Pek-A-Rat

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7-11 lbs
9-15"
United States
Pekingese
Rat Terrier
The Pek-A-Rat is a hybrid breed. His parent breeds are the Pekingese and the Rat Terrier. He is a lively, feisty, funny little dog. He knows how to make his family laugh, and once he knows how to make you laugh, he will do so, over and over again. He will be happy in an apartment or a home with a yard; however, he may be prone to digging holes while outside. He may be somewhat difficult to train, but persistence pays off in the end. He is loyal and loving. He is very protective of his family, and he will alert you by barking any time he feels that something isn't quite right.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Pekingese, Rat Terrier

Pek-A-Rat Health

Average Size
Male Pek-A-Rat size stats
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 10-14 lbs
Female Pek-A-Rat size stats
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 7-11 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Distichiasis
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Cataracts
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Invertebral Disc Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Pek-A-Rat Breed History

The Pek-A-Rat is a fairly rare hybrid breed. In order to understand the origins of the Pek-A-Rat, it is important to understand the history of the parent breeds. The Pekingese is the subject of Oriental mythology. Legend says that the Pekingese is a result of a lion and marmoset falling in love. The lion asked Buddha to reduce his size but allow him to retain his bravery, and Buddha approved. The result of their marriage was the Fu Lin dogs - dogs who became the companions of nobility. The Pekingese was a favorite of the Empress, and when British soldiers stormed the palace during the Opium Wars, the soldiers took the dogs as a prize of war. Introduced to British royalty, the Pekingese became a favorite of many, including Queen Victoria. While no one is certain how the Pekingese came to America, we do know that by 1910, the AKC had registered its first Pekingese. The Rat Terrier originates in America. He is believed to be the result of breeding the Fox Terrier, Bull Terrier, Manchester Terrier, and Old English White Terriers. He was bred to be a farm dog and a hunter. The Rat Terrier made an appearance in the Shirley Temple film "The Little Colonel," and President Theodore Roosevelt owned one during his time in the White House. In fact, legend has it that Teddy Roosevelt actually gave the breed its name, although this has not been verified. The breed was very popular up until the 1950s when farmers began using poison to rid their property of vermin. In the late 1970s the breed became popular once again due to its hunting abilities.

Pek-A-Rat Breed Appearance

The Pek-A-Rat is a small dog, but his exact appearance will be dependent upon the dominant parent breed. Often the Pek-A-Rat looks like a larger Pekingese. His color is often red or fawn with white on his legs and stomach. His muzzle may be black. It is also important to remember that he may be brachycephalic (short-snouted). His ears will be erect and may be feathered. His tail is often of medium length, will curl over his back, and will be fluffy. His chest is usually sturdy and white in color. He may or may not have "sock" (white) feet. Some Pek-A-Rats will have malocclusion - their bites will be incorrect, and the bottom teeth may stick out of the mouth. He may also be a red color with white on his chest, feet, and stomach.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Pek-A-Rat eyes
Hazel
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pek-A-Rat nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Pek-A-Rat coat
Cream
fawn Pek-A-Rat coat
Fawn
red Pek-A-Rat coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pek-A-Rat straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pek-A-Rat Breed Maintenance

The Pek-A-Rat will require a moderate amount of maintenance. His hair will often be medium-length, and it may feather around his ears, stomach, and tail. Brush him weekly to remove any excess hair. He may shed more in the spring and fall. If so, you will need to increase the amount of brushing to avoid fur all over your furniture and clothing. Brush his teeth two or three times a week. This will help prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. However, the Pek-A-Rat may have malocclusion, and you may need to pay special attention to his teeth. To prevent tooth decay and tooth loss, you may need to brush his teeth daily. Trim his nails every two or three weeks. A good rule of thumb is if you can hear his nails clicking on the tile floor, then it is time to trim his nails.
Brushes for Pek-A-Rat
Pin Brush
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pek-A-Rat requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pek-A-Rat Temperament

The Pek-A-Rat is a happy, energetic little dog. He may be somewhat stubborn, and he may take a little longer to train than other breeds. Reward him with positive reinforcements such as treats. The Rat Terrier in him may be prone to digging, so remember this when designing an enclosed area for him to play. Also, he may have the hunting instincts of the Rat Terrier parent breed, and he may be prone to chasing smaller animals and cars. For this reason, always supervise him when he is outside. He is a sweet, affectionate little dog who enjoys spending time with his family. He is good with children, but early socialization is best. Always an entertainer, the Pek-A-Rat makes a great addition to any family.

Pek-A-Rat Activity Requirements

The Pek-A-Rat is a fairly active dog. He will need regular exercise, not only for his health, but also because the Pekingese parent breed tends to gain weight if he does not have regular activity. Short, brisk walks with you are the perfect exercise for the Pek-A-Rat. Remember, he may be brachycephalic, so always keep water handy as you  are out exercising. Also, he should never be allowed to get overheated or over-exerted. He will enjoy trips to the dog park, but, again, keep water handy for him at all times. Should you allow him to play in an enclosed area in the yard, remember that he might be prone to digging. Plan for this as you design his enclosure.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Pek-A-Rat Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.9 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Pek-A-Rat Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pek-A-Rat size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Pek-A-Rat size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Pek-A-Rat size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Female Pek-A-Rat size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
18 Months
Male Pek-A-Rat size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Pek-A-Rat size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 11 lbs

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