How to care for a Pekingese?


How to care for a Pekingese

How to care for a Pekingese dog? Care is the act which is done all throughout their lives and should be initiated while they are still little puppies. It is quite known that only the well-groomed Pekes are the happy ones and the only ones that can experience old age. These breed can be the perfect choice for individuals who are living in flats or apartments since they won’t need too much space compared to the the larger dogs.

The Peke is a toy breed that won’t get taller than 9 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 6-10 lbs. This toy breed orignated from CHina and was originally the animal companion of the Chinese royalty. The Chinese went to extent measures just to keep foreigners getting hold of the breed, however the British soon came into posession of it and now is one of the most well known breeds worldwide.

How to care for a Pekingese

Step 1

Brush your Pekingese daily to prevent any mats from forming on the long, lion-like coat and mane. The coat has a straight outer coat and long, soft undercoat; a combination of a slicker brush and natural bristle brush will remove knots in the fur and excess hair from both coats.

Step 2

Bathe your dog with a gentle dog shampoo to keep his coat shiny and bright, using conditioner to make brushing the hair easier after blow drying the coat. For show purposes, do not clip your Pekingese’s hair.

Step 3

Clean your Pekingese’s eyes daily to prevent staining around the eyes from tears. Use a sterile saline solution on a wash cloth or damp paper towel to wipe away excess tears and stains around the corners of the eyes. Dry the area completely with a clean cloth.

Step 4

Wipe your Pekingese’s facial wrinkle above his nose daily with a damp wash cloth to keep it clean and prevent a skin infection, such as skin fold pyoderma, from developing. Dry the wrinkle with a clean cloth after wiping.

Step 5

Exercise your Pekingese daily to keep him from gaining too much weight; show dogs are disqualified by the AKC if they are over 14 pounds. Because the Pekingese can be a bit of a couch potato, encourage your dog to play interactive games with you or take him for a brief walk on a leash. If when exercising your dog begins to pant, stop to give him a rest and bring him indoors to prevent heat stroke.

Source: The Daily Puppy, by Susan Paretts

More tips in taking care of your Pekingese:

  1. Brush his hair everyday. Pekes have a thick double coat which is very prone to matting and tangling. Brushing is very essential to a Peke.
  2. Cut his hair. If you are not into dog shows, then consider having his hair cut. A shorter hair means less cleaning for you since Pekes are heavy shedders.
  3. Daily ear cleaning. Take time to clean your dog’s ears to prevent from fungal infections. Also clean the dirt from around their eyes.
  4. Exercise. Take your dog out on walks or indulge in other forms of play. They also need exercise every now and then.
  5. Beware of heat stroke. See to it that your Pekes are very prone to heat stroke since they have long heavy coats. Keep them in cool environments and of outside, keep him hydrated.
  6. Protect him against health risks. Back and eye problems are so common with this toy breed. Avoid rough play and head injuries since their eyes can literally pop out of their sockets.
  7. Hair trimming. Trim the hair and fold of your dog’s nose to prevent eye infections.
  8. No jumping. Do not allow your Peke to jump on and off the furniture or walk up and down the stairs. This is to prevent them having slipped discs.

And that is how you care for a Pekingese.  There are also other things you can do for your Peke that is not stated here like the annual vet trips, the accessories that you should get for him, etc… What I just mentioned here are just the basics of taking care of your Peke so that he will live a long, happy life with you.

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Grooming a Pekingese

Grooming a Pekingese

Grooming a pekingese takes a lot of hard work and patience, not many pet owners can handle it. Some would simply bring their pets to the groomers while others do it themselves. Majority of pet owners are so protective with their beloved pets, treating them as their own kids at some point. Thus, it is not new when some owners don’t want to take the risk to put the care of their pets to some stranger. Not even if this particular stranger is a grooming expert.

First you must see to it that your Pekingese will be used to all the buzzing and clicking sound before engaging into grooming them. If your pet gets frigthened of the sound, reassure them. If they try to bite your clippers, tell them not to and give them their favorite treat if they follow your command. You may have to do this several times before your baby will get used to all that clipping and buzzing sound going on.

Grooming a Pekingese

Begin grooming your Pekingese early. Pekingese learn socialization skills at a young age and will be better behaved during grooming if it is started earlier.

A constant routine of grooming will keep your pet looking its best. Grooming is easily performed when it is regularly given. Unkempt dogs tend to be unhealthy and suffer more disease than those that are well cared for.

If for one reason or another, you find that you are unable to learn how to groom a Pekingese, there are many well-trained and qualified pet groomers.

Prices vary depending upon location and the amount of grooming that is required. Your vet should be able to recommend someone to help you in grooming your pet.

I taught myself how to groom a Pekingese and he seems to enjoy the event. This is a routine I have practiced with him since bringing him into my home.

He tends to be soothed by the water of bathing and following grooming often goes off to sleep.

Source: Dogs First Aid 101,

How to groom a Pekingese

  • Use metal combs and slicker brushes. This is to remove the excess shed hair from the undercoat and keeps their coat looking neat and clean. Also, pay close attention to their hindquarters, it has the tendency to become all tangled up and become coarse.
  • Clean the face. Use a soft, moist cloth in cleaning their face and eye area. If you see stained hairs on the face, trim these using a scissors. And if your Peke’s face becomes too moist, powder lightly.
  • Dry shampoo every now and then.
  • Check your pooch’s feet for objects. Sometimes, things get stuck in there like burrs.
  • Give your doggie a final brush after bathing or dry shampooing. Also, try to brush the hair up for added volume.
  • Trim your doggie’s excess hair. Try to trim his stomach hair and the pads of his feet. You can also give him a short body trim just be careful not to cut your dog.

And that’s how grooming a pekingese should be done. If you think you can’t really handle it, then take your pet to the groomers every now and then.  You could actually save grooming fees if you can do it at home especially if you have several pups with you.

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Everyone Deserves To Love And Be Loved : Adopt A Pekingese

Everyone Deserves To Love And Be Loved : Adopt A Pekingese

Adopt a Pekingese– the country’s solution in helping the Pekingese survive year after year. With the overpopulation in shelters all over the country plus the high rates of euthanization (4.5 million pets a year), adopting a dog (pekingese or not) is one of the best things you can do in order to help resolve this problem. The very first thing you need to ask yourself when deciding whether adopting an adult Pekingese or a Peke pup, would depend on how much time are you willing to spend in housebreaking and training the pup. It takes a great deal of knowledge plus patience to train a Peke pup, it is such a big responsibility not to mention your commitment must be serious. One more thing to consider is if you can afford to have a puppy. Aside from the store price, having a puppy is quite costly, I must say. They need vaccinations, spayed or neutered which are very expensive surgeries. Pekingese dogs are quite stubborn in general especially when it comes to training them. Nevertheless, if you are truly up for the challenge and you think you have the patience, then go locate a shelter and help save a life by adopting a pet.

Too often, people adopt a dog because it is “cute” or “fashionable” rather than based on the merits of its behavior and energy levels. In these situations, the dog may be returned to the dog rescues, shelter, kennel, or breeder, and each return is a black mark on that dog’s record. It suggests that the dog is un-adoptable, and the more often a dog is returned, the more likely it is to eventually be euthanized. Source: Cesars Way, by Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer)

Once you have taken the necessary steps and have deliberated properly about it, try to consider getting a dog, Pekingese or not.  But first, here are some facts that you should know before you adopt a Pekingese.

Facts you must know prior to adopting a Pekingese

  1. Breed Description – Pekes are also known as Foo Dog, Pelchie Dog or Lion Dog since they depict the Chinese guard lions. This toy breed came all the way from China and usually weigh around 7-14 pounds with a height of 6-9 inches.
  2. Coat – Pekes usually have long, straight, and tacky top coat with a soft and thick inner coat.
  3. Activity – A Pekingese is a toy dog that will adapt rather well if you live in an apartment. They need little exercise and they usually get that inide your place already. They don’t enjoy in long walks and also they are not ideal in a hot, humid climate. They prefer to have air conditioned comfort.
  4. Care – Pekes require everyday brushing of their coats so that it is presentable as well as healthy. If you are able to meet this, then you will only be required to go to the groomers once in every 3 months. If you fail and your Peke has become filthy, take them to the groomers at once.
  5. Temperament – They are a loyal breed and by nature protective with its handler. Sometimes they even get possessive and jealous. They can be wonderful watchdogs since they bark immediately at what they perceive as dangerous. They are also known as picky eaters, but that is not an excuse of not giving them an unhealthy diet.
  6. Training – Independent and stubborn. They are not among the easiest to train. They are obedient at their own pace and needs a handler who is patient to train them.

Finally, the Pekingese is a stubborn yet charming creature! Rest assured it will capture your heart when you see one. They are a breed that is innately good-natured and affectionate but independent and fearless.

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Westminster Dog Show 2012: Malachy The Pekingese Won

Westminster Dog Show 2012: Malachy the Pekingese Won

Last February, the Westminster Dog Show hosted the event at the Madison Square Garden and Malachy the Pekingese won ‘Best in Show.’ This bobbing little pompom already has 114 titles under his belt – and still managed to take home the crown from 2,000 other purebreds in the show. For the record, this is the 4th instance that a Pekingese reigned over the Westminster Dog Show.

“He saved all his energy for the ring today,” handler David Fitzpatrick said.

Handler Fitzpatrick gave his 11-pound buddy a help by carrying him to the green carpet for the final line up, thus making the long walk at the ring short. Then Malachy’s pink tongue popped out accentuating his black face, with eyes sparkling as he indulged in the cheers.

Fitzpatrick also noted, “No other dog moves like this.” Well, it’s true since Pekes are supposedly to have “slow and dignified” movements.

The reigning Pekingese chilled out after his win, having a cool pack over his white & silver coat. He also had ample time to get ready before taking home the award in toy group Monday evening.

The champ at the Westminster Dog Show takes home the much coveted silver bowl but not 1 dime of money. Rather, it is the prestige of the said title that would last a lifetime for any owner that would bring wealth on any breeding potential.

Westminster Dog Show

While Martha Stewart’s Chow Chow, Ghenghis Khan II, took home a Best in Breed ribbon Monday morning, but it was Malachy who was dubbed the nation’s No. 1 show dog.

When the finals came to a close, he had bested nearly 2,000 purebred pups!

The competition was the 136th edition of the world’s most famous battle of the canines, which inspired the classic faux-documentary Best in Show.

Source: The Hollywood Gossip, by Free Britney

If you happen to have a quality dog from an accomplished breeder, why not consider training her or him for the dog show.  It’s hard work, nevertheless tons of fun!

How to show train your dog:

  1. Proper training is a must. Consider enrolling your pet to a behavior and obedience training school. Training for show is considered as activity training.
  2. Proper grooming. Learn how to groom your pet professionally from a dog groomer, book or videos. As much as possible, look for videos that is unique for your breed type.
  3. Handling classes. Attend handling classes or go look for a video that will teach you how to handle your good properly.
  4. Leash-train your pooch. Initiate it by putting on the lead and allow her to go where she wants to.
  5. Proper command. Call on your pooch as you walk with her. Give a slight tug on the leash if you want to change directions. If she follows immediately, give her praises and rewards. Repeat this step several times until she will get the a slight tug means change of direction.
  6. Teach her to walk beside you. And I mean, walk beside you on a loose lead. This is somehow similar to teaching a dog how to heel during obedience training. Correct in a sharp jerk and release pattern. Give reward and praises for positive response.
  7. Increase your speed. Gradually increase your speed until she is already trotting. Practice your turns and work on both left and right sides.
  8. Enjoy your grooming session. This is the best way to accustom your pooch to being handled. If you can’t afford to have a grooming table, invest in a rubber mat or other non-slip surface mat. Then teach your dog to climb or jump into the mat or table.
  9. Practice staking.  Staking is also known as posing. Once she enjoys grooming already, move her legs and let her leave it as is for a few seconds. If she can do that, give her a reward. Then gradually increase her posing time on the table.
  10. Check her. While she is posing, go over her like a judge would. Check her teeth, nails, fur, testicles for males, etc…
  11. You’re ready.  Take a tack box, dog food, water, camping chair, show clothes and first aid kit for the show!

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