Life span: 12-16 Years
Height: 10 – 12 inches
Weight: 12 – 20 lbs.
Truly one of the most adorable dogs in the world, the small-sized Peekapoo is a crossbreed between a Pekingese and a Poodle. Similar to Poodles, the Peekapoo takes well to training and it has a relatively long lifespan, often living up to 16 years or more. It has a short, curly coat of hair that comes in a wide spectrum of colors and patterns.
This small dog is the perfect lap dog, loving and affectionate with its family. They love following their owners around and playing with children. They are incredibly smart and enjoy learning new tricks.
Their ears are long and flop down, with a medium sized tail that curls over its back. The eyes are brown with a black nose. Their coat is medium length, wavy and soft to the touch. Coat colors include black, brown, and white, and they can be tricolored.
This breed is considered one of the oldest designer breeds. They were created in 1950 by crossbreeding the Pekingese with the Toy Poodle with the idea of creating a dog fit for people with allergies. Its popularity rose in 1960, but has yet to have a club formed or be crossbred with more breeds.
This loyal breed is loving and affectionate with its owners. They love cuddling, following you, playing with children and learning new tricks. They are quite loud, alerting their owners of anyone within their territory, making them great watchdogs. If left alone for long periods of time, they will suffer from separation anxiety.
Although relatively healthy, this breed may suffer from:
Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), in which the dogs may become night blind at first and progressively lose their day eyesight as well.
Legg-Perthes is a disease caused by the lack of blood reaching the femur bone, causing the cartilage around it to crack and for the bone to eventually collapse, affecting the hip joint, and noticeable through the dog limping.
Luxating Patella, in which the kneecaps may dislocate or move from its proper place.
This breed must be brushed weekly, even if their hair is trimmed, with regular bathing. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. They are quite energetic, and need daily exercise, preferably in the form of short walks. Training should be easy, given that they love to please their owners. Positive reinforcement is the best method for this breed.