Peekapoo

Last updated: February 22, 2021
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Peekapoos were first bred in the 1950’s, making them one of the first designer dog breeds.



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Peekapoos were first bred in the 1950’s, making them one of the first designer dog breeds.
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Omnivore

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Peekapoos are a mixed breed dog, or a hybrid breed, that results from crossing a Pekingese and a Poodle. There are a lot of Poodle hybrid breeds, but the Peekapoo was one of the first of these hybrid breeds. They were first bred in the 1950s. Peekapoos were initially developed to be a good companion for allergy suffers; they are a hypoallergenic breed. Peekapoos may also be called Pekepoos, Peke-A-Poos, Pekingese Poodle mixes, Peke a Poo, and Pekapoos.

These dogs can be very affectionate and make an excellent family pet. They make a great companion and love staying at the side of the members of their family. However, they are prone to separation anxiety, so you may not want to consider getting a this breed if someone isn’t available to stay home with them most of the day.

3 Pros and Cons Owning a Peekapoo

Pros! Cons!
Hypoallergenic: They don’t shed and can be a good companion for a person with allergies. Separation anxiety: They are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety than some other breeds.
Good family dog: They do good with children and can be an excellent family pet. Sensitive to heat: They are more sensitive to heat because of their flatter faces and may not do as well in a very warm climate.
Moderate exercise needs: They only have moderate exercise needs. A daily walk with their owner or some time to run around and play outside should be sufficient. Difficult to train: They can be very stubborn which can make them more difficult to train. House-training them is not always easy either, and they may have frequent accidents at first.
Peekapoo sitting in the grass

Peekapoos are more likely to suffer from separation anxiety than some other breeds.

Peekapoo Size and Weight

Peekapoos are a small-size dog breed. Males and females are generally around the same size. They weigh between 4 and 20 pounds and are up to 11 inches tall. Peekapoos that weigh less than 8 pounds are considered a Miniature Peekapoo.

Height (Male): up to 11 inches
Height (Female): up to 11 inches
Weight (Male): 4 pounds to 20 pounds
Weight (Female): 4 pounds to 20 pounds

Peekapoo Common Health Issues

Purebreds, such as the Poodle and the Pekingese that are mixed to make the Peekapoo, are often susceptible to many genetic conditions that are passed down from inbreeding. They may share some of these genetic predispositions, but the chances of inheriting a genetic disease may be a bit slimmer than a pure-bred dog since they are a mixed breed. Always choose a reputable breeder and ask to see the health history for both parents before purchasing a new dog.

Below we’ll share a few possible health issues that your pet may face. These issues are somewhat more prevalent in Peekapoos, but just because something is listed here it does not mean that your dog will definitely develop the condition. However, knowing what to be on the lookout for can help you identify potential concerns early and get your pet into the vet as soon as possible.

One possible health concern to be aware of is progressive retinal atrophy, or PRA. This is a disease where the retina in the eye gradually deteriorates. Peekapoos may lose their night vision first, but the disease often progresses to a full loss of sight.

Patellar luxation is another health problem to be on the lookout for. Patellar luxation is a slipped knee cap. The knee joint slides out and back into place when a Peekapoo walks. Patellar luxation is very painful, and you’ll want to see advice from your veterinarian right away if you suspect your Peekapoo has this condition.

Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition. The bones at the hip joint aren’t developed correctly and the thighbones doesn’t properly fit into the hip bone. This causes the bones to rub together, which can be painful. Some Peekapoos will also have trouble walking, especially as the condition gets worse. As a Peekapoo with hip dysplasia gets older, they’ll likely develop arthritis.

To recap, here are a few health concerns Peekapoos may face:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hip dysplasia

Peekapoo Temperament and Behavior

Peekapoos are very devoted to their families. They have a very loving personality and enjoy spending time being close to the people in their family. Peke-A-Poos can make a great family dog. They do very well with children. However, since this breed is smaller, they generally do best in homes with older children who know how to act around dogs and won’t accidentally harm the pup.

Peekapoos do not do as well when they are left alone or away from their owners. They can experience separation anxiety and may engage in destructive behaviors. It is best to make sure someone will be able to stay home with a Peekapoo most of the time before you decide to purchase one.

The exact temperament and traits of your Peekapoo can vary slightly based on whether the Pekingese or Poodle genes are more dominant. Poodles are pretty outgoing, and Pekingese are often reserved. The home environment and the way you treat your Peekapoo can also impact his temperament when he is full grown.

How to Take Care of a Peekapoo

Peekapoos offer unique challenges and considerations when creating a care plan. You’ll want to keep this hybrid breed’s temperament, health concerns, exercise needs, dietary needs, and more in mind as you prepare to care for your pet.

Food and Diet

Generally speaking, Peke-A-Poos should eat about 40 calories for each pound of body weight each day. For full grown adult Peekapoos, this will equate to somewhere between 300 and 800 calories or between ¼ and ¾ cup of food. However, don’t look solely at calorie content. You’ll want to choose a high-quality food that will help keep your pup healthy and allow them to thrive. Check with your veterinarian for their suggestions on the best food for your Peekapoo. They can also help provide you with further advice about the exact portion that will be ideal for your pup based on his or her age, activity level, weight, health, metabolism, and other factors. Peekapoos should eat two meals each day, so you’ll want to split their total daily allotment into two portions, one for the morning and one for the evening.

Peke-A-Poo puppies should be fed based on their predicted adult weight. This can be more challenging with a crossbreed, but use the weigh of your puppy’s parents to try to estimate their final weight and feed them based on that. They should still receive the same 40 calories per pound as full grown Peekapoos need. However, a puppy’s stomach is smaller than an adult’s stomach. This means they can’t handle the same quantity of food in one sitting. You’ll want to portion each day’s food into four meals for puppies that are under six months. Once the puppy is six months old, feeding them just two meals should be sufficient.

Maintenance and Grooming

Pekingese Poodle mixes have a very soft wavy coat that is between a medium- and a long-length. Their coat can be a variety of colors based on the exact genes they inherited from their Poodle and Pekingese parents. Coats may be silver, white, cream, gray, red, sable, chocolate, apricot, buff, or black. Some Peekapoos also have other markings on their coat. One example of this is phantom, which is a black coat with tan marks.

Peekapoos do not have an undercoat. Many do not shed, as is the desired outcome for this hybrid breed, but some may still shed a low to moderate amount. You’ll want to brush your Peekapoo’s coat on a regular basis to ensure it remains tangle-free and continues to look its best.

Like their Pekingese parent’s, Peekapoos have some folds and wrinkles around their eyes, ears, nose, and muzzle. You’ll need to regularly check and clean these areas to make sure they aren’t holding any dirt or other debris.

A Peekapoo will also need to have his teeth brushed a few times each week to prevent plaque and tartar from building up and causing dental disease. You should also make sure to regularly trim their nails to keep them from getting too long and making it painful to walk. Check your Peekapoo’s ears as well for any redness, odor, or dirt. These could be signs of an ear infection and will indicate that you need to bring your Peekapoo into the vet. Use a pH-balanced ear cleaner to keep the ears clean and prevent ear infections from happening.

Training

Peekapoos are very intelligent dogs. They can also be quite stubborn at times. This mix of traits can make them very challenging to train. It will be important to start training your Peekapoo from a very young age, as soon as you bring him or her home. This will help your Peekapoo begin to learn commands and expectations before their stubbornness builds.

Pekingese Poodle mixes respond best to training methods that use positive reinforcement. Keep this in mind as you begin training your Peekapoo. You may also want to consider signing your pup up for an obedience class once he has been fully vaccinated.

In addition to beginning to train your Peekapoo from a very young age, you’ll also want to start the process of socializing him. Take your Peekapoo puppy with you to different places and expose them to different people and pets. You’ll also want to make sure your puppy gets exposed to children from an early age, especially if they’ll be around them in the future. This will help ensure you Peekapoo knows how to act in different scenarios and around different people.

Exercise

Peekapoos are a pretty active breed and will require daily exercise. However, their exercise requirements aren’t as high as some other breeds. Try to find time each day to take your Peekapoo on a walk and play with them every day.

It is also important to note that you should be careful not to overexercise your pet. Peekapoos are brachycephalic dogs, which means they have a flat face. They can overheat more easily and experience troubles with breathing.

Pekingese Poodle mixes may become destructive if their activity needs aren’t met. Keep this in mind and create a plan to make sure your Peekapoo gets the exercise they need to stay healthy and out of trouble.

Peekapoo Puppies

Peekapoo puppies will be small. Their exact size can vary based on the mix of genes they inherited from the Pekingese and Poodle parents. Puppies will need a safe space where they won’t be able to get into trouble or get injured. Before bringing home a new puppy, make sure your home is safe and that any potentially hazardous chemicals or items have been moved away from the spaces the puppy will have access to.

You’ll also need to purchase a crate, dog food, and all the other supplies you’ll need for your new Peekapoo puppy. Making sure you have all of the supplies you’ll need will help you enjoy the time with your new Peekapoo and prevent you from feeling like you’re scrambling try to get everything you need for the puppy at the last minute. Also look for a veterinarian you trust and set up an appointment for shortly after you bring home your new pup.

Socializing and training your Peekapoo from a very early age is essential. Use positive reinforcement methods to help your pup learn commands and understand appropriate behaviors.

You should also avoid overexercising a puppy. Too much exercise can damage their still developing skeletal system. In general, a puppy should have about five minutes of exercise per month of age. So, a six-month-old Peekapoo be taken for a 30-minute walk to meet their activity needs.

Peekapoo

Peekapoos don’t shed and can be a good companion for a person with allergies.

Peekapoos and Children

These dogs are generally very good with children. They can be very loving and make an affectionate playmate for a child. However, if you want your Peekapoo to be good with kids, you’ll need to make sure they are introduced to children when they are still a young puppy. This will help them learn how to act around children and help them be more tolerant of younger children.

Peekapoos are a smaller breed. They could be accidentally injured by a toddler or a younger child who doesn’t understand how to interact with a dog yet. Peekapoos are also pretty suspicious of new people. If your dog isn’t introduced to children when they are a puppy, they may be overly suspicious and unable to handle the active and rambunctious nature of a child.

Even though Peekapoos are generally good with children, it is still important to always closely supervise a child when they are with a pet. Dogs and children can both be unpredictable, and having a responsible adult nearby can prevent accidental injury to either the child or the dog.

Dogs similar to Peekapoos

Poodles, Pekingese, and Shih Tzus are three breeds that are similar to a Peekapoo.

  • Poodle: Poodles are one of the two breeds that are mixed to create the Peekapoo, so it isn’t too surprising that the two breeds share some similarities. Both breeds shed very little; Poodles hardly shed at all and Peekapoos can shed minimally depending on the exact makeup of their genes. Both breeds are also very intelligent, playful, and affectionate. Poodles are much larger than Peekapoos. The average weight of a Poodle is over 50 pounds compared to the just 12.5-pound average for a Peekapoo.
  • Pekingese: A Pekingese is the other breed that is mixed to make a Peekapoo. These two breeds also share a fair amount of similarities. Both Peekapoos and Pekingese are smaller breeds. Pekingese have and average weight of 9 pounds and Peekapoos are a bit bigger with an average weight of 12.5 pounds. Both breeds are also very affectionate and can make a good dog for a person or family living in an apartment. Peekapoos have a higher level of intelligence and are also more likely to experience separation anxiety if left alone.
  • Shih Tzu: Shih Tzus and Peekapoos are around the same size. They are both about 10 inches tall. Peekapoos can weigh between 5 and 20 pounds and Shih Tzus can weight between 9 and 16 pounds. Both breeds are also quite vocal and may bark a fair amount. Peekapoos are more intelligent and playful than Shih Tzus.

Famous Peekapoos

Coco is a famous Peekapoo on Instagram. She has over 48,000 followers. In 2019, Coco was named Sydney’s Top Dog. When you visit her Instagram pages, you’ll find an assortment of adorable photographs featuring Coco dressed up in a variety of seasonal and cute outfits.

Have you been searching for the right name for your new Peekapoo puppy? Check out the list below for some popular names and see if one seems like the right fit for your dog.

  • Boo
  • Bandit
  • Alex
  • Bailey
  • Gizmo
  • Izzy
  • Callie
  • Georgie
  • Abby
  • Emma

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Peekapoo FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much does Peekapoo cost to own?

The price to purchase a Peekapoo from a breeder can vary quite a bit. You may be able to find some dogs that cost as little as $275, while others could cost as much as $1,500. You might also be able to find a Peekapoo to adopt through a shelter or rescue organization. Adopting on through a rescue organization should cost under $300 to cover the paperwork, adoption fees, and vaccinations for the dog.

Whether you adopt your Peekapoo from a rescue or purchase one from a shelter, you’ll also want to keep in mind the various costs associated with owning and caring for a dog. Peekapoos need veterinary care, food, a crate, a dog bed, a leash and collar, toys, and other essentials. Since you’ll need to purchase all of these things during your first year owning the dog, you should budget more money to cover all these expenses. Expect to spend between $1,000 and $1,500 that first year. The following years should be less expensive, but you’ll still want to budget between $500 and $1,000 to cover all the care and supplies your dog will need.

Is a Peekapoo good with kids?

Yes, Peekapoos are generally good with children. As a smaller breed, they are better suited for homes with older children who know how to interact with a dog and won’t accidentally injure the Peekapoo by pulling their tail, grabbing them, or being too rough in other ways. With older children who know how to treat dogs, Peekapoos can make a great companion; they are loving, gentle, and enjoy spending time with the people in their family.

What is the life expectancy of a Peekapoo?

The lifespan of a Peekapoo can vary based on the specific genes the dog inherits, its lifestyle, activity level, and general health. This breed generally has a lifespan of between 10 and 15 years.

What is a Peekapoo?

A Peekapoo is a hybrid breed. They are a cross between a Poodle and a Pekingese. Peekapoos were bred to be a hypoallergenic dog, and while some do shed, many do not and are a good choice for people with allergies. Peekapoos were first bred in the 1950s, making them one of the first poodle crossbreeds. Peekapoos are intelligent, loving, and gentle. They can also be stubborn, which can make them more challenging to train than some other dog breeds.

How big does a Peekapoo get?

The exact mix of genes a Peekapoo inherits will determine its size. Because of this variability, Peekapoos can range between 4 pounds and 20 pounds. Peekapoos that weigh less than 8 pounds are considered Miniature Peekapoos.

Is a Peekapoo hypoallergenic?

Many Peekapoos are hypoallergenic. However, since they are a cross between a Poodle and a Pekingese, some may not be. Poodles are hypoallergenic, but Pekingese are not, so if a Peekapoo inherits more of the Pekingese genes they may not be hypoallergenic.

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