The Pekingese is a member of the toy dog breed. Its small size and limited exercise requirements make it a good breed for someone living in a small house or apartment. These are very devoted dogs, but can also be very stubborn and strong-willed. The dogs are prone to allergies, breathing and spinal problems, so a well-balance diet is imperative from early on. Because these dogs are also prone to gassiness, many owners prefer to make their own food instead of feeding commercial kibble.
A Raw Diet
Low-priced food contains a lot of corn, soy, and wheat. These ingredients can irritate a Pekingese’s sensitive stomach and skin. Dogs who eat a regular diet of cheap dog food will very likely begin to develop allergies to it. A raw or frozen raw diet seems to be a healthful choice for a Pekingese. This diet should include lean meat, vegetables, and even fruit. It is also a good idea to feed your dog a daily vitamin supplement. Pekingese-info.com recommends a blend of poultry, rice, yellow corn, beet and soy and advises that owners should avoid white potatoes, beef, horsemeat, and oats. Brown rice is more nutrient-rich than white rice, if you choose to include it. These are all foods that the Pekingese’s ancestors would have eaten and that their bodies are able to digest well.
Dry or Wet Food?
One argument in favor of dry kibble is that wet food is bad for a dog’s teeth. Pekingese, however, have very small teeth and generally have trouble chewing kibble. If you find a high quality dry dog food that your Pekingese likes, try to get it in a “small bites” form to make it easier to chew. If you are worried about the effects of a raw diet on your dog’s teeth, include raw crunchy vegetables, like carrots in their daily meals. These are good for their bodies and help keep their teeth clean.