ALL DOG BREED PROFILES

Peekapoo

Peekapoo
John Walton
Written by John Walton

Whether it is out chasing small animals or it is sitting right next to you as you watch your favorite movie, the Peekapoo is a loyal and affectionate pet companion that can add light and warmth to your household. While it may be small in size, it is extremely protective of its owners, making it vulnerable to barking at any signs of danger.

A unique mix of the Pekingese and the Poodle, the Peekapoo is a designer dog that won’t trigger your sneezing tendencies as it sheds minimally. A great pet companion even to owners with allergies, this breed has qualities that can make you want to welcome a new pet not only inside your home, but inside your heart.

Breed Characteristics

AdaptabilityHigh
TrainabilityAbove Average
Health IssuesAbove Average
GroomingBelow Average
All Around FriendlinessHigh
Exercise NeedsAbove Average

Dog Breed Group:Hybrid dog 
Height:Reaches up to 11 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 4 to 20 pounds on an average
Life Span: About 10 to 15 years

Bred in the 1950’s and 60’s, the Peekapoo is amongst the designer dog breeds that have a long history. While it may not be as popular as other designer breeds, it has withstood the test of time with the help of responsible and dedicated breeders that see the incomparable beauty of this small, but amazing dog.

Unlike other breeds that have an exclusive organization, the Peekapoo has no club that limits its characteristics as a breed. Therefore, its health history is not yet clearly established as compared to other dogs. However, this does not excuse this small, affectionate breed from undergoing a range of diseases as its holistic health still greatly depends on external factors like food, environment and social upbringing.

Developed for people with allergies, this ‘doodle’ dog has low-to-nil shedding tendencies, making asthma and allergy attacks less likely for its owners. However, there are still peekapoos whose coats can trigger an allergic reaction, especially if their owners are suffering from severe medical conditions. Hence, aspiring owners who have a sensitive condition must consult their doctor first before adopting any dog breed.

Despite its possibility of activating an allergic reaction, the Peekapoo still has countless qualities that make it the best breed of choice for people who are craving for love and affection. Aside from being the friend you can always count on, it is extremely devoted to its human companions. Plus, it won’t back down from a fight, especially if it means protecting its household.

This doodle dog may be small, but it has a loud bark. Once it senses danger, it will bark with all its might to alert you and your entire family. It does not show affection to strangers as it highly suspicious. In fact, it can take a long time before a stranger earns its full trust.

Since it is protective and loud in nature, it is not an ideal dog breed if you are living in a noisy area as you can be put off by its high barking tendency. In addition to that, the Peekapoo should not be left outdoors unsupervised as it thrives on human attention and companionship. Instead, it should be kept inside a home with air-conditioning as its coating can make it more vulnerable to heat exhaustion. Owners who want to spend time with their dog outdoors should make sure that their yard is highly fenced.

Main Highlights
  • Since it is suspicious in nature, early socialization is crucial for this dog breed to become well-rounded.
  • This breed thrives on human care and companionship. Therefore, it is not ideal for owners to keep it outdoors unsupervised as it has a tendency to become self-destructive once it is left for an extended period of time.
  • Since the Peekapoo is a crossbreed between the Pekingese and the Poodle, it does not have a standard set of physical qualities and characteristics. When buying this breed, aspiring owners should take note that one puppy’s appearance may vary from another.
  • When adopting this dog breed, owners must watch out for signs of heat exhaustion. To avoid this condition, this dog should be kept inside an air-conditioned room.
  • Just like other dog breeds, the Peekapoo has exercise requirements as it has a high energy level. However, owners must not over-exercise their pet companion as this breed can undergo respiratory distress. Regular walks are usually enough to suffice its need for physical activities.
  • This breed has a high barking tendency, making it an ideal watchdog.
  • To avoid accidents, pet-child interaction is highly recommended since the Peekapoo has a high energy level. In general, this breed socializes well with older, mature children who know how to positively interact with pets.
  • This breed is easy to train as long as its owners incorporate positive reinforcements.
  • Peekapoos with a full, natural coating require daily brushing, while those with clippings can be properly groomed with 2 brushings per week.
  • Although this breed loves staying indoors with its human companions, it also craves for a great outdoor play. When keeping this dog breed off leash, however, owners must make sure that their backyard is secured by a fence so they can avoid unwanted accidents. Not to mention, this breed is small, so it can be an easy target for
  • When considering this breed, owners must look for a highly reputable owner so they can keep the health condition of the puppy in check.
Breed History

The Peekapoos are amongst the oldest designer dog breeds in the world. Originally bred in the 1950’s for aspiring pet owners who are suffering from allergic reactions, this breed has low-to-nil shedding tendencies, making it an ideal household pet for people with sensitive conditions. A unique crossbreed between the toy poodle and the Pekingese, the Peekapoo is a lovable household pet that can offer you and your loved ones unparalleled loyalty and companionship.

While this breed has amazing qualities that make it stand out, it only began to rise in popularity in the 1960’s. Because of its beautiful coating and its lap-friendly size, it became a popular breed of choice for owners who have an eye for small, affectionate pets. However, it still remains as a first generation cross. Up to this date, the Peekapoos do not have an exclusive club or organization they can call their own.

Despite its lack of distinct and identifiable characteristics, this breed is still one of the best household pets you can find as it is sweet, loving and affectionate. Its protective instinct can make you feel more secure, making it the perfect addition to your family.

Size

Since the Peekapoo does not have an exclusive organization or club, it doesn’t have a definite set of characteristics, which explains why it can come in a variety of sizes. Basically, it can stand up to 11 inches at the shoulder. On an average, its weight ranges from 4 to 20 pounds.

Personality and Character

The Peekapoo may be small in size, but it has a gigantic heart. If you are looking for a dog that can shower you with affection and admiration, this breed is perfect for you.

Even though the Peekapoos love outdoor play, they are happiest when they are sitting comfortably on your lap. For this dog breed, a perfect day does not require a trip to fancy dog shows—simply bonding with their humans is enough to make them feel overjoyed.

Furthermore, while this breed is not the type that will pick up a fight, it won’t back down once it senses danger. It is highly protective of its owners, which explains its high barking tendency. Therefore, if you are living in a noisy environment, this breed may not be suitable for you as its loud, mighty bark can be destructive.

When you are choosing a puppy, choose neither the one that beats up its playmates nor the one that hides in the corner. A great puppy is somewhere in the middle—the interactive but not hyperactive type. Also, while its temperament may be innate, other external factors can also define the puppy’s characteristics. To help your dog become well-rounded, provide early socialization and training. Lastly, incorporate positive reinforcements when you are training your puppy.

Health and Potential Problems

Just like other hybrids, the Peekapoo is also prone to numerous health conditions. While not all Peekapoos may have to deal with these conditions, it is always vital for owners to be more cautious in dealing with their dog companions so they can eliminate any chance of making them more prone to suffering from these diseases later in life.

If you are considering this dog breed, find a breeder that can show you documents that serve as proof that the puppy, along with the parents, is cleared from genetic disabilities.

To help you become a better steward of this breed, below are some of the health conditions common to their bloodline:

  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: Common to small dog breeds, the Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease is a condition where the blood supply to the femur significantly decreases. Once it progresses, the pelvis can degenerate. Early symptoms include limping and difficulty in walking. Without proper treatment, the condition can aggravate. To correct this medical condition, the dog has to undergo surgery.
  • Hip Dysplasia: A medical condition common to a variety of dog breeds, hip dysplasia frequently occurs later in life. It is basically an inherited disorder where the thigh bone does not fit perfectly into the joint. It could either by symptomatic or asymptomatic, which explains why owners must regularly check their dog for early detection. Also, it is ideal for aspiring owners to ask the breeder to show proof that the parents of the puppy were tested for hip dysplasia. This way, they can eliminate worries and apprehensions as they are taking care of their dog.
  • Patellar Luxation: Patellar luxation, a condition common in this breed’s lineage, is more popularly known as the patellar slip. This refers to the condition where the knee is slipping out of place, which can affect the dog’s ability to walk later in life. In severe cases, the dog may have to undergo a surgery.
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy: This condition involves the gradual deterioration of the dog’s retina. At first, the dog may experience night blindness until the disease progresses and affects the dog’s day vision. While this may be a frightening condition, many dogs adapt well to the loss of their vision as long as they are within a familiar environment.
Care Features

While Peekapoos may be small in size, they can be extremely destructive once they become bored. Hence, it is important for owners to find an outlet for their dog’s high energy level. The good news is, unlike other dog breeds that have high exercise needs, the Peekapoo can be happy and satisfied with short, regular walks.

In the like manner, owners must be careful in over-exercising their dog as this breed is prone to suffering from respiratory diseases. Just like other flat-faced breeds like the Pugs and Pekingese, the Peekapoos can easily overheat, and in turn, suffer from respiratory distress.

In terms of adaptability, this breed can survive in both urban and rural settings with flying colors. However, if you are living in a noisy area, this dog may not be ideal for you as it has a high barking tendency. Also, its small body is vulnerable to overheating, so it must be kept in an air-conditioned home. If it is irregularly humid and hot outside, owners should refrain from taking their dog out for a walk.

When training this breed, owners must always resort to positive reinforcements instead of using harsh punishments as the Peekapoo’s small size can make it more sensitive and more physically incapable of cruelty. Early socialization is also crucial for this breed to become well-rounded, especially since it is highly suspicious in nature.

Feeding Schedule

The amount of food ideal for a dog to achieve holistic health and wellness is largely reliant on two factors—size and level of activity. Since the Peekapoos are small breeds, around ¼ to ¾ cup of high-grade food is enough to suffice their body’s daily needs. Owners are suggested to divide this amount into two equal servings rather than keeping the dog’s bowl full for the rest of the day.

Coat, Color and Grooming

The Peekapoo may not have a distinct set of physical characteristics, but it is still undeniably one of the most attractive small-sized breeds you can find. This lap-sized dog is covered by a smooth, velvety coating, and it has an extremely low shedding tendency. It does not have an undercoating, making it easier to groom.

The coating’s color, on the other hand, can be affected by genetics. The colors can range from black to white, with chocolate, apricot, sable, gray and silver amongst the most common coating colors. In addition to that, this breed may or may not have markings all over its body.

In terms of grooming, the Peekapoo’s small size makes it relatively easy to breed. However, owners must always keep its coating in check to keep tangles at bay. The coating can be clipped for easier grooming and maintenance. Brushing twice a week can be enough for clipped breeds, while regular brushing is essential for dogs with medium-to-long coatings.

Also, checking its eyes, ears, muzzle and nose for dirt and debris should be done regularly. Cleaning the ears with a cotton ball soaked in pH-balanced water can help bid goodbye to ear problems.  Owners should also keep a close eye on ear infection so they can prevent diseases in the long run. Simple signs like redness, bad odor and dirt can be an indication of infection.

Brushing the dog’s teeth at least twice a week can prevent gum problems and tartar build-up. Owners that love cuddling with their pet companion can also brush their dog’s teeth every day.

Just like regular bathing and brushing, the Peekapoo also necessitates nail clippings. If the nails are screeching against the floor, then it already means that owners already need to reach out for their dog’s clipper.

The earlier grooming habits become established, the easier it is for the dog to adapt and to become more accustomed to proper grooming techniques. If you want to welcome a dog into your home, make sure that you were properly trained by an expert before you groom your dog. This way, grooming wouldn’t be a traumatic experience for your pet companion.

Children And Other Pets Compatibility

The Peekapoos are the perfect companion for older, mature children. However, if it is around a younger kid, adult supervision is still required to avoid accidents during playtime.

In terms of pet compatibility, this breed can mix well with other dogs and animals. Nonetheless, just like other breeds, it can be aggressive and combative without early socialization. Therefore, it is important for owners to resort to early socialization and training to make their dog well-rounded.

The Peekapoos may be small, but they can occupy the largest space in your heart. With this breed as your pet companion, you can expect nothing but unparalleled loyalty and affection.

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

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