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Peke-A-Chon (Bichon Frise & Pekingese Mix): Info, Pictures, Traits

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Peke-A-Chon (Bichon Frise & Pekingese Mix)

Height: 6–11 inches
Weight: 5–14 pounds
Lifespan: 11–16 years
Colors: Black, gold, cream, sable
Suitable for: Families without young children. People who work from home in apartments or houses.
Temperament: Affectionate and playful. Intelligent, friendly, and sweet. Active and loyal.

If you are looking for an adorable lap dog that will be happy to cuddle on your lap, play games, and be part of the family, the Peke-A-Chon is an excellent canine to consider. This tiny tyke is a crossbreed between a Bichon Frise and a Pekingese.

Not only is this loveable little canine cuter than any dog has a right to be, but they are also easy to take care of and train. Below, you will find info on their primary care, temperament, training, expenses, and much more. So, if you are curious about the Peke-A-Chon, find a cozy spot and keep reading!

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Bichon Pekingese Puppies


If you are aiming for adorableness, there are no better bullseyes than the Peke-A-Chon. This designer breed comes from two of the most popular purebred toy breeds around. The Bichon Frise and Pekingese have been around for hundreds of years and have been the favorite of several royal families.

Together, they have created a little furball with the best qualities. As a puppy, they’re cute and cuddly, with an alarming tendency to chew on everything while looking too adorable to frustrate you.

However, one of the most important things you need to remember with this little canine is that they can be easily hurt when they are so small. They can fit in your hand, so you will need to be watchful of them. Make sure they are not in a position to be stepped on, and you need to keep them off chairs or couches as a fall could harm them.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Peke-A-Chon

1. Oldest Dog Breed

One of Peke-A-Chon’s ancestors is considered one of the oldest canines in the world. The Pekingese originated in China and is thought to have been developed several centuries ago.

2. Stolen Dog

The Peke-A-Chon’s parent, the Pekingese, was originally stolen from China and brought to the UK in 1860. They were so cute, they couldn’t be left behind.

3. Warm-weather Dog

This designer breed is known to have some issues with hot and humid weather, yet their Bichon Frise ancestor originated in the Mediterranean. They are also thought to be a descendant of the Barbet.

The parent breeds of the Peke-A-Chon
Image Credit: Left – Vladimir Nenezic, Shutterstock | Right – T.Den_Team, Shutterstock

Temperament & Intelligence of the Bichon Pekingese 🧠

The Peke-A-Chon is an adorable, small lap dog that is a great companion for families and individuals. They are playful, loyal, and affectionate with a gentle nature. They are rarely aggressive and enjoy lounging on your lap and being the center of attention. This little tyke is also intelligent and active with a happy spirit.

The Peke_A_Chon is equally happy to relax as they are to play fetch. Although they need regular exercise, there is no need for strenuous walks daily. They’re devoted and loyal to their human but have some anxiety issues, so leaving them alone for long hours while you are at work is not recommended.

On the other hand, if you work from home or have someone in the house for most of the day, the Peke-A_Chon will do well. They enjoy being around people, especially family. They can be somewhat shy around new faces, and they can be barkers. They’re good watchdogs, but if you live in an apartment where noise is an issue, you may have a problem.

There is also a feisty side to this tiny character. As mentioned, they can be wary of strangers but are not shy around their family. They will show their displeasure when they are overly frustrated…which brings us to our next topic.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Pekingese is generally not recommended for families with small children as they don’t have a substantial threshold for being poked or prodded. Their annoyance can make them nip and bark. Training them early is ideal, but it can also be hard to tell which side they take after. For that reason, they’re not the best pets for young kids.

On the other hand, they’re ideal for families with older kids. Though they can be easily startled by loud noises, a boisterous household will generally keep them from being timid. Since they don’t require strenuous activity, they are also great pets for seniors or those with disabilities.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

The Peke-A-Chon is not famous for getting along with other pets, but it can depend on how well they are socialized as puppies. It can also have a lot to do with which side of the family they take after. They are more likely to get along with another dog than a smaller animal such as a cat or hamster.

However, they do well with a companion of the same breed. Adopting another Peke-A-Chon is usually a smooth transition, and it can be helpful if you need to spend more time away from home. Again, socialization is critical with this breed. Though they are not aggressive and don’t have a strong prey drive, you want to get them used to other people and animals as young as possible.

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When you adopt a new pet, you want to ensure that you can care for them in the best manner possible. Therefore, we have included all the details you need to know about the Peke-A-Chon.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The Peke-A-Chon is not the biggest eater in the canine community, but that does not mean they don’t need a healthy and nutritious diet. They require protein, fat, fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals to be healthy and happy.

If you have any questions about your pet’s meals, the best thing to do is to speak with your vet. Smaller breeds require different dietary supplements for their overall well-being. What’s more, their age, health, activity level, and weight can play a big role in their meal plan. You should also note that Peke-A-Chon is a candidate for gaining weight.

According to the AAFCO, canines should get 30 calories per pound of body weight per day. Typically, this hybrid will eat a cup of food split up into two meals. The choice of whether you go for wet or dry food is yours, but again, speaking with your vet to make the best decision is important.

Exercise 🐕

One significant aspect of Peke-A-Chon’s care is that they don’t require strenuous daily walks. However, you must provide exercise daily. A short walk or games in the living room are usually sufficient. This is important for keeping them happy and grounded.

Like most dogs, excess energy is not a good thing. They can become destructive with their chewing, plus they can also start to bark constantly. Making sure they are getting adequate activity will keep these activities at bay.

Other Activity Requirements

As mentioned earlier, the Peke-A-Chon doesn’t do well in hot and humid weather. You will want to take them out early in the day or after sunset during the summer. You can also restrict playtime to indoors while the temperatures are high.

You also want to make sure you are keeping an eye on them while you are outside. They have been known to wander off and are not the best with directions. They can become lost quickly, not far from home. Keeping them on a leash or monitoring them when they eat in the backyard is essential. They are well able to slip through small spaces, as well.

Training 🦮

The Peke-A-Chon has average intelligence and benefits from early-stage training. They respond to positive reinforcement and praise very well. You need to keep their training sessions to quick lessons followed by play, then another quick lesson. They get easily distracted, so doing these activities in spurts is helpful.

They can get stubborn as they get older and are also very sensitive. Any yelling or mistreatment on your part can cause them to become aggressive or very timid, and it’s better to end an unproductive session and try again tomorrow.

House Breaking

Housebreaking your Peke-A-Chon is probably the most crucial aspect of their training. With tiny bladders, they need more bathroom breaks than large canines, and you can expect them to have a few accidents before they’re trained.

Grooming ✂️

The Peke-A-Chon is “hypoallergenic” and doesn’t shed much, which is good news for anyone with allergies. They should be brushed a few times a week to remove loose fur and prevent mats from forming.

You must also trim their fur every few weeks to keep the hair out of their eyes. If you are new to dog ownership, we recommend getting professional assistance, especially if your pet is not comfortable being groomed.

Bathing can be done every two months with a gentle shampoo. They can have sensitive skin, so using a gentle formula is essential. You also want to make sure they are dried thoroughly.

Their Face Care

One aspect of their care that is out of the ordinary is examining their head and face thoroughly. It’s vital to check their skin for signs of rashes or irritations. Not only that, but you also need to wipe their face down daily to prevent tear staining and skin fold issues.

The same goes for their teeth and ear care. You will need to pay attention to their dental health. Daily brushing is recommended, along with some delta treats. They can have foul breath, but the snacks can help. Their ears should also be checked and wiped clean, along with the other grooming chores. Check for redness, mites, and excess wax.

Finally, you must keep their nails trimmed to a comfortable length. They’re not very active and don’t wear their nails down like energetic canines. The best way to gauge whether they’re too long is to listen for the sound of their nails in the ground. If you can hear them, you need to trim them.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Designer breeds may be healthier than purebred dogs. However, there is no current proof to indicate that it is a fact. When it comes to the Peke-A-Chon, they have many possible ailments that could develop. Again, they are just possibilities. Their care, weight, age, and general lifestyle will affect their health and lifespan.

Minor Conditions
  • KCS
  • Cataract
  • Urolithiasis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye disease
  • Allergies
  • Weight gain
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Mitral valve disease
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Hemophilia
Serious Conditions
  • Patellar luxation
  • Entropion
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Dental disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Brachycephalic syndrome
  • Exposure keratopathy syndrome

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If you are looking for a small dog that will be happy to sit on your lap, the Peke-A-Chon is a good breed for you. This loyal and loving dog is a great companion for families with older children, seniors, or singles. They do not require strenuous activity, yet they love to play and make you laugh.

We hope you have enjoyed this article, and it has provided you with all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your new pet.

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