Last Updated on October 22, 2021 by Jackie Castle
There are breeds we don’t talk about much. For example, the Pekingese. Not a lot of people like them. They used to be huge, but now no one buys them. There are many reasons for that but we won’t get into them right now. Instead, we’ll talk about one of their mixes. The Peekapoo.
I know, that name sounds a bit funny. But trust me, you’ll love them! It’s a cross breed between the Pekingese and miniature or toy Poodle. And they make great companions.
We also have to add that, the parent breeds are accepted by the American Kennel Club, but this mix is not.
In this article, I’ll talk about the nature of Peekapoos. What they look like. And I’ll show you why they might be a dog for you!
Peekapoo – All their traits
When I say that this mix is a great companion dog, I really mean it. They could spend days just being on your lap or napping next to you. But, let’s first see what they look like.
Because the Peekapoo isn’t a purebred dog, there also isn’t a set standard on how they look. They can look like a combination of both parents. Or they can look more like one parent breed or the other. There is no way to control how the Peekapoo puppies will look like.
Because both their Pekingese parents and their Poodle parent are small dogs, we know that the Peekapoo will be of small size too. They can be between nine and 11 inches tall and weigh between 10 and 20 pounds.
Their coat can be many colors, for example:
- white with brown or brindle
- white with black patches
- just white
- chocolate brown
Or they can be any combination of those colors or just one color!
What’s interesting about Peekapoos is that they were bred for people with allergies. But are they hypoallergenic?
Well, not quite. They don’t shed a lot, so people with allergies won’t have big issues with them. But they are also not completely hypoallergenic. Poodles are, but the Pekingese are not. You don’t know which parent the puppies will be like, so you also can’t claim that all Peekapoos are hypoallergenic.
What they are like
Just like we can’t say how your Peekapoo will look like, we also can’t say how they will be like. They can be more like one parent breed or the other. That’s the thing with designer dogs, you don’t know what you’re getting.
But, generally speaking, the Peekapoo is an outgoing, fun, and active dog. Sure, they love cuddling and just spending time with you on the couch. But they also love to go on walks and little adventures.
They are very intelligent dogs, so don’t forget about mental stimulation games. You can either DIY some, or buy games for your pooch.
Even though Peekapoos are full of love with their family, they aren’t like that with strangers. They tend to be more reserved and they will probably bark at every unknown person.
Like it is with every dog, early socialization and training are a must. Focus on positive reinforcement training and teach your Peekapoo basic commands. Training them and teaching them new tricks can provide your dog with mental stimulation too. But, don’t forget the treats! Peekapoos will learn best if there’s a treat involved.
So, you shouldn’t have a hard time with this pooch, be it socialization or training, it’s just important that you stay consistent and positive.
Care and Healht
The coat of the Peekapoo is soft and easy to take care of. This is because they don’t have a double coat or an undercoat like many other breeds. So, they also don’t shed much.
Brushing every other day and bathing when needed is all that you have to do. Brushing is very important so their beautiful coat doesn’t get mated.
Their coat can be mid to long, so brushing is a must. But if you don’t want to brush them you can cut it very short. This won’t have any effect on the Peekapoo’s coat, because they don’t have that double coat.
This is especially advisable during the summer or if you live where it’s hot all the time.
You should also know that caring for a dog doesn’t only mean brushing its coat. Small dogs usually have dental problems, so it’s very important to take them for teeth cleaning at the vet. But, you also have to take care of their teeth at home. Which means regular brushing.
We have a number of articles explaining how to clean a dog’s teeth:
- How to clean dog teeth without brushing?
- How To Brush Dog’s Teeth: Step-By-Step Guide
- Dog Broken Tooth — Fractured Teeth
- Dental Problems: Keeping Teeth Healthy & Clean
We’ve talked about brachycephalic dog breeds. Sadly, the Peekapoo is one of those dogs. Because of how their face is built they will have respiratory problems. Over 67% of Pekingese have Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome or BOAS for short.
This is a condition that can’t be treated and that makes it hard for your dog to breathe. Your dog sadly has to live with it, you can’t do anything about it.
There is also the risk of Peekapoos overheating. So, please don’t take them with you on your beach vacation. It’s also a good idea to clip their fur very short in the summer months.
Peekapoos look adorable with their big eyes, but there’s a risk to that too. These dogs are prone to dry eyes, which can be painful if not dealt with. They are also susceptible to different eye injuries.
Other possible health problems your Peekapoo can have:
- Patellar Luxation
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Skin Fold Dermatitis
- Addison’s Disease Mitral Valve Disease
A part of a dog’s health is making sure they have a balanced diet that will provide them with all the needed nutrients. Because we love to give our dogs human food, you should also know which human food is safe and which is not.
You can learn more about human foods in our “Food category” or check out the following articles:
- What Vegetables Can Dogs Eat?
- Can dogs eat honey? How safe is it really?
- Can dogs eat lettuce and should they even eat it?
- What fruits can dogs eat and which are toxic?
- Can dogs eat seaweed? Read before you feed
- Can dogs eat pancakes? The surprising truth
- Which Food Is Good Or Bad For Dogs?
How much they cost
We’ve learned a lot about Peekapoos. But how much do they cost?
Be careful who you buy your Peekapoo from. With designer dogs, you need to be very careful. Always get all the possible info on the parent breeds from the breeder. Also, make sure you’re buying from a trustworthy person.
Generally speaking, a Peekapoo costs around 500 to 1500 dollars. The price depends on the breeder and the area you live in.
But, there is also the possibility of adopting a Peekapoo. Designer dogs are mix breeds. So there is a very good chance that a Pekingese Poodle mix is waiting for you at the shelter or rescue. You just need to dig a bit deeper and do research.
Besides the cost of buying a puppy, don’t forget the costs of having one. There will be many expenses. From buying food and toys to vet visits and checkups. Let’s not forget about the cost of grooming either.
Conclusion – Peekapoo
The Peekapoo is not very popular or widely known. But they make a great lap dog. They will give you a lot of love and affection. But, they also come with health issues. You can’t forget about those.
They are great for first-time owners. This is because they are low-maintenance. They don’t need a lot of grooming. But they might not be for you if you have children.
Peekapoos are small, and your child could hurt them. It’s not worth the risk. There are many other dogs that are great for kids. But, if you still want a Peekapoo, teach your kid how to behave with the dog. Let them know they can’t be too rough with them, pull their tail or ears.
If you don’t feel like the Peekapoo is for you, then there are many other great crossbreeds you can check out: