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Pek-A-Rat Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Pek-A-Rat so you can get to know the breed more.

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Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Pekingese and Rat Terrier mix

Pek-A-Rat Size and Weight

Is a Pek-A-Rat small, medium or large dog?

How big do Pek-A-Rat get?

What is the average size of a Pek-A-Rat?

How much does the Pek-A-Rat weigh? How much should a Pek-A-Rat weight? What is the normal weight of a Pek-A-Rat? How much does a full-grown Pek-A-Rat weight?
15-25 pounds (7-12 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Pek-A-Rat?
20 pounds (9.5 kg)
How tall is the Pek-A-Rat? Pek-A-Rat height:
10-20 inces (25-51 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Pek-A-Rat?
15 inches (38.5 cm)

Pek-A-Rat Price and Availability

How much does the Pek-A-Rat puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Pek-A-Rat in the United States? How much money is a Pek-A-Rat?

Where to buy a Pek-A-Rat with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Pek-A-Rat, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Pek-A-Rat for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Pek-A-Rat gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Pek-A-Rat? How many Pek-A-Rat are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Pek-A-Rat is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Pek-A-Rat Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Pek-A-Rat? Is the Pek-A-Rat breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Pek-A-Rat ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Pek-A-Rat dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Pek-A-Rat?
Pek-A-Rat dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Watchdog Ability
Is Pek-A-Rat good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Pek-A-Rat dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Pek-A-Rat dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Pek-A-Rat dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Pek-A-Rat can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Pek-A-Rat will take care of unwanted people or animals.

Pek-A-Rat Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Pek-A-Rat have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Pek-A-Rat sensitivity:
Pek-A-Rat dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Pek-A-Rat a good family dog?
High: Pek-A-Rat dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Pek-A-Rat need? Pek-A-Rat social needs:
Pek-A-Rat dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Pek-A-Rat to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Pek-A-Rat roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Pek-A-Rat is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Pek-A-Rat have high prey drive?
Pek-A-Rat dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Pek-A-Rat dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Pek-A-Rat Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Pek-A-Rats are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Do Pek-A-Rat dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Pek-A-Rat bark?
Average to High: The Pek-A-Rat is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Pek-A-Rat good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Pek-A-Rat in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Pek-A-Rat breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Pek-A-Rat Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Pek-A-Rat dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Pek-A-Rat be left alone? How long can you leave a Pek-A-Rat alone?
Pek-A-Rat dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Pek-A-Rat Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Pek-A-Rat has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Pek-A-Rat? How much bite force does a Pek-A-Rat have? How strong is a Pek-A-Rat bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Pek-A-Rat bite force: Weak. The Pek-A-Rat bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Pek-A-Rat measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Pek-A-Rat may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Pek-A-Rat being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Pek-A-Rat bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Pek-A-Rat puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Pek-A-Rat can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Pek-A-Rat bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Pek-A-Rat? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Pek-A-Rat? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Pek-A-Rat has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Pek-A-Rat do?
Pek-A-Rat dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Pek-A-Rat dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Pek-A-Rat Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Pek-A-Rat dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Pek-A-Rats are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Pek-A-Rat breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Pek-A-Rat breed? Most common health risks of Pek-A-Rat:
Cataracts Hip Dysplasia Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationEye ProblemsProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Heart ProblemsEntropionIntervertebral Disk DiseaseExposure Keratopathy SyndromeDistichiasisMitral Valve DiseaseCryptorchidismEctopic CiliaCleft PalateBrachycephalic SyndromeHydrocephalusKeratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Pek-A-Rat breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Pek-A-Rat see the vet?
The Pek-A-Rat should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Pek-A-Rat dogs live? How old can a Pek-A-Rat be? What is the age limit of the Pek-A-Rat? How many years can the oldest Pek-A-Rat live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Pek-A-Rat?

How long is the lifespan of a Pek-A-Rat?

14-18 years
The average lifespan of Pek-A-Rat: 16 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Pek-A-Rat Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Pek-A-Rat have? What is the activity level of the Pek-A-Rat?
Pek-A-Rat dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Pek-A-Rat need? How much exercise do Pek-A-Rat dogs require per day?

Do Pek-A-Rat dogs need a lot of exercises?

Pek-A-Rat dogs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Pek-A-Rat breed need?
Pek-A-Rat dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.

Pek-A-Rat Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Pek-A-Rat need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Pek-A-Rat breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Pek-A-Rat? How much food should I feed my Pek-A-Rat?
1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Pek-A-Rat risk for obesity:
Average: The Pek-A-Rat has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Pek-A-Rat weight regularly.

Pek-A-Rat Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Pek-A-Rat have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Pek-A-Rat coats?
BlackGrayTan Red Blue Cream White BrownFawn Tricolor
How to groom the Pek-A-Rat and how often? How often should I take my Pek-A-Rat to the groomer?
Average: The Pek-A-Rat requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Pek-A-Rat, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Pek-A-Rat dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Pek-A-Rat? Do Pek-A-Rat dogs shed a lot?
Pek-A-Rat dogs shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Pek-A-Rat breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Pek-A-Rat need a bath? How often should you give a Pek-A-Rat a bath? Can I bathe my Pek-A-Rat every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Pek-A-Rat breed hypoallergenic?
Pek-A-Rat dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Pek-A-Rat has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Pek-A-Rat drool?
The Pek-A-Rat is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Pek-A-Rat could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Pek-A-Rat.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Pek-A-Rat Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Pek-A-Rat dogs get along with other pets? Are Pek-A-Rat dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Pek-A-Rat dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Pek-A-Rat temperament with other people:
Pek-A-Rat dogs are stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Pek-A-Rat dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Pek-A-Rat temperament with children:
Pek-A-Rat dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Pek-A-Rat dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Pek-A-Rat breed live with a cat?
Pek-A-Rat dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Pek-A-Rat good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Pek-A-Rat dogs get along with other dogs?
Pek-A-Rat dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Pek-A-Rat can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Pek-A-Rat breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Pek-A-Rat breed suitable for first-time owners?
Pek-A-Rat dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Pek-A-Rat dogs good office canines? Do Pek-A-Rat dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Pek-A-Rat is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Pek-A-Rat dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Pek-A-Rat temperament with senior people? Are Pek-A-Rat dogs good for elderly owners?
Pek-A-Rats are commonly okay with elderly people.

Pek-A-Rat As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Pek-A-Rat be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Pek-A-Rat is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Pek-A-Rat be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Pek-A-Rat be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Pek-A-Rat is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Pek-A-Rat be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Pek-A-Rat is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Pek-A-Rat be a search and rescue dog?


This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.

The Pek-A-Rat breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Pek-A-Rat be a boat dog?

Not really

Pek-A-Rat breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Pek-A-Rat be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Pek-A-Rat is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Pek-A-Rat dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Pek-A-Rat Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Pek-A-Rat pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Pek-A-Rat breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Pek-A-Rat: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Pek-A-Rat have in a litter? How many puppies can the Pek-A-Rat breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Pek-A-Rat have? How many puppies can a Pek-A-Rat give birth to?
5-7 puppies

Pek-A-Rat Recognition

AKC Group
Is Pek-A-Rat recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Pek-A-Rat recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Pek-A-Rat Pros and Cons

  • Trainability: Pek-A-Rat dogs are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Pek-A-Rats are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Pek-A-Rat breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Pek-A-Rat is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Pek-A-Rat dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Pek-A-Rat dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Pek-A-Rat dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Pek-A-Rat dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): This breed would make an excellent search and rescue dog.
  • Hypoallergenic: Pek-A-Rat dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Shedding Level: Pek-A-Rat dogs shed above average.
  • Stinkiness: The Pek-A-Rat has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Pek-A-Rat is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Pek-A-Rat dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Pek-A-Rat is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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