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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

Peekapoo dog

The Peekapoo is a small to medium sized dog who is a cross of the Pekingese and Poodle. He has a life span of 11 to 15 years and is also known as a Pekepoo, Pekapoo, Peke a Poo, Peke-A-Poo and Peka-poo. He gets very attached to his owners and is very suspicious of any strangers and can take time to let them earn his trust.

Here is the Peekapoo at a Glance
Average height Up to 11 inches
Average weight 4 to 20 pounds
Coat type Soft, medium length, wavy
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to average
Brushing Twice a week if clipped, more if not
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Very good with socialization and when they are older
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Moderately easy to train
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, heart problems, Intervertebral Disk Disease
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, skin problems, cleft palate, cryptorchidism
Life Span 11 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $275 to $1450
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $525 to $600

Where does the Peekapoo come from?

The Peekapoo is a designer dog but actually is older than many coming from the 1950s and 1960s rather than the last two decades. Designer dogs are the mixing of usually two purebreds and then have a blended name. Some have been created for a reason and with some thought, but many have not been so be careful where you buy from as these are big money makers for puppy mills and bad breeders who have no care about what they are doing.

The Peekapoo was bred to be a companion dog who was also low shedding and hypoallergenic. He is one of the first Poodle crosses created and while he is not as popular as the Cockapoo or the Labradoodle he is still a popular dog. Some breeders are working on making him a formal breed but some feel his should be kept as he is. As well as being a great companion dog he is also having some success as a therapy dog. Here is a look at the two dogs that go into him to get a feel for what the results can be like.

The Poodle

The Poodle is not French originally as most think, though it was in France where the breed was developed further. In fact it is believed he started out in Germany as a waterfowl hunter. His looks attracted the rich and he was bred to smaller size to become a companion ladies carried with them.

He comes in three sizes, Standard, Miniature and Toy. Today he is known for his extreme intelligence, being easy to train and for his goofy and playfulness. He is always keen to please and makes a wonderful pet for anyone.

The Pekingese

The Pekingese is a Chinese breed thought to be at least 2000 years old. He has a lovely story behind his origins. A lion and a marmoset fell in love and the lion asked Buddha to make him smaller so they could be together but to still leave him with a brave lion heart and big character. Buddha agreed and from the two came the Fu Lin or Lion dogs! The Pekingese was named after the Chinese capital which was then called Peking. They were popular dogs amongst the nobility and commoners bowed to them! They were never to leave the palace or the country but in 1860 during the Opium war with the British they became prized and brought back to England. At first they were rare but they became very popular and that spread to the US at the start of the 20th century.

He is a brave and confident little dog with a strong stubborn streak! He still has a dignity about him and obviously believes he was worth all of that devotion and still is. He is protective and loyal and will need firm but positive training methods. The trick to getting him to do what you want is to make him think it is what he wanted all along!


The Peekapoo is not a dog who will welcome strangers with open paws. He can be quite suspicious and it will take time to win him over. With his family though he is affectionate and usually gets along with everyone. He does tend to bond very closely and does not like being left alone, he can suffer from separation anxiety. He makes a great lapdog and loves to be close to you. When outside he enjoys it but still likes to be close to you! He is usually quite gentle but he would try to defend you if he thought you were being threatened. He is intelligent too but with his stubborn side he is moderately easy to train.

What does the Peekapoo look like

He is a small to medium dog weighing 4 to 20 pounds and measuring up to 11 inches tall. He has a strong body, a furry and straight tail and deep, long eyes. His muzzle is short and is most often the color black. His coat can be more like a Poodle or Pekingese or a mix of them. Often it is soft and cotton like and is medium and wavy. Colors include gray, silver, cream, red, black, chocolate, apricot, sable and white.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Peekapoo need to be?

He is a moderately active dog, he has a lot of energy but that is easily satisfied with play time, indoors or in a yard and one or two walks a day. He can adjust to apartment living though a yard is a bonus. Without enough physical and mental stimulation he can become bored leading to destructive behavior. He gets overweight easily so his physical exercise is important. Avoid pushing him too hard so he does not have breathing problems. Also watch the heat as he can suffer from heat exhaustion.

Does he train quickly?

He is intelligent and responds very well to positive training methods. Occasionally you can get stubborn Peekapoos but be firm and consistent and you can get through it without too much difficulty. Early socialization and training are important in how he behaves, reacts to situations and people and for your sake too! Praise him, use treats and toys and outings to encourage him.

Living with a Peekapoo

How much grooming is needed?

It is a good idea to take him for regular clipping at a groomers as this makes him more manageable, he would need just two brushing a week for example. He can be low shedding and hypoallergenic but that depends on his coat, one more like a Poodles is best if allergies and shedding is an issue. He will need bathing just when he gets really dirty using a dog shampoo. Long coats need brushing more often, daily is best because of tangles. He can sometimes have hair that grows too long and gets in his eyes, it may need trimming now and then or plucking.

Other things to do include wiping in his folds and wrinkles and around the eyes and nose regularly to keep them clean and dry. Brush his teeth at least twice a week. Trim his nails if they too long, this could be left to a groomer if you are not familiar with dog nails. It is important not to cut too low. His ears should be checked and wiped once a week in case of infection. Use an ear cleaner for dogs and a cotton ball, do not insert anything.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is very good with children, especially when socialized and if he has been raised with them. He is better with older children in general just because they know he is small and that they need to take more care when playing. Young children around him should be supervised so that they do not hurt him. He gets on fine with other pets too and other dogs.

General information

He is a good watchdog as he will bark to let you know of strangers coming to the house. He may not be the perfect dog if you live where noise is an issue though as he has a loud bark and he can be an occasional to frequent barker. He will need to be fed a good quality dry dog food. ½ to 1 cup a day should be enough, divide it into two meals.

Health Concerns

Avoiding irresponsible breeders and puppy mills goes a long way to help ensure you are getting the healthiest puppy possible. When you buy a dog ask to see health clearances for the parents. Any offspring can inherit his parents issues or the potential for those issues. In this case the Peekapoo might be more at risk of things like Eye problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Patellar luxation, Addisons, Cushings, Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Von Willebreands, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Hydrocephalus, heart problems, Intervertebral Disk Disease, Hip dysplasia, skin problems, cleft palate and cryptorchidism.

Costs involved in owning a Peekapoo

A puppy Peekapoo will cost between $275 and $1450. Some things are included in that price with some breeders, and sometimes that is for the puppy and anything else is extra. You will need to see that he is micro chipped, neutered, blood tested, dewormed and vaccinated. He will also need a crate, carrier, bowls, leash and collar. Costs for this could be another $360 to $400. Yearly medical basics come to between $435 to $550 and that would just be for things like flea prevention, pet insurance, vaccinations and check up visits to the vet. Yearly costs for everything else like food, grooming, treats, license, toys and training could be between $525 to $600.


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The Peekapoo is a lovely dog who will bond very closely to you. Because of that and because he does better around older children while he would be fine in a family, he is almost best suited to seniors or couple who have time to be more devoted to him and wont leave him alone each day for a long time.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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