Do rare Doodles attract your curiosity? If so, then the Pekingese and Poodle mix is one you should learn about.
This stunning petite Doodle is known for its small face, triangular muzzle, and timid nature.
They combine qualities from both parents, possessing the Pekingese’s elegant and regal nature and the Poodle’s intelligent personality.
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You shouldn’t be fooled entirely about this breed, as it’s a hybrid, and not all its traits can be guessed. With a 50/50 chance, it can be pretty interesting to know what this Doodle will turn out like.
To know more, it’s best I show you their different traits, health conditions, personalities, and more that they could inherit from either parent.
What Will I Learn? 👇
Little-Known Facts About the Peekapoo
Here are some cool facts to know about the Pekingese Poodle mix:
- They’re one of the first Doodles: It’s not precisely known when the Peekapoo first came into the designer dog world, but it’s believed they’re one of the oldest. This was one of the first breeds created with a Poodle.
- The Peekapoo is a versatile dog: As they’re small in size, the Peekapoo is excellent for many different types of homes, even apartments. However, they are happy with a yard, as they love the outdoors, but you don’t need to worry about this if they get enough exercise.
- They like to bark: Barking for a Peekapoo tends to be a favorite pastime of theirs. If there are unusual people, animals, or activities, they will bark to alert you.
What’s the Peekapoo Price?
Unlike some Doodles, the price for a Peekapoo can vary a great deal from $275-$1,500. There are many reasons why this varies, some of which are their location, breeder’s reputation, parents, and a lot more. However, never assume a breeder is good just because you’re paying more money. If you want a Pekingese Poodle, you must visit the breeder first to see their practices and know you’re not getting one from a puppy farm.
Are Peekapoos Hypoallergenic?
They’re seen as pretty close to hypoallergenic if you want to own a Peekapoo. After all, they were first bred in the USA to be hypoallergenic doodles. This remains true today as this hybrid does not shed a lot. Therefore, many people with allergies can easily live with a Peekapoo compared to some dog breeds. However, sometimes there is a risk of this Doodle inheriting their Peekapoo parent’s coat, which is not hypoallergenic. But usually, it’s mainly the Poodle’s coat they inherit.
Another small and companion doodle breed I’ve written about is the Yorkipoo, so make sure you check it out as well.
Temperament & Intelligence
You’ll never get bored with the Peekapoo; this breed has such a bubbly, active, and outgoing nature. They love to be around people using their energy and affection, especially in the great outdoors. The Pekingnese Poodle also is very loyal to its owner and family. They double up as a fantastic lap dog crawling for a cuddle if you’ve had a long day at work.
They will often defend their family against anything untoward using their small body. When they’re a puppy, they’re curious and playful dogs, as long as they’re socialized properly. To get a better idea of what traits they might inherit, you should meet their parents and see how they behave around other humans and animals.
Are Peekapoos Good for Families?
The Peekapoo is not the ideal dog to own if you have kids. Part of this is because they don’t respond too well if they’re manhandled. There is a chance they could bark at children or snap. Plus, if they inherit their Pekingese nature, they can be an overly protective breed making them quite protective and unapproachable if not appropriately trained.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
This dog can get on well with other animals in your home, as long as they’ve had adequate socialization from a young age.
Food & Diet Requirements
Most of the time, the Peekapoo should be fed between 1/4-3/4 cups of top-tier dry dog food daily, split across two meals. However, the type of food and portion size can vary based on age, size, metabolism, build, health problems, and energy levels. Because of this, you should speak to your veterinarian first to see what they suggest.
Sometimes the size of a Peekapoo can be a bit unpredictable due to whether it has a Miniature, Toy or Teacup Poodle parent. However, on average, this dog can grow up to 9-11 inches/23-28cm and weigh between 8-20lbs/3-10kg.
If looked after well, a Peekapoo has a lifespan of 13-15 years.
The Peekapoo is a dog that does not require much exercise; 60 minutes a day should suffice. Ideally, you’ll want to split this up across two 30-minute sessions to keep them engaged and calm throughout the day. If possible, try to avoid hot temperatures when exercising, as their short muzzle can cause them to overheat quickly. Try and keep your Pekingnese Poodle on a leash when exercising them, as they can wander off and sometimes pick a fight easily with other dogs.
Owning a Pekingese Poodle can be pretty tricky for first-time dog owners, as they’re unpredictable regarding training. While they can have the Poodle’s resilience and inheritance, they often inherit resistance from the Pekingese.
In particular, house training can be quite a struggle. Sometimes it is difficult for them to learn when and where to go to the bathroom. Similarly, they can be pretty aloof with people they don’t know. To avoid this, you’ll want to house train them and socialize them with lots of humans and animals from a young age. To train a Peekapoo, you must have a lot of patience and determination.
Unlike training, the grooming requirements for a Peekapoo are actually quite small. On average, you should take them to a groomer every 8-12 weeks for professional grooming and trimming. While you can decide how long their coat length can be, you might want to keep it short to reduce their amount of brushing and hair tangling.
This dog often inherits the wrinkles and facial folds of the Pekingese, especially around their ears, nose, and eyes. Therefore, their folds must be checked weekly, lifted, and wiped to remove dirt and debris. Also, if you notice their eyes getting irritated by surrounding hair, you should pluck stray hairs to stop this.
Alongside this, their ears must be checked weekly for any odor, redness, or dirt to reduce the chances of an infection. You’ll want to get a cotton ball damped with a dog-friendly solution to remove dirt.
Peekapoo Health and Conditions
If Peekapoo gets any health problems, it’s because they’re inherited. Usually, they’re at risk of inheriting the following:
- Progressive Renal Atrophy
- Hip dysplasia
- Patellar luxation
- Legg-Calves Perthes disease
These are just a few health problems they may inherit. It’s not always guaranteed they will have them, but to reduce the risk, you should take them to a vet every six months for a check-up.
Overall, the Pekingese Poodle mix is a dog that loves to cuddle up to its owners, but one that’s extremely affectionate too. They often show resistance towards training, requiring a lot of patience to socialize and house train them. Because of this, they’re not always the best dog to own for first-time dog owners. Similarly, they’re not a Doodle suited for homes with children, as they can react badly if manhandled. Otherwise, they’re an affectionate dog that loves to exercise and climb into their owner’s laps for a cuddle.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he blends profound expertise with formal training in Animal Behavior and Canine Genetics. With multiple generations of poodles under his care, he’s a breed connoisseur, honored with the Canine Care Excellence Award and lauded by the International Pet Enthusiasts Association.