One of the most common questions we get asked is what is the plural of Pekingese? Is it Pekingese? The answer is no, it’s not Pekingeses, it’s Pekingese! Both singular and plural are the same!
Now we have that sorted lets learn more about this fantastic breed…
The Pekingese dogs are typically very affectionate. Often regarded as the Peke, Pekingese are usually covered with very thick overcoat and undercoat. Its body is somewhat long and very sturdy. Pekingese are known to have a very flat face because of their very short muzzle. If you take a closer look at this breed, you will find out that its coat looks like a lion’s mane. For this reason, many people call Pekingese as a lion dog. Pekingese are not the same as lion hounds. The latter are specifically trained for lion hunting while the Peke only possesses a close resemblance of lions.
In ancient times, in China, the Buddhists considered lions as a sacred symbol. The origin of Pekingese is in China. During that time, this breed was regarded with high respect due to its close resemblance to the lions. Historically, the Pekingese did not reach any parts outside China until the British invasion. From China, this breed reached the soil of the British Empire in the Second Opium War. This time, many British soldiers brought many Pekingese puppies to their country and started breeding them for domestic pets. That was how Pekingese reached the Western shores.
In terms of personality, this dog is warm and affectionate. At the same time, it is also quite stubborn. Pekingese love to interact with people especially if you train them to socialize with your family members and friends. They are also known for their very loud barks. If they see strangers stepping into your house, they will not hesitate to bark at them incessantly. Even if Pekingese have a playful personality, it is not a good idea to engage them in a very rough activity. All they need is a regular short walk every day. It is important to keep them physically active so that they will not develop any health problems. An inactive lifestyle is not good for Pekingese.
If you intend to keep this dog in an apartment, then you make sure that you provide it with a cool environment. Generally, this breed does have a high tolerance of hot weather. They cannot tolerate a very warm atmosphere inside the house so it is always recommended that you keep an air-conditioning system. During summer season, always put this dog inside the house with proper ventilation. On the other hand, grooming your Pekingese is not that hard. All you need to do is to comb its coat every week. There is also one area of its body that needs constant attention. You need to keep its nose clean at all times because they are prone to infection.
Lastly, always bring your Pekingese to a veterinarian every month for regular check-up. Pekingese are very vulnerable to colds. Your veterinarian should also check your pet for lung and heart problems. Pekingese are ideal family companions. If you want to raise one for your family, make sure that you know how to take care of them first.
So now you know it’s Pekingese not Pekingeses and have learned a little something about this fabulous breed as well!