The Peke-A-Tese is the cross between the Pekingese and the Maltese. Some experts say that this breed originated in the 1980’s when there was a fashion of breeding two pure breeds to create smaller kinds. With a compact body combined and small round feet, the Pekeatese has a well balanced physical stature. These brown eyed dogs have a little black nose while some even have a lion dog facial feature. The Peke-A-Tese has small light-weight ears.
Temperament & Personality
Some may inherit the free-spirited nature of the Pekingese while others get the playful and impish side of the Maltese. These dogs are best suited for those who have experience in handling such breeds. If a family with kids and other pets is planning to buy a good watchdog, then the Peke-A-Tese will be a good choice.
As they can suffer from small dog syndrome, these dogs can even take a fight with more prominent dogs. They are known to be extremely affectionate to their owner. The tricky part is they do need a lot of attention from their owner which can be a headache at times. So a probable buyer of this breed should think twice before buying a Peke A Tese. This breed does well in apartment life.
While they do not need a high level of physical activities, the owner should keep the dog busy with some form of mentally challenging game to prevent the dog from getting bored. Because they also go well with other dogs, the owner can visit the dog park occasionally.
A light amount of regular indoor play sessions for about 20 minutes will keep the dog physically fit. They also need early socialization skills to make them an obedient dog.
The Peke-A-Tese needs moderate to heavy grooming depending on the coat type. Some experts even suggest using a scissor or a clipper to trim the excess hair on their legs. These dogs need a regular brushing of their teeth to prevent some significant oral problems.
Some major health issues are Patellar luxation, Entropion, Skin fold dermatitis, Exposure Keratopathy, and Patent Ductus Arteriosis. Other minor problems are KCS, Hydrocephalus, Mitral valve disease, and Shaker dog syndrome. Whereas, occasional tests for the eyes, knees, and heart are suggested.
Early socialization training will make the dog more sociable and obedient in the future. Potty training is another important thing which the owner should teach the pups.
A daily routine of the half to one cup of dry dog food will maintain the dog’s health. The owner should make sure that the dog gets all the required nutrients on a daily basis.