The Pekingese Has the Roar of Oriental Royalty
Origin and Brief History
Ancient legend from the Orient tells of a story of a lion and a marmoset that fell in love, but the lion was considerably too large. Upon going to the great Buddha and sharing his lovelorn woes, the Buddha allowed the great king of the jungle to shrink down to the size of the marmoset, and thus the Pekingese was born. Folklore most certainly, but it is where the tiny little toy dog derives their royal nickname, “Foo Dog” for the uncanny resemblance to the renowned Chinese guardian lions.
Notorious for exuding albeit a good-natured sense of stubbornness, the Pekingese can present itself as opinionated in the face of rules and regulations. Do not mistake an air of aloofness as an inherent sense of arrogance, as the dog is exceedingly intelligent and will return love and affection three fold. If the dog becomes lethargic in warm months, be aware that their nature is susceptible to heatstroke and they do not relish high temperatures. What might seem as a discontented spirit will be nothing more than being too hot. The breed is outstanding with children, but does have a mild tendency to be territorial in relation to other animals.
To maintain a healthy and beautiful coat of fur, a telltale characteristic of this toy breed, the Pekingese will need to be kept on a daily brushing schedule. Wise also the owner who takes the dog to a professional groomer ever 2 or 3 months if possible, where a mild trim, or what is known as a puppy cut can be given to help reduce the amount of brush time. This cutting procedure is also appealing to the dog’s comfort, plus when expertly done is known as a show cut. As the dog ages it is imperative to keep winkers and dirt particles away from the eyes, including the facial creases, to help prevent hot spots from developing, plus assist in preventing eye disorders as the dog ages.
Specifications of Breed
Understandably as years of breeding accumulate color diversity, creating an assortment of various deviations can become acceptable. This is readily visible in the shades of gold, red, and sable that are prevalent in the Pekingese breed, which equally acknowledges as pure many creams, blacks, whites, including the blue or slate gray. No matter what the color configuration of the coat, the bare skin of the muzzle, facial area surrounding the nose, lips and circular eye rims, is black. The average weight is around 10 pounds, 14 or over being considered too large, and the overall height is less than 10 inches, with the tiniest variety called the “Sleeve” in reference to being carried in the sleeves of emperors, This mini version is customarily less than a half a foot tall. An obviously unique structural feature to the dog is their characteristic to be nearly twice as long as they are high, most averaging just under a foot and a half in length..
One of the most intriguing color lines of the Pekingese is the blue or Albino, but a prospective owner should be aware of health problems that may need attention due symptoms associated with the albinism trait. As a lap dog, keeping the toy-sized breed well groomed and regularly brushed is a simple enough task, but necessary to help alleviate a tendency to shed a lot. A prospective owner would do well to remember the little dog’s susceptibility to high temperature, being certain to provide for the most suitable temperate conditions. Give this tiny little creature the attention befit of its noble heritage, and the owner will be certain to be treated with royal devotion.
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