7-14 lbs
United States
Italian Greyhound

Though fairly established among hybrid dogs, Peke-Italians are not widely popular or recognized by the American Kennel Club. They are a cross between two toy breeds: an Italian Greyhound and a Pekingese and are known to be loyal and alert animals that don’t require much exercise. They are also quite smart and skilled at learning tricks and commands. Beyond this, Peke-Italians vary widely in color but typically weigh between 7 and 14 pounds and grow to be 10 to 15 inches tall. They often take on a brown coloring and black mask that makes them look like a miniature German Shepherd.

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

Peke-Italian Health

Average Size
Male Peke-Italian size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Female Peke-Italian size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Periodontal Disease
Minor Concerns
  • KCS
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Leg Fractures
  • Eye Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Skeletal
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Respiratory Tests

Peke-Italian Breed History

A Peke-Italian is a hybrid of a two delightful toy breeds that is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club. The parents are the Pekingese and Italian Greyhound. The Peke-Italian’s Pekingese parent comes from ancient China and was once treasured for its power to banish evil spirits from its owners’ homes. Much of the Pekingese’s history is unknown because of incomplete breeding records throughout the centuries; however, historians do know that Pekingese were introduced to the outside world in the mid-1800s. In fact, the Dowager Empress Cixi, China’s defacto ruler in the 1860s, began gifting Pekingese to foreign officials and diplomats around this time. It was at this point in history that the Pekingese migrated to Europe and North American and were taken in as a pets and companion animals. The breed was recognized shortly after it arrived in the United States by the AKC in 1909. The Peke-Italian’s other parent breed, the Italian Greyhound, originated in the Mediterranean region about 2000 years ago where it lived as a house dog for centuries. In the 16th century Western European traders adopted these dogs and migrated the breed West to the United Kingdom where they became very popular. Italian Greyhounds faced extinction in the country after World Ward I, but American breeders took on the task of resurrecting the breed, achieving AKC recognition in the late 1880s.

Peke-Italian Breed Appearance

The combination of an Italian Greyhound and Pekingese looks like a miniature German Shepherd. It is petite with erect ears, long and thin legs, as well as a tapered snout and dark nose. Its eyes are dark and oval, and its paws are arched and well-padded. When full grown, this pup only reaches 7 to 14 pounds and grows to be 10 to 12 inches tall. Additionally, Peke-Italians have a dense and soft, medium length coat that comes in many combination of colors that are common to both the Italian Greyhound and Pekingese. The most common coloring, however, is brown with a black mask and markings (giving the small dog a German Shepherd look). Peke-Italians also have medium length tail and an alert expression that captures the hearts of anyone who sees it.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Peke-Italian eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Peke-Italian nose
brown Peke-Italian nose
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Peke-Italian coat
brindle Peke-Italian coat
cream Peke-Italian coat
fawn Peke-Italian coat
black Peke-Italian coat
sable Peke-Italian coat
pied Peke-Italian coat
white Peke-Italian coat
blue Peke-Italian coat
red Peke-Italian coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Peke-Italian wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Peke-Italian Breed Maintenance

Peke-Italians have medium length and dense coats that shed moderately and require weekly brushing and monthly bathing. Feathering around the ears, feet, and tail is common, and owners should trim these areas themselves or bring their pup to a professional groomer. Peke-Italians should also have their teeth cleaned daily and their nails clipped at least once a month. This hybrid’s ears stick straight up and are prone to collecting wax and debris. As such, owners should check and clean their Peke-Italian’s ears regularly to avoid infections or discomfort. Note that Peke-Italians are not hypoallergenic and not suitable for owners with allergies.

Brushes for Peke-Italian
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Peke-Italian requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Peke-Italian Temperament

Since the Peke-Italians are not stabilized, they can inherit any combination of traits from their parent breeds. Nonetheless, in general, this breed is affectionate, but high-strung. It loves its owners and becomes very attached to family members. It is also an extremely sensitive breed that prefers a consistent schedule from day to day. If owners are not able to provide this type of environment, Italian Greyhounds may get temperamental or destructive in the home. Even so, Peke-Italians make great lapdogs and travel pets; they never leave their owners’ side. This level of protectiveness means that the breed is suspicious of strangers and will bark when it thinks it is necessary. When an Peke-Italian is comfortable, however, it is a great playmate to children and cuddler to humans and other dogs. In the end, this pup love to be loved, but also needs stability in its home environment.

Peke-Italian Activity Requirements

Peke-Italians are a small breed that – despite being alert – only requires light exercise. It benefits from a short walk or romp inside for about 15 to 30 minutes a day. Otherwise, Peke-Italians love to learn and perform tricks as a form of mental stimulation. They are like Poodles in that Italian Greyhound hybrids are known for their abilities to entertain. Because they don’t need a large yard or a lot of exercise, Peke-Italians are well suited for owners that live in apartments or urban environments. Beyond this, Peke-Italians do well in any type of climate, making them easy companions to maintain.

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-Italian 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-Italian Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Peke-Italian size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
Female Peke-Italian size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Peke-Italian size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
Female Peke-Italian size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Peke-Italian size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Peke-Italian size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs

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