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Sensible advice for raising your Pekingese puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Pekingese, the best dog food diet for feeding Pekingese puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


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Pekingese Health Problems and Raising a Pekingese Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013

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The most common health problems in Pekingese:

Pekingese are a deformed breed in two ways – their short legs and long back are chondrodysplastic, and their short pushed-in face is brachycephalic. Both of these syndromes can cause orthopedic problems, respiratory problems, and eye problems.

Virtually all Pekingese puppies are born by C-section, birth defects are common, and the puppy mortality rate is high.

The most common orthopedic problem in Pekingese is intervertebral disk disease – only the Dachshund has a higher risk. Luxating patella (loose knees) also occurs in Pekingese.

Hip dysplasia appears to be the rule rather the exception in Pekingese. The Orthopedic Foundation of America looked at the hip X-rays of only 5 Pekingese, but found 4 of the 5 to be dysplastic. Breeders may tell you hip dysplasia doesn't matter because few Pekes show symptoms – however, hip dysplasia always leads to arthritis later in life, and that most certainly does matter.

Eye problems are very common in Pekingese, especially corneal ulcers, as the protruding eyes are easily scratched. Dry eye and cherry eye are also common, and cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) can occur.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), especially in Pekes with deep facial folds. Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals.

Heart disease (mitral valve disease) is becoming a concern in the breed.

Other health issues in Pekingese include hernias, bloat, and autoimmune hemolytic anemia.

Hanging tongue is a mild condition that can occur in Pekingese, where the tongue protrudes through the front teeth or hangs out the side of the mouth. It may be a neurological defect or a structural defect, but it isn't really anything to worry about.

Finally, Pekingese are prone to dental disease (serious) and intermittent episodes of reverse sneezing (harmless).


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Pekingese?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Pekingese today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Pekingese puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Pekingese puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Pekingese puppy or adult dog:

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