Pekinese dog. Studio portrait on white background


Breed Characteristics

A good watchdog. Needs a lot of attention from his family, but not particularly playful. This heavy-coated, compact breed cannot handle heat. Due to shortened muzzle, may snore.

Is the Pekingese approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



China, antiquity.

Original Purpose

Companion; sacred dog; lapdog.

Behaviour and Temperament

Courageous, determined, stubborn, loyal, companionable, aloof.

What are some Physical Features of the Pekingese?

15 to 23 cm; 3.5 to 6kg. All colours and patterns except albino and liver.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Long, profuse, thick. High maintenance; a lot of brushing at least once a week to prevent matting. Face and eyes need special attention. Professional grooming is desirable. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Pekingese

13 to 15 years.

Have a Pekingese?

Health Concerns

Umbilical hernia, eye problems (corneal ulcer, distichiasis, entropion, “dry eye”), breathing problems, stenotic nares (pinched nostrils), cysts, phobias, elongated soft palate, patellar luxation, skin allergies, congestive heart failure, arthritis, seizures, ear infections.

Exercise Needs



Adaptable to any living situation; perfect for apartment life.


Tends to bond to one person. Not good with children. Aloof with strangers. Can be jealous of other pets.


Low; some may be hard to housetrain.

Recommended Activities

Therapy dog, agility.