Adopting a Pekingese

A Puppy or an Adult Peke?

The first thing that you need to ask yourself, when deciding whether to adopt a Pekingese puppy rather than adopting adult Peke, is how much time are you willing, or able, to spend training and housebreaking a puppy. Not only does it take a great deal of knowledge and patience to train a Pekingese puppy, it is huge responsibility and a serious commitment that at times can be extremely frustrating.

Another thing to consider is whether or not you can afford a Pekingese Puppy? Besides the cost of actually purchasing the puppy, which can be quite expensive, puppies need vaccinations and need to be neutered, or spayed, which can be costly.

Pekingese dogs, in general, are quite stubborn when it comes to training them. However, if you are up for the challenge, have the patience, and are determined to adopt a puppy the first task is to locate a reputable, responsible breeder and visit their premises. Never buy a puppy without first seeing where they are bred, cared for and without meeting and interviewing the breeder.

Tips on buying a Pekingese puppy from a breeder:

Be prepared and ready to essentially interview the breeder. Do your research, have questions ready, read up on the Pekingese breed and trust your gut.

Breeders don’t do it to make money, they love and care for each dog/puppy as if it were part of their family. They use meeting you as a chance to interview you as well to see if you are a good match for the puppy. A responsible breeder will trust his/her gut as well and would rather see their Pekes adopted into good homes rather than make a buck.

A good Pekingese breeder keeps their dogs inside the home, never outside in Kennel runs. Pekingese dogs have a very hard time controlling their body temperature and should never be kept as an “out door pet” anyway so if you see that the dogs are kept outdoors, treat that as a red flag.

A good breeder has dogs who are happy, healthy and have a good temperament. They are exited when people are around and are not afraid to greet you. They are not shy or aggressive toward strangers.

The dogs are kept in a clean comfortable environment in the same way you would care for your dog. Make sure you ask to see exactly where they are kept and where they sleep.

A good breeder will encourage you to stay and engage with the puppies and perhaps the parents of the puppies. Again, they are interviewing you as well.

The breeder should be completely knowledgeable in regards to the Pekingese “breed standard”. Do some research on the Pekingese standard and ask questions!

The breeder will have veterinary records for each Pekingese puppy and a good long relationship with their vet. They are able to provide you with each puppies medical history and with a number to contact the vet for reference.

The breeder should explain to you, in detail, all potential genetic problems with the Pekingese breed. Can provide documentation from the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) that both the parents of the puppies, as well as the grandparents of the puppies, have been tested and are free of these genetic problems specific to the Pekingese breed. Knowing the genetic problems which are specific to the Pekingese breed are beforehand is a smart move.

The breeder should offer you guidance and suggestions on how to care for your Pekingese puppy and make themselves available to you in case questions arise after adoption.

They provide you with references from people who have previously purchased Pekingese puppies from them. Make sure they are Pekingese references, some breeders breed more than one type of dog.

The breeder has a waiting list for future litters and may put you on a waiting list.

The breeder comes recommended and is active among local, state and countrywide clubs that specialize in the Pekingese breed. Truly good Pekingese breeders are usually very involved in showing their Pekes and have a genuine interest in the breed itself.

The breeder presents you with a written contract and a guaranteed “bill of health” and is not pushy about getting it signed, again: trust your gut, this is a major investment.

Lastly, the breeder should show interest in you, who you are and why you want to adopt a Pekingese. They should be interested in:

– How much you know about the breed and why you chose this particular breed.

– Where you plan on housing your Peke and if there are any other animals in the house.

– How many people are in the family and how many hours a day would the Peke be alone.

– If your Pekingese would be allowed on the furniture.

– If you live in an apartment or a condominium, a responsible breeder would request a written letter from your landlord, or HOA, stating that you are allowed a pet, specifically, a dog.

They should make you sign an agreement stating that you will spay or neuter the puppy at your own expense as well as an agreement/contract stating that if for any reason you are unable to keep the puppy, that you will return it to that breeder at any point in the dogs life.

These are just a few of the basic requirements that should absolutely be met when you are considering purchasing a Pekingese puppy from a breeder. If the breeder does not meet all of the criteria mentioned above, go elsewhere.

Locating a good breeder is not hard for the most part. Many of them can be found listed on local Pekingese Club websites or by referral from a vet. Below are a few websites which list reputable Pekingese Breeders, in each state:

– The Pekingese Club of America

– The AKC Local Pekingese Breeders Search

– The AKC Breeders Classifieds

A good breeder will never sell their puppies in a pet store, or in any way (such as on a website) that doesn’t allow them to meet with you and for you to meet with the dog beforehand.

Adopting an older Pekingese Dog

Adopting an adult Pekingese dog is a great alternative to raising a Pekingese puppy. There are so many wonderful Pekes, of all ages, who have been displaced due to various circumstances who desperately need homes.

The shelter/rescue is a great option for those who want a loving companion but may not be able to afford the costs associated with purchasing and raising a puppy. It is also ideal for families who cannot locate a reputable breeder, or who simply want a dog that is already trained and house broken.

Once the dog is placed in the care of a shelter, they are treated for any medical conditions, spayed/neutered (if they haven’t already been), and if there are any behavioral disorders the staff works with the animal before putting him/her up for adoption.

The adoption process is similar to the purchasing a Pekingese puppy. Most likely you will be interviewed by a member of the staff and they will want you to come in, possibly more than once, to spend time with the Peke and make sure it is a good fit. They will ask for a letter from your landlord/HOA if you are a renter or live in a condominium complex and they will provide you with all medical records and medical history, if they have it.

There are many local rescues and shelters which have sweet Pekingese dogs waiting to be adopted. The benefits to adopting a Pekingese are:

– She will have a full physical examination
– He, or she, will be treated for any existing medical conditions prior to adoption
– The Peke’s vaccinations will be made current
– The dog will be spayed or neutered
– He, or she, will be house broken