Pekingese

Description:
Pekingese's are very peculiar little dogs and can be considered to be very individualistic, and undoubtedly Chinese. They have the bravery of a lion and are as impressive as a lion as well. The head of this small dog is substantial and wide looking; it should not look rounded though. They have a wide black muzzle, which is short and flat and with a pronounced stop. The eyes of this dog should look big, limpid, shiny and round; the ears have a heart shape to them and are pretty long, inserted somewhat slightly high on the head. The body of this dog is short, the chest is wide and the ribs look chiseled. The back should look leveled; the front legs are short, firm and heavy boned; the hind legs are lighter looking though, but they should be solid and well built and well formed. The feet should look big and flat with the toes turned out, not rounded. The Pekingese is a medium sized dog and should not weigh more then six kilograms. The coat of this dog should be smooth and straight and for the most part should be longish. The under coat should be thick and it should have a collar around its neck and shoulders. The hair around the ears, on the back of its leg, on the tail and on its feet should be long. The colors of this dog are red, golden brown, black, black and reddish, sandy, tabby, white and parti-colored, all of them should have a black looking mask on their face and "glasses". The tail of this dog is long, highly inserted and rests over the dog's torso.

Ideal owner:
Without a doubt the Pekingese is a very proud dog, it has a very high self-esteem and is very daring. There is probably not any other animal that has the same attitude and brain as the Pekingese. This dog knows it is superior, however it will treat its owners with the rightful cordiality. It can sometimes be stubborn due to its natural independent attitude, and is probably not the most suitable family dog. With those it is attached to it, this dog can be very devoted, loyal and attentive.

Growth:
The Pekingese weighs around 113 to 170 grams at birth. At around eight weeks of age it should weigh around 750 grams to one kilogram. These dogs normally grow very rapidly and smoothly, without too many complications in the process. The breeder must make sure to check for possible inguinal hernias and umbilical, ocular problems and lesions, as well as split lips. The future owner or anyone interested in getting one must make sure to find out about all these points as well. At around ten weeks of age the owner will be able to evaluate the body structure of the puppy. The owner must check the build of the front and hind legs and check to see that the puppy is able to walk around freely without any problems. The care its coat requires are pretty demanding and becomes even more demanding when it gets its adult coat and when it sheds, as this is the time when its coat gets knots in it very easily. The red and golden brown ones might change color and have a tendency to get lighter when their adult coat comes out. The Pekingese needs a very balanced diet starting from when it is a puppy, and the owner will need to avoid obesity at all cost.

General health:
Believe it or not the Pekingese is an easy to care for companion. Its special coat requires an average of two hours of brushing in a week, however it doesn't need to get any special type of hair cut or style. The owner must make sure to keep its eyes, ears, anus and the folds of its skin clean. The diet it requires is not too demanding either and usually it does just fine with a well balanced diet. Most of the health problems it suffers are related to its body structure. This dog is prone to stones in its urinary track and degeneracy of the invertebrate discs. Physical defects such as a small skull, flat chest, too small of a nose, are things that can happen when this dog is not bred correctly. The most frequent problems this breed has are ocular ones such as diseases like juvenile cataracts to irritations caused by the hair on its face, progressive retina atrophy, and "dry eye". The breeder must make sure to check for all these problems before hand. This dog has a life span of around fourteen years.

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