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!
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cammyshawn (author) on July 09, 2016:
Update: Due to changing circumstances, As of December 2015, I have my Zoe back (and her sister Gracie)! Zoe definitely sheds more than Abby and is more set in her ways being older. The 2 of them play together as only pekehunds can and it's absolutely adorable! I am so blessed to have them both back with me!
cammyshawn (author) on October 05, 2015:
Thanks for commenting. You do have a point about the shedding. My Abby tends to take it by spells in how much she sheds. I'll make a correction on that.
Taksa on October 05, 2015:
I love my pekehund, but shedding is definitely not "minimal" with our little guy. He sheds a lot and most of the year, just like short-haired dachshunds do.
cammyshawn (author) on July 31, 2015:
Yes it is Larry! Thanks for reading!
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on July 31, 2015:
cammyshawn on May 11, 2015:
They do have very distinct personalities. Feisty, I believe, is a hallmark trait for the breed and one reason I love them so much. My Abby is trainable (to an extent) loves people, especially kids, other dogs but hates cats. She loves our old chihuahua but at the same time is very jealous of her when she gets attention/affection. Thank you so much for sharing about your Sookie. She sounds like sweet fur baby! I know what you mean. I wouldn't trade my Abby for anything either! :)
Mallory on May 11, 2015:
I know this is a very old post, but I'm just finding it. I have a pekehund now and I had to laugh at this. While some of these traits fit her, and almost all fit her siblings, my Sookie is one of a kind. She is feisty, loves new people, hates all dogs but loves cats, and neither knows nor cares how much she is loved. She is super intelligent, but was too stubborn to train. She understood the basics of being housetrained almost immediately, but she is 5 years old and still potties in the house when she gets mad at me. She is manipulative, moody, vindictive, and I wouldn't trade her for any other dog in the whole world!
cammyshawn (author) on March 07, 2014:
I did find another one! The photo at the top was of Zoe. The photos at the end are of Abby (my current baby). I didn't find a breeder though. I find her on Craigslist from a dog rescuer. A kindhearted, compassionate man found her in a bad, abusive home and saved her. He posted a pic of her and said only to a good home. When I saw her face I knew she was meant to be with me. :)
Suzy on March 07, 2014:
I have a 10 year old long-haired miniature dachshund peke hybrid... And everything you said fits him to a tee! I have been looking for another one, and am having a terrible time finding one. I feel so blessed to have him. I would love to know if you have ever found a breeder? I also wanted to tell you... I am so very sorry you are not with your babies any longer. I hope you have found another baby to give you joy.
cammyshawn (author) on December 09, 2012:
Thank you. I have found a small breed no kill shelter in my area. I will keep checking this site until I find another. Maybe there is one near your area. Good luck to you.
Tigerbabe17 on December 09, 2012:
Thank you for responding. Jake will never leave me. His little paw print is forever tattooed on my heart. As I am sure Zoe & Gracie are with you. I understand & appreciate the hard decision you had to make. Good luck & take care.
cammyshawn (author) on December 05, 2012:
Thank you for your kind comments and I am so sorry you lost Jake. I know how heartbreaking it is! Unfortunately, due to divorce I no longer have Zoe with me. My ex-husband and I had Zoe and toy fox terrier (named Gracie). Zoe was so attached to Gracie I didn't have the heart to separate them or take both of them from their home but leaving her was absolutely one of the hardest things I've ever done! It's been over 2 years and I still miss her so! I have also looked for another but have found very few listings for this breed. :(
Tigerbabe17 on December 05, 2012:
The pekehund is the best breed of dog I've ever known. Last week my 19 year old pekehund, Jake, passed away & my heart is broken. I loved your article on the breed! It was right on re: loyalty, fantastic personality, etc. I am very eager to find another one but am having no luck. If you or anyone has any information on how I might find one I would greatly appreciate it.
Enjoy & love your Zoe!