An ancient toy breed, the Pekingese is an excellent watchdog who thinks he is far larger and braver than he really is. They are distrusting of strangers, and will bark at unusual noises. (However, they are generally not nuisance barkers.) The Pekingese has a high opinion of himself, and he can be protective of his owner to the point of being possessive. He will need to be trained so that this protective instinct does not turn into aggression. It takes a patient person to train a Pekingese, because they are stubborn and opinionated. They can be quite difficult to housetrain. The Pekingese has low exercise needs, but still enjoys walks. Because of the shape of their nose, they cannot handle extreme temperatures. Be careful when they exercise that they don't overheat. Also, they must never be left out in the sun. They are hardier than their reputation lets on, and they don't mind going out for a romp in the rain. Of course, you are the one who will have to clean them afterwards. They don't need much space to be happy and can live contentedly in an apartment or a mansion. They can do well with other animals, but it really depends on the specific dog. Just know that all Pekingese are fearless, so a larger stronger dog can pose a serious threat. Some Pekingese do well with children. Others do not. Pekingese are small, and their large, beautiful eyes are very sensitive to the picked fingers of a toddler. Many breeders will not let a Pekingese go to a home with a small child. Your Pekingese will love to show off and will prance around trying to impress you. An independent little character, he can entertain himself for hours with a toy. But he also loves your attention. The Pekingese is an affectionate dog who will take pride in being your favorite companion. But consider yourself warned: he will snore, snort, sneeze and snuffle.
The Pekingese is the hardest to train of all dog breeds. He learns new commands slower than all other breeds. You will need to be extra patient when Training him.
The Pekingese is a very heavy shedder. He sheds an awful lot of hair! You'll find hair all over your home, stuck to everything! You'll probably even find it in the butter!
The medium-length coat of the Pekingese only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds excessively you may find yourself brushing him daily to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.