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Pekingese Chihuahua

Facts About The Pekingese Chihuahua

Many new canine breeds are created continually through either natural methods or through the deliberate joining by breeders; one hybrid, the Pekingese Chihuahua, is an adorable toy dog that has gained the attention of many individuals.

Both the Chihuahua and the Pekingese are members of the smallest in the canine family, but have greatly differing body styles.  The Chihuahua typically weighs only about 5 or 6 pounds and possesses a sleek, slim body frame.  This similarity in size makes the pairing of the two amenable for breeding.   Although the Pekingese is generally shorter in stature, its stockiness carries a weight of approximately 14 pounds.  The differences in the two breeds are slight even though the two are not at all alike in appearance.   The short, wide, pushed in muzzle and drooped ears of the Peke drastically differs from the small pointed nose and upright ears of the Chihuahua.  Each breed can wear long coats, although many Chihuahuas are of the short haired variety.

Smaller dogs are often thought to be nervous in nature, but this is not necessarily true.  Any dog breed is likely to display adverse behaviors when they do not feel secure and comfortable in their surroundings; a situation that may exist when strangers are around or the dogs are in unfamiliar territory.  Chihuahuas are naturally inquisitive creatures, with a high level of intelligence and impertinence.  Pekingese are affectionate little dogs; showing great devotion and love for their masters.  They are well balanced; easy to get along with although they may show slight stubborn streaks.  Sharing the tendencies for a milder personality and loyal characteristics, combining the two breeds generally results in a dog with gentle and loving traits.

A large consideration when intentionally breeding two different dog breeds is the resulting puppy’s disposition.  Incompatible characteristics can result in an unpleasantly mannered puppy.  With “cheeks”, as puppies from a Pekingese Chihuahua mix are often called, either parentage offers desirable personality traits of curiosity, intelligence, amiability, friendliness, devotion, loyalty and playfulness.  Any combination of these can be good indications of a loving pet.

Both the Pekingese and the Chihuahua are pets that can be enjoyed in apartment or small dwellings as well as in a larger home.  Because they are classified in the class of toy dogs, any resulting puppies would also be quite small.  Dogs of this size generally require little exercise other than their natural playfulness would accommodate, so a large yard is not a necessity.

Maintenance of the pets would be the same as most dogs, although for long, flowing coats regular grooming will be needed to avoid tangling and ratting of the hair.  Annual visits to the veterinarian to monitor their health are always recommended.  Chihuahuas are generally healthy as a breed, with few chronic diseases affecting them.  Pekingese are a little more prone for certain conditions; breathing issues are predominant because of the extremely short muzzle.  The protruding eyes are also more likely to present problems such as accidental eye trauma and the eyeballs popping from the sockets in rough handling.  Their long torso creates the tendency for spine and joint conditions, especially if the small dog attempts jumping up on furniture that is too high to reach.  Some of the pekes also carry a heredity condition for congestive heart failure.  All of these possibilities indicate the need to consult with a veterinarian to assure the health of your Pekingese Chihuahua mix.

There are many hybrid dog breeds that are incompatible in traits acquired from parentage, but these adorable small dogs will generally be very good natured and well balanced pets in characteristics and personalities.  One tip when choosing your “cheek”; ask the breeder for proof of parentage to ensure good lines on both sides.  Then, simply enjoy your new pet.

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