Welcome to our complete guide to the Peekapoo. An adorable mixed breed that is finding it’s way into hearts around the world.
We’ll look at what you can expect from a Pekingese Poodle mix and whether this gorgeous little dog will be the right fit for your family.
These fluffy little dogs have proven to be a great choice for those looking for a smaller companion dog.
So what are we waiting for! Let’s take a closer look at the Peekapoo.
What is a Peekapoo?
The Peekapoo was developed by crossing a full Pekingese with a Poodle.
As a cross bred dog, they can have varying temperaments, appearances and even sizes.
To fully understand the Peekapoo dog, we need to take a look at their Pekingese Poodle parents.
The Poodle Breed
Poodles come in three sizes, from the large Standard Poodle to the medium Miniature Poodle and tiny Toy Poodle.
Peekapoo puppies are bred from the Miniature or Toy varieties.
Poodles are loyal and loving dogs, with lots of intelligence and energy. They tend to be fairly laid back around people. Adoring their families but being calm with strangers.
These clever pups need lots of interaction, in order to work their brains and burn off energy.
They are great dogs for active families who like getting out and about.
The Pekingese Breed
The Pekingese is a lapdog, with the heart of watch dog. They will cuddle up on your lap in the evening, but also be sure to let you know if anyone approaches the house.
Although loving with their family, they can be a little intolerant of man-handling and therefore aren’t always the best choice for kids.
They also have some worrying health issues, that we’ll look at a little later on.
Pekingese x Poodle = Peekapoo
The Pekingese and Poodle mix is one of the oldest “designer” hybrid dogs with the first being bred in the 1950s.
This cute mix could have any of the characteristics of either parent breed that we’ve looked at above.
So let’s delve a little deeper and see what you can expect!
Peekapoo Full Grown
Cute Peekapoo puppies are tiny, but how big does a Peekapoo get?
Peekapoo adults stand 11 inches on average. Like a lot of hybrid dogs, weight can vary a lot.
A Peekapoo should be under 20 lbs with some weighing in at just 10 lbs.
These fabulous little dogs can have an outgoing and active outlook on life.
While they may be perfectly content to cuddle up on your lap one moment, they would love to go on a walk with you in an instant!
Peekapoos can be playful and friendly with people but they also can be protective of their people.
While most will not lash out, care must be taken to socialize Peekapoos so they do not become overly protective.
Since they are a hybrid, they may exhibit more Pekingese traits than Poodle traits or vice versa.
Since both the Poodle and the Pekingese are friendly and outgoing dogs, the difference between one Peekapoo and another may be as noticeable as with some other hybrids.
Unfortunately, the health of the Pekingese parent may have been passed on to the puppy, which could make for an energetic dog who is unable to burn off their energy properly. We’ll look at this more in a moment.
Peekapoos have the potential to be high energy dogs at times.
When puppies they can be aggressive little chewers.
Peekapoo puppies need chew toys such as teething rings to help when they start to teeth. Other toys for play can help keep them entertained.
It is key to socialize your Peekapoo as young as possible. Socializing early and getting them used to children will prevent any major barking and nipping issues.
The Peekapoo is a very smart little dog and tends to learn new things quickly.
Using positive reinforcement techniques such as a little treat when your puppy does what is asked of them, will help them learn even faster, especially if they are a stubborn puppy.
The Peekapoo can exhibit some distinct variations in coat color. This is fairly typical for any designer dog breed out there.
If you are looking for a specific color, such as a black Peekapoo or a white Peekapoo, you could have a longer wait.
Is The Peekapoo Hypoallergenic?
Because the Peekapoo does not shed excessively, many people that have allergies can tolerate a Peekapoo better than a lot of other dog breeds so they are often called hypoallergenic dogs. However, this is not technically correct.
Poodles are a hypoallergenic dog breed, but Pekingese are not. And you can have a range of hair types from a mixed breed dog.
The wavy soft coat of the Peekapoo is not only beautiful, but fairly easy to maintain in gerneral. They do not have an undercoat like some breeds and thus often do not shed a lot.
But your Peekapoo could have a coat more like their Poodle parent than the Pekingese parent.
In general , regular bathing and brushing as needed are all that you have to do.
The Peekapoo coat varies from mid to long but if you don’t want to mess with brushing regularly you can get their hair clipped to a short size.
In the hotter months of summer, your Peekapoo may be much more comfortable if their hair is cut at least once.
The Peekapoo has a facial structure that can make them more prone to respiratory problems.
Pekingese are a brachycephalic dog breed. According to one study, 67% of Pekingese ahave Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)
BOAS is a horrendous condition for a dog to live with, and makes it hard for them to breathe even when at rest.
On very hot days a Peekapoo can be at risk of overheating, especially if they are being very active or are spending a lot of time in an area with little or no shade.
If you plan on taking your Peekapoo on vacation to the beach, it might be a good idea to get them a good clipping before you go out.
Taking along some shade for them when you are going to be out in the sun a lot and where there is little shade will help prevent any heat-related issues.
Only you can decide how you feel about the morality of buying a breed or mixed breed dog that has been bred to have breathing problems.
Being crossed with a dog with a full muzzle might reduce the chances of your pup having problems, but it won’t remove them completely.
If your heart is set on this cross, it is essential that you choose a breeder who has used a Pekingese parent with a fuller muzzle. Make sure they provide evidence that a vet has confirmed they don’t have BOAS.
This will give you the best chance of not bringing home a puppy that suffers.
Miniature Poodles live on average 14 years. Pekingese may live 1 – 15 years.
Cross bred dogs tend to live on average a little longer than their purebred cousins, so you can assume at lifespan of at least that long.
Smaller dogs on average live longer than large breeds too, so this also lies in the Peekapoo’s favor.
However, if you buy a puppy with a brachycephalic face, then this life could be filled with discomfort and potentially expensive medical bills.
Like any designer dog breed, you need to be careful about who you are getting them from.
Asking for the medical history of the parents or having access to pedigree records helps potential dog parents ensure they are making a good decision.
With one brachycephalic parent it is essential you get a certificate of health from a veterinarian. Make sure you have evidence the Pekingese parent does not have BOAS.
Good breeders have only a few dogs, who live as family pets in the home. They should clearly know their owner, their own name and have a strong bond with the family.
You can find tips on avoiding puppy farms here – it’s not always as clear as you might think!
Although Peekapoos are a healthy and long-lived breed, purchasing one from the wrong kennel could mean problems down the road.
The Peekapoo cannot be registered with the AKC as they are a mixed breed, but they can be registered through The American Hybrid Canine Club under the name Peke A Poo.
If a price sounds too good to be true then you should be alert and cautious about your purchase.
While occasionally someone just wants to find a good home for a Peekapoo you can expect to pay $500-$1500 for a puppy.
You also need to add in the cost of getting your puppy their shots and other 1st year of life medical care. Some dog parents choose to get health insurance for their puppy that covers a large portion of these costs and provides emergency coverage as well.
If you buy a puppy that has one brachycephalic parent, health insurance is essential as the chances of them needing veterinary care are high.
If you are looking for a Peekapoo of any age, then Peekapoo rescue could be a great option.
You can see what the older dog’s temperament is like, and miss out on that bity puppy stage!
A rescue Peekapoo may not be a mix of two purebred dogs, and could possibly be a little more guess work than ‘designer’, but they can still make wonderful pets.
The Designer Dog Controversy
The term designer dog sometimes has some negative connotations. Sure there are some dog fads in the past that have led to dogs being put in shelters when owners realize they are not the dog they expected.
The Peekapoo is a hybrid dog breed that has been around for long enough that they cannot be considered a fad dog or a designer dog that came and went.
There is nothing inherently wrong with cross-breeding dogs to create a breed that brings joy and happiness to new dog parent’s so long, as they are not being bred in too large of a number to find homes for all of them. Or with worrying health problems, which is the question you need to ask yourself when purchasing a puppy from a brachycephalic breed.
Is a Peekapoo the right dog for me and my family?
The Peekapoo, when socialized properly and got from health tested parents, could make a loving and fun family pet.
But there is a big risk when buying a dog that is even 50% from a brachycephalic breed.
If your heart is set on a Peekapoo, make sure that you speak to the breeder thoroughly and meet the Pekingese parent. Make sure that they have a pronounced muzzle, and have never required surgery or medical intervention for respiratory problems.
Not sure if a Peekapoo is for you?
There are some other lovely healthier small breeds and mixes you might like to check out, and you can read all about them in the articles below:
- Maltese Terrier
- Border Terrier
- Lab Beagle Mix
- West Highland White Terrier
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Choosing the Perfect Puppy
You might also like to check out Choosing The Perfect Puppy.
A complete guide to finding the right breed of dog for you and your family.
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- Low Energy Dog Breeds
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