6 - 9 inches
9 -15 Years
Long, straight and double-coated
Independent and lively
7 -12 pounds
The Pekingese is a large dog in a small
body. It expects to be respected and will
not tolerate being treated otherwise.
Pekingese breed standards allow all sorts of color combinations. The most common is
gold; this is the color of the majority of Pekingese exhibited. Although the breed once
came in a variety of colours, the majority of Pekingese are gold, red or sable.
Pekingese can be stubborn and jealous. Do not expect them to come when they are
called. Pekes are sometimes aggressive, especially to other dogs. It may take a long
time for Pekes to get used to any other dogs except puppies, mates, and siblings.
However, Pekes can be properly socialized with dogs and other types of pets and can
become fast friends. It is easy to believe that Pekingese know that they are royalty and
expect you to know it, too.
Folklore has a wonderful little story that the Pekingese was an offspring of a lion and a
marmoset, but they date back some 1,500 years to China. For centuries they were the
sacred dog of China, being coveted and treasured for their quaintness and individuality.
They were so protected by the royal palaces it was said that death was the punishment
for those who tried to smuggle them into the outside world.