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Pekingese

Tags: toy, Small-sized, Adaptable to apartment life, Protective guardian

For centuries, we had the great honor of living the good life in China's Imperial Palace. Then in 1860, when British soldiers seized Peking's Summer Palace and brought my ancestors back to Queen Victoria (and the Duchess of Wellington and Duchess of Richmond), we became the Sun Dog. The Pekingese was recognized in the AKC's Toy Group in 1906. Surprisingly weighty for my size (up to 14 pounds but only 6-10 inches at the shoulder) I tend to take my middle name (King) very seriously.

Rave review

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with appropriate exercise
  • Affectionate companion
  • Aloof and dignified
  • Courageous canine
  • Even-tempered, good-natured
  • Independent thinker

Report card

  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Might not tolerate children
  • Coat requires regular care
  • Owner-oriented
  • Perfect protector
  • Socialization and training must start early
  • Spirited
  • Stubborn streak
  • Training can be difficult
  • Wary of strangers
  • Willing watchdog

What to expect

My Pekingese air of opinionated self-importance is not just an act. It really is all about me (in my opinion) and you'll need to keep that in your non-Pekingese mind during my training -- which had better be firm but gentle, patient and consistent. Or else. Some issues may be non-negotiable -- all training aside. Take the stairs -- if you insist. I'll take the elevator.

Watch for

Possible breathing difficulties in hot (or cold) weather, heart murmurs, back injuries, and skin and eye conditions.

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