Group 1: Toys
Male: 3.5 – 5.5 kg
Female: 3 – 5 kg

Energy Level:  Low to moderate
Original Function: Companion
Lifespan: 13 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Most people/families 

Note: High grooming requirements.


About This Breed

The Pekingese for centuries was the sacred dog of China, desired for their quaintness and individuality. Lord John Hay introduced them into the Western World in the early 1800’s, and one female called “Looty” was presented to Queen Victoria.

They are devoted companions, they will adapt to their environment and surroundings easily. They have an independent spirit, which is their most endearing characteristic.

They are very suspicious of strangers, are affectionate and can be self-centered and stubborn.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Pear shaped body. Face flat with a wrinkle over the nose, big round dark eyes, long coated ears which hang to the side of the head. Tail coated and carried high & over onto the back.

Temperament: Fearless, loyal, aloof, not timid or aggressive.

Characteristics: Leonine in appearance. Alert and intelligent expression.

Colour: All colours except albino & liver.

Coat: Double coat – Undercoat, soft & dense. Outer coat, long & harsh.

Grooming: Daily brushing is needed, taking extra care around the hindquarter, which can become soiled or matted. Dry shampoo regularly.

Exercise: moderate daily exercise is needed to keep them fit and happy.

Health: This breed can suffer from, breathing problems and his eyes are sensitive and prone to corneal ulcers. Many females have problems giving birth.