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Dog Breed Spotlight: Pekingese

 For this blog post we decided to spotlight a breed of dog that is not only adorable, but has such a unique and sweet personality.

 To begin with, just look at this face! How can you not fall in love with such a darling dog?

If you have no idea what type of dog you’re looking at, this is a Pekingese. The Pekingese is an ancient Chinese breed that was known to be a dog of luxury. They were bred to resemble Chinese guardian lions. In 1860 Queen Victoria of Britain was given a Pekingese. 

This breed of dog is a member of the toy group, typically weighing between 6-12 pounds. However, some dogs can weigh smaller! A Pekingese is known for its sturdy body despite being small in size. Their shortened muzzles, big beautiful eyes, and unique markings are a staple to this breed.

Their lush, soft hair which can grow long, makes regular grooming important for this breed. The breed does shed, but the love they give makes up for any stray hair lying around. Like Pugs, the Pekingese has facial creases that require regular cleaning.

They love to be outdoors and go on walks, but it’s important to keep them out of the heat as they do not do well in high temperatures. Even a short amount of exposure to hot weather can make these four legged cuties susceptible to heat stroke.

There are 10 standard colors of Pekingese. The colors include Biscuit, Black, Black & Tan, Cream, Fawn, Fawn Sable, Gray, Red, Red Sable, and White.

Training a Pekingese can be frustrating and difficult due to their stubbornness and belief that they run the household. Training is possible, but it’s suggested training begins early. They are a well behaved breed that are prone to barking. Barking isn’t a bad trait when you consider it makes them excellent watchdogs. Pekingese often are described as brave little dogs who guard their families, which is very endearing.

Pekingese are beloved companions who will put a smile on your face. They are intelligent and affectionate family dogs with unique personalities. They get along with fellow dogs and pets in the household. They are devoted lapdogs who love attention from all members of their family. They don’t require vigorous exercise to maintain their health and happiness which makes them the perfect dog whether you live in a house or an apartment.

We would love to see your pictures of your Pekingese, feel free to share them in the comments!

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