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THE PEEKAPOO

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The Peekapoo is a little dog that will gladly spend hours perched on your lap or relaxing by your side. This is a breed that loves people, and may even act overprotective to their owners.

Brief History
The Peekapoo is a cross between a Pekingese and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. They were created back in the 1950s and 1960s when Poodle mixes were gaining popularity. The Peekapoo was actually created for people who suffer from allergies. That’s because the little dog is hypoallergenic.

This dog has maintained its originality due to the strict rules that Peekapoo breeders follow. According to their regulation, Peekapoos can only be created by combining purebred Pekingese with purebred Poodles. They don’t breed Peekapoos with each other, making this dog a first-generation cross. Seeing as the Peekapoo is not an original dog breed, it’s not recognized by the American Kennel Club however, it is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).


Physical Features
Peekapoos are small, with a fluffy coat of long, soft, wavy fur. They don’t have undercoats. Their eyes are brown and noses range in color from black to pink. Peekapoos have small dimensions and a medium sized tail. Their ears are floppy and fall down the sides of their heads. Peekapoos have a coat that comes in a wide variety of colors such as white, gray, silver, apricot, brown, red, black and sable.

Average Height:
11 inches

Average Weight:
4-20 pounds

Life Expectancy:
10-15 years

Temperament
The Peekapoo is a delightful dog. They are full of energy and always enthusiastic to play, jump or hop on your lap. This dog is fond of the outdoors, enjoys running in the yard and will do a little digging. If well-socialized, they love to play with children and enjoy social situations. Despite this friendly demeanor the Peekapoo’s trust must be earned.

Special Needs
The Peekapoo is an intelligent dog who needs some training. Positive reinforcement is required to get the Peekapoo behaving well. Gentle guidance with periodic treats will have them following orders in no time. Seeing as this little dog loves to play, training should also be fun.

Possible Health Concerns
When trained, groomed and fed in a healthy way, the Peekapoo remains a healthy dog. These dogs are prone to some diseases that normally affect their parent breeds. Examples of these diseases are Patellar Luxation, hip dysplasia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. The Peekapoo’s flat face also makes him prone to respiratory problems. They are sensitive to high temperatures, so it’s always a good idea to keep them in an air conditioned environment during summer.

Exercise
The Peekapoo is an energetic little dog and requires regular exercise. A walk and a play session in the yard every day is a good option. They’re observant of your behavior and will emulate it whenever possible. If these dogs don’t get exercise on a daily basis, they can get restless and showcase destructive behavior.

Grooming
One of the most attractive features of the Peekapoo is their coat. To keep it healthy and strong, it’s important to maintain correct grooming practices. The Peekapoo needs regular brushing and bathing. If your Peekapoo is clipped, then they will need brushing twice per week. However, if his coat is full and natural, a daily brushing session is in order.

The Peekapoo is a lovely little dog who is great with families, kids and even other pets.