Hey there Fellow Pekies,
Pekingese are generally, as a breed, extremely healthy, even the miniature variety of Pekingese, and will very seldom require veterinary intervention. The only time that this may be necessary is at whelping time when the bitch may need assistance.
The two problems that are common in the Pekingese breed are ulcerations of the eyes and slipped discs.
If you look after your Peke well, and check their eyes on a daily basis and wipe them regularly then you should not experience any eye problems. There is an old wives’ tale that avers that if you pick a Peke up and shake it their eyes will pop out. This is utter rubbish – not that you should be shaking any dog, though *grin*
What is possible is that your Peke may experience a prolapse of the eye. This is, however, rather unusual and will normally be as the result of a fight with another dog. What happens is that during a fight the other dog may catch the loose skin on the side of the eye, causing the eye to pop out, as the eyeball is very large and has an extremely shallow eye-socket.
I have only experienced this three times during my thirty-seven years of breeding and dealing with thousands of Pekes. All three of these Pekes lived to a ripe old age without too much inconvenience and did well with their single eye, living in amongst a group of dogs.
Stay tuned, we will be discussing Pekingese and the slipped disc syndrome next.Pekeout! Aggie