Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play peek-a-boo with a Peekapoo dog?
The cross between a Poodle and a Pekingese is an adorable and active pooch known as the Peekapoo breed!
The Peekapoo dog breed is the result of mixing the toy or Miniature Poodle with a toy Pekingese pup.
On average, Peekapoo dogs live anywhere from 10 to 15 years.
The Designer Dog Controversy
Like any designer dog, the Peekapoo dog was bred with the hopes of combining the best characteristics of both of its purebred parents into a brand new furry little package.
However, in reality, it’s important to remember that crossbreeds can inherit parental traits and characteristics in any combination, not all of them desirable.
Even within the same litter, it’s not uncommon for crossbreed pups to look completely different as well as having different temperaments and sizes.
The Pekingese Poodle Mix
The Peekapoo dog was first bred in America during the 1950s, making it one of the oldest designer dogs.
A Peekapoo mix may be fortunate enough to inherit the best of both worlds from its parents:
The intelligence and somewhat-hypoallergenic fur of the Poodle and the luscious locks and guard dog potential of the Pekingese.
Although, it’s also entirely possible that one or more littermates may be less fortunate.
They might actually inherit a difficult temperament or be at higher risk of an inherited disease.
Let’s take a look at the Poodle and Pekingese purebreeds to get a sense of some of the qualities your Peekapoo may inherit.
Origins of the Pekingese
The noble and gorgeous Pekingese dog has always held a high status in its country of origin, China.
In what can only be considered a great honor, the Pekingese (Peke for short) was named after one of the most important cities, Peking (now known as Beijing).
The ancient Chinese decreed that only royal family members could own a Peke, and offenders were sentenced to death!
The first images of Pekes are seen in artwork from the 8th century.
The dog was first introduced into Europe by British military forces returning from China in 1860.
Reports say soldiers looted the Imperial Palace, absconding with not just material goods, but with the precious Peke as well—off with their heads!
The kingly little Peke was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1906.
The Pekingese Club of America was founded shortly thereafter in 1909.
The Peke is not a dog you will see every day.
The AKC recognizes it as the 93rd most popular dog breed.
Still, this is a dog that oozes charm and likes to be close to humans. Warm laps are the best!
Origins of the Poodle
Some controversy exists regarding the Poodle’s origins.
Is it descended from German or French dogs?
Regardless of its background, the stately Poodle is seen in paintings dating as far back as the 15th century.
The Poodle comes in three varieties: Standard, Miniature, and Toy Poodles. Peekapoos are bred from the latter two varieties.
Poodles are a common choice for crossbreeding.
They’ve been used in such canine combinations as:
- Labradoodle (Poodle and Labrador)
- Goldendoodle (Poodle and Golden Retriever)
- Sheepadoodle (Poodle and Old English Sheepdog).
It is the Poodle’s intelligence and prized fur that has made them a natural go-to dog for mixed breeding.
Poodles are the 7th most popular dog according to the AKC, which recognized the Poodle as an official breed in 1887.
What Is the Peekapoo Dog Breed Like?
What exactly does the loyal and affectionate little Peekapoo dog bring to the table in terms of size, temperament, and health?
In appearance, Peekapoos can resemble the Poodle, the Peke, or both.
So to get an idea of what a Peekapoo dog might look like, its best to look to its parents.
Same for its behavior and temperament.
Size, Height, and Weight of the Peekapoo Dog
The best way to determine what a Peekapoo pup will be like once you bring him home is to look at each of its parents.
Pekingese dogs average 6 to 9 inches in height and can weigh up to 15 pounds.
The Poodle, on the other hand, comes in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard.
The corresponding heights range from 10 inches and under, 10 to 15 inches, and over 15 inches.
Toy Poodles will weigh around 4 to 6 pounds, while Miniatures average 10 to 15 pounds.
Conversely, Standard Poodles may weigh considerably more.
Females range from 40 to 50 pounds, and males tip the scales at 60 to 70 pounds.
So what physical characteristics can we expect when we combine the Poodle and the Pekingese?
Your Peekapoo puppy’s size will depend on her parent’s parameters and metrics.
The teacup Peekapoo dog is the smallest on average, and the toy Peekapoo is the next step up in weight and height.
In saying that, the Pekingese-Poodle mix is likely to stand at just under a foot, weighing between 5 to 18 pounds.
A number of other characteristics can also be inherited from the Peekapoo’s parents.
Defining Characteristics of the Peekapoo Dog
It’s hard not to admire the Pekingese appearance.
Gloriously thick and lush fur around the shoulders and neck, as well as feathering around the toes, tail, and legs.
When they are lying down, some adorable Peke’s even resemble rabbits with their long, floppy ears and low-to-the-ground posture.
Poodles can sport a multitude of colors in their coat including black, white, gray, and apricot.
The Peekapoo dog has a single layer coat that is soft and smooth, with some coats having a bit of a wave similar to the Poodle’s curlicues.
The fur of the Peekapoo breed is medium to long in length and comes in different shades of black, white, apricot, cream, silver, and chocolate.
The coat may consist of a single solid color or an unpredictable mix of hues.
Pekes, and by extension many Peekapoos, have a shortened face and flattened nose.
This has led to some serious health issues, which we’ll take a look at later.
One side effect of the squishy face is sniffling, wheezing, and snoring due to the shortened nose and airway.
Some pet parents may find this noisy habit distracting.
Now that we know what the Peekapoo may look like, what are some of its behavioral traits?
Temperament and Behavior of the Peekapoo Dog
The Peke may be a diminutive dog, but his petite size is not to be mistaken for a teeny-tiny temperament.
This pooch is known for having a bold, brave outlook, with loads of personality to boot.
A doggie leader, not a follower, a Peke likes to go her own way. You might say that a Peke is pleased with herself on most days!
Like the Peke, the Poodle is imbued with a high level of self-esteem and a heightened sense of doggie dignity.
Positive traits that make them delightful companions!
Poodles like to be around their owners and make loyal companions, but don’t enjoy spending too much time alone or apart from their family.
Moreover, Poodles are renowned for their doggie IQ, which places them among the smartest in the canine world.
So what do these personality profiles mean for their Peekapoo offspring?
By all accounts, the Peekapoo dog inherits a well-mannered temperament (if a bit stubborn at times).
That goes along with the Poodle’s intelligence and desire to be around family.
Are Peekapoos Good for Families?
Like Poodles, Peekapoo dogs are good with children and other dogs.
But a bit of supervision at the beginning of a relationship is ideal!
Most owners report that their Peekapoos are aloof with strangers and take a protective stance surrounding their family.
Peekapoos like to snuggle in laps.
They have no problem showing their affectionate side with humans they have bonded with.
Because of their small size, care must be taken so young children do not play too roughly with a Peekapoo.
Likewise, it’s wise to supervise playtime with bigger dogs who may try to roughhouse with the smaller dog.
Of course, properly training your Peekapoo can also help to shape its behavior and personality.
Training Your Peekapoo Dog
A dog’s inherited temperament is less predictable than its physical traits.
However, positive training and early socialization can shape its behavior to a certain degree.
The Pekingese has a bit of a reputation for being a diva dog, perhaps owing to a long history of being coddled and revered!
Indeed, some Peke owners have reported their pups have a bit of a stubborn streak and are slow to housetrain.
On the plus side, Pekingese dogs have an alert nature.
That can work in your favor if you’re looking for a dog that can be trained to alert you to strangers, noises, etc.
Interestingly, some owners report their Peekapoos are reserved and cautious yet polite to strangers.
Whereas others have described them as being suspicious no matter what.
In any case, Peke’s require the same training as any other dog if owners expect them to understand house rules and limits. Maybe even a little bit more!
On the other hand, Poodles are easily trainable due to their intelligence and eagerness to please.
When it comes to adaptability, your own precious Peekapoo may be a bit dogged (pun intended!) when it comes to training or more accepting of direction like the Poodle.
Remember, with a crossbreed you are really rolling the genetic dice!
Exercise Requirements of Peekapoos
The Peke is a quiet dog with low-level exercise requirements.
So a few daily walks and some indoor physical activities suit her just fine.
Even though Poodles do not require strenuous hikes or lengthy runs, their exercise needs should not be overlooked.
They are medium-sized dogs with medium energy levels to match.
Poodles are an active breed.
So smart owners will keep them mentally and physically stimulated to prevent boredom and destructive behavior.
A daily walk, playing fetch in the yard, or a trip to the park will satisfy most Poodles, and by extension most Peekapoos.
Grooming and General Care of Your Peekapoo Dog
Prospective pet owners understandably always have questions about grooming at the top of their Q&A list.
So just how much will a Peekapoo shed?
First of all, Pekingese dogs have thick, long coats that shed on a seasonal basis and benefit from daily brushing.
During times of shedding, a slicker brush is best to remove dead hair.
The nails on these adorable little dogs grow quickly and need regular attention.
And their droopy ears require frequent checking to avoid possible infections.
Although Poodles are often sought after for their minimally-shedding coat, their long curly hairs tend to interlock, leading to matting if not brushed on a daily basis.
Like the Peke, Poodles need their nails checked regularly, as well as their ears, in order to avoid infections.
Fortunately, Peekapoos usually inherit the hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle.
Is the Peekapoo Hypoallergenic?
Peekapoos were bred with the goal of inheriting the Poodle’s coat, and most owners are pleased with the result.
Therefore, much like the Poodle, the Peekapoo is described as a hypoallergenic dog.
This is because low-shedding dogs are often easier for allergy sufferers to tolerate, causing few or sometimes no allergy symptoms.
However, no breed is truly 100% hypoallergenic.
Dander, fur, and saliva are all potential allergens, and each individual will react to different allergens with varying degrees of sensitivity.
If you’ve decided a Peekapoo is right for you, there are still a few things to consider before you take your new friend home.
Health Issues of Pekingese and Poodles
The little Peekapoo is at risk of the same diseases and medical conditions as the Poodle and the Pekingese.
With its flat face, the Peke is prone to brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome.
Its main characteristics are breathing problems and gassiness (a result of gulping in air while eating).
Their protruding eyes are also susceptible to corneal scratches and eye irritation.
In addition, the Peke has a long back supported by short legs, a trait in common with Dachshunds.
Because of this, orthopedic problems are frequent.
You should always pick them up using two hands to support their backs.
In particular, they are prone to intervertebral disk disease and luxating patellas (dislocated kneecaps).
Congestive heart failure is also on the list of conditions affecting the Pekingese breed.
Unfortunately, Poodles are prone to a variety of known medical conditions, including hip dysplasia and eye problems.
These can include cataracts and the more serious progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which can lead to blindness.
Cushing’s disease is also a concern for Poodles.
This condition occurs when the body has too much of the cortisol hormone.
Among owners, the most frequent Peekapoo health complaints are
- congestive heart failure
- hip dysplasia
- patellar luxation
- breathing issues.
How to Choose Your Peekapoo Puppy
As an owner, you need to understand any potential medical issues in your crossbreed’s background, as well as strategies to support your dog’s health and well-being.
It’s important to work with a responsible breeder who can provide health certificates and possibly even access to your puppy’s parents.
This is particularly relevant if you are considering a Peekapoo cross, since both the Poodle and the Peke have a history of serious medical conditions.
Meeting your dog’s parents and observing them and their temperaments is an ideal way to capture a glimpse of your dog’s future.
Wondering what the average Peekapoo price is?
An online search found puppies advertised for as little as $300, with the average ranging between $500 to $800 and a few selling for closer to $1,000.
Crossbreed pups are also surrendered to shelters and rescue groups every day.
So although you may not have access to a rescue dog’s medical background, a Peekapoo shelter dog or rescue pup can still make an excellent companion.
Is the Peekapoo Dog Breed Right for You?
The darling Peekapoo is a small dog that will become attached to its human while remaining aloof with strangers.
With proper early training and socialization, Peekapoos get along well with kids and other dogs.
Peekapoos are good dogs for first-time dog owners, and their size and average energy levels make them suitable for apartment dwellers.
However, it’s important to note that, like Pekes, Peekapoos don’t do well in warmer weather.
It is easy for them to overheat when they are exercising.
If you want an affectionate and loyal mixed-breed dog, comfortable at home on your lap and taking walks with you, a Peekapoo may just be for you!
Do you have a Peekapoo? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comment section below.
References and Further Reading
Gelatt, K.N. 2005. Prevalence of primary breed-related cataracts in the dog in North America. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
Park, S.A., et al. 2009. Clinical manifestations of cataracts in small breed dogs. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
Roedler, F.S. 2013. How does severe brachycephaly affect dog’s lives? Results of a structured preoperative owner questionnaire. The Veterinary Journal.