Pekingese are named after the ancient city of Peking in China. They can be described as stubborn, self-righteous, brave, and happy dogs who are very affectionate with those they love. Though they may be small in size, they are sturdy dogs with a thick, straight coat of hair that gives off a larger appearance. Due to their short, domed faces Pekingese may go through life snorting, snuffling, and sneezing. Pekingese are excellent companions for homes with small children and seniors.
Common Health Conditions
- Pekes have an excessive amount of wrinkling on face; which can cause problems with skin fold dermatitis, skin irritations, and infections. The folds should be kept clean and dry.
- Portosystemic liver shunt is a congenital abnormality in which blood vessels allow blood to bypass the liver. As a result, the blood is not cleansed by the liver as it should be.
- Brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome caused by skull shape, results in breathing difficulties in Pekingese.