8-13 lbs
United States
West Highland White Terrier

The Peka-A-West comes from two very different toy breeds: the West Highland White Terrier (“Westie”) and the Pekingese. The combination of these two parent breeds create a well-tempered and moderately active hybrid dog known for being smart, affectionate, and somewhat defensive. That said, it is eager to please and responds well to obedience training. Peka-A-Wests grows to be only 8 to 15 pounds and 8 to 10 inches tall. They are well-established among designer breeds, particularly 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
Pekingese, West Highland White Terrier

Peka-A-West Health

Average Size
Male Peka-A-West size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Peka-A-West size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 8-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Inguinal Hernias
  • Copper Toxicosis
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Addison's Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • KCS
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Dental Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Peka-A-West Breed History

The Peka-A-West parent breeds, the West Highland White Terrier (“Westie”) and the Pekingese, migrated to the United States at the turn of the 19th century and were recognized within a year of each other by the American Kennel Club. It is presumed that the Peka-A-West, a currently established American designer breed, originated shortly after that in the beginning half of the 1900s. Westies and the Pekingese, however, come from very different backgrounds. Westies originated in Scotland during the 16th century under the reign of King James I. They were bred to hunt small to medium sized vermin including foxes, rats and badgers. These pups may have come in several colors at the time of their formation, but today they only come in a pure white variety. The Scottish Terrier history is complex and intertwined; so much so, that the Westie was known by several other names throughout its history including the White Scottish, Little Skye, Cairn, and Roseneath – many of which are now considered separate strands of the Terrier classes. In fact, the Westie was registered by the AKC as the Roseneath in 1908. The next year, however, the name was changed to the West Highland White Terrier. The Peka-A-West’s other parent, the Pekingese (sometimes referred to as “The Lion Dog”) originated in ancient China where popular legend had it that a lion fell in love with a marmoset and requested that the gods make him smaller so that he could marry his tiny bride. The gods consented, resulting in the small dog with the heart of a lion. Comprehensive breeding records of the Pekingese prior to the 20th century remain scare; however, we do know that these dogs were treasured pets in China for centuries, particularly among royals. In fact, the renowned female leader, Dowager Empress Cixi, began gifting the petite pups to foreign diplomats as gifts, which led to the breed’s rise in global popularity starting in the late 1800s. They were particularly beloved in the United States, and was recognized by the AKC in 1909.

Peka-A-West Breed Appearance

Peka-A-Wests only grow to be between 8 and 15 pound and 8 to 10 inches tall, so they are a small and compact breed and have a balanced mix of their parent breeds’ characteristics. They look much like smaller Westies with darker coloring and some Pekingese facial features, such as a relatively short muzzle and wide-set eyes. Note, however, that this hybrid also has small, high-set ears and parted hair on the muzzle like a Westie. Aside from this, Peka-A-Wests have dainty, but heavily padded paws and a medium length, well-coated tail. The coat is medium to long in length and quite dense.

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

Peka-A-West Breed Maintenance

The Peka-A-West’s moderate shedding and coat length necessitates occasional maintenance in the form of brushing with a pin, comb, or slicker brush. Ambitious owners can trim particularly long pieces of their pets’ coat with scissors or clippers around the feet, ears, and eyes. Otherwise, professional grooming is always an option. Peka-A-Wests should be bathed and have their nails clipped at least once a month. Owners should also use a damp cloth to clean out their Peka-A-Wests ears and eyes on a regular basis to avoid infections. Additionally, Peka-A-Wests should have their teeth brushed daily to ward off dental diseases. 

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

Peka-A-West Temperament

The combination of the Westie and Pekingese creates a well-balanced dog that is both alert and calm, active and relaxed, intelligent and affectionate. It develops strong bonds with its family members and loves the company of people – adults and children alike. Unlike some other Pekingese mixes, the Peka-A-West is unusually active because of its Terrier heritage. Nonetheless, it is not hyper-active thanks to the calming effects of the low-key Pekingese personality. It can be a relatively easy dog to train because of its intelligence and inclination to seek affirmation from its owners. This trait also makes the breed affectionate and playful; you’ll be hard pressed to see a Peka-A-West turn down a snuggle or romp session. On the flip-side, Peka-A-Wests are hesitant – sometimes skittish – around strangers. As such, socialization with people and other animals from an early age is important to rearing a well-adjusted Peka-A-West. Overall, this breed retains many positive qualities of its parents breeds and is great for families looking for a smart and affectionate pet.

Peka-A-West Activity Requirements

A Peka-A-West’s energy level falls in between the low-key Pekingese and the energetic Westie. In general, these pups need about 30 minutes of exercise a day. They may require more, however, if they take after their Terrier parent. Either way, this hybrid is always eager to go on moderate walks, take trips to the dog park (depending on the temperament), and play games such as fetch. Because of their size and moderate activity requirements, Peka-A-West are great for owners that live in urban or apartment environments in temperate climates. They will thrive, however, in any household and climate type so long as they are treated like the playful lapdog that they are.  

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

Peka-A-West 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

Peka-A-West Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Peka-A-West size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
Female Peka-A-West size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Peka-A-West size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
Female Peka-A-West size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Peka-A-West size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Peka-A-West size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs

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