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Also referred to as Lion Dogs or Peking Palasthunds

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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All About Pekingese

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Average Height & Weight

The Pekingese is considered a SMALL dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 6 to 9 inches.

Weight: Fewer than 14 pounds.

Females – Height: 6 to 9 inches.

Weight: Fewer than 14 pounds.

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Typical Coloring

Pekingese are commonly biscuit, black, black and tan, cream, fawn, gray, red and white.






Pekingese are dainty in appearance and bold in temperament. They are courageous and confident, and they don’t back down from fights, though they rarely start them. They are not overly affectionate, and they are rather stubborn.




Activity Level

Pekingese are a low-energy breed with low exercise requirements. Just running around inside can be enough activity for these dogs, though they also enjoy short walks. They are considered a good apartment dog because of their minimal exercise needs.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

13 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concern for Pekingese is heat prostration; they can die if left outside in hot weather. Elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, patellar luxation, disticiasis, trichiasis and skin fold dermatitis are less common but still occur within the breed, while urolithiasis is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Pekingese have a low tolerance for hot climates and a medium tolerance for cold climates.





Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Pekingese are good family dogs, although they can be aloof toward people they do not know. They are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other household pets.




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