Height: 18-21 in.
Weight: 40-65 lb
Color: Solid, Merle, Bi-color: Black, red, brown, gray
Origin: United States
Lifespan: 10-15 years
Temperament: Intelligent, stubborn, social, friendly, protective, loyal, affectionate, playful
Original Use: Working, companionship
The Mini Hippo, more formally known as the Cocker-Pei is an incredible designer crossbreed that is not yet a household name. The parents of this breed are the Chinese Sharpei and the American Cocker Spaniel. These dogs aren’t just companions, but also used in the military, for herding, sighting, and racing.
This unique breed has a fantastic personality, and they make wonderful family pets as they get along well with children and other animals. In terms of training, the Mini Hippo can be stubborn and strong-willed, but they are responsive to positive reinforcement. Owners must establish pack-leader status with these dogs otherwise they may become dominant over the household. Early socialization is also necessary to avoid overly-protective behavior with strangers and other dogs.
Overall, the Mini Hippo is a level-headed and gentle dog. However, they do have a loud and deep bark that will alert you of anyone walking by. Shar-peis are known to have a strong bite, which the Mini Hippo also inherits. While they are gentle dogs that don’t normally bite, they will do what it takes to protect their families. Of course, proper training is necessary to curb any wanted aggression. These dogs may become possessive of their owners and families, showing jealousy if they don’t get enough attention.
Mini Hippos require a moderate amount of daily exercise. They enjoy walking and jogging with their owners as well as inneractive playtime. Be aware that these dogs overheat easily, so they may need to take breaks mid-exercise.