Type: Companion

Height: 6 - 9 in.

Weight: 9 - 20 lb., 14 lbs if bred with a Miniature Poodle

Life Span: 15 years

Litter Size: 2 - 6 puppies

Country of Origin: North America

Activity: Moderate

Watch-dog: Very low

Guard-dog: Very low

Description: A Peekapoo is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Pekingese and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the the Poodle's nonshedding coat. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders. Peekapoo, pronounced Peek-a-Poo is a cross between the Pekingese and the Miniature Poodle. They’re small, friendly, playful dogs. It's non-shedding coat makes it ideal for owners with allergies. This designer dog is compact and attractive. The Pekeapoo is dignified, independent and impresses, they may be a little uppity with other dogs after socializing a bit because who knows where they’ve been? They also may be a bit picky about your food choices and expect the best. The Pekeapoo enjoys running and playing with children and getting in their exercise. However, they do not mind being carried around like royalty either. They can be quite particular at times and difficult to train. You have to make it worth their while to follow your commands because they may come across as a joke to this dog. However, all their cuteness will win you over.

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Other Names: Peek-a-poo, Peke-A-Poo, PeekaPoo, Pekapoo, Pekepoo

Colors: Peek-a-poo, Peke-A-Poo, PeekaPoo, Pekapoo, Pekepoo

Coat: Non-shedding coat.

Temperament: Friendly, protective and affectionate with their owners, but uncomfortable around strangers. They can and will bark.

With Children: Good, they’re very friendly toward children.

With Pets: Good, usually get along well with other dogs and cats.

Special Skills: Non-shedding coat.

Care and Training: Moderate exercise with moderate grooming, an active dog that enjoys playing in an open area. Also enjoys daily walks. Obedience training is recommended as a puppy.

Learning Rate: High, they’re very intelligent dogs.

Special Needs: Daily brushing and lots of pampering.

Living Environment: Good for an apartment. They can be fairly active indoors and will do fine without a backyard.

Health Issues: Usually healthy dogs. Screen for luxating patellas, hip dysplasia, Legg-Calve’-Perthes disease and eye diseases.

History: Cross between two purebred dogs, the Pekingese and the Miniature Poodle. Bred in the United States since the 1950’s.3076C2 This is a popular breed in North America for dog owners who want a smaller, healthier crossbreed of a Poodle.3076C2 Generally they are low-shedding, low-dander dogs because of the Poodle parent.

Class: Hybrid