Designer dogs have been around for quite some time, and tend to have the best traits of both breeds. One such designer dog, the Chihuahua-Pekingese mix, is said to have both the gentleness of the Pekingese and the vibrant spirit of the Chihuahua.
Designer dogs typically have a name that combines the two parent breeds with a cute twist. For example, a cocker spaniel-poodle mix is called a cockapoo and a Labrador retriever-poodle mix is called a labradoodle. However, as designer dogs are not official breeds, the names can change and differ. According to Designermixes, the most accepted name for the Chihuahua-Pekingese mix is "cheeks." However, several other names sometimes applied to the mix are the pek-a-chi, chipeke, and pekachu.
The cheeks is quiet and well-mannered dog, which comes from its Pekingese heritage. At the same time, because of its Chihuahua half, the cheeks is also playful and expressive.
Cheeks are usually long-haired, but they can also have short hair. They have wide, rounded heads and large, dark eyes. A Cheeks will weigh about 5 pounds when it is fully grown. His ears can be either straight or floppy.
Because of its Chihuahua heritage, the cheeks is well-suited to playing with children and being a family dog. However, like other toy breeds, the cheeks can be wary of strangers. If not socialized with other dogs early, it can have problems interacting with them later in life. Because toy breeds often spend large amounts of time with their owners, cheeks can become very attached to one person in particular.
The Pekingese half of the cheeks, according to Mydogbreed, could make the dog susceptible to breathing difficulties, eye problems and back sensitivities. While Chihuahuas are hardy dogs for their size, they are susceptible to a common small-breed problem: luxation of the patella, where the dog's kneecap can become dislocated. Overall, the cheeks is a healthy dog as long as it is well cared for.