The Peke-A-Tese: A Complete Guide

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The Peke-A-Tese is a unique hybrid descended from the Maltese and the Pekingese, two ancient and royal breeds.

They were bred in the United States primarily as a companion dog in the early 20th Century and have only grown in popularity since.

To give you some background, let’s take a quick look at the parenting breeds.

Originating on the island of Malta, the Maltese is thought to have been around since the 5th Century.

Even though he wasn’t officially recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1888, he is now a globally recognized breed. He is a very small, friendly dog that is kept as a household companion.

As for the Pekingese, this dog is also known as “The Lion Dog of China” because according to a popular legend, he shares the spirit of a lion.

These dogs were spread into the world as gifts by a former Chinese Empress and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1909.

Peke-A-Tese Puppies – Before You Buy…

Peke-A-Tese on the couch
The Peke-a Tese has a very short snout with a large nose.

Before considering to buy Peke-A-Tese puppies, it’s important to compare their necessaries with your lifestyle. Do they match?

Are you an eligible dog owner and does the Peke-A-Tese have the character traits you’re looking for in a dog?

When thinking about bringing a Peke-A-Tese puppy into your home, have a look at this information.

What Price are Peke-A-Tese Puppies?

As the Peke-A-Tese originates from two ancient and royal breeds, the Maltese and the Pekingese, you can expect to be charged around $1,000 for one of these puppies.

This high price is also because the Peke-A-Tese can be seen as a designer breed that is quite popular in the US at the moment.

How to Find Reputable Peke-A-Tese Breeders?

To find reputable breeders, you need to keep your eyes open and have a good look at both the main features of a Peke-A-Tese as well as the history of your breeder.

How long has he been breeding? How were other customers content?

Knowledge of the main characteristics of a Peke-A-Tese is essential so that you are able to distinguish Peke-A-Tese puppies from other hybrid puppies.

That way, you’ll know when a breeder is trying to pull one over on you.

The Peke-A-Tese isn’t a brand-new hybrid though, so you should be able to find breeders who have been breeding a while now and can provide references.

Even though the Peke-A-Tese is quite popular in North America already, it’s still not recognized by the American Kennel Club so in the near future, expect prices to increase rather than decrease.

3 Little-known facts about Peke-A-Tese puppies

  1. The Peke-A-Tese is a dog breed that adapts to most living standards easily and can be kept in both country estates as well as apartments in the city.
  2. As the Peke-A-Tese hasn’t been around that long, his temperament and appearance still vary to some extent.
  3. Even though it’s known to be a toy and designer breed, the Peke-A-Tese isn’t very hard to train and to maintain.
Peke-A-Teses in doorway
The Peke-A-Tese is one of the most intelligent hybrids.

Physical Traits of the Peke-A-Tese

With both of the parenting dogs being known to be small-sized, the Peke-A-Tese can be described as small too.

As with every hybrid, their appearance varies depending on the parent’s genetics, but normally their face resembles that of the Pekingese a little more.

These dogs have very short snouts with a large nose. Their lips are thin, and it’s not uncommon for their teeth to show from time to time.

However, this isn’t them trying to be aggressive and is usually just due to their natural facial shape.

Peke-A-Tese have very prominent eyes as well that almost seem to bulge out from their relatively flat faces and are usually dark brown or black.

Most frequently, the Peke-A-Tese comes with either a bright or dark coat with color variations from white to gray, cream to black, and almost everything in between.

The coat is known to be straight, long, and dense and needs to be brushed daily. Every once in a while, his grooming needs should be fulfilled by using a de-matter.

They will also need to be bathed at least once a month.

How Big is a Full-Grown Peke-A-Tese?

The Peke-A-Tese is a small-sized dog. Fully grown, he’s no more than 8 to 10 inches tall with males possibly being an inch taller than females.

Concerning their weight, Peke-A-Teses don’t normally weigh more than 10 pounds. Females may only weigh 6 pounds.

Even though the Peke-A-Tese has a small stature, he likes to be in the center of attention.

If you don’t find his company, he’ll find yours without a problem and chase you around the house in a playful manner.

The size of Peke-A-Teses also makes them ideal candidates for people living in the cities as they don’t take up much space and don’t need much exercise.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Peke-A-Tese?

The Peke-A-Tese may be a dog who’s below average in size but his life expectancy exceeds that of most dog breeds.

With a lifespan of 16 to 18 years, you’ll have an entertaining companion by your side for often up to two decades.

Their longevity is only guaranteed if you take care of your Peke-A-Tese and look after him of course, so regular checkups and visits to the vet are a must.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Peke-A-Tese

Peke-A-Tese looking surprised
The Peke-A-Tese easily adapts to most living standards.

With a life expectancy that’s as long as it takes children to grow up, the Peke-A-Tese makes a perfect family companion.

He’s very playful but gentle, he can handle children easily and being around them makes him happy.

As neither Peke-A-Tese or children like to be left alone, they can keep each other company and bond.

Also, this dog needs to be socialized early and continuously as he might develop a somewhat reserved behavior towards strangers otherwise.

Peke-A-Teses can be assessed as intelligent hybrids. Not only do they respond well to their training, but they can also be very submissive.

The cunning side of their intelligence comes to play when they want something. These dogs are very manipulative, and they know how to get what they want.

Whether it’s about wanting their owner to pamper them or trying to make a strange dog go away, the Peke-A-Tese can find constructive ways to make you do his bidding.

Because they like to be in the center of attention though, they need to be provided with both good socialization and good training to lower their need for attention.

This is best done by the owner but should involve other family members as well so that the Peke-A-Tese doesn’t focus on one person too much. He might develop separation anxieties otherwise.

The Peke-A-Tese’s loyal character is the main reason he has to be given constant company.

Leaving him alone during the day is not an option, and if you plan on leaving the house for hours at a time, it’s best to find a dog sitter.

This hybrid wants to be a real family member and participate in the life of his loved ones. When they feel left alone, they won’t hesitate to let you know.

This character trait makes them a good match for the sick or elderly.

Overall, this hybrid is a very easy-going and entertaining animal though. No matter where you are and whom you live with if you show him love he’ll be your loyal companion for a long time.

The Peke-A-Tese’s Diet

Being the small dog he is, the Peke-A-Tese only needs a tiny amount of food during the day. One cup divided between two meals should be enough.

Feed him in the morning when you have breakfast and give him something to eat when you have dinner too.

On days where he’s more active and demands more, you should give him half a cup more. You can satisfy your Peke-A-Tese with just a dollar a day on food expenses.

How Much Exercise Does a Peke-A-Tese Need?

The Peke-A-Tese can easily get rid of his energy by following his owner around the house which means that you don’t need to take him outside much.

It is, however, a good idea to give him a good 20 minutes of exercise during the day and walk him around so that he sees something and someone else from time to time.

Peke-A-Tese Health and Conditions

Even though the Peke-A-Tese is generally known for his longevity, this isn’t always the case as sometimes health issues affect him.

The major concerns are his skin, his eyes, and his knees.

There are a variety of other possible illnesses that you shouldn’t worry about too much though as most of them only ever occur when aging.

Final Thoughts on the Peke-A-TesePeke-A-Tese guide

If you’re already a committed dog lover or looking to be one, the Peke-A-Tese can be a good option for you.

For first-time dog owners, the Peke-A-Tese can be recommended to larger families with children as the Peke-A-Tese is a hybrid that wants stability when it comes to their owners and family members.

Even other dogs can have a positive impact on the life of your Peke-A-Tese as he loves having playful companions around.

All in all, you have to be ready to commit time and love if you want to get yourself a Peke-A-Tese.

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