Pekarin

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
China <> Scotland -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Pekarin

The Pekarin is a specific cross between a Cairn Terrier and a Pekingese. They are small dogs weighing up to 5.5 kilos and measuring around 25.5 centimeters in height. They often have the somewhat shaggy look of the Cairn Terrier with their short to medium coat. Common colors are black, brown, gold, cream or white. The Pekarin is a friendly, inquisitive dog that is energetic but has a stubborn streak that can make training difficult. But they are intelligent dogs, so with consistent, firm training, they will make excellent pets. Those with young children will need to be a little cautious, as the Pekarin will not appreciate very rough play and may retaliate. These are dogs that need a lot of love and attention and will be very loyal. Apart from occasional trimming and brushing, they don't need much grooming.

History of the Pekarin

The Pekarin is a hybrid breed, a cross between a Pekinese and a Cairn Terrier.

 

        

A little of the Pekingese

        
Pekinese have bulging eyes and snore like freight trains, but have an impeccable pedigree dating back to ancient times. Also known as Lion Dog, Peking Lion Dog, Pelchie Dog or Peke, these important but affectionate little dogs have been cherished by China's imperial family for centuries. Pekingese were never even allowed to leave the palace, but during the Second Opium War in 1860, Beijing's former summer palace was invaded by British and French troops. Five Pekingese were found guarding the body of an emperor's aunt who had committed suicide. They were taken to England and given to members of the royal family, including Queen Victoria, who named hers “Looty”. A Pekingese club was founded in Britain in 1904 and the first Pekingese registered by the American Kennel Club dates back to 1906. The Pekingese Club of America was formed in 1909.
Standard of the Pekingese

A little of the Cairn Terrier

The Cairn Terrier was bred on the Isle of Skye in Scotland around 200 years ago to hunt rats and other vermin that hid in piles of stones called cairns. They were initially grouped alongside Scottish Terriers and West Highland Whites, but were later bred separately. The Cairn Terrier is considered one of the oldest Terrier breeds. They were imported to the USA in 1913 where, both there and in England, the Cairn and West Highland White were crossed until 1917. One of the most famous Cairn Terriers was Terry, who played Toto in the 1939 film Wizard of Oz at a salary of $125 a week. The brindle Cairn also starred in the film Shirley Temple Bright Eyes.
Standard of the Cairn Terrier

Appearance of the Pekarin

The Pekarin is a hybrid breed that is a cross between a Cairn Terrier and a Pekingese. They are small dogs weighing up to 5.5 kilos and measuring around 25.5 centimeters in height. They generally have the somewhat shaggy look of the Cairn Terrier with their short to medium coat. The Pekingese has a soft undercoat and the coat can be a little longer on the Pekingese side. Common colors are black, brown, golden, cream or white. There may be feathering on the legs and toes. A Pekarin is likely to have wide-set eyes that are hazel or brown, and thick hair on the tail.

Temperament of the Pekarin

Pekarins are affectionate, playful dogs that make excellent pets, but need to be supervised in the presence of children. The parent breeds share some similarities in that they are both stubborn and intelligent, but when it comes to children, strangers and other dogs, they are polar opposites, with the Cairn loving everyone and the Pekarin disliking children or other dogs and wary of strangers. With both parent breeds likely to bark a lot, the hybrid is also likely to do so. The Pekarin will be curious and quick to learn, but may need patience and will need to learn from the start who is in charge. They won't respond to angry or harsh words, but to lots of positive reinforcement and praise. The parent breeds also differ when it comes to energy, with the Cairn having an overabundance while the Pekarin will strut its stuff but won't need intense exercise.

Needs and activities of the Pekarin

This will depend on which parent breed your pet follows the most, as Cairn Terriers need a lot of exercise while Pekingese need much less and are happy to be pampered and admired. But the Pekarin will need a daily walk and will enjoy playing. If he doesn't get enough exercise, he may develop bad habits such as excessive barking or digging. These dogs adapt well to apartment life as long as they are taken out daily. They don't tolerate heat, so it's best to walk them early in the morning or in the evening.

Maintenance of the Pekarin

The parent breeds also differ when it comes to grooming, with the Cairn Terrier needing no more than a weekly brush to remove dead hairs and the occasional trim. The Pekingese, on the other hand, is a fairly high-maintenance breed, requiring daily brushing. A bristle brush will be best on hairs after they've been sprayed first. They also need more regular bathing. The Pekarin is a moderate excretor and will need fairly regular brushing. Try to check his ears regularly for dirt, and brush his teeth daily if possible. If nails are not naturally worn, trim them if necessary.

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