Peke-A-Pap

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

Origin
China <> France and Belgium -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Peke-A-Pap

The Peke-A-Pap is a small designer dog developed by crossing a pure-bred Pekingese and a pure-bred Continental Toy Spaniel. Both parent breeds were bred as companion dogs, but are much more than that, and are energetic, curious and friendly dogs that make excellent pets. A Continental Toy Spaniel loves children and other dogs, and even cats, while a Pekingese isn't as child- or dog-friendly, so your pet could have characteristics of both parent breeds. But if you have young children, it will be best to keep an eye on them around the Peke-A-Pap. They have long, straight, silky fur and common colors are black, brown and white or mixtures of these. They need regular brushing and occasional trimming to keep their good looks.

History of the Peke-A-Pap

The Peke-A-Pap is a designer dog developed by crossing a pure-bred Pekingese with a pure-bred Continental Toy Spaniel.

 

        

A little of the Pekingese

        
Originating in western China over 2000 years ago, Pekingese were owned by members of the Chinese imperial palace. In 1860, when British troops stormed the palace in Beijing, many of these dogs were killed. But five survived and were brought back to England, with the smallest given to Queen Victoria. They are also known as Lion Dog, Peking Lion Dog, Pelchie Dog or Peke and became popular in the UK and the USA. In 1894, the first Pekingese was exhibited at a British dog show, while the first Pekingese registered by the American Kennel Club was Rascal, in 1906. The Pekingese Club of America was formed in 1909.
Standard of the Pekingese

A little of the Continental Toy Spaniel

The Continental Toy Spaniel is descended from the tiny Spaniels called Continental Toy Spaniels and Dwarf Spaniels, which date back to the 16th century. The name “Papillon” refers to the breed's erect, fully fringed ears. The floppy-eared variety is called “Phalène”, meaning “moth”, and both types can be found in the same litter. The history of the Continental Toy Spaniel can be traced through works of art such as Rubens, Watteau, Boucher, Van Dyke, Rembrandt and Fragonard. The breed was incredibly popular in Spain and Italy as well as in France, and they were often transported between countries by mule. Louis XIV of France, Marie-Antoinette and King Henri III are said to have owned these dogs. The Continental Toy Spaniel was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935 with the formation of the Papillon Club of America.
Standard of the Continental Toy Spaniel

Appearance of the Peke-A-Pap

The Peke-A-Pap is a small designer dog composed of a pure-bred Pekingese and a pure-bred Continental Toy Spaniel. Also known as Papanais, they have the fringed ears of a Continental Toy Spaniel and generally the flat face and nose of a Pekingese. They have long, stiff, silky hair and common colors are a mixture of brown, black and white. They are toy breeds weighing up to 4.5 kilos with an average height of 28 centimeters. The eyes are alert and expressive, medium-sized and brown, and may be slightly domed depending on the mix of parent breeds. The tail tends to curve over the back.

Temperament of the Peke-A-Pap

A Peke-A-Pap is a friendly, busy little dog that loves its owners and makes a good pet for those without children or with older children. Small children should be supervised around them because of their size and they can break if handled roughly. They are lively and intelligent and, despite their size, quite protective. They can be a little stubborn, so it's best to start training and socializing them as early as possible. This will enable your dog to develop good habits and feel confident around strangers and other dogs. This breed can bark a lot, so it's important to let them know when to stop so this doesn't become a problem later on. A Peke-A-Pap is suitable for new owners who are likely to find their pet easy to train with plenty of positive reinforcement. Even though they're small and bred as companion dogs, this breed is energetic and will love to let off steam around the house and on family outings.

Needs and activities of the Peke-A-Pap

They may be small, but a Peke-A-Pap has lots of energy and will need to burn it off daily to stay healthy and fit. They don't need long walks or hikes, but a trip to the beach or dog park will be a good idea. They are also happy to play indoors, but will appreciate play in a fenced-in yard. These dogs are suited to living in a house or apartment and should not be left outside for long periods. They don't tolerate heat, so turn up the air conditioning in summer and don't walk them in the midday heat.

Maintenance of the Peke-A-Pap

Brush and comb your Peke-A-Pap's coat once or twice a week to keep skin and hair healthy. They may need grooming especially in summer when it heats up. It may be a good idea to trim the hair around the feet to prevent anything from getting caught in it. These breeds don't need to be bathed very often, so only when necessary and always with a good dog shampoo. Wipe the face to avoid any developmental problems with skin folds in the area. Small dogs can be prone to dental problems, so brush his teeth every day. Also check the ears and wipe away any dirt that may have accumulated. If you hear your pet's claws on the floor, it's usually time for a clip.

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