If you are looking for a pet that would fit perfectly on your lap, the Peekapoo should be on your shortlist. This cute, long-faced dog looks like a cross between a miniature Poodle and a Pekingese.
So let’s find out all about this mixed breed in the Peekapoo 101!
If you are looking to adopt a Peekapoo, you should know that your puppy will follow you everywhere you go. Not only is it super cuddly, but a Peekapoo is a great pet for apartment dwellers.
In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about Peekapoos.
Peekapoos are considered one of the first designer hybrids. This breed is the offspring of two compact dogs: the Pekingese and a toy Poodle.
Peekapoos may not have as much recognition as Goldendoodles or Labradoodles, but they make loyal companions. (Find out more about the Peekapoo)
Peekapoos were accidentally bred in the late 1950s. However, it was not until the 1960s that they gained popularity as a designer breed.
Since then, they have remained as a first-generation cross. Breeders generally do not approve of crossing two Peekapoos, as crossing certain first generations will result in serious health issues.
You can enjoy a Peekapoo’s company for at least a decade. With proper care, this toy dog can live up to 15 years.
Peekapoos are meant to be hypoallergenic (like hypoallergenic Goldendoodles and non-shedding Cockapoos). They shed minimal fur and are a perfect choice for people with allergies. The amount of shedding depends on your Peekapoo’s genetic pool.
You will find it hard to resist this miniature charmer. Peekapoos can vary greatly when it comes to appearance, depending on the roll of the genetic dice. Most of them have heart-melting faces, dark eyes, snub noses, and fluffy ears.
There is no standard weight or height for a Peekapoo. These traits depend on the genes they inherit from their parents.
They only reach a maximum of 11 inches tall, which is quite tiny compared to other hybrids. Some are small enough to fit into your tote bag.
As there is no breed standard, Peekapoos come in a wide range of hues:
- Chocolate brown
Some have solid coats while others have bicolor markings on their bodies.
Peekapoos have medium to long fur that begs to be stroked. This breed’s coat is wavy and soft, making them perfect to cuddle with.
You might want to consider clipping your Peekapoo’s coat. The longer the coat, the harder it is to brush and groom them.
Although Peekapoos are not high maintenance, they do require regular grooming. Groom your Peekapoo once every 6 to 8 weeks.
To prevent matting and knots, follow these tips:
- Use a metal comb and a slicker brush (see the best 5 Doodle coast brushes here)
- It is not advisable to shave their coat completely. However, Peekapoos love shorter cuts.
- You may also clip your dog for easier care, but it will still require regular brushing and bathing.
- If your puppy already has matted fur, try using a dematting brush.
- If you are not able to untangle its fur, take him to a professional groomer.
- During winter, you may let your Peekapoo’s fur grow a bit longer to keep it warm.
You will have to take care of the folds around its eyes, ears, nose, and muzzle. Regularly check its nose and ears for any dirt. If your puppy’s hair is too long, it can irritate its eyes. In that case, you will need to clip it.
Aside from its coat, you will also need to maintain the following:
- Brush your puppy’s teeth two to three times a week. This rids the tartar and the bacteria inside its mouth. Consider brushing daily to prevent any gum diseases (periodontal gum disease for dogs).
- Your pet’s nails also have to be trimmed regularly. Long nails can hurt you if your pet jumps on you enthusiastically.
While you are grooming your puppy, check for any signs of infection like rashes, redness, or any discharge from the eyes (eye boogers). Seek immediate help if you suspect anything.
This breed’s claim to fame is their unswerving loyalty. Whether your Peekapoo is out in the garden chasing butterflies or taking a nap on your lap, it will surely never let you go out of sight.
Although Peekapoos are tiny, do not let their size fool you. They are feisty little munchkins that will protect their families regardless of anything that comes their way. This is what makes a Peekapoo an excellent watchdog.
Peekapoos are stubborn, so you will need time to figure out how to work with them. If you begin training your puppy as soon as you adopt it, it will be easier to teach it the difference between right and wrong.
Positive reinforcements with a reward system work best on your Peekapoos. Steer clear of punishments as they may induce a fear response. Even with the right training, you may have to expect your Peekapoos to break a few things.
Another fact about Peekapoos is that they can be quite noisy. If they detect even a slight activity, they will start barking. Believe us when we say it is not a discreet bark. (Just like Goldendoodles who love a bark)
If you live in an area with noise restrictions, Peekapoo might not be a good choice.
As Peekapoos are naturally suspicious, they will confront strangers. If unfamiliar people want to make friends with your Peekapoo, they will first have to earn its trust. Early socialization and a step-by-step exposure to unfamiliar environments can train your Peekapoo to adapt.
Peekapoos are one of the most loyal dog breeds. Unfortunately, they cannot handle being left alone for long. If you are thinking about adopting one, ask yourself how many hours you can spend with your puppy every day.
If you are away from your Peekapoo for too long, your puppy will begin to have separation anxiety. This leads to destructive behavior, including destroying shoes, scratching at furniture, and peeing around the house. They may also bark excessively or even cry.
Peekapoos tend to defend themselves a lot more than bigger dogs. Due to this characteristic, they find it hard to make friends. Peekapoos are better for homes with older children as opposed to younger ones, who might end up hurting your dog.
With efficient training, it is possible to teach your Peekapoo to socialize better with other dogs and also humans.
Peekapoos are highly active and love spending time outdoors. They need plenty of exercise and can walk for almost an hour.
However, you must be sure to not over-exercise your Peekapoo. These dogs are brachycephalic, which means they have flat faces. With overexertion, their bodies overheat. Not only that, but they will also experience trouble with breathing.
As Peekapoos have a lot of energy, they will need to get it out of their system. If you have a Peekapoo, it is advisable to create and follow a well-planned activity chart for your dog. Without sufficient physical activity, they tend to become destructive.
As long as you take your Peekapoo out on daily walks, it can live anywhere, including apartments. This is why Peekapoos are ideal for urban life.
Diet of Peekapoos
Peekapoos require an omnivorous diet. It is advisable to choose dry food to ensure that your puppy is receiving all the required nutrients. You can also provide your Peekapoo with high-quality kibble or dry food.
If you are opting for commercial dog food, be sure to buy brands that use top-quality ingredients. You can find a kibble that is suited for your puppy’s age in most pet shops or grocery stores.
Any dry food suitable for smaller breeds will work for a Peekapoo.
Keep in mind that Peekapoos gain weight rapidly because of their tiny size and voracious appetite. An adult Peekapoo requires around 40 calories per pound of body weight.
The ideal serving portion depends on each brand. On average, give a ¼ to ¾ cup of high-quality kibble. Remember to split the dry food into two small portions. This ensures that your Peekapoo will not overeat.
Once in a while, you may offer safe vegetables, canned wet food, and cooked lean meat. These foods should not be given too often as they are rich in calories.
If you are not sure if your canine friend is overweight, do the eye test and hands-on test.
- First, take a look at your dog from up. You should be able to see its waist.
- Next, place your hand on its back and run your thumb along its spine. If you are able to feel and not see it without having to press hard, your pet is overweight.
In this case, it requires less food and more exercise.
Training your Peekapoo can be a tricky task. As mentioned previously, these dogs are stubborn and defensive. Positive reinforcement is the only approach that works with Peekapoos.
Yelling at them when they make a mistake will only make it worse. Reward them with treats and verbal praises when they are being good. Training will require lots of time and effort so you will have to be patient with your pet.
Crating your Peekapoo will help reduce its separation issues. It also provides your Peekapoo with a safe private space to relax and play. Be sure to not leave your dog inside the crate for too long.
These hybrid dogs are generally healthy. However, they might be susceptible to health conditions.
Before you bring a Peekapoo puppy home, be sure to look at the genetic chart of its parents. Both parents must have health clearances. For example, the breeder must provide OFA clearance for hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and elbow dysplasia.
Don’t forget to ask for CERF clearance (Canine Eye Registration Foundation). This states that the puppy’s eyes are healthy.
When you adopt a Peekapoo puppy, you must become familiar with all diseases a Peekapoo can suffer from.
Here is a list of health conditions a Peekapoo can have.
Patella is the technical term for the kneecap. If your pet has this condition, its hind leg may slip in and out of place. The severe pain will have a negative effect on your Peekapoo’s quality of life.
This condition causes progressive deterioration of your Peekapoo’s eyesight. Initially, it begins as night blindness, but it may later progress to day blindness as well. Many dogs can adjust to their limited vision as long as they remain in the same environment.
It is a genetic condition where your puppy’s thigh bones do not perfectly fit into the hip joint socket. Your dog may experience pain and a limp. Eventually, this condition leads to arthritis.
Remember to ask for an OFA clearance for this condition before you adopt a Peekapoo.
Due to their flat face, Peekapoos have flattened throats and airways. This might cause breathing problems when your pup is exhausted or overheated. Keep a lookout for breathing difficulty and excessive snoring.
Are Peekapoos expensive? If you wish to purchase this designer dog, expect to pay between $900 and $2,315. The average cost would be around $1,350.
You have to look for quality breeders before deciding to adopt a puppy. If the breeder is asking for a higher price, consider adopting a Peekapoo from a shelter or rescue home instead.
Although Peekapoos are designer dogs, you may find many in need of a loving home. A few rescue homes might not be listed. Search for the nearest ones and ask if they have a Peekapoo you can adopt.
Peekapoos are loving, energetic, and overprotective of their owners. Although they are one of the tiniest breeds, they are not defenseless. It will not be an exaggeration to say that your furry friend will follow you everywhere you go.
Although Peekapoos may be purchased from breeders, try looking for one in a rescue shelter. These canine companions deserve as much love as they give their owners.