Peekapoo Temperament: Life with Your Pekingese Poodle Mix Dog

Poodle mixes are some of the oldest crosses and the Peekapoo – or Pekingese mixed with Poodle – was one of the first poodle mixes back in the 1950s and 1960s which resulted in the much sought-after Peekapoo temperament.

Why a Peekapoo Could Work Beautifully for You

Peekapoos are little bundles of loving energy that are a great choice for your family if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog.

They love a romp in the yard or a walk on the beach. When kept clipped, a twice weekly brushing is all she needs to keep her hair from tangling.

A professional noise-maker, Peekapoos love to bark and, because of that, are excellent watch dogs. When properly socialized, they fit in well with a home that already has dogs and, because they tend to be snuggle bunnies, are terrific with older adults and mature children.

When Size Matters

Peekapoos are typically combinations of Pekingese and either toy or miniature poodles. They can range in weight from as little as four pounds up to about 20.

Temperament

Heredity, training and socialization all play important parts in a Peekapoo’s manners.
Peekapoos are loving and trusting dogs who prefer to hang with their families.

If you’re choosing a puppy from a reputable breeder, stop by when you can take a look at Mom and Dad and watch how each puppy interacts. A middle of the road Peekapoo temperament … one that’s playful without being a bully … could be the pick of the hybrid dog litter for you.

Health Concerns

Health issues are present in any pet but there are a few questions to ask before adopting a Peekapoo pup:

  • Is this puppy from first generation (Pekingese to Poodle) or multi-generational (Peekapoo to Peekapoo) breeding?
  • If it’s a first generation breeding, are there any health concerns in either of the Poodle or Pekingese parents?
  • Is there a health clearance for issues like hip and elbow dysplasia from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)?
  • A clearance from Auburn University for thrombopathia (a rare form of hemophilia)?
  • And a clearance from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation certifying that the pup’s eyes are normal?

They do tire easily and are prone to heat exhaustion. The work around for this is a home with air conditioning especially in high heat climates like the Southern portion of the U.S.

If you have a schedule that would leave a Peekapoo alone for long periods of time, know that this crossbred dog sometimes suffers from separation anxiety. Walks and play time in a fenced yard will help ease this stress.

Training and Socialization

Training should be an active part of your Peekapoo’s life. Positive reinforcement using a clicker and treats works well as does some sessions in puppy class. In fact, puppy class is a great place to teach your Peekapoo the socialization skills she will need to get along with other dogs.

This early dog to dog socialization will be especially helpful if you plan to introduce your Peekapoo to other animals.

Human socialization is also important as Peekapoos are naturally suspicious dogs but will do well if introduced at a young age. They do have a tendency to be combative toward new dogs or other pets but you can short circuit this with early socialization skills.

Crate training is usually successful with Peekapoos and they can even see their crate as a safe den and nap there during the day. After house training is done, remove the door to your dog’s crate and let her go in and out at will if she has shown a fondness for it.

Grooming

Coat colors can range from silver and gray to red, cream, buff or black. And since there is no undercoat, Peekapoos are considered hypoallergenic dogs.

Brush your Peekapoo’s teeth regularly to prevent dental disease and bad breath. Two to three times per week is sufficient.

Make sure her nails are trimmed as well. Can you hear the tic, tic, tic on the floor? They’re probably too long.

Touch every part of your dog to get her ready for vet exams. Play with her feet, look into her mouth and inspect her ears for debris. As you do this, look for anything unusual like a sore or any inflammation.

With training and socialization, Peekapoos are a great crossbred dog that will give you that true Peekapoo temperament you’re searching for.

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