If you’ve ever seen viral videos online of small dogs hiding in an army of teddy bears, you’ve probably seen a Peekapoo. These pint-sized dogs are perfect for cuddling and raking your fingers through soft fur all day long!
The Peekapoo is a crossbreed achieved by mixing the Chinese Pekingese and the German Poodle. The result is a small, playful dog with a big personality and an attitude to match.
Keep reading to learn more about these stuffed toys come to life, as well as some of their history and the answers to some frequently asked questions.
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Pekingese, Peekapoo, and Poodle Comparison Table
|Height||6-9 inches||9-11 inches||Over 15 inches|
|Weight||Up to 14 pounds||8-20 pounds||40-70 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||12-14 years||10-15 years||10-18 years|
Black and tan
|Coat Type||Double coat with long length||Curly or wavy with long length||Curly with long length|
|Affections Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Average shedding||Little to no shedding||No shedding|
|Health Issues||Breathing problems
Congestive heart failure
|Trainability||Average trainability||Average trainability||Very easy to train|
|Exercise||Average exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Alright with strangers||Alright with strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||Pretty high mental stimulation required||Very high mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Little to no barking||More barking||More barking|
Lovingly referred to as “Pekes” by doting owners, this ancient Chinese breed’s origin is lost to time. The earliest records of the breed’s existence stretch back to the Tang dynasty of the 8th century, but DNA suggests the breed has been around for much longer than that.
Legends even state that the breed is the result of Buddha condensing a lion down to the size we know and love today. While the dogs exhibit impressive coats of fur like a lion, the resemblance extends to their fiercely protective nature.
Responsible breeders of today recognize that the signature, short muzzle of the Pekingese is a genetic travesty that lends the breed to various breathing problems.
That being said, the breed is very healthy overall. So much so that the American Kennel Club (AKC) does not even recommend specific tests. Even so, it is a good idea to schedule regular vet appointments to ensure your Pekingese is as happy and healthy as possible.
Poodles are often known for their poofy and rather involved styling, thanks to how the breed is standardized for shows.
However, Poodles don’t look like this naturally and are groomed regularly to achieve the renowned appearance. This is thanks to the long hairs of a Poodle’s coat that aren’t typically shed.
To keep a Poodle from overheating or catching on pointed items, most people choose to keep their Poodle’s coat relatively short by taking it to a professional about every four to six weeks.
This drastically changes the appearance and keeps a Poodle in tip-top shape for other purposes like retrieving waterfowl during a hunting expedition.
Unlike Pekingeses, Poodles come in one of several size classes. The Toy Poodle is the smallest of them all, ending up even a little shorter and lighter than the Pekingese while maintaining a proportionate snout that allows it to breathe properly.
Sometimes known by alternate spellings such as “Pekepoo” or “Pekapoo”, the Peekapoo is a hybrid that has been around for longer than most.
While the Labradoodle was taking the world by storm around the 1950s, the Peekapoo appeared as another solution for people with dog allergies. This means, unlike most other designer dog breeds, the Peekapoo has been around for quite some time.
How Big Will My Peekapoo Be?
Some claim that only the Miniature and Toy Poodles can be bred with the Pekingese, but this simply isn’t true. It is possible to breed a Standard Poodle with a Pekingese but to do so would involve artificial insemination and implanting viable embryos into a Standard Poodle surrogate.
So while most Peekapoos will be between 9 and 11 inches tall at the shoulder, some may be bigger if the Poodle parent was a purebred Standard Poodle. It’s also possible that a Peekapoo could be a bit smaller than the average range if the Poodle was a particularly small Toy Poodle.
How Much Trouble Will My Peekapoo Have Breathing?
Although you can never say with 100% certainty what a potential Peekapoo will look or act like, the breed has been around long enough to make educated guesses as to what the average Peekapoo will be.
In general, a Peekapoo will adopt much of the appearance of the Poodle parent in terms of physiology and coating. As such, they should not struggle to breathe as much as a purebred Pekingese.
However, you should avoid testing the limits by playing in short bursts and keeping your dog sufficiently cool at all times. Failing to do so can damage things like the trachea that can be costly to fix, or end fatally.
Why Are My Allergies Acting Up Around My Peekapoo?
Poodles are known for their hypoallergenic nature when it comes to hair and dander, and many people assume that any of their offspring will also be hypoallergenic, but this isn’t always the case.
If your Peekapoo happens to inherit the hair of its Pekingese parent, then your body will be dealing with the hair and dander on top of other allergens like saliva.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to tell if a Peekapoo will trigger your allergies without spending time around it before adopting or purchasing.
Why Does My Peekapoo Keep Barking?
Pekingeses are wary watchdogs that typically only bark to alert an owner of intruders, while Poodles can be an especially talkative breed. What this translates to in the Peekapoo is a dog that likes to bark a lot when something out of the ordinary catches its eye.
You can cut down on most of this barking with proper socialization and training to keep your ears and neighbors happy. However, if a Peekapoo isn’t getting the exercise or mental stimulation it requires daily, it may turn to barking as a form of entertainment regardless of any training.
Peekapoos are adorable little family dogs that are more than happy to curl up on your lap for much of the day. Even so, their stubborn intelligence can make them a little too much for inexperienced dog owners, and playtime with small children should still be monitored so neither party gets injured.
You should feel proud to own one of these living teddy bears whenever you remember the ancestry of both parent breeds and can breathe easy when you have one with the hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle.