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She was the offspring of a male pomeranian and a female pekenese. She and her sister seemed to be the only two examples of this combination of genes in existence - they have a brother with the same parents who is considerably bigger and uglier and less intelligent, so the fact that the same two parents can't even always produce the same kind of puppies makes it even harder to find exactly what I'm looking for.

She needs to be just slightly bigger than a chihuahua, be good with kids, and be smart enough that we can bring her out to the patio without worrying about her running away
 

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There's no way to absolutely guarantee what a puppy will grow up to look like, and adult personality can't be 100% guaranteed either. If you want a dog to be good with kids, you'll need to choose a pup from parents with good temperaments and then you'll need to socialize the pup, and that should give you a good chance of your dog being good with kids. If you want a dog that won't run away when off-leash, you'll need to train it.

I would suggest you find an adult dog with the looks and personality you want, or go with one of these.
 

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Wasn't at least the Pekingese originally a "sleeve" dog..... A dog that could be, or was hidden inside the over size Sleeves of Royalty, like Asian Emperor's,, used to attack people if they tried to attack the Royalty ? Thus the temperament being a bit snappy towards strangers?

Easier to pick a breed that is known for the exact traits that you want and find a breeder that has a long standing in producing the breed standards.
 

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With mixed breed dogs, it's near impossible that you are going to be able to 100% guarantee their appearance when full grown. They might take on the looks of the father more, or the looks of the mother more, or they might be a combination of the two. There's just no way to tell, and I would mistrust anyone who said a puppy was 100% guaranteed to look like anything.

Temperament is likely going to be more important than appearance (you don't want a dog that looks cute but is fear aggressive and hates children, right?), so how about you find a breed of dog that meets you're personality requirements first, and then pick from your pool of candidates which dog you find the most visually appealing? There are many small, fluffy companion type dogs that are great with children and very devoted to their owners. You can also try looking at a shelter for a dog that meets your personality requirements.

As for off-leash reliability, you will likely need to do some training no matter which dog you pick. Keeping the dog on a leash or in a securely fenced area may be necessary for the first "adolescent" years of life. Picking a breed that is very handler-oriented will certainly help. For example, you would likely want to avoid terrier type dogs, or hounds, because they sometimes wander away after a scent or prey and forget about their handler.
 

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What makes you think they are the only pups that are a combination of those two breeds? That is beside the point. The minute you cross two breeds you are going to get a variation of types, some that look more like the mother and some like the father. That particular picture if they are from that cross tends to look more like the Pom than the Peke. There are a lot of Pom crosses that look like that but they are still not going to come guaranteed to be good with kids and all of them need training in housebreaking, coming when called, etc. They are live animals that have their own personality and it varies a lot no matter the breed.
 

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There is no way to guarantee that a mixed breed dog will have a particular look. There are some like Golden X Poodle crosses, Labrador X Poodle crosses, and Pug X Beagle crosses that tend to be relatively uniform in appearance, but even those crosses will have wide variations. If you want a dog with as "guaranteed" look as possible, then you will need to get a purebred dog, or if your really want a cross or mixed breed, then getting an adult.

The Pekingese X Pomeranian cross we had when I was a kid looked much more like a Peke than a Pom, and was pretty darned smart.

PS: The "bring out on the patio without running away" is training, not innate intelligence.

PPS: Depending on the age of the kids, a toy dog might not be a good idea. Toy breed puppies don't bounce. They break.
 
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