Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Pekingese puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Pekingese

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Pekingese the right breed for you?

Pekingese: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Pekingese Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Pekingese?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • Sufficient exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Pekingese stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as challenging dog toys; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – moderate to a lot, depending on length and thickness of coat
  • Trimming – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Pekingese are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with heavy shedding, lots of snorting/wheezing, and housebreaking taking a long time
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Pekingese to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Pekingese, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Pekingese?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Pekingese be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Pekingese?

Pekingese are fairly common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Pekingese rank 93rd. I see a lot of people with a Pekingese.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might find a Pekingese available from a Dog Rescue group. Pekingese may be turned over to Rescue because they shed too much or need too much grooming. Perhaps they've developed one of the many health problems that are common in Pekes. There could be housebreaking or dominance issues. Other Pekingese are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Pekingese are not found here very often. Pekingese Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. If a Pekingese turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Pekingese from a show breeder, who breeds Pekingese to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Pekingese from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Pekingese puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Pekingese ends up with cataracts or other serious eye diseases.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Pekingese are often seen in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Pekingese Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Pekingese puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Pekingese puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.