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			The Pekingese FAQ
			v1.3 (update 3/19/07)

Author: Steve Reed (Steverd@cet.com)
	Currently the owner of Four Pekingese:
		Sugar - Female, All White, Breast Cancer Survivor
		Summer - Female - Lots of hair
		Toby Mac - Male - thinks he is still a puppy.
	In Memory of "CC" - 1991 - 2/27/02

Major Supports: Robin Carlstrom

Table of Contents

	1. History
	2. Characteristics
	3. Standards
	4. Health/Medical Problems
	5. Misc. Rambling
	6. Famous People and Pekingese
	7. Questions and Answers


The Pekingese or 'Peke' is truly an 'IMPERIAL' dog, with a
history dating back as far as 2000 B.C.
For Centuries the Pekingese was worshipped in the temples of
China, and was custom for the emperor to select four Pekes
who were to become his 'bodyguards'. These four Pekes would
precede the emperor on occasions of state, two of them announcing
his approach at correct intervals with sharp, piecing barks, the 
other two daintily holding the hem of his royal robe in their mouths.
THEFT of a Peke, or Injury to one of them was considered to be a
crime punishable by DEATH.
	In 1898 the first Pekingese came to America. They were
admitted to the A.K.C. registry in 1906.
	Pekingese has since been extremely popular in the USA,
ranking in the top 25 on the AKC's registrations listing.

1a. History from Pekingese Club of America

The following is a history printed in the Pekingese Club of America
Yearbook from 1992. It was written by a (now deceased) well-known
(both California and Connecticut) breeder, Alice Wilson.  I think it
has a fair bit of detail in it which I think is interesting:
A Brief History of the Pekingese Dog    by Alice Wilson
    We have all read many interesting histories of our beloved
Pekingese, most of them going back to the old legend of the lion who
fell in love with a marmoset.  In order for him to be wedded to his
lady love, the lion begged the patron saint of the animals, name Ah
Chu, to reduce him to the size of a pigmy but to let him retain his
great lion heart and character.  From the offspring of this union
descended the dogs Fu Lin, or the Lion Dog of China.
    They became the special pets of the Chinese Emperors, and these
likenesses were found in art of all kinds - screens, vases, pottery,
and sculpture.  Dogs of this description were mentioned in the time
of Confucius, and in the first century they told of "little dogs"
which were "very short-legged with flowing tails and ears."
    They were the constant companions of the Emperor, and as he made
his way to the audience room, many of the little fellows led the
procession, announcing his arrival with sharp little barks for all
lesser mortals to avert their faces.  (At night they carried little
lanterns strapped to their necks.)  More little dogs followed,
holding their heads high and carrying in their mouths the Emperor's
train.  They were held in such affection and esteem by their masters
that they were often given titles such as "Viceroy" or "Imperial
    It was during the Tao Kuang period (1821-1851) that the breeding
of these little dogs - now called Pekingese - reached its height. 
Records of pedigrees were never kept, but Imperial Dog Books,
illustrated with the most admired dogs, were used as a standard, and
breeding was the subject of much thought and many elaborate theories.
 Prenatal impression was the method most in vogue.  Mothers were
taken several times daily to see pictures and sculptures of the most
beautiful dogs, and then colors desired were hung in their sleeping
quarters, and they slept on sheepskins to suggest a profuse coat. 
Spectacle marks around the eyes, in keeping with the huge horn-rimmed
spectacles worn by officials and the literate, were desired, as to
confer a look of wisdom and learning.
    All-white dogs - partly because of rarity and partly from the
fact that white is the color of mourning in China - were greatly
prized and the subject of much superstition.  When one appeared, it
was believed to be the spirit of some great man and was generally
kept in the Temple and treated with profound respect.
    During the reign of Empress Dowager Tsu Hsi (known as "Old
Buddha"), in order to gain prestige, she surrounded herself with
diminutive "lion dogs," insisting that their resemblance to the lion
be as close as possible.  The great Lama Buddha was always
accompanied by a small pet dog which, at will, became a lion on whose
back the Buddha rode through the heavens, with power to call from his
fingertips tiny lions which, in the hour of need, became great beasts
and attacked his enemies.
    It then became even more important that the little dogs have more
feathering and a greater width of muzzle.  A white spot on the
forehead was a feature greatly prized, as the traditional lion was
represented as holding an embroidered ball between his feet. 
Embroidered balls were always the playthings given the young dogs -
and so they are today!
    In 1860, when Allied troops occupied Peking, five dogs were found
in a secluded corner of the Summer Palace beside their attendants,
who had committed suicide rather than be captured.  Admiral Lord John
Hay and another naval officer each took two.  The fifth was taken by
General Dunne, who later presented her to Queen Victoria, who
christened her "Looty."  Looty's portrait by a distinguished painter
still hangs in Windsor Castle.  The two little Pekes who found their
home with the Duchess of Richmond were given the prefix "Goodwood"
and were the foundation of the breed in England.
    In 1896 Mrs. Douglas Murray made a sensational appearance with
the two finest specimens yet seen.  Her husband, who had large
business interests in China, had succeeded, with much patience and
wire-pulling, in obtaining them. These two were later famous
throughout the Pekingese world as "Ah Cum" and "Mimosa."  Knowing
nothing of any other kennels, Mrs. Murray was astonished one day to
be chased down the street by Lady Algernon Gordon-Lennox who, in
passing, had caught a glimpse of the two Pekes.  These two ladies
later joined forces, and to them jointly goes the honor of producing
the first English Champion, "Ch. Goodwood Lo."  The next Champion was
"Ch. Goodwood Chum," and these two, fortunately, were terrific sires
and were an incalculable influence on the breed.
    In 1898 a standard of points was drawn up, and in 1904 the
Pekingese Club of England was founded.  About this time the
Alderbourne Kennel was started by Mrs. Clarice Ashton-Cross and her
four daughters on a combination of Goodwood-Murray-Manchu and the
Broadoak-Goodwin-Pekin-Prince blood lines.  It was destined to e one
of the greatest English kennels and put the stamp of the Alderbourne
name in all the finest pedigrees.
    The impetus given by the founding of the Pekingese Club and the
establishment of Peke classes at dog shows gave a remarkable value to
the dogs.  Breeders of all sorts flocked into the game, some either
ignorant or indifferent to the standard originally established.  The
Pekingese Palace Dog Club was soon formed to protect this standard.
    In spite of the limitations imposed by this Club (a 10-lb. weight
limit and a policy of quality rather than quantity), it prospered and
has impressed its policy on its members (and even today many English
Champions are under 10 lbs.).
    With the Empress Dowager's death in 1911, the long reign of the
Pekingese in China came to an end.  Rather than let the little dogs
fall into unworthy hands, the court officials killed the great
majority of them; the few that escaped disappeared into private
homes, leaving no trace.
    But the breed was now firmly established in the west, so it was
not lost. In 1921 there began the curious paradox of returning
breeding stock to China. But again these were lost during the
Communist Revolution.  Thus, to the original looting of the Palace
and carrying away a few of these little dogs we owe the survival of
our wonderful Pekingese breed.
    Originally, in old China dogs were kept for what they were
intended - either for hunting, guard, sheep dogs or palace pets - yet
without the spur of showing and the skill and work of dedicated
Pekingese lovers, we should not have the Pekingese of today, far more
beautiful and hardy than the original Chinese.  "They are a triumph
of cultivation; the gardeners of the Summer Palace who curled the
chrysanthemum petals and gently coaxed the peony buds into full
flower would have understood." 
- Alice Wilson was a highly respected breeder/judge well-known for
her WEST WINDS PEKES in Wilson, Connecticut. 

  2. Characteristics


Pekingese are very lovable, Not bad tempered like many
people had been led to believe. Pekingese are happy to
please, Suspicious of strangers.
The Pekingese is also known as the 'Lion Dog', with their
full mane, and pear shaped body they do resemble the king of
the jungle. It is often said, should the Peke meet his namesake,
the Lion, he may be undaunted, he has no fear of animals many 
times his size.
	(Let me add that my Male Peke (C.C.) has proven this MANY
	 times over, Chasing away German Shepherds out of our
	 yard, The Rottweiler down the street, The two noisy
	 Schnauzers across the street, Even took off after
	 TWO full size Doberman's at the same time. A few other
	 less fierce breeds, but I think you get the idea.)
Pekingese make GREAT watchdogs, they barks at any unusual noise,
BUT never bark, just to be barking. They are Not 'Yippee' Dogs.
Pekes Love to romp and play, Take long Walks, or just sit quietly by
your side for hours. Our two females Sugar and Summer both love 
to just lay in the hot sun, instead of the shade when outside.
Pekes Love all the attention they can get, 
although they are very happy sharing affection to other pekes.
Pekes are hardy little dogs, with the stamina much greater than
their size. Most Pekes have very clean habits,  and love getting 
groomed.  Most are unhappy if their coats get dirty. 
	(This is very true with our Male Peke-C.C. He even hates to
	 Go outside when it's raining, Even on walks in the woods
	 when we come to streams C.C. will try his hardest to find the
	 path over the stream to remain dry, walking on small stones
	 crossing the streams. But 'SUGAR' our Female is the one that
	 will look for the deepest part to cross and jump in, then find
	 the closest MUD puddle and ROLL in it. Did I mention she is a
	 WHITE Peke?)
Pekes Love to show off, Standing up as tall as they can, stretching their
paws upwards towards you, and speaking for your attention.
They use there paws in Play a GREAT deal like kittens.
	(When 'SUGAR' is bored and 'C.C' is asleep, she will walk
	 right up to him, and start pawing his head, until he 
	 responds, then 'SUGAR' is ready to rough it up with C.C.
	 'SUGAR' is the female but ALWAYS the one who starts the
	 Long sessions of rough-housing)
Pekes walk with a side-to-side rolling gait, trying to distribute it's
	weight evenly on its short legs. They are very fun to watch run
	or walk towards you. They are extremely beautiful runners, with
	there long hair, waving in the wind.
Pekingese are usually very devoted mothers.

	3. Standards

No matter if you want to Breed, Show or just want a house pet,
you should be award of the breeds standards.


General Appearance 

The Pekingese is a well-balanced, compact dog of Chinese origin with a heavy front 
and lighter hindquarters. Its temperament is one of directness, independence and individuality. 
Its image is lionlike, implying courage, dignity, boldness and self-esteem rather 
than daintiness or delicacy.

Size, Substance, Proportion  

Size/Substance - The Pekingese, when lifted, is surprisingly heavy for its size. 
It has a stocky, muscular body. All weights are correct within the limit of 14 pounds. 
Disqualification: Weight over 14 pounds. Proportion - Overall balance is of utmost importance. 
The head is large in proportion to the body. The Pekingese is slightly longer than tall 
when measured from the forechest to the buttocks. 
The overall outline is an approximate ratio of 3 high to 5 long.


Face - The topskull is massive, broad and flat and, when combined with the wide set eyes, 
cheekbones and broad lower jaw, forms the correctly shaped face. 
When viewed from the front, the skull is wider than deep, which contributes to 
the desired rectangular, envelope-shaped appearance of the head. 
In profile, the face is flat. When viewed from the side, the chin, nose leather 
and brow all lie in one plane, which slants very slightly backward from chin to forehead. 

Ears - They are heart-shaped, set on the front corners of the topskull, 
and lie flat against the head. The leather does not extend below the jaw. 
Correctly placed ears, with their heavy feathering and long fringing, 
frame the sides of the face and add to the appearance of a wide, rectangular head. 

Eyes - They are large, very dark, round, lustrous and set wide apart. 
The look is bold, not bulging. The eye rims are black and the white of the 
eye does not show when the dog is looking straight ahead. 

Nose - It is broad, short and black. Nostrils are wide and open rather than pinched. 
A line drawn horizontally over the top of the nose intersects slightly above the center of the eyes. 

Wrinkle - It effectively separates the upper and lower areas of the face. 
It is a hair-covered fold of skin extending from one cheek over the bridge of the nose in 
a wide inverted V to the other cheek. It is never so prominent or heavy as to crowd the 
facial features, obscure more than a small portion of the eyes, or fall forward over any 
portion of the nose leather. Stop - It is obscured from view by the over-nose wrinkle. 

Muzzle - It is very flat, broad, and well filled-in below the eyes. The skin is black on all colors. 
Whiskers add to the desired expression. 

Mouth - The lower jaw is undershot and broad. The black lips meet neatly and neither 
teeth nor tongue show when the mouth is closed.

Neck, Body, Tail 

Neck - It is very short and thick. 

Body - It is pear-shaped, compact and low to the ground. 
It is heavy in front with well-sprung ribs slung between the forelegs. 
The forechest is broad and full without a protruding breastbone. 
The underline rises from the deep chest to the lighter loin, thus forming a narrow waist. 
The topline is straight and the loin is short. 

Tail - The high set tail is slightly arched and carried well over the back, 
free of kinks or curls. Long, profuse, straight fringing may fall to either side.


They are short, thick and heavy-boned. The bones of the forelegs are moderately bowed 
between the pastern and elbow. The broad chest, wide set forelegs and the closer rear 
legs all contribute to the correct rolling gait. The distance from the point of the shoulder 
to the tip of the withers is approximately equal to the distance from the point of the 
shoulder to the elbow. Shoulders are well laid back and fit smoothly onto the body. 
The elbows are always close to the body. Front feet are turned out slightly when standing 
or moving. The pasterns slope gently. 

They are lighter in bone than the forequarters. 
There is moderate angulation of stifle and hock. When viewed from behind, the rear legs 
are reasonably close and parallel, and the feet point straight ahead when standing or moving. 

Coat & Presentation 

Coat - It is a long, coarse-textured, straight, stand-off outer coat, with thick, soft undercoat. 
The coat forms a noticeable mane on the neck and shoulder area with the coat on the remainder 
of the body somewhat shorter in length. A long and profuse coat is desirable providing it 
does not obscure the shape of the body. Long feathering is found on toes, backs of the thighs 
and forelegs, with longer fringing on the ears and tail. 

Presentation - Presentation should accentuate the natural outline of the Pekingese. 
Any obvious trimming or sculpting of the coat, detracting from its natural appearance, 
should be severely penalized.


All coat colors and markings are allowable and of equal merit. 
A black mask or a self-colored face is equally acceptable. 
Regardless of coat color the exposed skin of the muzzle, nose, lips and eye rims is black.


It is unhurried, dignified, free and strong, with a slight roll over the shoulders. 
This motion is smooth and effortless and is as free as possible from bouncing, prancing or jarring. 
The rolling gait results from a combination of the bowed forelegs, well laid back shoulders, 
full broad chest and narrow light rear, all of which produce adequate reach and moderate drive.


A combination of regal dignity, intelligence and self-importance make for a good natured, 
opinionated and affectionate companion to those who have earned its respect.

Weight over 14 pounds. 

The foregoing is a description of the ideal Pekingese. 
Any deviation should be penalized in direct proportion to the extent of that deviation.

Approved: January 13, 2004 
Effective: March 2, 2004 

should be penalized in direct proportion to the extent of that

* Dudley, liver or grey nose
* Light brown, yellow, or blue eyes
* Protruding tongue or teeth
* Overshot upper jaw
* Wry mouth
* Ears set much too high, low or far back
* Roach or sway back
* Straight-boned forelegs

Expression ....................5        
Nose ..........................5          
Stop ..........................5        
Muzzle ........................5            
Shape of Body.................20
Legs & Feet ..................15           
Coat, Feather & Condition.....10
Tail ..........................5            
	    TOTAL ...........100

 ** Here's a few extras I found: **
	Expression: Must suggest the Chinese origin of the Pekingese in
		    its quaintness and individuality, resemblance to the
		    lion in directions and independence and should imply
		    courage, boldness, self-esteem and combativeness rather
		    than prettiness, daintiness or delicacy.
		    Small, well-balanced thickset dog
	   Actions: Fearless, free and strong, with slight roll.
	      Mane: Profuse, extending beyond shoulder blades, forming ruff
		    or frill round the neck.
	    Colors: All colors are allowable: Red, fawn, black, black and tan,
		    sable, brindle, white and parti-color well defined black 
		    mask,  (WHITE is the exception), spectacles around the 
		    eyes, with lines to ears are desirable.
       Parti-color: (Defined) The coloring of a parti-colored dog must be 
		    broken on the body. No large portion of any one color 
		    should exist. White should be shown on the saddle. A dog
		    of any solid color with white feet and chest is NOT
		    a pari-color dog.
	      Size: A toy dog, medium size is preferred, extreme limit: 
		    14 pounds
	4. Health

Heat:  Because of their profuse coat, they tend to not take heat too
	well.  The heavier the coat, the greater the problem.  Show dogs 
	are often provided with ice packs to rest on because of the travel 
	and varying climate conditions at show sites.  However, for the 
	average owner, I would urge caution during hot summer months when 
	combining sun & a lot of exercise.  They do love to sit in 
	"sun squares" in your house until they are panting!  I would 
	also caution against any dog being locked in a car, but this 
	is especially true for Pekes.  I think the statistics say that 
	on a 70 degree day, the temperature in a closed car can reach 
	110 in 5 minutes.  Cracking the windows is not enough ventilation, 
	and your dog will get heatstroke VERY quickly and die.  
	PLEASE consider this when wanting to take your dog with you.

Conditioning of Coats: The most important part of obtaining a good show
	coat is nutrition, exercise, and proper grooming. 
	This goes for Non-show dogs as well as show dogs.

Elderly people buy Pekes believing that they need little exercise
	this is very wrong, Pekes LOVE to run and romp in large open
	yards or field, not afraid to get wet, or dig in the mud.
	But Pekes can do well in a smaller space, BUT do need a place
	to run. Most love to run around the house chasing each other,
	as well as outdoors. 
	Owning more than one Peke is great, they just love to run, and
	run and chase each other. Our smallest 'Summer' will run until
	she is out of breath.
	(For some strange reason 'SUGAR' will take
	a few laps around my strawberry patch outside for no apparent
	reason, it's so funny). 
	A SECURE environment (fenced yard) for
	them to do just that can work very well rather than having
	to walk them. Therefore, they can be a great companion for 
	an elderly person unable to take long walks.

Births -Natural, or sometimes Caesarean, because of there anatomical structures

	5. Misc rambling

"You're not truly loved, until you're loved by a Pekingese"

You can't own a Peke, they Own you.

It's said that once someone owns a Peke- they are never without a Peke

Pekingese are not as other dogs-Just like Goldfish are not as other fish

Pekingese playing on the lawn give a quality to the garden as do peacocks
	and swans.

"There are dogs, there are cats, then there are Pekingese." T.S. Eliot

	6. Famous People and Pekingese

Shirley Temple as a child was often seen with her pet Pekingese
Loretta Swit
Elizabeth Taylor   
Betty White

The ONLY dog to survive the sinking of the Titanic, 
was a said to be a Pekingese!

	7. Questions and Answers

Q. I've heard that Pekingese are loud sleepers?
A. It is very true that Peke SNORE, and SNEEZE. It is because of what
	man, through the ages, have done to their noses,
Q. Don't Pekingese hate the outside?
A. I haven't noticed, Pekingese can race, even hurdle, they retrieve,
	swim, and are MORE hardy than many Bigger dogs, walking in ANY
	weather, snow, rain, mud, and sleet.

Q. I've always been told Pekes are vicious, they will always bite.
A. Obviously from people who NEVER owned or know a Pekingese. 
   Pekingese are GREAT watchdogs, they are extremely ALERT, but they
   do NOT attack people at will, Mine have NEVER even snapped at a stranger,
Q. I heard Pekingese eyes 'POP OUT', or they go blind.
A. Sure Pekingese eye stick out there, But it would take an extremely
   hard blow to the back of the head to make their eyes pop out.
   Their eyes do itch them sometimes, and I've never met a blind Peke.
   But because their eyes are protruding, they are more subject to 
   damage than other breeds with more recessed eyes. Immediate care
   and careful following of recommended treatment usually clears the
   problem. Ignoring the problem in early stages can cause the loss
   of an eye.

Q. People say Pekingese don't live long.
A. This is far from the truth, with proper care and love, your Pekingese
   will live 12-15 yrs maybe longer.

Q. What about a BLUE Pekingese?
A. I've heard of a Blue Pekingese bred by 'the Alderbourne Kennel', even
	had a blue nose, but I couldn't find out the year or anymore info

Q. What are all the available colors for pekingese?
A. All colors are allowable: Red, fawn, black, black and tan, sable, 
   brindle, white and parti-color well defined black mask,  
   (WHITE is the exception about the FULL Mask 

Q. Which color is the most popular, and which one is the most "precious"?
A. I'm not sure of the most popular color, Flipping through many Pekingese
   books, and magazine, I didn't notice any one color more than the other.
   Maybe the Sable or Tan. The most precious? I'd say the all WHITE, 
   often called 'the sacred white pekingese'.

Q. The pekingese hair keeps coming off, anything that we can do to 
   help?  Is this a health problem?
A. Yes you can and should groom your Pekingese DAILY, We use a shedding
   comb, or small child hair brush, which works great, They also preferred
   The bristles with the small rounded ends. I don't see this as a health
   problem. I brush them and pet them at the same time, make grooming
   more fun and relaxing.

Q. Do pekingese get along well with other dogs?  Like a Pomeranian?
   How about another pekingese?
A. Each dog may be different, depending on how he/she was raised, MOST
   will stand they ground with other dogs, Males, more so than females.
   I've never had any trouble with Pekingese getting alone with Pekingese.
   A pack of Pekes will normally snap at each other at times, sometimes
   even what seems like an all out fight between them. We normally leave
   them alone, since the fights normally stops as fast as it starts.
   If it seems to violent, you can easily stop the fight, by grabbing
   each at the backs of their necks or collars and pull them apart,
   this is easy to do for SMALL Dogs..

Q. Any recommendation on good pekingese breeders in my area?
A. The 100% Pekingese magazine 'the Orient Express' is FULL of great
   breeders, see below for their address. 
   However, both the AKC and the Humane Society discourage
   using pet stores as a resource.  Both organizations are concerned
   about "puppy mills", where dogs are bred solely for the profit with
   no concern for health & genetic issues, and usually no concern for
   the environment of the breeding dogs & puppies.  The Humane Society
   recommends not purchasing ANY dog supplies from a pet store that
   deals in puppies, because their usual source is these puppy mills. 
   Pet stores are also less concerned about the environment to which the
   puppy is going (more "impulse" pet purchases), and are therefore
   perceived as contributing to the pet overpopulation.  I would
   hesitate pointing anyone to a pet store for that reason.  I would
   suggest that they contact a local breed club (which I've included some
   of them below), or visiting a dog show and speaking to exhibitors
   following the show.  

Q: How can I evaluate a dog that I'm looking at purchasing?
A: EDUCATE YOURSELF!  This can be a long process.  This is done by
   visiting dog shows, breeders, reading anything you can.  You will
   learn what features you personally like - color (gray, fawn, black,
   white), facial features (more wrinkle, less wrinkle, bigger head,
   smaller head), size.  The Pekingese breed have a pretty large
   spectrum of things that are all acceptable, but differences that you
   may have a personal preference towards.
   When you inquire about a specific dog, be sure to visit the kennel or
   home where the dog was raised.  This will give you an idea of the
   care given to the pup - are the kennels clean?  Are the dogs happy? 
   Meet the parents of the pup.  This will give you an idea of what kind
   of temperament to expect from this pup.  See how the pup interacts
   with other dogs at the kennel or home.  Resist the impulse to buy the
   first dog you see - all of them are adorable!  The more you see, the
   more knowledgeable you will be about the dog you elect to make a
   member of your family.

Q. I want to breed my pekingese, but my male is over 18lbs, should I use him?
A. Please check out the 'Breeds Standards' again. If you care about the breed
   and improving the breed, thing I would say NO, do not use that male.	
   If you feel you must breed your pekingese then find the best stud you can
   like one that has finished (a Champion) and use them.
   Also not that breeding and raising puppies, and finding good homes for
   the puppies is ALOT of work. Plus remember all of the unwanted dogs
   in today's shelters. Please breed responsibly, or spade or neuter. 

Q. What can I do for Eye stains or watery eyes?
A. For our white Peke, I remember she used to have bad eye stains,
   But not anymore. I remember one Vet saying you can try to keep the 
   hair shaved by her eyes that that it does rub them, causing them to run so much
   Or surgery. Have you ever tried to get close to a Pekingese eyes with a shaver?
   Doesn't work at all! But Sugar decided to take care of her eyes her self. 
   She will either rub her eyes on your pants, or on a rug/carpet in the mornings.
   It really does work, Thank God for Carpet Cleaners.....
   BUT our youngest Toby doesn't do this, and he does get watery eyes frequently.
   We have to use Eye Wipes by Premier Pet and if it's real bad we use an 
   Eye Ointment with Vitamin A by Beaphar. This seems to work real well.
   IF the dog has continued problems, like above their eyes, they can start
   to loss hait their. When this has happened in the past, out Vet has us use a
   FLUSH and then TRI-OTIC ointment.

Q. It's summer, what can I do to cool off my Pekes?
A. Well an Air Condition works great, and Central A/C is even better.
   Or try a large Floor Fan or a couple of Floor Fans.
   Also brush you Peke frequently to remove extra fur or loose hair.
   Some people give their Pekes a summer hair cut, But we have NEVER
   done this is and will not ever do this, since their hair also shields
   your peke from the sun/heat.. But others swear that it helps.
   Also others use 'Ice Packs' like the ones you use in coolers to 
   keep food cold. Some Pekes love these and will sleep on them to
   keep cool, we tried this once, and none of our dogs liked them.

Q. Do Pekes get freq bladder infections?
A. We have had one male and one mfemale with UTI or Bladder Infections.
   As with humans, it seems the female Peke has a higher rate of bladder infections
   We normally check them when the dog starts urinating more frequently or in the house.
   Note: It's best NOT to watch your Vet get a urine sample, it's a needle through their
   skin into their bladder.   
   Once it took about 6 weeks to get rid of a bladder infection from one of my females. 
   She had numerous urine test and ultrasounds...After cultures they found 2 different 
   forms of bacteria one was ecoli and something else. 
   This helped to get her on the correct medicine once they know what kind of bacteria
   was causing her infection.

  There are a few things that can cause more frequent bladder infections, I'm sure your
  vet can tell you about.. Youe can be to try a different dog food, which can 
  change the PH of the dogs urine to help prevent infections... 
  Cranberry juice is said to help also...

Q. How do I add eye drops without getting my fingers bite off.
A. You can try to put the ointment on your finger and just scrap it off on
   the lower lid. Also find a nice corner you can stand your peke up in, 
   and then add the drops, this has always worked for me. Also if it's
   just one eye, have your Peke laying on it's side with the effected eye
   up, and gently pull the lower eyelid down, and apply the eye drops.

Q. I heard that my pure white puppy might turn to lite brown or off white?
A. Pekingese have Puppy and and then Adult hair. Normally when the adult 
   hair comes in after 6 months or so, the hair will be slightly different than
   the puppy hair colors. So you a white Peke puppy, has a good chance of
   turn off white, creme or tan, when their adult hair comes in.
   A 100% pure white peke is Extremely Rare.

Q. I wanted to know if you could tell me how much it would cost to buy a peke pup.  
A. We do not sell Pekingese, but do recommend buying from a reputable breeder.
   Here in Washington, you can find pet quality pekingese for about $300-$400.
   But expect to pay $500 and UP for a show quality Peke like out little
   girl Peke 'SUMMER'. Some breeders to charge more for white.
   One of our friends has a female peke, who's father won the Pekingese 
   group at Westminster at few years ago. Her puppies sell for $750 and up.

Q. Could you tell me if the Pekingese sheds? 
A. Yes, they do shed. BUT it's a little complicated than that. 
   Not all of our Pekes shed the same.
   Basically we feel that Pekingese shouldn't be given hair cuts, but show-off the
   beautiful hair that God gave them. This means that they do need to be brushed
   at least once a week, or more if possible. It's fun to brush your Peke, and it's
   a good way to spend with with them. If they do not get weekly brushing they will 
   get matted hair that will need to be cut out. Pay special attention under ears, 
   but don't forget their bellies and tails. We start brushing our pekes are puppies, 
   and most seem to grow up and enjoy getting brushed.. 
   Our little girl Peke 'SUMMER' actually gets EXCITED when I show her the comb or brush....

Q. Do you have any suggestions on what to do for dry scally skin on my peke?
   I currently use Sulfodene medicated shampoo & conditiner, but it doesn't seem 
   to help much.Any suggestions would be appreciated. 
A. A few things can cause dry itchy skin, like an allergy to it's food or something else, 
   could be too many baths. We had to change dog food in the past because one of our Pekes 
   had a very bad skin reaction to Science Diet, Also our Vet recommends a good Oatmeal Shampoo. 
   We also only give our Pekes a bath when they smell bad, which might be just once 
   every 3-4 months at the most, too frequent shampoos can also dry out their skin.
   If nothing helps - time to visit your Vet.

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	Pekingese Club of America, Inc
	PCA has had a new secretary for a number of years.   See below, as
	well as for the area clubs:


NATIONAL CLUB  (Parent Organization)
	Pekingese Club of America (PCA)
	Leonie Schultz, Sec    Rt. 1, Box 321   Bergton, VA  22811


Alleghany Pekingese Club
    Reba Namacher, Sec    924 Cimarron Dr   Pittsburgh, PA  15235
Arizona Pekingese Club
    Patricia G. Parker, Sec  2225 W. Tanque Verde Dr. Chandler, AZ  85224
Canton Ohio Pekingese Club
    Joyce Lietze, Sec.  607 East Lincoln way    Lisbon, OH  44432
Citrus Capital Pekingese Club
    Morris B. Payant, Sec  2725 N.W. 45th Pl   Gainsville, FL  32605
Colony Pekingese Club of the Southern Tier
    Sonia Burnett, Sec    33 Lydia St    Binghamton, NY  13905
Delta Pekingese Club
    Kathy Masilla, Sec    2 Cleveland Court    Metairie, LA  70003
Derbytown Pekingese Club
    Catherine Schell, Sec/Treas    PO Box 18374    Louisville, KY 40218
Evergreen State Pekingese Club		http://www.evergreenstatepekingeseclub.org
	Sandy Nelson, Sec.	10772 Peacock Ln 	Burlington,WA 98233
Houston Area Pekingese Club
    Jean N. Pennell, Sec    7809 Kathryn Rd.  Needville, TX  77461
Imperial Pekingese Club of Greater Flint
    Harrison D. Vielle, Sec  12016 Davison St, Box 135 Davison, MI 48423
North Central Illinois Pekingese Club
    Robert Jackson, Rt 1 2829 N 32nd Rd. Four Winds Farm  Seneca,IL 61360
Pekingese Club of Alabama
    Marsha C. Allison, Sec    1816 Young Farm Rd  Montgomery, AL 36106
Pekingese Club of Central California
    Victoria Powell, Sec    6563 Rocky Lane  Paradise  CA  95969
Pekingese Club of Georgia
    Leslie M. Dees, Sec    2109 Springlake Rd NW  Atlanta, GA 30305-3926
Pekingese Club of New Jersey
    Lorraine Moran, Sec    266 Warwick Ave  Teaneck, NJ  07666
Pekingese Club of Texas
    Don Sutton, Sec    507 South Manus Dr   Dallas, TX  75224
Rose City Pekingese Club
    Bessie M. Pickens, Sec    15300 SE Laurie Ave   Portland, OR  97267


Peke story:
My mother had two half-brother pekes (same dad, different moms).  Chin is 
sleeve-size and Ming is standard.  Chin loves milk bones, Ming only wants 
one because Chin is getting one, and will often put his bone down.  Chin 
promptly tries to take Ming's bone and is pounced on by his much larger 
brother.  Once, Chin ate his own bone, ran to the fence, and started 
barking (at nothing).  Ming ran to join him in the commotion, and Chin 
immediately returned and snarfed up Ming's bone.  Ming didn't notice the 

I thought that was some mighty good planning on Chin's part; who says 
dogs don't think?
Robin Carlstrom
I have two six year old pekes, Giz-Mo & Tippy.  They've been together
since they were 12 weeks old.  They love to "rumble" with each other.
 Tippy is a very ladylike female, until she gets going with Giz.  He
can bowl her over (and does!)  They will spend hours chewing on each
other.  When Giz gets too rough, Tippy will give a little whimper. 
At that, ever considerate and caring Giz-Mo stops and looks very
concerned at Tippy.  Here, the ladylike Tippy seizes the opportunity
and attacks him!!   I wonder if he'll ever learn.....                


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