7-13 lbs
United States

The Peke-A-Boo is a hybrid breed made up of crossing a purebred Pekingese and a Bolognese. They have a distinctive underbite from their Pekingese ancestry and can have a short or long coat. They have short, stumpy legs and large brown eyes with a friendly expression. A Peke-A-Boo usually takes after the Bolognese when it comes to getting on with children and other dogs but it is always a good idea to keep an eye on children around small breeds who may snap if treated roughly.  These dogs make great family pets but do love to get their own way so a firm hand is needed. They don’t shed a great deal so weekly brushing is usually enough. Common colors are white, black, brown and tan.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bolognese, Pekingese

Peke-A-Boo Health

Average Size
Male Peke-A-Boo size stats
Height: 6-9 inches Weight: 8-14 lbs
Female Peke-A-Boo size stats
Height: 7-8 inches Weight: 7-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • KCS
  • Allergies
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Periodontal Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Dental Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Allergy Testing

Peke-A-Boo Breed History

The Peke-A-Boo is hybrid breed made up of a combination of a Pekingese and a Bolognese, both having connections to royalty. Despite their size, DNA studies reveal that Pekingese dogs are among the closest, genetically, to wolves. They are an ancient breed with the earliest records traced to the Tang Dynasty of the 8th Century. Other names for them are the Lion Dog, Peking Lion Dog, Pelchie Dog, or Peke. Only royalty could own them and anyone who stole one faced the death penalty. It was in 1860 during the Great China War that this breed first came to the attention of the Western world. Franco-British forces marched on Peking and looted the summer palace. Inside they found five Pekes guarding the body of the Emperor’s aunt, who had committed suicide during the invasion. They were taken to England and one was given to Queen Victoria who named her “Looty”. She lived at Windsor Palace until her death 10 years later. The dogs were first registered by the American Kennel Club in 1906 while the Pekingese CLub of America became a member of the AKC in 1909. Sharing their name with an Italian sauce, the Bolognese is a small white fluffy dog of the Bichon type, originating in Italy. Sometimes referred to as the Bichon Bolognese, they are among several similar white dogs including the Bichon Frise, the Coton de Tulear  and the Maltese that go back around 2000 years. The Bolognese gets its name from Bologna where they were popular with Italian aristocrats. In later centuries they found favor in a number of royal courts across Europe. Queen Maria Theresa of Austria had her little dog preserved by a taxidermist after its death and it can still be seen at the National Museum of History in Vienna. Americans Bert and Dorothy Goodale discovered the Bolognese while doing research into the Havanese breed. They imported the first Bolognese to the United States in 1985.

Peke-A-Boo Breed Appearance

The Peke-A-Boo is a designer dog made up of crossing a purebred Pekingese and a Bolognese. They are toy breeds and quite small weighing up to 14 pounds. They usually reach a height of up to 9 inches. Their coats can be long or short depending on which parent breed the hybrid most takes after. The eyes are large and brown and they have flat faces with black noses and ears that hang down. They often have the distinctive underbite from the Pekingese side. Common colors are white, black, brown and tan and their tails usually curve over their backs.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Peke-A-Boo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Peke-A-Boo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Peke-A-Boo coat
brown Peke-A-Boo coat
black Peke-A-Boo coat
white Peke-A-Boo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense

Peke-A-Boo Breed Maintenance

Depending on how long your Peke-A-Boo’s coat is, it should be brushed daily or several times a week to prevent matting. A Bolognese is hypoallergenic which is good for those with allergies while a Pekingese is not, so it will depend on which parent breed your dog most takes after. These breeds need their faces and eyes cleaned regularly as they may develop tear stains under their eyes and also to prevent any problems developing with the skin folds on the face. Bathe your pet occasionally when needed. Trimming may be needed including the hair on the feet. Ears should also be checked for dirt and the teeth brushed daily if possible. The nails should also be clipped when necessary.

Brushes for Peke-A-Boo
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Peke-A-Boo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Peke-A-Boo Temperament

A Peke-A-Boo is an intelligent dog but one who will need a firm hand as they can be filled with self-importance and are masters at getting their own way. But they do make excellent companions especially for those who don’t have children and want a dog to devote themselves to. They aren’t the best dogs for people with small children because they may bite if handled roughly. This breed is fairly easy to train but will need lots of positive reinforcement as they don’t respond well to harsh discipline. Early training and socialization will be needed to help them get on with other dogs. A Peke-A-Boo is loving and affectionate to their owners and won’t want to spend too much time on their own. They will suit older people who are not so active as the Peke-A-Boo will be more than happy to cuddle on the couch. They are quite wary of strangers and will bark if they see someone approach. They are quite protective and make good watchdogs.

Peke-A-Boo Activity Requirements

A Peke-A-Boo is an active, energetic dog but doesn’t need a lot of exercise to be content. He will be happy hanging out around the house as long as he has company. These are good dogs for those in an apartment or a house with a small garden. They shouldn’t be exercised when it is too hot and when the temperature does rise they should be kept inside with the air-conditioning on. Your pet will enjoy games and visits to the dog park or beach. These will also help with socialization skills and they will have fun playing with other dogs.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
25 minutes
activity minutes

Peke-A-Boo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Peke-A-Boo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Peke-A-Boo size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Peke-A-Boo size stats at six months
Height: 4.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Peke-A-Boo size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
Female Peke-A-Boo size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Peke-A-Boo size stats at 18 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
Female Peke-A-Boo size stats at 18 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs

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