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Pekehund: Pekingese-Dachshund is an Interesting Dog Breed
Now days there are many different breeds of dog and even more hybrid or crossbreeds of dogs. That means there is almost an unlimited list of characteristics to be found in the canine species. Some are furrier or more energetic and some are better with children than others. Many breeders say that cross breeding gives the best of all the characteristics in one dog. The breed that I will be discussing is a hybrid combination of the Pekingese and Dachshund called the Pekehund aka: Pekeashund, Pekeweenie or Dachanese. Before I found information on the breed I called my Zoe a Pekedach (peek-a-dot). I’m not sure I don’t still like that better.
By my previous hub on my personal experience with this type of dog entitled, “Zoe Means Life”, you can see that this breed is a charmer with child-like playfulness and sense of humor. Dogs of this breed are very loving and affectionate with people of all ages and get along well other animals. Although strangers make them very upset and nervous, they do eventually warm up to them after some time. This means, at least in Zoe’s case, the meterman and mailman were potential ‘dognappers’ and would cause severe anxiety leading to nervously backing up and maybe even hiding behind me while barking. At times, it was so bad that she even lost bladder control.
Half Pekingese Half Dachshund
Just the sound of saying, “a half Pekingese half Dachshund dog” conjures visions of a very strange looking, disproportionate dog! This dog takes on very distinct features of both breeds to create its own unique look. It has a muscular build with a long body short, stubby legs and floppy ears like a Dachshund. The eyes are large, brown and expressive as a Pekingese. Crooked teeth and an under bite are probable but one of the most unique characteristics about this breed is that the nose is not exactly like either of it’s hybrid contributing breeds. Rather, it is button-like, moderate in length, without a point but not flat and an underbite is possible but not always present. The stubby legs mentioned earlier are bowed in the front and slightly longer in the back with substantial feet to provide a stout base. The tail is long as in both breeds but has thick fur while the fur elsewhere may be short or long. The coat is usually soft and can come in a variety of colors or combinations of colors.
The average size is 12-20 pounds while the life expectancy of a Pekehund is around 12-15 years with the possibility of health issues such as epilepsy and joint problems.
The personality of a Pekehund is definitely what makes this breed so appealing because it is very happy, affectionate, playful (loves to run and climb), loves to nap and, in Zoe’s case, collect rocks! Fortunately, they are not very yappy dogs but will sound out an authoritative warning if needed to protect her home and family. The Pekehund adjusts its energy level to match that of her family and is very adaptable to different environments whether it’s a small apartment or a house with a large yard.
Traits of Breed
This breed is also highly intelligent. So, training is fairly uncomplicated because they are smart and want to please. Another thing that is rather easy is grooming as these are very clean dogs. Shedding is moderate to heavy at times with their thick undercoat. Occasional bathing is needed and their claws kept short. I don’t know if Zoe was unique in this area or not but she regularly groomed herself. In fact, every night around 830 she would bath herself and then even snip her own claws by biting them. She also never pottied in the house or made use of the pee pads we put down for her. She automatically, as if by instinct, went outside to do her business.
From my experience, this is definitely one of the best breeds to every have. If you decide on adopting a new ‘furry baby’, consider this breed. You will be showered with love and always entertained! In other words, you will never regret it!
What's your favorite trait of this breed?
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