Greetings Fellow Pekies,
The Pekingese is a very brave little dog; sensitive, independent and extremely affectionate with their masters, they make wonderful companions. They also make great watchdogs, but one must be careful that your peke does not develop Small Dog Syndrome.
Small Dog Syndrome is when a little dog, through human induced behaviours, believes that it is pack leader to its humans. This can result in varying degrees of negative behaviour such as to being obstinate, self-willed or jealous; separation anxiety, guarding, growling, snapping, biting, and obsessive barking.
Many individuals prefer larger dogs because they find small dogs to be yappy and snappy, jealous, protective, wary of strangers and not the greatest of child companions. Unfortunately this myth has persisted for so long that many accept it as fact, and it is actually not true – this type of behaviour is learned from the way little dogs are generally treated by humans.