About This Breed
Known as a companion dog, the Peekapoo — which is a cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle — loves nothing more than sitting in its owner’s lap or next to them on the floor. The breed is loyal and fun, but there are a few things you should know ahead of time before deciding to bring one home.
The Peekapoo is a breed on the smaller side, generally standing up to 11 inches tall and weighing between four and 20 pounds.
Peekapoos come in a variety of colors including silver, gray, white, sable, red, cream, apricot, chocolate, buff and black. They may also be black with tan markings.
Soft and wavy of medium to long length.
Personality and Temperament
Affectionate and loving, the Peekapoo does well with other dogs and pets, although early socialization is important. The breed also makes a great guard dog, as they are very protective of their owners and are prone to bark at strangers.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
The Peekapoo is an active breed that requires daily exercise. If they don’t receive it, they can be prone to destructive behavior like chewing. Just be careful not to exert your Peekapoo too much, since they tire quickly and can easily overheat. This small breed is also prone to heat exhaustion and does best in air conditioned environments during the warmer months.
IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS
Because of its small size, the breed can make its home easily in any size abode – from small apartments to larger dwellings.
Peekapoos do well in areas with fenced in backyards for them to run and play in. It’s best not to leave a Peekapoo alone for too long, as they thrive on companionship and can become destructive if not properly attended to and exercised.
Peekapoos are generally healthy, although they may develop the following conditions from their parent breeds:
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Legg-calve-perthes disease
- Patellar luxation (dislocated kneecap)
- Hip dysplasia
History and Background
One of the oldest hydrid breeds, the Peekapoo was bred in the 1950s as a cross between a Pekingese and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. The breed was developed specifically as a specialty breed for people who suffer from allergies, since their coats are non- to low-shedding. There currently is no breed club for the Peekapoo.