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Peekapoos: Characteristics of the breed and how to live with a Peekapoo
You can create a Peekapoo by crossing a Pekingese with a Poodle, usually a miniature or toy Poodle. This cute cross breed has been around for many years, since the 1950s in fact! They are popular for many reasons, which we will outline below. We will give information about their physical characteristics and their personalities, as well as giving some useful tips to help make your life with a Peekapoo as easy as possible.
Generally, they make wonderful companion dogs. They are happy to be perched on laps or sitting by your side. They are loyal and affectionate, but they can also spring into action to defend the ones they love. This tends to be funny rather than alarming as they are such a small breed.
Physical characteristics of a Peekapoo
Something to bear in mind with all cross-breeds is that they are generally the result of a first-generation cross between the two parent breeds. Breeding of two Peekapoos is rare. This means that it is hard for breeders to predict which characteristics will be passed on to the puppies. With a normal pure breed, both parents are relatively similar, so it is a more reliable mix. This is a risk that you take with cross breeds, and makes it a bit harder to describe exactly what they will be like. However, there is a good range of characteristics that are typical and that we will describe below.
For a small dog, they have a mightily loud bark. Though this can be kept under control by training, it is worth bearing in mind if you are in a noise-sensitive environment. They like to bark at any disturbance or intruder, so will make good watchdogs.
The Peekapoo is an energetic dog that needs daily exercise. If they are not kept sufficiently calm and entertained then they can become destructive. This means they will take out their frustration on their immediate environment, chewing up whatever they can find. It’s pretty crazy how much damage a tiny dog can do in a domestic environment! Ideally, they like to spend a good amount of time outside, in an enclosed yard. This will let them run off some of that energy in a suitable environment.
If you are planning to bring your Peekapoo indoors, or keep them in a hot country, it is a good idea for them to have access to an air-conditioned room. The flat face that has come about through pedigree breeding means that they can succumb to heat exhaustion – especially when combined with that fabulous coat.
To care for their coat, you first need to choose whether to keep it natural or to have your dog clippered. If you go for the short option, then they will need brushing around twice a week. If you let it grow long, your dog will require brushing every day! The coat is one of the prized aspects of this dog. It can be a variety of colours including silver, white, grey, red, cream, sable, chocolate, black and more. It will always be soft and wavy, and of medium to long length.
Because of the cross breeding that is used to create them, there is little conformity in the size of Peekapoos. The upper end tends to be about 11 inches tall, whilst the weight of a Peekapoo can be anything from 4 to 20 pounds. They have a good average lifespan of between 10 and 15 years, so they will be ideal long-term companions. One of the things underpinning the popularity of the breed is their unrelenting cuteness. They have a combination of teddy bear proportions and fur, along with alert and expressive faces.
Personality of a Peekapoo
Peekapoos can easily be affectionate and loving dogs. As mentioned before, they can make perfect lapdogs. It is in their nature to be suspicious of strangers, so this must be overcome with lots of socialising to ensure they do not react really badly. When they get to know somebody they are loyal and loving. In fact, they will not want to be left alone for long periods of time. Like many companion dogs they can suffer from separation anxiety. This is not an ideal dog to get if you will be out of the house for a long time every day and can’t take your dog with you.
They will generally live well with other pets and children if they are made to be used to them early on in life. They will be better suited to older children who know how to handle a dog and act in a sensible way towards pets. Your dog might not be happy with some ham-fisted petting or fur pulling.
How to live with a Peekapoo
Many of these types of dog are praised because they are supposedly hypoallergenic, however this is not strictly true. They may inherit the low-shedding coat of the poodle, and this will likely mean they do not create as much of an allergy problem for some people. However, all dogs shed something called dander, which is skin that comes off with the hair that is shed. This is what people are actually allergic to, so it is unlikely any dog will be allergy free. Still, if you are badly affected it may be worth a try.
To get round some of the foibles of the breed, it is best to get in touch with a qualified trainer early on. The sooner you can pick up some great techniques to ensure doggy discipline, the better. This is especially important if they won’t naturally be exposed to other pets, children and family. You don’t want your dog to grow up being aggressive and antisocial because that will trap you in the house and mean you never want to take your dog out. Peekapoos that get a good level of socialisation should not display any of these issues.
They respond really well to positive reinforcement because they are so eager to please. To stop any disobedient behaviour you must establish yourself as the leader of their pack, though this shouldn’t be too much trouble. When you do, you will have a willing and loving companion.