As we mentioned earlier this week, the breed named Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show quickly becomes the “it” dog to have, and this year is no different.
In the three days following Westminster, Petfinder saw a 179 percent spike in those researching the Pekingese breed, said Kim Saunders, vice president of shelter outreach and public relations, adding Pekingese pages do not typically see a lot of traffic.
This has some rescue groups concerned.
“I am hoping we do not see an increase of people wanting Pekes and then dumping them like [the movie] ‘101 Dalamations’ did to [that breed],” said Janice O’Connor, of Rescued Pets Are Wonderful – a group dedicated to saving discarded Pekineses.
|This Pekingese needs emergency hernia surgery, after it’s owner
surrendered her with a open hernia.
“Be sure that you are willing to provide the grooming care required – that long coat requires frequent grooming,” Saunders told My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much. “And know that the Pekingese breed often has problems with the heat and is sensitive to anesthesia.”
They can also have problems with their eyes because they are so large, Carol Kallman of Rescued Pets Are Wonderful said.
If you do decide that a Pekingese is for you, Petfinder has over 800 purebred Pekingese and Pekingese mixes available for adoption.
“They are known to be great little dogs who are playful with their family but aloof with strangers, but you really need to meet the individual dog because each dog is an individual,” said Saunders.
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