Crested Peke

8-12 lbs
Chinese Crested

The Crested Peke is a hybrid dog which can vary greatly in shape in and coat type. It is a crossbreed between two toy-sized dogs with very different figures. The Chinese Crested dog is a slender dog with a thinly tapered muzzle and the Pekingese is a stoutly built canine with a short, wide muzzle. This little dog may not be the best companion for small or rowdy children as they are easily hurt by rough or clumsy play, and they may have a tendency to nip to protect their property or person. They are usually fairly polite and quiet in the home, however, and they don’t require a great deal of outdoor exercise, so they do make good apartment dwellers. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Chinese Crested, Pekingese

Crested Peke Health

Average Size
Male Crested Peke size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Female Crested Peke size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 8-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Eye Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Sunburn
Occasional Tests
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Skeletal
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Endoscopy

Crested Peke Breed History

The Crested Peke is a designer dog, an intentional crossbreed between a Pekingese, a diminutive companion to ancient Chinese royalty and Chinese Crested dog, a frequently hairless canine that once helped to keep sailing ships vermin free. The Pekingese breed is one of the most ancient breeds, developed as a companion for royalty in China sometime prior to 700 BC, and much of their history has been lost in myth and legend. While the legend that this diminutive canine is not a dog at all, but the offspring of a marmoset and a love-struck lion is an unlikely origin story, recent DNA testing does tell us that this dog, known in China as Fu-Lin, or Lion Dog, is more closely related to the wolf than most breeds. These tiny but fierce dogs were often bestowed upon favored visitors to the country and they quickly gained popularity in both Europe and the United States, gaining recognition with the American Kennel Club as early as 1906. When the Qing Dynasty fell in the early 1900’s, most of the royal dogs were slaughtered, and it was the dogs that were given to visiting dignitaries and scattered throughout the world that kept this breed from going extinct. The Chinese Crested dog is also a very old breed, and despite its name, it was not actually developed in China. At some point in the 1500’s, Chinese traders obtained these small dogs from a far away port and began selling bartering with them, trading them to sailors to hunt vermin. Unfortunately, we can only speculate as to which port they were originally obtained because it didn’t take long before they were distributed throughout the world. They were popularized in America in the 1900’s and were first allowed to compete in the miscellaneous class with the American Kennel Club in 1955, but dropped from eligibility just ten years later. It took twenty years for the Chinese Crested breed to regain that status and another six to be further recognized as a breed in the toy group. Although they have not yet managed a Best in Show win at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show held in New York each year, Chinese Crested dogs, both purebred and mixed, have taken the top place in ten of the World’s Ugliest Dog competitions since it started in 2000.

Crested Peke Breed Appearance

The Crested Peke is a small dog but can come in a range of widths as the Chinese Crested is very slender and the Pekingese is quite stocky, and the width of the head may also be quite variable from one dog to the next with either a broad or tapering muzzle to match. They typically have dark eyes which can range in shape from round to almond and they have medium to large ears that either hang down from the side of the head or stand up erect with the base up high on the dog’s head. The hairlessness of the Chinese Crested dog is a dominant trait, and each adult Chinese Crested dog carries both the dominant hairless gene and the recessive gene that produces the Powderpuff variety which is fully covered with a thick, silky double coat. This means that the coverage of this canine’s coat could range anywhere from being fully covered to only having the head crest, tail plume, and socks of the hairless Chinese Crested. Although this hybrid can come in almost any color, they are most frequently seen in brown, golden, sable, or tan and they frequently have black markings. 

Crested Peke Breed Maintenance

The grooming requirements for this breed can vary quite a bit depending on the type and amount of fur that the particular animal inherits. Crested Peke dogs that are mostly hairless require more frequent bathing, and brushing takes just a very short amount of time, whereas the full coated variety requires fewer baths, but daily brushing is required to prevent tangles and mats from forming. The skin of the Chinese Crested dog is prone to irritation, particularly in the hairless variety, and the Crested Peke may inherit this trait as well. This means that getting a good, non-irritating dog shampoo is essential for this canine’s health, as is checking for any problems like rashes, acne, or swelling whenever you bathe your pet. These dogs may also be predisposed to dental infection and injury due to the shape and size of their mouths, so ensuring that their mouth is kept as clean and healthy as possible is of particular importance.

Crested Peke Temperament

These little canines are extremely family oriented and affectionate, they prefer to be as close to their chosen human or humans as possible and can develop separation anxiety if left alone too long. They typically enjoy being the center of attention and have a desire to please their family, but they may inherit an imperious attitude from the Pekingese and a willful streak from the Chinese Crested dog so training can be challenging, and training sessions should be short and frequent, starting as early as possible. Socialization is also very important with this breed as they can become very wary and  suspicious of strangers without it. Although they will do quite well with well-behaved older children, they may not be an appropriate companion for very small children or rowdy children. There a risk of jealous behavior from the Chinese Crested genetics, and the Pekingese breed dogs also have a tendency to be possessive of their toys and food which may be passed down, and rough or clumsy handling by the child may result in injury to the dog.

Crested Peke Activity Requirements

The activity requirements for the Crested Peke are relatively undemanding and they are typically satisfied with forty to sixty minutes of vigorous activity a day although it is typically best to break these sessions up into several smaller chunks of time. These little canines are well suited to living in smaller spaces with several short walks or energetic indoor play sessions a day. They are quite intelligent and lively, however, and mental stimulation of some sort will be required in order to prevent destructive behaviors caused by boredom. These dogs tend to be fairly quiet and are generally pleasant and polite roommates, making them a suitable choice for apartment living.

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