Dogs are the essence of happiness. Everywhere they go, they create alacrity, and everybody who comes in to contact with them feels nothing but glee.
This is why over generations, dogs have become the most popular pet in the world. They are loyal, they are caring, they are affectionate, and they are the best friends anyone could ask for.
However, looking after a dog can be a little hard sometimes. There’s a lot of maintaining and time organization to be done, to make sure your dog is as happy as your dog makes you.
It can be a lot of hard work, but in retrospect, to the 10-15 years of friendship you will have with a canine, it is nothing.
The Peek A Pom is a very modern hybrid of the Pekingese and the Pomeranian. However, these parent dogs are from new and are some of the most renowned dogs in the world.
The Pekingese was an acclaimed dog of the Chinese royal family in the 1800s before the British took 5 of them back to Britain during the Great Opium War for Queen Victoria.
They have since been renowned for decades as a cute, companion dog.
The Pomeranian is said to be an ancient breed from Pomerania, a province that spread throughout Germany and Finland.
Since then, they’ve been an incredibly popular breed, with historical figures like Martin Luther and Isaac Newton owning them.
With such a rich history of acclaim, the Peek A Pom is bound to be an amazing dog. It is a loving, cuddly and compassionate companion who will enjoy the company of all.
In this guide today, I shall walk you through the basics of purchasing and maintaining a Peek A Pom, as well as outline what you need, and what to expect in your journey to becoming a dog owner.
As I said, it isn’t an easy process, but I plan on making it a little bit easier for you. I will cover things such as size, cost, life expectancy and more.
If the Peek A Pom sounds like the dog that may be perfect for you, scroll on down to keep reading more!
Peek A Pom: Before You Buy
There’s a whole lot of preparation that goes into purchasing a dog. These are creatures that need specific things to live and thrive, and you as an owner have to supply them.
Before you even think about welcoming a dog into your house, there’s a slew of things you have to do to prepare for the arrival of your dog. These things include:
– Making space for your dog. Your dog is going to need some space to rest and play, so you must designate an area for your dog’s comfort.
– Socialization time. You need to schedule set times to socialize with your dog daily for it to assimilate into your family.
However, if somebody is home, frequently you shouldn’t have to alter your schedule too much.
– Gender, color and spaying/neutering preferences.
How much does a Peek A Pom cost?
The price is a dog is a huge factor when it comes to your first purchase. You need to know if the dog you are looking at is one you can truly afford.
If not, further contemplation may have to happen to settle on a breed you can buy, or reconsider getting a dog altogether.
The Peek-A-Pom costs around the same as most small size breeds.
You are looking at spending around $600-$700 per Peek-A-Pom, which is far from cost-effective, but far from the most expensive of dogs as well.
In comparison, the Pomeranian costs around $800-$900, and the Pekingese costs around $800-$1000.
So if you’re looking for the traits of the Pomeranian and Pekingese, the Peek A Pom may be a cheaper alternative for you.
How do I find a reputable breeder?
Finding a breeder can be one of the most stressful parts of purchasing a dog, especially as a first-time owner.
There are a plethora of breeders out there today, and it’s hard to differentiate the good, from the bad.
Luckily, there are some things you can look for in a breeder that will determine their quality, professionalism, and ethics.
I would also suggest asking dog owners around your neighborhood for any recommendations.
A breeder should:
- Have ample space where the dogs are kept.
- Provide a clean, healthy environment.
- Socialize with the dogs frequently.
- Have a large amount of knowledge on both the Peek A Pom and its parent breeds, as well as a history of breeding them.
- Help you with anything you need including information, tips, tactics, and equipment.
3 little-known facts about the Peek A Pom
- Despite being small, the Peek A Pom is renowned for being quite strong.
- Its parent breed the Pomeranian is the 14th most popular dog in the United States today.
- You need to be careful being rough with the Peek A Pom, as it is known to nip when hurt.
The Physical Traits of the Peek A Pom
The physical traits of the Peek A Pom can vary throughout each particular puppy.
Crossbreeds don’t have one distinctive look, as the combination of purebreds can result in an array of different appearances.
For instance, the Peek A Pom can resemble that of a Pekingese, Pomeranian or a complete mixture of both.
Usually, the Peek A Pom will have a relatively long coat that varies colors of brown, tan, black, white and red. It will have long, erect ears, brown eyes, and a cute, button-like black nose.
It is a small, but a masculine dog, with short, sturdy legs that are ready for activity. It will also have a curly, fluffy tail.
How big is a full-grown Peek A Pom?
A full-grown Peek A Pom is about 7-10 inches in length and 8-13 pounds in weight.
This is around the same size as its parent breeds the Pekingese, and the Pomeranian, and is about the average for smaller breeds.
With the Peek A Pom, the male tends to be the bigger of the genders.
What is the life expectancy of the Peek A Pom?
The Peek A Pom tends to live around the same time as most smaller breeds do. The Peek A Pom has a life expectancy of 12-15 years, which is the same as both its parent breeds.
When determining life expectancy, it doesn’t also consider the health of your particular dog.
The status of your dog’s physical and mental health can see their lifespan increase or decrease, so it is important to keep an eye on it. Always make sure to look out for any signs of health problems.
Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Peek A Pom
The Peek A Pom is an incredibly affectionate dog, that behaves well around its owners and strangers alike. It is great around children but does not tolerate rough play.
It loves to be the center of attention and will do anything to entertain its owners.
The Peek A Pom loves to play and will need to participate in activities and have equipment that helps its mental stimulation.
While it isn’t a good idea to leave the Peek A Pom alone for large amounts of time, it does not suffer from anxiety and will not act wrongly in times of distance.
What are the dietary requirements of the Peek A Pom?
The Peek A Pom has similar dietary requirements to that of other small-sized breeds. It is only estimated to eat about 1 cup of dog food a day, costing an owner roughly $25-$30 a month.
It is going to enjoy most foods and is not known to be a fussy eater. It is important to incorporate dry dog foods and kibble for nutritional purposes, and it will specifically enjoy sliced dog meats.
However, do not feed the Peek A Pom chunky, nonsliced foods, as it a struggle with consumption.
How much exercise does the Peek A Pom need?
The Peek A Pom is a moderately active dog and is going to need around 45 minutes of exercise per day.
You must be aware if your Peek A Pom inherits brachycephalic traits or not, because if so, you will have to organize exercise in small doses.
Walking wise, It will only need about 3 miles a week, which is great for owners with a busy schedule, or the elderly.
The Peek A Pom will enjoy small walks around the neighborhood, and a run around the park, but nothing too intense.
Health Concerns and Conditions of the Peek A Pom
The Peek A Pom is prone to a series of different health concerns. You must schedule regular trips to the vet for various check-ups.
Possible illnesses include:
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
- Hip Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
Male Vs Female
Understanding the differences between the male and the female Peek A Pom can help you choose the right dog for yourself.
A male Peek A Pom looks broader and stronger than its female counterpart.
The male Peek A Pom has an average height of 8 to 10 inches while the female can grow up to be 7 to 9 inches.
Also, the male dog of this breed weighs around 10 to 13 pounds, which is more than what the female weighs at an average weight of 8 to 10 pounds.
However, due to the small stature of this dog, these differences are sometimes barely visible at first glance.
The male and the female Peek A Pom, both, are very affectionate and fiercely loyal to their owners. Nevertheless, the female is reserved and is not likely to display her affection often.
The male Peek A Pom, on the contrary, loves to shower its owner(s) with attention and care.
Also, you should consider getting a female Peek A Pom if you travel often since the male dog does not like being left alone.
The female Peek A Pom, however, can handle itself for a few hours if the owner is absent.
Furthermore, the male dog might get too excited when playing with your children which is why it can oftentimes deal roughly with them.
If the dog is unfixed, the male Peek A Pom will shed less than the female Peek A Pom.
In addition to this, during its heat cycle, the female Peek A Pom becomes more moody and withdrawn.
Nonetheless, this issue only exists with a dog that has not been spayed. You also need to be aware of the diseases both the genders of this dog breed can suffer from.
The female might develop breast or uterine cancer while the male Peek A Pom is at risk of testicular cancer.
Peek A Pom Conclusion
Overall, the Peek A Pom is an easy to maintain, friendly dog that would suit any type of owner, in any type of family.
If you can schedule regular check-ups at the vet, then the Peek A Pom may be the perfect companion for anyone.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Peek A Pom: Before You Buy
- The Physical Traits of the Peek A Pom
- Temperament, Personality and Behavioural Traits of the Peek A Pom
- Health Concerns and Conditions of the Peek A Pom
- Peek A Pom Conclusion