese dogs may acquire stained hairs around their eyes from watering between grooming appointments. You may need to snip some of the stained hairs away very carefully with scissors. As always, when scissoring or clipping near any dog’s eyes, you must have solid control of head movements by properly gripping their muzzle firmly, yet gently.

As part of the dog’s final groom brush the coat up and add volume. A part should be combed into the tail and then allow it to fall naturally over the back.

Clean the furrows of the face with a moist soft cloth or cotton, dry and lightly powder to absorb moisture which can lead to skin problems.