The Pekingese is one of the oldest breeds of dog in the world. It gets its name from the ancient city of Peking, and for centuries they could only be owned by royal members of the Chinese Imperial Palace. When British soldiers invaded the Chinese Imperial Palace in 1860, they brought some of these lovable dogs home with them, and the Pekingese’s popularity has been on the rise ever since.
This good-natured, intelligent breed is small, and makes for a perfect city or apartment dog. While they are not a particularly active breed, they do enjoy a nice walk. The Pekingese is gentle with children and the elderly, but is outgoing enough to make a fine companion for single adults, too. Their long, flowing hair coat requires diligent maintenance to avoid matting.
Although they are not particularly active, Pekingese are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pekingese are prone to include knee problems such as patellar luxation; respiratory conditions such as brachycephalic syndrome; eye issues such as cataracts and distichiasis; heart conditions such as mitral valve disease; and developmental problems such as cryptorchidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Pekingese develops anything more than a royal love for your family, you’re covered.