Peekapoo is a cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle.
They’re a relatively rare designer breed unlike some other Poodle mixes, such as Cavapoos and Cockapoos.
The Peekapoo is usually the result of breeding between a miniature Poodle and a Pekingese to create a companion-sized dog.
They tend to have hypoallergenic coats that don’t shed a lot, which can make them appealing to dog lovers with allergies.
However, it’s important to remember that all dogs are different and each Peekapoo can have subtle differences.
In this article, we’re going to delve into the world of Peekapoos, taking a look at Peekapoo appearance, Peekapoo size, Peekapoo temperament and much more.
We’ll hear from Coco (@coco_the_peekapoo), Bonnie (@bonnie_the_peekapoo), Gustav (@sir_gustav) and Kenji and Spencer (@kenjispencer).
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What is a Peekapoo?
The Peekapoo is a cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle. The breed can also be referred to as a Peke-apoo and Pekapoo.
These designer dogs are small in size and can make dearly loved companion pets for dog lovers searching for a hypoallergenic cross breed.
Although the Pekingese and the Poodle are recognised by the American Kennel Club, the organization hasn’t granted the Peekapoo status.
Having said that, the Peekapoo is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR).
What size is your Peekapoo?
A Peekapoo can vary in size depending on whether their Pekingese parent was bred with a standard, miniature or toy Poodle. Usually, Peekapoo can grow to a heigh of 11 inches and can weight up to 4 to 20 pounds.
Coco’s mom Alina provided us with an insight into her Peekapoo.
Coco is considered a small dog and is 5.5 kilograms. I think she is smaller than the average Peekapoo.
Taylor’s Peekapoo is a little bigger than Coco.
Gus is about 12-13 pounds. He has short legs too and an underbite.
How would you describe the appearance of your Peekapoo?
Peekapoo can differ in appearance depending on whether they take after their Pekingese or Poodle parent. They usually have brown or amber eyes, a black or brown nose and relatively short muzzles. Peekapoo can come in a range of coat colors, including grey, brindle, cream, fawn, black, sable, white and red. Their coat texture is usually soft and wavy. Peekapoo can inherit the curls of their Poodle parent.
Danielle helped to give us an idea of the traits that her Peekapoo Bonnie has inherited from each parent.
Bonnie is very much an equal mix of poodle and pekingese her body is long and low like a Pekingese. She has a flicked up tail like a Pekingese but facially, she has a longer snout and huge brown eyes. She does have an underbite but this does not affect her in any way, she just looks like she’s smiling constantly. Her coat has the volume of a Pekingese but does have a few curls here and there. Size wise, Bonnie is a lovely sized dog I would class her as a small dog.
Kenji and Spencer gave us a description of their appearance.
My Peekapoos have come out with straight fur. Normally they come out with curly fur. They have short bowed legs and an underbite. They need regular cleaning as they are close to the ground and pick up a lot of dirt.
How would you describe the temperament of Peekapoo?
Much like Peekapoo appearance, it’s impossible to predict the personality of these mixed dogs. They can have inherit temperamental traits of the Pekingese or the Poodle parent. Peekapoo will usually be sociable dogs that like to be in the company of their pet parents. They’re often dedicated to their family, proving to be gentle companions. Some Peekapoo can be aloof or shy, so it’s a good idea to expose your Peekapoo puppy to other dogs, people and situations to help build their social skills.
Alina described Coco as a sassy little dog.
Coco is a very sassy girl when it comes to other female dogs, she likes to be the alpha female. She is good with humans, dogs and has an obsession with babies. Whenever she hears a baby cry she gets really upset and cries with the baby.
Taylor told hellobark.com that her Peekapoo Gus is a “people person”:
Gus is a people person and absolutely loves meeting new people. He doesn’t do well with other dogs and seems very protective over his owners. He’s a very happy dog and really enjoys napping right next to you. But he’s quite independent and manages to go with the flow.
Do Peekapoos suffer from separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a chronic canine condition that can be equally upsetting for dog and owner. It can affect any dog irrespective of breed or mix. Separation anxiety will usually occur when pet parents leave the home. The symptoms include incessant barking, howling or whining, destructive chewing or digging, or in some extreme circumstances, defecating or urinating. I’ve experienced separation anxiety with my Alaskan Klee Kai and I spoke to a dog trainer with expertise in this area to learn more.
So, Peekapoo can suffer from separation anxiety, like any other dog. Alina described Coco’s struggles with this canine disorder.
Coco does suffer from separation anxiety when we leave the house. Coco will start shaking, run and hide under the bed and cry/howl.
While Gus is fine when left at home alone, Taylor described how he can get upset if left in the car for a couple of minutes.
He can get whiny when we leave the car or will be down for a little when someone leaves the home. However, he typically just sleeps and waits for us to get home. He doesn’t show any signs of anxiety at home when someone leave. Very rarely will he be down and he’ll sulk or be in the bedroom of the person who left.
Do Peekapoos make great family pets?
Peekapoo are considered a companion cross breed that can make excellent family pets. They’re usually affectionate, caring, patient and playful.
Asked whether she felt Peekapoo make excellent family pets, Bonnie’s mum Danielle said:
Bonnie has been a great addition to our family, very easy puppy and great with my young son. She cried all the way home and as soon as she met our other dogs she settled right in, very sociable dogs.
Taylor described her Peekapoo Gustav as the perfect family pet.
He’s the perfect family pet! He is so loving and shows signs of protection when he hears the door opening he’ll bark but not run to the door. All the little family members love him and he lets them play with them.
Coco’s mum Aline underlines this point.
Coco is so affectionate, she loves to be cuddled and would be a great family pet.
Are Peekapoos easy to train?
Peekapoo are a combination of Pekingese and Poodles. The Pekingese breed is ranked as the 132nd most intelligent dog breed in the world. However, the Poodle is second only to the Border Collie. So, if a Peekapoo takes after their Poodle parent, you’ll have a pretty smart dog on your hands. With the Poodle’s intelligence and the Pekingese’s eagerness to please, Peekapoo shouldn’t be too challenging to train. It’s a good idea to start training your Peekapoo from a young age and try to be consistent.
We asked Danielle about how she found training her Peekapoo, Bonnie.
Bonnie started simple commands once’s she had settled in so she will sit, stay and give paw. Her recall isn’t great and we are still working on it as she is a little stubborn which apparently comes from the Pekingese side in her. The things she can do she picked up within a few days of repetition training.
How much exercise do Peekapoos need?
Peekapoo are small dogs so they’ve got moderate exercise needs. They could make good companions for senior dog lovers or pet parents with limited time to exercise their four-legged friends. Dog walking website Wag Walking write that Peekapoo require 30 minutes of exercise a day. Poodles are usually quite hyper dogs, while Pekingese only need a couple of short walks a day.
However, proving that all Peekapoos are different, Bonnie is a very energetic dog.
Bonnie is a very energetic dog. She plays all day with her two brothers and is happy to go for a walk at any time! Her favourite is to jump through long grass. But if there is a day where we haven’t managed to get out, she will play in the garden and play fetch forever. She is an amazing sleeper and has been since she came home when the lights go out she knows is bedtime and we do not hear a peep from her.
Do Peekapoos get along with other dogs?
Peekapoo do usually get along with other dogs but they’ll require socialization from a young age like any other breed.
Peekapoos get along with other dogs. Kenji gets along better with other dogs than Spencer. I think that is just a personality thing. They are extremely protective of their owner (Pekingese trait).
Are Peekapoos hypoallergenic?
The American Kennel Club write on their website that there’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog breed. However, the organization does list a number of breeds that have more hypoallergenic qualities than other types of canines. The Poodle is one such breed. Given the Peekapoo is at least 50 per cent Poodle, this cross breed has the potential to be hypoallergenic.
For instance, Coco is an example of a hypoallergenic Peekapoo.
They do not shed any hair and would definitely be a great fit for a family member who suffers from allergies to dogs.
It’s a similar story with Gus.
My father is allergic to fur and he doesn’t have any reaction to Gus since he has hair.
Do Peekapoos shed?
You won’t be surprised to learn as a potentially hypoallergenic cross breed, Peekapoos usually don’t shed a lot. Just because Peekapoos don’t shed a lot, you’ll have to regularly groom your designer dog.
Danielle had an important message for any dog lover considering a Peekapoo as a pet.
Bonnie does not shed, but she has got quite a high maintenance coat that without daily brushing can matt and knot very easily. I feel this is the most important thing to consider when purchasing a Peekapoo as this can become very uncomfortable for the dog if not kept on top of. It can be costly for the owner.
Do Peekapoos need regular grooming?
We’ve already heard that you’ll need to regularly groom your Peekapoo. It’s a good idea to comb their coat on a daily basis if possible. In doing so, you can prevent their coat from becoming knotted and tangled.
Danielle provided us with an insight into her grooming routine.
We have Bonnie groomed/cut every 6-8 weeks. We brushed Bonnie as soon as we brought her home to get her used to this.
Kenji and Spencer provided us with an insight into their grooming routine.
Mine do shed because they have come out with straight fur. They are low shedding if they come out curly. They are low allergenic (not 100% allergenic). I do not break out in hives or get breathing problems from them. They are good for allergy sufferers. I don’t take mine to the groomer. I do the grooming myself. I bought professional scissors online. In Summer, I give them a summer cut every 4-6 weeks.
Do Peekapoos have any health problems?
Mixed breeds are usually viewed as healthier dogs than purebreds canines. However, they can still be prone to some issues that may be inherited from one of their parents. Here’s some health conditions to be aware of if you’re thinking about getting a Peekapoo:
• Patellar Luxation
• Sebaceous Adenitis
• Eye Disease
• Skin Fold Dermatitis
• Addison’s Disease Mitral Valve Disease
• Brachycephalic Syndrome
Kenji and Spencer offered us their insight into Peekapoo health problems.
If the Peekapoo comes out with a shorter muzzle, they may have breathing problems. Their bowed legs may give them issues later on. The health concerns mainly come from the Pekingese side but it’s a little bit blunted by mixing with the Poodle.
Are Peekapoos fussy eaters?
Any dog can be a fussy eater. I’ve experienced this issue with my two Alaskan Klee Kai until I fed them Nom Nom and Butternut Box. I’ve reviewed the best dog food delivery companies in the USA and the best dog food delivery companies in the UK. Alternatively, if you prefer feeding your Peekapoo dry food such as kibble, you can still find some great options here. Other pet parents may prefer to check out the leading options in the raw dog food market.
Alina explained that Coco is a fussy eater.
Coco is not food motivated at all. I don’t know if it’s just the Poodle in her or the Pekingese blood but she can go days without eating and is not fussed. I tend to stick with chicken breast these days as she always will eat it.
However, proving that every dog is different, even within the same breed or mix, Gus isn’t a picky pup at all.
Gus will eat anything. He’s also very good at not stealing food. However, he’ll be very curious and sniff your food and get really close to you.
If you’ve got your heart set on a Peekapoo, we recommend visiting your local rescue shelter to see if there’s a member of this designer breed that needs a forever home. There are some breeders of this mix although the demand isn’t as high as some Doodle mixes.
Danielle kindly revealed how much she paid for Bonnie.
We paid around £700 for Bonnie which in this day in age is around average for a puppy where we live, there is very little cross breeds that go for cheaper than this.
Are Peekapoos expensive?
Aside from the initial cost of a Peekapoo, they can also have reoccurring expenses that you need to keep in mind. These can range from pet food, pet insurance, grooming, trips to the vet and much more. As you’ll now know, Peekapoo require regular grooming, which can be quite expensive if you go to a professional groomer. You can check out the best pet insurance options in the USA and the UK.
Would you recommend Peekapoos to first-time owners?
If you’ve never owned a dog and you’re thinking about a Peekapoo as your first canine companion, you may be worried they’re not a good fit for a first-time owner.
Alina was a first-time owner when she got Coco.
Coco was our first pet and we are so glad we went with a Peekapoo.
Peekapoo to follow on Instagram
We often find that the best way to learn more about a dog breed or mix is to speak to owners online. Usually Instagram accounts are more than willing to offer information to dog lovers interested in their dog’s breed. Here are three Peekapoo accounts to follow on Instagram.
• Coco (@coco_the_peekapoo)
• Bonnie (@bonnie_the_peekapoo)
• Gustav (@sir_gustav)
• Kenji and Spencer (@kenjispencer)
What are the pros and cons of Peekapoos?
Danielle/Bonnie: Very loving; nice petit size; playful; good with children;
low cost to feed and easy to groom if you keep on top of it.
Taylor/Gustav: They’re very cute dogs and so loving. He’s very sturdy and has a lot of energy at nine years old.
Kenji/Spencer: Loyal; easy to train; low allergenic.
Danielle/Bonnie: They can have an underbite – some people do not like this, for me I love it and as long as it causes no health issues I don’t see the problem; their coat can be too much maintenance for some people and
grooms are expensive for prettier cuts.
Taylor/Gustav: I don’t do well on long walks and will get very tired where they don’t want to move anymore (due to the short legs), doesn’t do well with other dogs (could be the lack of exposure to other dogs when younger).
Kenji/Spencer: Barky, stubborn.
Here are some additional photos of Peekapoo.
We’ve reached the end of our feature on the Peekapoo cross breed.
As we already mentioned, they’re a cross between a Pekingese and a Poodle. They can have hypoallergenic coats like their Poodle parents.
Peekapoo are usually a small dog breed so they don’t need a lot of exercise, just 30 minutes a day to keep them active and mentally stimulated.
They’re still quite a rare cross breed when you consider the popularity of other Poodle cross breeds.