The Peke a Pap is another example of a designer hybrid dog as it brings together the Pekingese with a Papillon.
This is one of those occasions where the two breeds just go together perfectly, and the ultimate result is a dog that is super cute and full of life.
However, while you may have heard of the two individual breeds, you may be completely new to the concept of the Peke a Pap.
Well, even though there is a lot to learn about their different needs and how to care for them, our complete guide is going to help.
We are going to take you through the various things to expect from this breed, and also how to best care for them.
By the end, you will be in a much better position to know if this is indeed the kind of dog that you should be looking at owning.
That being said, we need to start things off by turning the spotlight onto you.
Peke a Pap Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before you go and buy a Peke a Pap puppy, we need you to be completely honest with yourself.
By doing so, you will know in advance if you are likely to provide your new puppy with everything that they need in their life, and it is only fair on them that you are sure.
So, you need to ask many questions as you work through our guide. As we said, you have to be honest in your answers.
The questions that you need to think about are ones that are along these lines.
- Have you ever owned a dog before?
- Have you ever trained a dog before?
- Are you aware of the needs and requirements for a Peke a Pap?
- Can you provide them with everything that they need?
- Can you afford to look after them?
These are just some sample questions, but they are all going to be very important, so think about your answers carefully.
What Price are Peke a Pap Puppies?
The price of Peke a Pap puppies is going to differ according to several factors. Of course, being aware of those factors will help.
The pedigree of the parents will always be important. The better the pedigree, then the higher the price.
Also, buying from a breeder with a good reputation is also going to make a difference.
Your location can also have an impact on the price due to both supply and demand as well as certain breeds just being more popular in different parts of the world.
What this means is that, in the United States, you are looking at somewhere around $800 to potentially well over $1000 depending on the breeder.
Shopping around is important, but pay attention to their pedigree as well.
In the UK, then prices are often between £700 to £1000.
How to Find Reputable Peke a Pap Breeders?
We mentioned finding a reputable breeder, but how do you do that? Well, it’s easier than you think.
Contacting the Kennel Club for your country is going to be a good place to start. They should have a number of breeders that they trust, and they will be quite content to help you out.
Another option will be the Dog Breeder’s Association for your country, as they too will often have a list that you can then call upon. Take their advice and do it.
The final option is to locate other Peke a Pap owners and ask them for some advice on the breeders that they would recommend.
This will also allow you to ask additional questions about the breed, before you then become an owner of one.
3 Little-Known Facts About Peke a Pap Puppies
So, how much do you know about Peke a Pap puppies? Well, just these three little known facts may make a difference, and it will certainly increase your level of understanding surrounding the breed.
- They are part of the surge in designer dogs
From the 1980s, there was a significant surge in the desire for designer dogs, and the Peke a Pap is part of that. Before then, this breed was just not on the radar.
- They need a trim in the summer
They may look adorable with their long coat, but most need a trim in the summer, so a trip to the doggy barber is going to be in order.
- You need to brush their teeth daily
It will be better for you if you can get into the habit of brushing their teeth on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this breed can suffer from dental issues, so that will counteract them.
Physical Traits of the Peke a Pap
This is not a big dog by any means, but what else is there to know about the breed and their physical traits?
As it is a hybrid breed, there are facets of both breeds but you are never going to know which is going to be the most dominant with each litter.
In general, they have the ears of the Papillon while their face is more from the Pekinese. Their hair will generally be quite long and straight, and it will have a slightly silky feel to it.
For their bodies, then everything is going to be quite compact, but they do not come across as being overly muscular. However, they are not weak dogs either.
Their eyes will also show a real sense of being alert to everything that is going on, and they will be brown.
Their coat can come in different colors with brown, black or white, or there may be some parts of them brought together.
How Big is a Full-Grown Peke a Pap?
A full-grown Peke a Pap is going to be very small. Also, the male will tend to be the biggest of the two, but we are talking about such a minor difference as there is not much scope.
However, when it comes to the height, then the Peke a Pap can be anywhere between 5 to 10 inches in height, measured to their withers.
For weight, then they will be anywhere between 6 to 9lbs so, once again, there is not much room for there to be a difference.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Peke a Pap?
The life expectancy of the Peke a Pap can be influenced by so many different factors. Of course, how you care for them will play a role, but even their genes can have an impact.
In general, the life expectancy of this breed of dog can be around 12 to 16 years, which is rather impressive and is slightly above the average life expectancy for dogs.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Peke a Pap
If you had the expectation that the Peke a Pap would be loud and love to hear its own voice, then you would be absolutely right. However, there is a whole lot more to it than just that.
Instead, what you have here is a highly intelligent dog that has a natural need to just be involved in anything that you are doing.
This inquisitive nature does also mean that they want to be around you and you must train them early on to avoid separation anxiety issues.
They have quite an even temper, and they will certainly feel the need to explore. They can be friendly around strange dogs, but there will be a certain sense of being wary around strange people.
If you do have young children, then you must make sure that your dog is not handled too roughly.
This could make them feel afraid and there is a tendency for them to snap back, so pay close attention to this.
Do be warned that they love to bark, so you need to take this into account whenever you are training them.
Overall, this breed is bright and bubbly and at the same time can be exceptionally loving towards you.
They will prefer to be a sole dog just so they can hog your attention, but if you already have others, then the will get along fine with them.
The Peke a Pap’s Diet
A small dog requires a small diet, and the Peke a Pap is no exception.
However, this does mean that you need to be even more careful with what you feed them as there is less room for error.
If you purchase your Peke a Pap as a puppy from a breeder, then make sure that they provide you with some guidance as to what to feed them and when.
You then need to stick to that guide as it is going to influence the development of your puppy.
Giving them the correct nutrients is important for their health, and that is why avoiding cheaper dog food is key.
You might think that they will not know the difference, but cheaper products contain filler ingredients rather than anything that is going to be worthwhile for your dog.
Also, they can be harder to digest and can lead to bloat.
You should be looking at providing them with one cup of quality dry food per day, and keep treats to a minimum.
If you feel like giving them some of your food, then restrict that to some fish or lean meat. The occasional vegetable can also be useful.
Also, as they age, their needs change. Seek advice from your vet as to what they should then be eating to maintain optimum health.
How Much Exercise Does a Peke a Pap Need?
A Peke a Pap is going to have a significant amount of nervous energy that it needs to burn off, but as it does not require a lot of space then it is perfect for apartment living.
As they love to explore, it means you have to take them on different walks to satisfy that curiosity. Look at providing around 45 minutes of exercise per day.
Also, it will be better if you have an outdoor space that is fenced in that they can run around in and explore whenever they want on top of their walk.
You also cannot forget the mental exercise side either. If they become bored then it will lead to them chewing on things or barking excessively.
Give them obedience training or play with them at various times throughout the day to counteract this.
Peke a Pap Health and Conditions
A Peke a Pap can potentially develop different health conditions throughout their life, and you need to be aware of them as early as possible.
Some of these can be passed down the family line, so asking the breeder for more information is also key.
A good breeder will provide you with these details, but that being said, the main health conditions to be aware of are as follows:
- Patellar Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Breathing Issues
While the list is not extensive, there are certainly enough things there for you to pay attention to.
My Final Thoughts on the Peke a Pap
The Peke a Pap is certainly a cute dog to own, and yet it is larger than life when it comes to its character.
They are bouncy, happy dogs that will also love to snuggle up to you on the couch and have a sleep on your lap.
They are affectionate and loving, and will certainly bring joy to your life.
Yes, they can be noisy, but that is something that you can partly train out of them without it completely changing their entire temperament.
They will certainly be intelligent enough to take on all kinds of commands, and they will rather quickly become a family pet and at the heart of everything that you do.
So, if you love how cute both of these parent breeds can be, then you are going to fall in love with the Peke a Pap.
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.
- Peke a Pap Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Peke a Pap
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Peke a Pap
- The Peke a Pap’s Diet
- Peke a Pap Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Peke a Pap