The Cheeks dog is a small-statured designer breed developed by crossing the Pekingese and Chihuahua. Characterized by a sturdy body, round or flat head, erect or floppy ears, and big, round-shaped eyes, these dogs make an adorable pet because of their sweet and humble disposition.
|Other Names||Pekachi, Pee-chi, Pek-A-Chi, Pikachu, Pekachu|
|Coat||Dense coat ( short as the Chihuahua or long like the Pekingese)|
|Color||Black, white, blue, red, cream and brown|
|Group||Toy dog, watch dog|
|Lifespan||10 to 14 years|
|Size and Height||Small; 10 to 14 inches|
|Weight||3 to 9 Lbs|
|Temperament||Loyal, lively, loving, gentle, alert and sweet|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Does not thrive well in a warm climate|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/ Information||DRA, DBR, IDCR, ACHC, DDKC|
While the American Canine Hybrid Club and Designer Dog Kennel Club has recognized the name “Cheeks”, the International Designer Canine Registry acknowledges the name Pekachi.
The Chihuahua and Pekingese mix are known to be incredibly loving and loyal, being deeply bonded with the owner, following them wherever they go.
They share a good rapport with kids, though the latter should handle these dogs in a decent way.
Just like their parents, this breed may also be aversive towards strangers to a certain extent, warning their owners by letting out a bark whenever he senses an intruder in his household. However, in spite of having sound watchdog ability owing to their alert nature, they are not suitable for guard dogs.
Since they are not too active, they would thrive well in apartments, especially in households with busy people.
Similar to its parents, the Chihuahua mixed with Pekingese might also at times display a stubborn behavior making training a challenge. Hence, an experienced owner is well-suited to train the Chihuahua Pekingese mix puppies rather than first timers who would attempt in handling them in a firm and wise way.
It is essential to impart obedience training to your Cheeks puppy to keep its stubborn nature under control. Acquaint it with several commands like “sit,” “come,” “stop” and so on. If you have already taught your dog to stay with a leash on, then bend down to its level and say “Come”, while pulling at the leash in a gentle way. As it proceeds to you, shower it with its favorite treat.
Teach your dog the difference between a good and bad experience by exposing it more to the outside world. You can carry it along with you on a shopping spree or to a park where it gets acquainted with a lot of people as well as pets. Interacting more with the outside world would help him to get acquainted with different experiences.
Provide you Pekingese and Chihuahua mix with one-fourth to half cup dry dog food daily. Apart from this make sure to include an adequate amount of nutrients to its diet to help it be healthy.