Crested Peke

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Crested Peke History

The Crested Peke is a pure domesticated breed of cat. The Crested is a pedigreed, purebred, or domestic breed of cat. It is derived from the Siamese, and has some similar characteristics. The crested (sometimes referred to as “crestless”) is a variant of the traditional Siamese, and is very similar in appearance. The origin of the crested Peke is disputed. The founder of TICA (The International Cat Association), Joe T. Goebel, is generally credited with originating the trait in 1964. This claim has recently been challenged by veterinarians, who state that the “Crested” variant has existed since the 1920s. The back story behind the “Crest” is that it was unintentional. The breeder simply had a pregnant Tonkinese (which is a Siamese/Oriental mix) with a mate who was a black and white Himalayan. When the litter was born, it was discovered that the momma had given birth to white and black kittens. However, when adult, the two types of cats looked quite different. Some resembled the Oriental, while others were similar to the Himalayan.

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Crested Peke Physical Characteristics

The Crested Pekin is a small-to-medium sized breed of domestic duck that originated in China. They are considered a rare breed and according to the American Kennel Club, there are not many in the United States. The Crested Pekin can grow to a height of 12 to 14 inches and weigh between 10 and 20 lbs. They have thick, curly plumage that resembles a crest and they have webbed feet.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 11 – 14 inches

Female Height Range: 11 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 8 – 12 lbs

Female Weight Range: 8 – 12 lbs

Crested Peke Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Crested Peke Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Tracheal Collapse, Eye Problems, Allergies, Skin Fold Dermatitis, Mitral Valve Disease, Sunburn

Crested Peke Temperament and Behaviour

The Crested Pekinese is a small, independent, and spirited dog. They are often aloof and wary of strangers, but they can be friendly and outgoing with their family members. They are highly trainable and excel at learning tricks. They are loving and loyal to their owner, but can be aggressive towards other small dogs.

Crested Peke Activity Requirements

The Crested Peke is a fun, loving, and energetic little dog. They were originally bred as companion animals, and are still well-liked household pets today. Because of their small size, they are well-suited for apartment life. While they are not as high-energy as other small breeds, the Crested Peke still requires regular exercise. They can be kept happy in an apartment with daily walks or short play sessions. If you are looking for a small, fun, and spunky companion, the Crested Peke may be the perfect dog for you. Just make sure you are prepared to give them the exercise they need to stay healthy and happy.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Peke is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Peke is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Crested Peke is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Peke is part of the Unclassified group.

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