6-9 lbs
United States

The Peke-A-Tese is an amusing and self-assured hybrid that descended from two ancient and royal breeds: the Maltese and the Pekingese. It is easy to train and maintain, being that it grows to be only 6 to 11 pounds in weight and 8to 11 inches tall. This entertaining pup doesn’t mind being the center of attention, but can be weary of strangers and attached at the hip (or foot) of its owner. Nonetheless, the Peke-A-Tese is a beloved hybrid that is well-established and quite popular in the United States. Still, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club and can still vary in temperament and appearance to some extent. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
Early 1900s
ancestry Ancestry
Maltese and Pekingese

Peke-A-Tese Health

Average Size
Male Peke-A-Tese size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 8-11 lbs
Female Peke-A-Tese size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 6-9 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Obesity
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Minor Concerns
  • KCS
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Dental Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Shaker Dog Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Dental Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Full Physical Examination

Peke-A-Tese Breed History

The Peke-A-Tese’s parent breeds, the Pekingese and the Maltese, both originated in ancient times and were isolated as populations for a significant period. Both dogs also, however, have their own unique evolution journeys that end up intersecting in 19th century America. The Pekingese hails from ancient China and was named after the capital city Peking, (now Beijing). A popular legend asserts that in ancient times, a lion fell in love with a marmoset and requested that the gods make him small enough to marry his petite bride. The gods obliged and the result was the Pekingese, a small dog with the courage of an animal that is much larger. In fact, these dogs are often referred to as “The Lion Dog of China.” Records of the Pekingese are scarce, but they were cherished pets in their native country for centuries. When China began to open its doors to the outside world under the reign of The Dowager Empress (1861-1908), Pekingese were gifted to foreign diplomats as gifts. The breed quickly grew in popularity, particularly in the United States, and was recognized by the AKC in 1909. The Maltese, as its name suggests, comes from ancient civilizations on Malta. In fact, there are written accounts and art work dating back to the 5th century that showcase the breed as a beloved lapdog on the island. In the 14th century, however, holy wars sweep the region; invading forces snatched up these small dogs to bring home with them, primarily to Western Europe. In England particularly the Maltese breed became a favorite among the ruling class. Americans also started showing interest in the breed and showing them in the late 1800s. By 1888, the Maltese was recognized by the AKC and become a globally recognized breed. The Peke-A-Tese was likely to have been bred arbitrarily throughout the 20th century. It is now an established designer breeds with a significant fan base in North American. Even so, it is not recognized by the American Kennel Club yet.

Peke-A-Tese Breed Appearance

The petite Peke-A-Tese retains physical qualities of both of its parent breeds. It has a compact body that is carried by small, round feet, and balanced by a medium length (but well coated tail). It has dark brown eyes and a black nose like both its parent breeds. And though it is not as stout as the Pekingese, it retains some notable Lion Dog facial features like a shorter snout, wide set eyes, and a flat crown. However, the Peke-A-Tese has small, pendant ears and is generally lighter – though varied – in color, like the Maltese. Additionally, the coat is long in length, dense, and soft.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Peke-A-Tese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Peke-A-Tese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Peke-A-Tese coat
gray Peke-A-Tese coat
brindle Peke-A-Tese coat
fawn Peke-A-Tese coat
cream Peke-A-Tese coat
black Peke-A-Tese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Peke-A-Tese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Peke-A-Tese Breed Maintenance

The Peke-A-Tese's ample coat needs light daily grooming – such as brushing with a pin brush or comb – and occasional heavier grooming with a dematter. Some owners even choose to use scissors or a clipper to trim their dog’s lengthier hairs. This dog is not completely hypoallergenic, but it can carry less pollen and dander due to the characteristics it inherits from its Maltese’s parent’s hair-like coat. Beyond this, a Peke-A-Tese should have its teeth brushed daily and its nails clipped regularly. It should also be bathed once a month with special attention paid to cleaning its heavily coated, floppy ears.

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

Peke-A-Tese Temperament

The Peke-A-Tese is an undeniably stately toy breed with the courage of hunting dog and the poise of a lapdog. The breed is known for having a “big dog” personality and is not afraid to approach others, demand attention, or sound an alarm. On the other hand, it is also known for sticking by its owners side, being affectionate, as well as amusing companions. Peke-A-Tese are also very obedient and respond well to house training. They do need a lot of one on one attention from their owners, however, and tend to attach to one person in a household. Because of this, separation anxiety is a concern with his breed. Owners that are away frequently or have erratic schedules should think twice before adding a Peke-A-Tese to their families. Aside from this, Peke-A-Tese do very well in all indoor environments. Because of their size and energy level, they can be a particularly great choice for owners living in urban or apartment environments.

Peke-A-Tese Activity Requirements

Peke-A-Tese are alert dogs, but do not need a lot of organized exercise. A short walk or light indoor play that amounts to about 20 minutes a day will satisfy their activity needs. Aside from this, Peke-A-Tese simply enjoying trotting around the house next to their owners and relaxing on various laps and soft surfaces around the home. They tend to be gentle animals that will get along with children, who are great buddies for providing Peke-A-Tese with the right amount of activity and mental stimulation. Peke-A-Tese should, however, be socialized from an early age to ensure that new people and animals do not disturb their typically easygoing disposition.

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

Peke-A-Tese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Peke-A-Tese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Peke-A-Tese size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
Female Peke-A-Tese size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Peke-A-Tese size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Peke-A-Tese size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Peke-A-Tese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Peke-A-Tese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs

Peke-A-Tese Owner Experiences

6 Years
1 People
Hide & Seek
Playing fetch with his toys
Require a lot of attention
1 year, 11 months ago
4 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Play keep away
She is amazing love to play
1 year, 11 months ago
5 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Djura loooves his rubber ball, he can play with it whole day, he also likes to guard things like his leash or my bag etc.
2 years, 8 months ago
17 Years
1 People
House & Yard
TK can do small walks. Sometimes gets confused
3 years, 5 months ago
8 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Playing in the snow
Likes to play at night and in the bed with a fake plastic bone and ball protect her food from other dogs
3 years, 4 months ago
10 Years
3 People
House & Yard
laying on the couch
Playing with her toys
She likes to sleep and cuddles.
2 years, 12 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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