Peke-a-Pins are a hybrid breed created by combining the Miniature Pinscher with the Pekingese. Miniature Pinschers have been described as a "perpetual motion machine" as they're one of the most active dogs within the canine world. Though they tend to be stubborn, the Miniature Pinscher is bold, inquisitive, and enjoys a good old romp outdoors. One play session won't suffice for this breed, as they need lots of physical and mental stimulation daily.
The Pekingese is a little larger than the Miniature Pinscher, weighing no more than 14 pounds, but they're much less active. They enjoy lounging around and taking short walks. Heat can be deadly to these small pups, so staying inside an air-conditioned home during hot summers and playing games is how they prefer to get exercise. They don't do well with children, as Pekingeses will not put up with being "ruffhoused". The Peke-a-Pin takes characteristics from both parents, being energetic yet wary towards strangers. This means they need socialization and obedience training from a young age to help prevent the development of a stubborn and independent personality.
Early socialization is essential for Peke-a-Pins because without it, they can become aggressive towards unknown strangers and wary of other animals. Socialization can come in a variety of forms and can range from brief interactions to intense play dates organized ahead of time. Depending on your schedule, you may opt for one activity over the other, but it’s recommended you vary the activities weekly to maximize your Peke-a-Pin's exposure to other pups.
Start off with basic walks where you’re bound to cross paths with other four-legged companions walking with their handlers. Dog parks are the next step up as your pup can roam off-leash and interact with dogs at their leisure. Consistent playdates with another dog would be the “ultimutt” way for your pooch to make new furry friends. All three strategies are free and can be done in an hour or less!
Get outside and get moving with your Peke-a-Pin by playing a variety of yard games throughout the week. Alternate between different games to keep your pooch happy and engaged. You can incorporate a yard game from anywhere to 15 minutes to an hour, depending on what other activities you have in store for your Peke-a-Pin.
The most "pawpular" game to play is fetch. This involves tossing an object for your Peke-a-Pin to retrieve. Hiding games can also be fun and stimulate your pooch’s mind as they search the yard for a favorite toy or treat. Finally, keep away is a great way to tire out your pup. Get outdoors and play yard games with your Peke-a-Pin as much as "pawssible"!
The Peke-a-Pin is a relatively active breed which requires plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. An easy way to meet their moderate exercise needs is through the humble walk.
Chances are you already take your pup for regular walks, but it's important to change up your route now and then to prevent boredom setting in for both you and your Peke-a-Pin. Consider leaving your phone at home so you can take a "mindful" walk with your pooch and stay in the present moment. Take care not to walk your pup too far too often, as their small bodies are susceptible to skeletal deformities and congenital conditions like patellar luxation.
With an abundance of energy, your Peke-a-Pin needs physical exercise daily, multiple times throughout the day. Meet this need by including daily walks in your pup's schedule. Depending on the other activities you have planned, you can vary your walk to meet their needs that day.
While walking, look out for opportunities to socialize with other dogs. For more targeted socialization, check out a local dog park or arrange regular playdates with another pup. Playing backyard games is another way to get your Peke-a-Pin moving, while simultaneously stimulating their minds. Try a game of fetch, hide and seek or keep away and vary between the three throughout the week. When you own a Peke-a-Pin, you must be prepared to attend to their physical and mental needs multiple times a day, so they can develop into well-adjusted and well-behaved pups!