Hippo Breed Information
Description: The Mini Hippo dog is a Cocker Spaniel Shar Pei mix. No, they have no relation to actual hippos. The breed got its name for having a broad “hippo” nose, thanks to its parent breed the Shar-Pei. The Mini Hippo Dog has a medium build with large eyes and loose, wrinkled skin. This breed has a sweet nature that come across in friendly, energetic and loyal personality traits.
Other Names: Mini Hippo Dog, Cockerpei
Height: 13.5-15.5 in.
Weight: 20-30 lbs.
Colors: The Mini Hippo dog has a coat that comes in the colors black, cream, brown, red or tri-color.
Coat: The coat of this breed is short with “spiked” hair.
Temperament: The mini hippo shares the calm and intelligent nature of its Shar-Pei parent, described as sweet, loving and loyal to their owners. They are described as independent and confident in social situation. With Children: The Mini Hippo dogs are loving and gentle with younger members of the family. They are loyal to those who treat them with respect. With Pets: With early socialization, Mini Hippo dogs can mingle with other animals and dogs. They tend to have a possessive streak that keeps them guarded with other animals but early training can help prevent an issue.
Watch-dog: The breed has a very strong hunting drive and have no problem barking at unknown people or surroundings, which makes this breed a watch dog.
Guard-dog: This breed will do whatever it takes to protect their family, making them a successful guard dog.
Care and Training: The Mini Hippo requires daily teeth and coat brushings, along with nail and ear checks for dirt and buildup. The wrinkles of their skin should be kept clean and dry to avoid infection and irritation. Training should take place as early as possible to help the breed associate with other animals.
Learning Rate: High. They are very loyal to those who are training them and have the ability to grasp the material quickly. Obedience: High. Although they have a stubborn streak, this breed is a people pleaser when it comes to those they respect. Problem Solving: High. The Mini Hippo dog is known for its intelligence.
Activity: Moderate. While these dogs love to be active and playful, they tend to burn out quickly. A walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the park is an ideal exercise for this breed.
Living Environment: The Mini Hippo breed does best in a household with a big family and a fenced in yard. They love being around people and love outdoor activities.
Health Issues: Health concerns for a Mini Hippo are allergies, ear infections, “cherry eye,” and gum disease.
Life Span: 10-15 years
Litter Size: 4-6 puppies.
Country of Origin: United States of America
History: The Mini Hippo Dog, also known as a Cocker Spaniel Shar Pei mix, got its name for having a broad “hippo” nose, thanks to its parent breed the Shar-Pei. The Cocker Spaniel were bred in England and can be traced back to the 14th century. Translated to “Spanish dog,” the breed was brought to the United States of America in the 1620’s. The Shar Pei originated from a small village named Tai Lai, in the Kwangtung Province of Southern China. The ancient breed can be dated back to the Han Dynasty, around 200 B.C., statues that resemble the breed were discovered to be from that time.
Registries: The Mini Hippo Dog, under the name Cocker Pei, is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).