The Pekingese suggests its Chinese origin in its directness, independence, individuality and expression. It has an extravagant, long, straight-flowing coat that has profuse feathering and comes in all colors.
This breed makes a devoted companion, it adapts to its environment and surroundings. Even though this dog has a mind of its own and likes to get its own way, it has an independent spirit, which is its most endearing characteristic. This little dog needs a firm hand. It is very suspicious of strangers even though it is an affectionate, noble dog.
All colors and markings are permissible.
Long, straight, double-coated with a coarse top coat, thick undercoat and profuse mane and feathered tail. Daily combing and brushing is essential. Dry shampoo regularly. Clean the face and eyes daily and check the hairy feet for burrs and objects that stick there. Take extra care around the hindquarters, which can become solid and matted. Females shed the undercoat when in season. This dog is an average shedder.
The Pekingese tends to catch colds very easily. Problems birthing. It is prone to herniated disks, dislocated kneecaps, and Trichaiasis (lashes growing inwards toward the eyeballs). Breathing problems and heart problems are also common. To minimize the risk of your Pekingese developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable breeder.