She'll shed less if you groom her by brushing and combing through both layers of hair right down to her skin at least once a week.
How to Groom a Pekingese
In addition to shedding, her long, flowing coat will attract debris like a magnet. A quiet walk through nature will yield a collection of dead leaves, grass and twigs clinging to the bottom of her coat and the feathers on her legs.
Your little one's health and comfort should come first. The health section on the Pekingese Club's website points out that in hot weather, the thick-coat-wearing Pekes are likely to become overheated. This puts them at risk of heatstroke; their tiny noses make it difficult for them to pant enough to cool their body heat.
Unless you can provide cool air in hot weather, a haircut would help. A haircut also would make it easier to control itching from fleas and skin allergies. If you're not showing, you can have it both ways with your Peke -- short hair in spring and summer, and long, full coat in fall and winter.
In late spring, take him to the groomer and get a "puppy cut" style where the hair is trimmed short on the body, ears and legs. It's easy to maintain and it'll help keep him cool on hot summer days.
As fall approaches, let his hair grow out and he will have a warm winter coat. A pekingese without a haircut needs daily to weekly grooming. Wait the amount of time recommended on the bottle, then rinse thoroughly. Squeeze excess water from your dog's hair, then use a towel to remove as much moisture as possible from the coat. Do not rub your Pekingese with the towel, as this will damage and tangle his coat. Use a hair dryer on a comfortable setting, and brush your Pekingese as you dry him.
Remove any mats. Use spray conditioner, your fingers and a mat ripper to remove mats as soon as you find them. Wet the mat with the conditioner, and work it loose with your fingers. Use the mat ripper to separate the hairs and free the mat. Work slowly and carefully so you don't tug or yank painfully on your Pekingese's hair.
Brush his hair to smooth it once the mat has been removed.
Pekingese Grooming Styles
Clean the Pekingese's face and ears. Wipe his face daily with a wet cloth or cotton ball, playing close attention to his wrinkles and eyes. Check your Pekingese's ears regularly for signs of infection, ear mites or wax buildup.
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Use a cotton ball and ear cleaner to gently clean the ears at least once a week. Remove long hairs with tweezers.
Grooming the Pekingese
Check your dog's nails. Have an expert trim your Pekingese's toenails as often as necessary, or at least once a month.
Because trimming nails can cause bleeding and pain if done incorrectly, have a groomer trim the nails and show you how to do it before you attempt it yourself. Check the bottoms of your Pekingese's feet, and trim the hair between his pads if it appears too long. The hair can mat or accumulate dirt and become uncomfortable for your dog if it is left untrimmed. Jane Williams began her writing career in as the writer and editor of a nationwide marketing company.
Pekingese Grooming Tips
Her articles have appeared on various websites. Williams briefly attended college for a degree in administration before embarking on her writing career. Step 1 Brush your Pekingese regularly. Step 2 Keep your Pekingese clean. Step 3 Bathe your Pekingese by wetting him down completely and thoroughly. Step 4 Remove any mats. Step 5 Clean the Pekingese's face and ears.
Step 6 Check your dog's nails. Step 7 Check the bottoms of your Pekingese's feet, and trim the hair between his pads if it appears too long. Tips If your Pekingese will not be shown, consider having his coat trimmed to a shorter, more manageable length.