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I purchased my pekingese puppy when she was only eight weeks. Ive had her for about 7 months now and life could not be any better. I have read a lot of articles about Pekingese dogs being hard to care for and needing little exercise, but do not ever agree at all. My Pekingese puppy is very active. She loves people as well as other dogs. She loves to go out on walks everyday. I have no trouble at al trying to feed her, or groom her. Shes become very loveable and cuddley with me and my family and she is a blessing form the sky. Many people seem to underestimate the great pleasures of having a Pekingese dog in their life. And its a shame becase the breed is "special" And anyone who comes across a Pekingese dog should embrace the pleasures with mind wide open. Many dog owners critique this breed too much.. And I would like to see more owners like myself show more pride in the Pekingese dog. They do not get snippy and possesive. They are very loveable and sweet. What kind of dogs are you people buying?
Pekingese are very cute looking bundles of fur. Unfortunately, that fur needs a lot of grooming! Pekes can be lovely natured little dogs, but I have also seen them very spoiled and stroppy. I have had two Pekes which I regularly took to dog training classes to ensure they were socialised and not spoiled. They both had very different personalities. One was very intelligent but not too pretty. I did obedience with him and he even won some competitions against other toy dogs. The other is beautiful but dim. I used to show him and we qualified for Crufts and won Best in Show at two open shows. THE GOOD On the positive side, they all have very different characters. They can be affectionate and fun. Some make good guard dogs, making quite a racket if the door bells rings or they hear a funny noise. They can be loyal and they are very loving. Pekes don't cost much to feed or kennel and they don't need much exercise. I think they look lovely with big soulful eyes, lovely long glamorous coat and a cute waddle. They have quite a long life - usually between 12 and 15 years. THE BAD They also have some negative qualities. Without regular grooming they can smell quite bad and their undercoat knots. Their breath leaves a lot to be desired and their teeth can rot at quite a young age (despite regular brushing all their lives). They get too hot in the summer and too wet and dirty in the winter. Pekes can't walk very far or fast, and they snore. If they are not used to children, they can get quite snappy, and if they are not used to other people they can get too loyal to their owners and become snappy with others. Both of mine were frequently at the vets despite regular check ups and the best food available. They can have breathing and eye problems. I would recommend getting them insured (Pet Plan are excellent). THE UGLY I'd have to say the worst thing is their bad breath. Their little front teeth get no use w hen eating as they are only about 2mm tall, so they start to rot quite early. My Peke's nickname is death breath - it says it all! If you are considering a Peke, be prepared to socialise and groom it reguarly, and have frequent vets' visits. I have received total love from my two, and I don't regret having them for one minute, but I don't think I would have one again (famous last words).