Pekingese Owners: Please serve us determine whether we are right for a Peke.?
We are a family of five (Me, hubby and three children -7 yrs, 2 yrs, and 4 mos). We are interested in a family dog explicitly playful, loyal and somewhat protective of the family. My idea of protective is a dog that will bark at the nouns of a knock at the door. We also have a cat too, but she lives in her own little world and we don't see her much as she seems to hoard away underneath the tables, hide surrounded by the basement, underneath beds, etc. Do Pekes get along beside other animals? Do they shed (alot)? Do they require lots of exercise - which should not be a problem because we have a fenced in yard as ably as a nice size home. Please advise as we've already ruled out the bigger dogs such as a Boxer and American Bulldog. We've also ruled out Westies as well.
The Pekingese, well this breed can be pron to back problems they can be snappy, next to a 2 year old I would be very careful, they are a giant maintenance breed and yes they do shed allot, daily brushing a must to keep the coat matt free.
Yes they are barkers, as far as walk this breed as short little legs they do love to go for walk just not long ones. They love to play, they love to be held and snuggled, as I hold my Suki it's amazing beside all this hair they do get cold.
If you are going to go and get a Pekingese with small kids around just remember that this is a small breed of dog that can get hurt totally easy by small kids.
Good with other dogs they can have a bit of an attitude problem near strange dogs.
Answers: With immature children, I would not suggest a Peke. They do shed a lot, but because the dogs are so small, it doesn't make a big difference. They do entail walks and exercise, but with their short legs and flat faces, a 10-15 minute waddle suffices for them. The thing about them is that they tend to over-bond with one or two empire, and they are not usually very tolerant of children. They can be snappy and nip at kids. Kids aren't so good for them any, because kids have been known to accidentally overexploit their protruding eyes. If you're looking for a good, smaller dog for kids, a Minature (not toy) Poodle may be a good choice, they are smaller dogs, but big enough to not be so fragile for children. They are efficiently trained, and very well natured. These dogs love everyone, including kids. I think you would own trouble even getting a Peke breeder to agree to give you a dog with young children surrounded by the house, just because they don't usually coexist well.
Pekes don't always get protective. I've never knwon one to bark at rhe nouns to a door. If you want a smaller dog that is protective, get a terrier. Just make certain you get a puppy, because full grown terriers tend to be... well- territorial. But if it grows up with your cat, it should be fine. They are really protective of population in the house hold, and aren't difficult to train. plus they are great with kids and love to play. This means not solely great exercise for you dog, but your kids too!