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Peekapoo Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Peekapoo so you can get to know the breed more.

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Peekapoo
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Peekapoo have? The dog breed also known as...
Cross between the Pekingese and Poodle.Pekingese-Poodle Mix
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Peekapoo recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Peekapoo recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Peekapoo breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.
Price
How much does the Peekapoo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Peekapoo price:
300-1300

Peekapoo History

The Peekapoo is one of the oldest of the hybrid or designer breeds. The breed was created in the 1950s with the cross of a Pekingese with a Poodle (probably a Toy or a Miniature Poodle). According to experts, the breeders’ purpose was to produce a non-to-low shedding dog suitable for people with allergies. The Peekapoo has quickly gained popularity by the early 1960s due to its small, lap-friendly size and sweet affectionate temperament.

However, to be able to understand the breed’s history, we need to look at both parent breeds. As for the Pekingese, the breed has pampered past and was treated like royalty by the Chinese. According to the legend, the Pekingese are the offspring of a love affair between a lion and a marmoset. As a result of this, people started calling them the Lion Dogs because they resembled the ancient Chinese guard lions known as Shishi or Pelchie dogs. It was believed that these dogs had mystical powers that could protect the palaces and temples. During that time, they were only owned by royalty, and they were so treasured that they had their own servants. Stealing one was punishable by death. In addition, when a member of royalty died, their dog was euthanized and buried with their master to accompany them to the afterlife. Furthermore, during the 8th century, the Pekingese were never allowed to leave the palace until the discovery of the breed during the Opium Wars of 1860. During the conquest of the Imperial Summer Palace, five Pekingese were discovered and sent to Britain, where one was gifted to Queen Victoria. She named him Looty because of how the dogs were acquired. When the Pekingese arrived in Britain, they quickly became popular, but their scarcity made the price unaffordable for all but the wealthiest. As they were carried in the long sleeves of the royal robes worn in the palaces, Pekingese were previously known as Sleeve Pekingese. The Pekingese was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1906 and is the 93rd most popular dog in the United States. Unfortunately, in recent years the popularity of the breed has declined, but in 2021 a Pekingese named Wasabi won the Westminster dog show.

On the other side, there is still a great debate on the Poodle’s origins but it is believed that they descend from the old French Barbet. In fact, the Poodle was popular as a duck hunting dog and eventually became the national dog of France. However, it is likely that they were first bred in Germany. Anyhow this breed actually consists of three types; the Toy Poodle, the Miniature Poodle, and the Standard Poodle. The Standard Poodle is the oldest of all and the Miniature and Toy variations were developed for those who desired smaller dogs. Despite their small size, the Toy and Miniature Poodles were also used as working dogs, especially desired for circuses because of their high intelligence and athleticism. 

Overall, combining a Pekingese and a Poodle made a fairly balanced dog that is affectionate but independent too. Similar to the parent breeds, the adult Peekapoos are small in stature, standing less than 11 inches tall, and if a Pekingese is crossed with the smallest poodle, called the Toy Poodle, then it is called a teacup Peekapoo. As the breed is not purebred, there is no formal breed standard for how the puppies should look. These petite pups have coats in colors ranging from silver, grey, chocolate, and black to white, cream, apricot, and buff.

Peekapoo General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Peekapoo size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Peekapoo weigh? Peekapoo weight:
5-20 pounds (2,5-9 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Peekapoo? Peekapoo average weight:
12.5 pounds (6 kg)
Height
How tall is the Peekapoo? Peekapoo height:
9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Peekapoo average height:
10 inches (25.5 cm)

Peekapoo Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Peekapoo have? What does this canine coat look like?
SoftWavyLongMedium
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Peekapoo's coat?
SilverGrayWhiteSableRedCreamApricotChocolateBlackBuff
Grooming
How to groom the Peekapoo and how often?
Advanced: The Peekapoo requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Peekapoo a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Peekapoo, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Peekapoo dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cross between the Pekingese and Poodle.? Peekapoo shedding level:
Peekapoos are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Peekapoo Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Peekapoo have? What characteristics does the breed have?
LoyalIntelligentTrainablePlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Peekapoo? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Peekapoo's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Peekapoo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Peekapoos are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Peekapoo is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Peekapoo sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Peekapoos don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Peekapoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cross between the Pekingese and Poodle. need? Peekapoo social needs:
Peekapoos are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Peekapoo dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cross between the Pekingese and Poodle. bark?
Average to high: The Peekapoo is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Peekapoo good as a watchdog?
Peekapoos are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Peekapoo dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Peekapoos are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Peekapoo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cross between the Pekingese and Poodle.? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Peekapoo? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Peekapoo has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Peekapoo do?
Peekapoos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Peekapoos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Peekapoo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Peekapoo roam?
Peekapoos are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Peekapoo have high prey drive?
Peekapoos have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Peekapoo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Peekapoos are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Peekapoos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Peekapoos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Peekapoo dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Peekapoo Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Peekapoos are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Peekapoo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Peekapoo and children:
Peekapoos are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Peekapoo dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Peekapoos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Peekapoo good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Peekapoo dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Peekapoos are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Peekapoo can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Peekapoos good office dogs? Do Peekapoos make good office friendly dogs? Can Peekapoos be office dogs?
No
Peekapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Peekapoo dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cross between the Pekingese and Poodle. temperament with senior people? Are Peekapoo dogs good for elderly owners?
Peekapoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Peekapoo dogs get along with other pets? Are Peekapoo dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Peekapoos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Peekapoo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Peekapoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Peekapoo be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Peekapoo is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Peekapoo be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Peekapoo is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Peekapoo be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Peekapoo is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Peekapoo be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Peekapoo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Peekapoo be a boat dog?
Not really
Peekapoo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Peekapoo be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Peekapoo is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Peekapoo Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Peekapoo dogs have health problems?
The Peekapoo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Peekapoo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Peekapoo breed? Health risks of Peekapoo:
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Legg-perthes DiseasePatellar LuxationHip Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Peekapoo dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Peekapoo be?
10-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Peekapoo breed hypoallergenic?
No
Peekapoos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Peekapoo have?
Peekapoos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Peekapoo dogs require per day?
Peekapoos have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Peekapoos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Peekapoo need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Peekapoo risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Peekapoo's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Peekapoo's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Peekapoo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Peekapoo has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Peekapoo drool?
The Peekapoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Peekapoo could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Peekapoo. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Peekapoo Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Peekapoo: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Peekapoo have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Peekapoo have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Peekapoo Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Peekapoo's has great intelligence.
  • Apartment Friendly: Peekapoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Peekapoos are low shedders.
  • Drooling tendency: The Peekapoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Peekapoo has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Peekapoos are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Peekapoos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Peekapoos are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Peekapoos are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Peekapoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Peekapoos don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Peekapoo requires a lot of grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Mouthiness: Peekapoos have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Peekapoos do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Peekapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Peekapoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • S Malek

    Jul 11, 2021, 1:21:22 PM:

    Best dog ever!! Sweet, loving, and very social. Extremely intelligent and very playful. Can be stubborn, but wants to please in the end. Low maintenance, low shedding, voracious eater! Loves food and anything else...worms, cicadas..