There is also another name for the Pekingese – the lion dog, referring us to the legends about its origin (according to them, one of the ancestors of this dog was none other than a lion). The Pekingese is from China and the first historical references to dogs similar in descriptions to the Pekingese date back to 6-7 centuries BC, that is, according to the most conservative estimates, the Pekingese are more than 2500 years old! In China, developing for a long time apart from European civilization, dogs of this breed belonged to the elite. So, the Pekingese lived with the imperial family and were revered as protectors from evil spirits. I knew that I carried dwarf dogs with me at the ceremony, according to some reports, in the sleeves of a kimono. Commoners could not be masters of the Pekingese, and their theft in order to sell or own was punishable by death.
Until the middle of the 19th century, the Pekingese practically did not leave the Middle Kingdom, however, after the capture of the residence of the Chinese emperors by the British troops in 1860, the Pekingese were taken to Europe, where they also became the beloved dogs of kings and lords. Even now, looking at the photos of these small dogs, one can easily imagine Ancient China, and understand why the Pekingese was considered a royal dog!
Be that as it may, for 150 years of free breeding Pekingese has spread widely in the world, and at the moment it is not difficult to get a “lion dog” puppy. It is recommended to choose puppies from trusted breeders and be sure to get acquainted with the animal before taking it home. Be sure to ask the breeder about caring for the animal, its pedigree, look at the mother of your future Pekingese.
The normal weight of an adult Pekingese without problems with excess weight is up to 5 kg, at the withers Pekingese usually do not exceed 25 cm, although there are very tiny individuals up to 3 kg weighing up to 14 cm at the withers, such dogs can sometimes be called “dwarf” Pekingese , and sometimes breeders separate them into a separate breed. At the moment, it is believed that a separate breed “dwarf Pekingese” does not exist, and these are simply the smallest of the ordinary Pekingese.
How many Pekingese live? Long enough for dogs. With adequate care and veterinary supervision, healthy Pekingese can live up to 15 years.
The story of the acquisition of your pet is also important: if you want to buy a thoroughbred Pekingese puppy and are ready to avoid saving at the cost of his health and longevity, we recommend that you contact only qualified nurseries and checked breeders.
Pekingese can be of various colors, from red to white and black, so the choice is only a matter of taste of the owner.
According to their characteristics of growth and weight, the Pekingese – dogs of the small (small) and dwarf category (English Small & Mini) and, accordingly, require increased energy density (calorie) nutrition per kilogram of animal body weight compared to medium-sized dogs and, moreover, large breeds. A suitable diet for Pekingese would be Super Premium dry food adapted especially for small and dwarf dogs. An excellent example of such diets is the Purina® PRO PLAN® Smal & Mini line, designed specifically for all the needs of small dogs, and with attractive tastes. And although there are a lot of tips available for free access on the Internet than feeding Pekingese, we strongly advise you to opt for industrial rations, and if you really want to make a diet for your pet yourself, consult a veterinarian and nutritionist.
Among the wide Purina® PRO PLAN® food product line, OPTIDERMA® feed will be especially attractive for Pekingese. The special vitamin-mineral composition and the high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids in feed with this complex reduce the risks of dermatological problems and make the coat shiny and silky.
CHARACTER AND FEATURES
The character of the Pekingese is quite calm, balanced. Compared to other dogs, the Pekingese tolerates loneliness well, too noisy and active life does not suit him. The Pekingese normally gets along with young children, but it should be remembered that the “toy” appearance of the dog is not a reason to make a toy out of it in reality. Children should be explained that respect and kindness is the best form of relationship with such a pet. Pekingese usually gets along well with other pets, however, there are exceptions to any rule and you should not leave rabbits, kittens and other miniature pets alone with the Pekingese. Some stubbornness of the Pekingese is also known. Inexperienced owners are usually not easy to train the dog to the toilet or to execute commands. However, with a certain patience, and, most importantly, the installation that the Pekingese is a dog, not a fluffy accessory, these problems can be solved.