Pekingese – The Complete Breed Guide

Welcome to our guide to the Pekingese.

The website aims to ask questions to breeders, vets and experienced owners to get the answers to your most frequently asked questions about the Pekingese breed of dog.

You can also help too!

If you can answer any of the questions below, then please add your comments to the box at the bottom of the page or you can email us at

We would love to feature your dog and publish any photos or pictures of your Pekingese you would like to email us.

Are you looking to buy a Pekingese – then see our list of Pekingese breeders.

Why Choose a Pekingese?

What type of owners buy a Pekingese?

What in your opinion are the best things about the Pekingese breed?

Why do you think Pekingeses are special?

What are your favourite things about the Pekingese?

Are you glad you choose to buy a Pekingese and not another breed?

How would you describe the Pekingese temperament?

What advice might you give to people thinking about whether they should buy a Pekingese over other breeds?

History & Origins

What are the history and origins of the Pekingese?

About The Breed

What colors of Pekingese are most popular?

What does the Pekingese look like?

What are the pros/cons of the Pekingese breed?

What can a new owner expect in terms of differences between the Pekingese and other breeds?

Do they attract a lot of interest and curiosity from the public?

What type of typical personality does the Pekingese have?

Is it possible to describe a fairly typical Pekingese?

What is the breed standard/description for the Pekingese?

Were there particular colors people preferred and that maybe you focused on?

Are there any downsides to owning a Pekingese that prospective owners should be aware of?

Is the Pekingese breed of dog suitable for first-time dog owners?

Some breeds can be described as greedy and prone to weight issues, would this apply to the Pekingese?

What are the key differences when compared to other breeds?

Is the Pekingese a breed suitable for a person or family that are out at work all day?

Some owners seek a breed suitable for barking and offering a guard dog role – how does the Pekingese match up to that role?

Are there myths about the Pekingese – in other words do new potential owners come to you with misconceptions about this breed?

We asked a number of breeders in the UK and America what essential advice they would give to new owners of Pekingese puppies and this is what they said:

What types of questions do you get once owners get their Pekingese home?

Can you tell us something most owners would not know – tips, secrets etc from your years of experience?

What is the typical temperament of a Pekingese, so people know what to expect from their new pet?

When fully grown how much on average does a Pekingese weigh?

When the Pekingese is full grown size what is the maximum height and length expected to be?

Is the Pekingese ever crossed or mixed with other breeds of dog?

Does the Pekingese smell or drool a lot?

Do you have a Pekingese growth chart?

What breed group does the Pekingese come under?

What type of coat do they have?

Can they swim?

What does movement of the tail show, does it mean they are trying to ‘talk to us’ or give us some message?


Are there some types of people that you suggest the Pekingese is not suitable for, perhaps families?

How are the Pekingese with children?

Do you think Pekingeses are suitable for families with young children?

How does the Pekingese get along with other (existing) pets and do you have any tips or advice for new Pekingese owners in terms of successful integration?

Is it better to buy one Pekingese or two?

Should prospective new owners be aware of any differences between males and females?

Would the Pekingese be suitable as a guard dog?

Can I leave my Pekingese during the day while I go to work?


What is the expected average lifespan of the Pekingese?

In terms of life expectancy, how long on average would the Pekingese breed live to?

Food & Diet

Do you have any special feeding routines or diet?

Do you have any feeding advice or brands that you prefer?

How to handle the Pekingese puppy to start off – how much food, what type, how often?

What feeding routines and types of food/supplements do you recommend?

What to buy in terms of equipment? Bowls etc

Do owners need to consider supplements for their Pekingese?

How about for older dogs?

Buying – How Much Do They Cost?

How much did your Pekingese cost to buy?

Can you offer advice to people looking to buy a Pekingese and how much should they spend?

What advice would you offer new Pekingese owners?

What types of people are buying Pekingeses and why?

Where can I buy Pekingese rescue dogs or find Pekingeses for adoption? Please note that buying or searching for a ‘cheap’ Pekingese can be false economy as they may have health issues that cost you far more in the long-term – always buy from a good and responsible breeder!

How much do Pekingese puppies for sale cost on average?

Do I need public liability insurance or a license?


How would you describe the Pekingese puppy to potential new owners?

What types of owners are best suited to owning a Pekingese?

What colors and sizes are most popular?

Are there things new owners do that perhaps frustrate you?

What can people expect when they become a new owner?

What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with the Pekingese?

As a Pekingese breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?

Are there specific times you breed?

Choosing a puppy from a litter, what advice could you offer potential new owners in terms of selecting ‘the one’?

How long does it take to housetrain/potty train a Pekingese?

When can you take them out in public and how do you handle them around other dogs?

Will they run off – when is it safe to let them off the lead?

We invite you to email us your Pekingese pictures, in particular we are looking for photos showing Pekingese puppies at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 weeks old as well as early pictures such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 months old to a year old.

Do they have any nicknames or does the Pekingese have popular names?

If my Pekingese is pregnant what might the litter size be?

Could the Pekingese be dangerous around young children?

Problem Behaviors

How do you deal with a problem barker – any tips and advice to new owners?

How do you prevent a Pekingese biting?

How do you prevent a Pekingese chewing?

How do you stop a Pekingese jumping up?

Does the Pekingese have an issue with excessive digging?

Why does my Pekingese keep growling and barking?

Is there a reason my Pekingese dog is often scratching excessively?

Do they suffer from separation anxiety and how can I prevent this?


In comparison perhaps to other breeds what can you say about Pekingeses and their exercise needs and do you have any tips or advice for new Pekingese owners?

As a breeder of Pekingeses, do you prefer a collar or harness?

As an expert of the Pekingese breed do you prefer a standard leash or retractable?

Can you offer any dog walking tips for Pekingese owners?

Playtime & Tricks

What games and toys can you recommend for the Pekingese?

Are there toys you suggest avoiding?

How intelligent is the Pekingese compared to other dog breeds?

How much can they understand?


Do you have any special grooming routines or tips and advice for new Pekingese owners?

How much time is involved?

What accessories are required to be purchased for grooming a Pekingese?

Any advice/tips you can give concerning maintenance of nails?

How much do Pekingese shed and how do I maintain their hair and how often?

How can I prevent or cure ear infections?

Do you have any tips for eye care?

Are Pekingeses hypoallergenic dogs?


Any advice/tips you can give concerning cleaning and bathing your Pekingese?

Can you offer new Pekingese owners advice concerning fleas and maybe products you use in treatment and prevention?


What advice and tips could you offer to owners who might wish to follow your path in showing Pekingeses?

What started your interest in showing Pekingeses?

If a new owner perhaps wanted to meet other owners or find out more – perhaps they have an interest in joining a local club or maybe they wonder how they can start showing their Pekingese – where would they begin?

Can you offer any advice to others who may be wondering if they can also start showing?

How would an owner know they have a show-quality Pekingese and how would they start off?

Can you give away any of your secrets?!

Is showing very expensive and why do you think people like to do it?

What do judges look for in a winner?


What inspired you to become a breeder and did you start with Pekingeses?

What official organisations are there for the new Pekingese owner and what benefits or services do they provide?

In buying a Pekingese, can you offer advice and tips to new owners?

How did you go from being an owner to getting into breeding?

Do you think the breed is becoming more popular, less popular or staying the same do you think?

How did you progress to becoming a breeder and why focus on breeding Pekingeses out of all the breeds you could have chosen?

What do you think makes the Pekingese special to you?

Are there things that you see owners doing that frustrate you?

As a breed expert, are there any ‘essential’ tips you would like to share with new owners?


In comparison perhaps to other breeds what is it like to train a Pekingese and do you have any tips or advice for new Pekingese owners?

How should new owners approach bringing a new Pekingese home, any advice and tips you can give?

Should I allow my Pekingese to sleep in my bed or elsewhere in the house?

Do you recommend crate training and how long does this take?

Should my Pekingese sleep in a kennel or crate?


Health is always a major concern when buying a dog, do you have any advice for new Pekingese owners to be aware of in particular?

Are there any health-related tips you can give to owners?

What sort of health issues should owners be on the lookout for?

What is the recommended schedule for vaccinations for your Pekingese?

Can you offer any advice on how to treat and prevent worms?

What type of health issues can a Pekingese have and how do you deal with preventing these?

Why does my Pekingese have diarrhea?

Do they suffer from itchy and sensitive skin and if so why?

Why is my Pekingese vomiting and do I go to the vets?

When should I take my Pekingese for vaccinations and which ones do they need and how often?

How often will my Pekingese be in heat?

Should I consider getting my Pekingese spayed or neutered and when and how much does this cost and what are the benefits?

My Pekingese is limping, what should I do and should I go to a veterinarian surgeon?

Do they suffer from allergies?

Why is my Pekingese not eating?

How much does it cost to insure my Pekingese?

What healthcare issues or diseases might be excluded from companies that provide Pekingese dog health insurance?

Old Age

What age would you class as an ‘older or senior’ Pekingese?

Do you notice any changes in their behaviour?

What do you feed your older Pekingeses?

Do you feed any supplements to your older Pekingeses – or anything else which helps them as they age?

Are there any health issues particular to older Pekingeses?

Do you have any advice for owners of older Pekingeses or tips you can pass on?

Here’s a nice video on the Pekingese.


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