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The Peek-A-Pom or Pominese is a cross between the regal Pekingese and the darling Pomeranian. Both belong to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Toy Group because of their small size and adaptable nature. These breeds each have a royal past. After all, how could anyone resist their sweet faces and captivating personalities?
The Peek-A-Pom shares some of the most enduring qualities of their parents. They are loyal and affectionate. Despite their small size, they can stand their ground. They are smart with an energetic streak that makes them entertaining pets, too. Both breeds have an ancient history that goes back hundreds of years, which speaks volumes about how endearing they are.
The Pekingese bring an outgoing and friendly nature to the hybrid. The Pomeranian lends toughness to the Peek-A-Pom and was one of only three dogs to survive the Titanic sinking. The combination is a winner. These dogs will do well with families or individuals in the city or the country. You’d have a hard time finding a more affectionate pet.
Grooming is one challenge you’ll face with the pup’s long, thick coat. The Pekingese and Pomeranian also have some health concerns that many other small dogs share, and to say they have a lively personality is an understatement.
Peek-A-Poms have a moderate degree of playfulness. Also, early socialization is vital to prevent them from forming bad habits like barking or nippiness. They thrive on attention and need an owner who can give them the love they need to be happy. After all, their connection with the aristocracy has taught them to ask, and they will receive.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Peek-A-Pom
1. There’s an Interesting Story From Chinese Mythology About the Pekingese.
Legend has it that the Pekingese is a cross between a marmoset monkey and a lion. The latter is a testament to the fierce temper of the breed. The more vicious and, ironically, the smaller of these canines became guard dogs.
2. The Petite Pomeranian Once Had a Big Job.
Ancestors of the diminutive Pomeranian had several unexpected jobs as watchdogs, herders, and pullers. While today’s Poms are much smaller, breeders through the ages kept their wolf-like appearance and affectionate nature.
3. Several Famous People Have Been Smitten With the Pomeranian.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the adorable Pomeranian. Many famous people have fallen under the pup’s spell, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Queen Victoria, Elvis Presley, and Sylvester Stallone.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Peek-A-Pom 🧠
Meek isn’t a word one would use to describe a Peek-A-Pom. They are sometimes vocal when it comes to getting what they want. You may find that they are often willful, too. However, they are affectionate pets and are incredibly devoted to their owners. Their loyalty also makes them good watchdogs. You’ll know when a stranger approaches your home.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡
The Peek-A-Pom is an excellent family pet in the right home. They will tolerate children as long as they treat them gently. Even though they are tough, their small size isn’t a match for roughhousing. They do best in households with older kids who respect their space. The dogs often become attached to one person but will share their love with the family.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽
Peek-A-Poms can learn to get along with other dogs, but it’s best to pair them with animals of a similar size. It’s not as if they would back down from a fight, and they can get injured playing with a larger canine. The other thing to remember is the pup’s need for attention. They may see another pet as a rival that will bring out their fierce temper. Therefore, the best home is probably one with only one Peek-A-Pom.
Another factor to bear in mind is the high prey drive in the Pekingese. A Peek-A-Pom may inherit the same drive and be more likely to chase a pet or squirrel that runs away from them. While the Pomeranian in him would likely stay put, the Peke has a moderate degree of wanderlust and will take up the hunt.
Things to Know When Owning a Peek-A-Pom
Peek-A-Poms are not difficult to care for, but they have only a few special requirements, which we’ll discuss below.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Peek-A-Poms don’t require a specialized diet, but you must portion their meals carefully to prevent obesity. We’re not sure if it’s as much as the tendency of the parent breeds as it is a result of too many treats because Peek-A-Poms are so cute. Nevertheless, it’s essential to keep them on a regular feeding schedule. Smaller breeds mature faster than larger dogs. Thus, you should give your pet three small meals a day of high-quality food to keep their blood sugar levels stable.
A risk also exists on the other end of the spectrum. We suggest not leaving kibble available all the time. A set schedule will allow you to monitor your pup’s appetite better and know exactly how much they eat daily. Your veterinarian can help you develop a healthy diet plan for your Peek-A-Pom.
Neither of the parents is very active or intense. However, you should take your Peke-A-Pom on a daily walk around the block in your neighborhood. Both the Pekingese and Pomeranian can tolerate colder temperatures. Heat, on the other hand, is a problem.
The Peek-A-Pom is intelligent and curious enough to be relatively easy to train. However, using positive reinforcement is best. Some dogs are sensitive and will cower away from stern reprimands. We also suggest using treats to get these sometimes stubborn pets to obey and mind their manners. They are reasonably outgoing and willing to please.
Daily brushing is essential for a Peek-A-Pom to prevent matting. You should also check their coat frequently for any signs of redness that may indicate an allergy. You can save money by trimming them short in a puppy cut. It will keep your pet more comfortable if you live in a warmer part of the country. However, if you’re uncomfortable giving them a haircut, you can take them to a professional groomer every 4 to 6 weeks.
Health Conditions ❤️
Several smaller breeds, like the Pekingese and Pomeranian, have health issues due to overbreeding. We strongly urge you to only buy from reputable breeders who do medical screening on their puppies.
While the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals doesn’t recommend specific tests for a Pekingese, it suggests cardiac and patellar luxation evaluations, along with an eye exam due to the Pomeranian’s higher propensity for these conditions.
Male vs Female
Male and female dogs are equally friendly and loving pets. The primary difference is the cost of neutering or spaying the puppy if you don’t intend to breed them. Neutering is considerably less expensive than spaying. It’s also not as invasive and has a quicker recovery.
One look at the Peek-A-Pom, and you’ll fall in love. Their affectionate and endearing nature makes them excellent companions for individuals or families. They are devoted pets, and although they’re tiny, they’ll try their best to protect your home from strangers.
While grooming is more involved, you’ll find that the Peek-A-Pom is relatively easy to train, especially if you are proactive with early socialization. His pampered history means he’ll need and maybe demand your attention. You’ll find a loyal companion for many years if you are willing to put up with his occasional stubbornness and other quirks.