Peekie is a designer breed. A cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pekingese. Peekie puppies have a very bright appearance and aristocratic character, but due to poor health, they are not very common.
How did Peekie come about and what traits and appearance can you expect from this designer breed? Consider below.
History of Origin
To find out where the Peekie roots come from, consider the history of the parenting breeds: the Yorkshire Terrier and the Pekingese.
- According to long-standing rumors, it is believed that the history of the Yorkshire Terrier breed was the result of the merger of two breeds: Scottish and English terriers. During the Industrial Revolution (1760-1830), when many workers from Scotland migrated and moved to England in search of work, they brought with them several species of Scottish Terriers. As a result of the fusion of the Scottish and English Terrier (Waterside Terrier and the Skye Terrier), the Yorkshire Terrier was born. Originally, the Yorkshire Terrier was bred for the purpose of catching rats in local textile factories and coal mines in England in the middle of the 19th century in the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Although scientists still cannot determine who is the original ancestor of the Yorkshire Terrier, they are lost in conjecture among such breeds: Maltese Terrier, Sky Terrier, Dandy Dinmont Terrier, Scottish Terrier with a black-blue-blue fur coat, Manchester Terrier, Paisley Terrier, as well as the now-extinct long-haired Leeds Terrier and Clydesdale Terrier. But according to most scientists, the entire likelihood of the origin of the Yorkshire Terrier breed falls on the Waterside Terrier and the Skye Terrier breeds. In 1872, the Yorkie was brought to the United States, where the first litter of this breed was born. The Yorkshire Terrier was first registered with the American Toy Group Kennel Club in 1885.
- Pekingese is a dog of Chinese monarchs, the history of the breed, the origin of which is shrouded in legends. Historians find the first mention of dogs, similar to domestic dwarf lions, dating back 4 thousand years ago. In China, only the rich could keep these babies at home, ordinary people did not breed them under pain of death. But history does not stand still, and in the 18th century the British, who captured the capital of China, chose the appearance of the breed, deciding that these dogs should be bred in Europe. Since the 19th century, the Pekingese has been bred in America, and at the beginning of the 20th century, the first clubs of this breed were opened and official standards were introduced.
Since the end of the twentieth century, Pekingese, even the most thoroughbred, have plummeted in value. It’s just that fashion has passed on them. And the Yorkies were expensive and few in number. At that time, even representatives of well-known nurseries began to mate Pekingese females with Yorkie males. The girls who appeared in the litter were again knitted with Yorkies. The descendants of such unions were much more expensive than thoroughbred Pekingese but much cheaper than Yorkies. Now we see not the first generation of mestizo Pekingese and Yorkies.
Since the offspring carry genes common to both parent breeds, Peekies have a bold Pekingese personality and are fearless and confident like a Yorkshire Terrier. They do not get along with other dogs, but if raised together and socialized from an early age, they can get along well. Therefore, socialization and nurturing are very important.
Peekies dogs are sensitive and in spite of their careless arrogance, they need a lot of attention. Peekies hate to be rude or yelled at.
Common Peekie features:
- A companion dog by vocation
- Self-esteem developed
- They are proud, strive for self-affirmation
- Are jealous of the attention of the owner
- Difficult enough to learn
- Undaunted and cocky
- Intolerant of their own kind, especially on their own territory
- They bark loudly and loudly
- They are picky about food
- Do not need long walks
- Can’t stand loneliness
Anticipating a Peekie’s appearance before birth is not easy, but there are some common characteristics. Yorkies have long hair, but the quality of the coat will largely depend on which parental genes are more influential. If Peekie inherits York’s coat, he will have lovely silky hair flowing through his body. In the event that the Pekingese genes are dominant, the hair will be a little coarse, but just as long. Common colors are brown, golden, white, chocolate, and cream.
Peekie’s average height is 6 to 9 inches and their weight is 5 to 12 pounds.
If the puppy is not brought up, not taught commands, then this will turn into unpleasant consequences for the owner or mistress. A disobedient dog is capable of getting hurt in a home apartment or outdoors, causing a conflict with others. Teaching Peekie a basic set of commands is essential. This will simplify the life of the dog and the owner while walking, meeting with strangers, visiting a veterinarian, and performing cosmetic procedures.
The process of training a dog can take place anywhere – in the house, in a suburban area, while walking in a park, on special sports grounds. It is important that the pet and the owner are in the best possible mood. You can not use rudeness, corporal punishment in relation to Peekie. A loud voice and screaming are unacceptable, but excessive tenderness will not lead to anything good. It is recommended to cheer the dog up with a cheerful voice, treat him with treats if the commands are successfully executed.
- In order for Peekie’s coat to look well-groomed, it must be brushed almost daily. It will not be superfluous to use special oil for hair care. The oil protects the coat and prevents tangling.
- It’s important to use a special conditioner for bathing Peekie, or at least a moisturizing shampoo. It is advisable to wash the Peekie at least once a week.
- Clean your ears regularly and rub Peekie’s eyes, protect them from injury.
- Heavy physical activity is contraindicated for these dogs, and exhausting long walks of Peekie are not necessary.
- Your dog’s claws should be trimmed every 2-3 months. It is best to do this after bathing. Use quality scissors designed specifically for this procedure.
Peekies can be fed with homemade food or purchased from specialty stores. The food should fully suit the dog and take into account the characteristics of the breed. Peekies should not be overfed. Follow the basic rules when feeding:
- The feeding regime should not be disturbed. Food should be given at strictly defined hours.
- The temperature of the food is also important. Dishes should not be too cold or hot, as this can harm the digestive system of the animal. Food should be at a comfortable warm temperature.
- Salt is discouraged. It must be abandoned altogether, especially when cooking meat. Or add in minimal quantities.
- Peekie’s staple food is meat and meat by-products, the rest of the products occupy only half or a third of the total consumed volume.
- It is important from the first days to determine one place for holding a dog meal, organizing there a bowl of clean water, which is in the constant access of the animal.
- Certain dog treats have a place in a dog’s diet. However, food should consist of a variety of foods. If the animal refuses a variety of foods, demanding certain favorite foods, you can set the bowl aside, and then offer the same food again after a while. Most likely, a hungry animal will not behave so stubbornly.
Puppies obtained as a result of crossing a Yorkie and a Pekingese do not always inherit only the positive qualities of their parents, so it will be impossible to know in advance what they are. Often, mestizos have an undesirable set of characteristics and, as a result, poor coat, squint, non-growing fontanelle, and other problems. This is why it is advisable to ask the breeder to check the health of both parents before purchasing a puppy from them.
Who will prevail in the mestizo: Pekingese or Yorkshire Terrier – this is the lottery of nature. It must be remembered that when crossing different breeds, the offspring do not necessarily get the best from the parents, the most undesirable qualities of the father and mother may get. But this does not mean at all that you need to abandon this decorative breed, the choice is only yours. They are unique dogs that are adorable in appearance, energetic, affectionate, and make excellent companions!