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Pekingese profile


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Lifespan: 12-15 Years

Avg height: 15-23cm

Avg weight: 3-5kg

Coat type: Long, coarse straight topcoat with a lion-like mane around the face.

Coat colours: Black, fawn, black & tan, cream, fawn brindle, grey.

Originally bred for: Lapdog, guard dog in ancient Chinese times.

Breed traits: Loyal, fearless, protective, affectionate, stubborn.


A little about the Pekingese


The Pekingese is one of the oldest dog breeds in existence, originally belonging to Chinese royalty. The mane-like hair around their face meant they were referred to as 'lion dog'. Whilst they make the perfect breed for apartment living, and are dedicated to their owner, they can be jealous of strangers, other dogs and children.




The Pekingese are predisposed to the following health conditions: Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, Patellar Luxation, Disticiasis, Trichiasis and Skin Fold Dermatitis. Due to the conformation of their face the Pekingese also suffer from Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (in particular stenotic nares and elongated soft palates). The severity of the syndrome is linked to the severity of their conformation. 

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.