Schnekingese

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10-20 lbs
6-14"
Unknown
Miniature Schnauzer
Pekingese
Miniature Schnekingese, Schenekingese
The Schnekingesee is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Pekingese breeds.  Though the place and date of origin of the hybrid is unknown, the histories of the parent breeds is quite interesting, being rooted in the ancients, legends and wars.  Choosing to educate yourself on these histories will provide an interesting read to say the least and a sincere appreciation for the breed parents and the hybrid to say the most.  The two parent breeds have been combined with the result being a feisty, courageous and loyal family pet, who highly desires to be with his human family members at all times.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Miniature Schnauzer, Pekingese

Schnekingese Health

Average Size
Height: 6-14 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Height: 6-14 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Cleft Lip or Palate
  • urolithiasis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Eye Disease and Disorders
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Fold Dermatitis
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Blood Chemistry
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Schnekingese Breed History

The Schnekingese is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Pekingese.  There is very little historical information available about the hybrid, which includes no place or approximate date of origination.  However, there is abundant information available about the parent breeds and those histories are quite interesting, involving the ancients, legends and wars.  The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed which, as its name suggests, originated in Germany, a Schnauzer type of dog being traced back to at least the 1400's, when the breed was utilized to hunt and kill rats and other vermin found on the farms of Germany for many centuries.  This size Schnauzer is the most popular of the three sizes (Giant, Standard and Miniature) and shares the non-shedding, hypoallergenic traits of the larger versions of the breed.  The ancestry of the Miniature Schnauzer is believed to include the Affenpinscher, Poodle, Miniature Pinschers, Wire Fox Terriers and Zwergspitz.  Though Miniatures have been found depicted in pictures dating back to the 1400's, the breed itself was not recognized until the late 1800's.  The Miniature Schnauzer came to North America in about 1924 and, surviving both World Wars, it was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926.  The breed continues to grow in popularity to become one of the most popular breeds in the United States.  The Pekingese parent breed originated in China with the oldest known record of a canine that resembles the Pekingese being found as early as the 8th century.  The Pekingese breed has an even more interesting history, rooted in ancient legend.  As the legend goes, a lion fell in love with a marmoset (a monkey species) and asked a god to make him smaller so they could be together, wanting to retain his large lion heart and brave character.  The god granted the request and is said to have created canines known as "lion dogs".  So that's the legend, and here are the actual facts:  the small breed has been traced back to the Tang Dynasty in China to the 8th century.  The Pekingese seems to be have been cherished and valued as a companion only, with no actual working activities being employed.  Considered sacred by the Chinese, they only allowed royalty to possess the breed, making it illegal for common people to own them - theft of a Pekingese (named after Peking, China's capital at that time) was a death sentence!  The Imperial families pampered these fluffy bundles of love and kept the blood lines pure, fostering a breed which has changed little down through the centuries.  The Pekingese still remains a regal, feisty and independent canine breed which was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906.  The Schnekingese hybrid itself is recognized by these organizations: American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Schnekingese Breed Appearance

The Schnekingese hybrid can take on the appearance traits of one or both breed parents.  He is considered a small dog, standing 10 to 14 inches tall and weighing 10 to 20 pounds.  Depending on the parent breed having the most influence in the bio mix, his coat can be either short or long or it can be wiry with a dense undercoat, the most common colors being black, brown, tan and white.  His eyes will be dark and either small or large, his nose black and his ears floppy.  He'll be sturdily built with lots of vitality and energy.  His tail can be varying in length, again dependent upon the breed parent being dominant in the bio mix. Since only the Miniature Schnauzer is considered hypoallergenic, he may or may not inherit this trait.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Fawn
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schnekingese Breed Maintenance

Your Schnekingese hybrid falls into the low to moderate category of maintenance.  His coat may or may not be hypoallergenic since only the Miniature Schnauzer contributes this trait to the bio mix and he falls into the low to moderate categories of shedding.  Depending on the length and thickness of his coat, either long from the Pekingese parent or short and wiry from the Schnauzer parent, brushing will be required once or twice a week for shorter coats and daily for the longer coat.  This will help to remove loose hair, debris, mats and tangles, and distribute the oils through the coat.  Bathing should only be done as needed as opposed to "scheduled" as too frequent shampooing can dry out his skin and coat.  His ears should be checked weekly, cleaning as needed with a cotton ball and approved canine ear wash solution.  While you're checking his ears, this would be a great time to take a look at his toenails, trimming as needed unless his exercise activities are keeping them worn down.  Your Schnekingese hybrid, like all canine breeds, is recommended to have his teeth brushed at least two to three times a week, though daily is optimal.  Additionally, your Schnekingese hybrid falls into the low drooling and smell categories.
Brushes for Schnekingese
Pin Brush
Dematter
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schnekingese Temperament

Your Schnekingese hybrid is a mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Pekingese and, as such, can inherit the temperament qualities of one or both parent breeds. He is described as being affectionate, lively, loving and energetic.  It is important to note that your Schnekingese hybrid, like almost every other canine breed, needs to be appropriately socialized at an early age to ensure that he gets along with children and other animals. He will get along naturally with adults, but appropriate socialization is necessary with children as they tend to play with them in a less respectful way.  It is also very important that you teach your children the appropriate ways to touch and play with your family pets.  Since he has a high prey drive, you should expect him to be only moderately tolerant of other animals, with supervision be recommended in these cases.  Though your hybrid is a barker, don't expect him to be alert enough to be an effective watchdog.  Your Schnekingese is a smarter than average canine but he can be easily distracted from the task at hand, making him moderately easy to train.  Try to keep your training sessions interesting to hold his attention, utilizing treats as rewards, staying positive and firm but encouraging.  His progress will likely be gradual though not as slow as with other breeds.  He is considered to be a lively and moderately active canine.

Schnekingese Activity Requirements

Your Schnekingese hybrid is a lively and moderately active small dog.  He will love to take a couple of long walks with you every day as part of his daily regimen.  Playtime in the dog park or fenced back yard will fit nicely into his exercise routine.  He'll also love to play interactive games like fetch, Frisbee, fly ball and obedience practice.  He has a high prey drive, making it imperative that you keep him on leash when he's outside the house or other enclosed area - that is, unless you enjoy chasing him through the neighborhood briars and brambles after a small animal or an interesting scent.  Since he is a small canine, he will live quite nicely in an apartment or condo, provided his exercise needs are met on a daily basis.  He can also live nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard in an urban or rural setting.  A moderate climate will suite him best, depending on which parent breed influences his coat, he may need additional protection in the hotter or colder temperatures.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Schnekingese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Schnekingese Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
12 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
18 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs

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