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Pekingese Chihuahua Mix: A Perfect Companion For Small Dog Lovers

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Today we will talk about one of the most popular hybrid small dogs, the Pekingese Chihuahua mix. If you are looking for a small dog pet with affectionate nature and adaptability to different living conditions, this little dog might be the one for you.

What makes the Chihuahua Pekingese mix so popular and amazing? Well, for starters, the small size is ideal for living in different conditions. If you live in an apartment, these pups will take up no space. And because they do not need as much exercise, they are perfect for any family, even seniors.

With that in mind, let’s discuss some of the personality traits, health issues, training, and exercise needs of this puppy.

Meet The Breed

Popularly known as Cheeks dog, this pup is a small designer breed developed by crossing a Pekingese dog and a Chihuahua puppy. But it looks more like the Pekingese, than the Chihuahua. This dog has a sturdy body, with a round or flat head, and erect or floppy ears. One of its most recognizable features is its big and round-shaped eyes.

The hybrid was created to meet the demand of people who wanted an attractive, friendly, and social pet for a smaller home.

And with the popularity of designer dog breeds soaring, it was only a logical step for breeders to try and come up with something like this.

Dog owners nowadays are not so interested in AKC ratings. Yes, designer breeds are not recognized by The American Kennel Club. But that doesn’t make them less popular. Quite the contrary, Doodle breeds are some of the most popular dogs around.

Meet The Parents

Because there is no breed standard set by The American Kennel Club, the only way to know what to expect from your puppy is to take a look at both parent breeds. There is no guarantee which personality and appearance feature the offspring will inherit. But you can get quite a good idea of what to expect.



Often described as a regal and confident dog, this breed has a history dating back to ancient Chinese culture. These pups were bred to resemble lions, an animal revered as a symbol of luck, courage, and strength in Chinese mythology. That is why many call it lion dog nowadays.

Back in China, they were cherished as lap dogs, but they were only reserved for the imperial court. They were not allowed to be owned by commoners.

Speaking of their personality, they are loyal and affectionate puppies, but sometimes, they can be wary of strangers. Here are some common personality traits of the Pekingese dog breed:

  • Regal and confident, these dogs show their royal demeanor at first glance
  • They have a strong sense of independence and sometimes, they can be quite self-reliant
  • Pekingese are less eager to please compared to some other small dogs
  • Confident and courageous, they are not easily intimidated, and often, they express their bold and fearless nature
  • Completely devoted to their family, they are an ideal lap dog
  • Reserved with strangers, they need time to warm up to new people
  • Intelligent dogs that quickly learn and pick up new commands
  • Quite affectionate, they show their affection and love for their family



In the past several years, Chihuahuas have risen in popularity thanks to their convenience. They are small size dogs suitable for various living situations. And their unique appearance gives you an appealing factor.

These dogs can adapt to different lifestyles. They can be suitable for an active family, but also for seniors. Considered low-maintenance, they do not need as much grooming and exercise as some other small breeds.

But most importantly, in the past several years, their popularity rose thanks to celebrity endorsements and movies. Let’s take a look at some of their common personality traits:

  • They form a strong bond with their owner
  • Famous for their bold and confident nature, they exhibit an assertive and fearless demeanor
  • Highly alert and vigilant dogs, they are keen observers of the surroundings and react quickly and swiftly
  • Can be quite vocal, Chihuahuas are known to bark at almost everything that moves
  • Aloof around strangers and other animals
  • Strong-willed, making training quite a challenge in the beginning
  • Social dogs that enjoy being around their favorite people, if left alone for longer periods, can develop separation anxiety.


Now let’s talk about the appearance and personality traits of a Pekingese Chihuahua mix puppy. You can get one from a reputable breeder, or find a rescue dog. Sadly, many dogs end up in shelters, so finding a rescue is always a recommended option.

Speaking of the appearance of the dog, it has a body shape somewhere in between the two breeds. Remember, Pekingese dogs are brachycephalic, so you might get some similar features.

An adult dog weighs between 3 and 9 pounds and grows between 8 and 14 inches. The size can vary, depending on which parent has dominant genes. For example, if it inherits more of the Pekinese genes, it will be a slightly bigger dog. We know Chihuahuas are among the smallest, if not the smallest dogs in the canine world.

Their coat is short and dense in most cases. They rarely inherit the long coat of the Pekingese parent. As for coat color options, they vary between blue, black, cream, red, white, or any mixture of these colors.



When it comes to temperament, we can say that the Chihuahua Pekingese mix inherits good and bad personality traits from both parent breeds. Generally speaking, you will get an independent and stubborn dog, since both parents are a bit strong-willed.

At the same time, expect an affectionate and gentle puppy. Pekingese puppies and Chihuahuas are quite similar in their temperament. Their appearance is where they differ.

Given that both parents are quite the family puppies, this pet will also be attached to its family. They might turn into Velcro dogs, especially if the Chihuahua gene is more dominant. They are also prone to separation anxiety when left alone for a prolonged period.

Now, about barking. Pekingese are generally quiet dogs, while Chihuahuas are more vocal. Where your dog falls on this spectrum is anyone’s guess.

They are low-energy dogs that are suitable for apartment living. But remember, they are wary of strangers. Think of them as pets that love their owners, and nobody else.


Training can be quite a challenge with this stubborn and strong-willed puppy. You cannot expect them to perform various tricks.

The good news is that because of their attachment to the family, they will learn basics like following you, sitting, and similar commands. And at the end of the day, that is all you need.

Do not worry, this puppy will not run away or go far from you outside. They are mostly glued to their owner.

But you do have to pay attention to socialization and barking. Make sure to introduce your young puppy to different people and animals. And then use positive reinforcement to associate meeting new people with something good.


Exercise Needs

As we said before, Cheeks dog doesn’t need as much exercise. Yes, some small dogs like Jack Russell need plenty of exercise because of their high-energy character. But not this companion dog.

A daily walk is more than enough for your small puppy. Then, some playtime at home for mental stimulation, and you are good. To put it in numbers, 30 minutes of exercise per day is more than enough. If you want more, they will gladly follow you.


One of the reasons why the Pekingese Chihuahua mix is so popular is health and lifespan. This crossbreed is the offspring of two of the healthiest dogs. Yes, Pekingese are brachycephalic dogs, but they live quite long compared to French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs.

And Chihuahuas are among the healthiest and longest-living dog breeds.

By crossing a Pekingese dog and a Chihuahua puppy, you might solve the brachycephalic features. And that will only increase your dog’s life expectancy.

Generally speaking, these puppies live between 12 and 16 years.


Grooming depends vastly on coat texture. If your dog inherits a short coat, which happens in most cases, grooming will be a breeze. Brush them once per week and that is enough.

Yet, if they inherit the long coat of the Pekingese, brushing might be a bit more challenging. In that case, two times per week will suffice.

Why Shouldn’t You Get One?

  • Might be a bit stubborn and strong-willed
  • Can be quite vocal, especially around strangers
  • In some cases, they inherit brachycephalic features

Why Should You Get One?

  • One of the most loyal, affectionate, and devoted small pets
  • Their size makes them suitable for different living conditions
  • They do not need as much exercise, making them ideal for seniors who want a companion dog

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