Pekepoo

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25-35 lbs
10-14"
United States
Pekingese
Poodle
Peke-A-Poo, Peka-Poo

Though a popular hybrid dog, Pekepoos are not recognized by the American Kennel Association. They are a cross between a Poodle and a Pekingese and are notable for their loyalty and calm demeanor. Pekepoos typically have average energy levels for their size; however, because of their intelligence, they love to play games and require a fair amount of mental stimulation. Beyond this, Pekepoos vary widely in color, as well as size and appearance depending on what type of Poodle parent they come from (standard vs. miniature). Nonetheless, Pekepoos are typically small pups that weight between 25 and 40 pounds and grow to be 10 to 15 inches tall.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Early 1900s
Ancestry
Pekingese, Poodle

Pekepoo Health

Average Size
Male Pekepoo size stats
Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 30-40 lbs
Female Pekepoo size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 25-35 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Eye Disease
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Addison's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • KCS
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Corneal Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Full Physical Examination

Pekepoo Breed History

The Pekepoo is not categorized as a purebred dog, but both its parent breeds – the Pekingese and the Poodle – have long been popular pets in Asia, Europe, and North America, as well as recognized as purebreds by the American Kennel Club. Pekepoos may have even been bred since the early 1900s when both the Pekingese and Poodle were growing in popularity in the United States. The parent breeds’ histories go back much farther than the 20th century, however. The Pekingese originated centuries ago during Imperial China and remained isolated in the country for most of its history. The first written account of the Pekingese comes from the 8th century, but little is known about its evolution and ancestry because of incomprehensive breeding records. When China began to “open” in the 1800s, however, the Pekingese was introduced to rest of the world. The small dog was given as gifts as a sign of respect to foreign (primarily American) visitors, and in some instances, were smuggled out during the opium wars of the 1860s by invading European militias. Pekingese quickly became popular outside of China because of their unique appearance and staunch loyalty. Americans in particular took to the breed and began using it as a show dog as early as the late 1800s. It was recognized by the AKC shortly after in 1909. The Pekepoo’s other parent, the Poodle, is commonly thought of as a French breed. Poodles, however, originated centuries ago in modern day Germany to hunt small to medium size waterfowl; hence the name “Poodle” which is translates to “pfudel” or “to splash in water” in German. The earliest references of the standard Poodle come from the 15th century, though varieties of the Poodle are thought to have existed before that time. The Poodle’s agility and intelligence led to its growth in popularity across Europe. The French in particular took to the breed and refined the breed standard to reflect the standard Poodle that we know today. The French were also the first to breed the Poodle down in size to create miniature versions of the animal. In the 1800s, Americans began to import Poodles to North America and they were recognized by the AKC in 1887. It was one of the most popular breeds in America by the 1950s and remains a common pet in the country today.

Pekepoo Breed Appearance

Pekepoos look like small Poodles with Pekingese features. They grow to be between 25 and 40 pounds and 11 to 15 inches tall. If a Pekingese is bred with a miniature Poodle, it will be on the lower end of these size estimates. Additionally, Pekepoos have a soft and wavy, medium length coat that comes in any combination of colors that are common to both the Poodle and Pekingese. Their eyes are round and dark, while their relatively short muzzle ends in a dark nose. Their pendant ears are low set and Pekepoos tend to have feathering around their ears, medium-length tail, and feet.    

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pekepoo eyes
Brown
amber Pekepoo eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pekepoo nose
Black
brown Pekepoo nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Pekepoo coat
Gray
brindle Pekepoo coat
Brindle
cream Pekepoo coat
Cream
fawn Pekepoo coat
Fawn
black Pekepoo coat
Black
sable Pekepoo coat
Sable
white Pekepoo coat
White
silver Pekepoo coat
Silver
blue Pekepoo coat
Blue
red Pekepoo coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pekepoo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pekepoo Breed Maintenance

Pekepoos are not completely hypoallergenic, however, they carry less dander because of their Poodle parent’s hypoallergenic coat. Nonetheless, Pekepoos require a fair amount of maintenance. Most importantly, their dense medium-length coat requires daily brushing. Depending on the texture of the coat (it can vary depending on which parent breed the Pekepoo takes after the most), owners can use a slicker brush or comb to brush out tangles and matting. Additionally, owners can use scissors or clippers to trim longer pieces of the coat around Pekepoos’ eyes, ears, feet, and tails. Because the coat can get unruly in this breed, some owners opt for professional grooming. In addition to daily teeth and ear cleaning, monthly baths and nail clipping is also recommended for this breed.

Brushes for Pekepoo
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pekepoo requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pekepoo Temperament

Since the Pekepoos are not stabilized, they can inherit any combination of traits from their parent breeds. Generally, however, this breed is friendly and affectionate. It forms strong bonds with its owners and make friends with basically everyone it meets – furry or otherwise. Pekepoos can be suspicious and vocal toward strangers at first, but warm up quickly. Pekepoos also love attention, but because of their independent streak, they can tolerate some alone time. They are not needy, but prefer a stable schedule when they know when and where they will be alone. Pekepoos are also playful and love to engage in games with other dogs and people to stay mentally stimulated and entertained. Additionally, they are great at learning tricks to entertain admiring audiences. These dogs are fairly easy to train and are very response to affirmations from their owners. Overall, Pekepoos are happiest in secure, loving, and stimulating home environments.

Pekepoo Activity Requirements

Pekepoos are larger than your typical Pekingese hybrid. They are fairly active and need about 30 minutes of activity a day by the way of a walk or trip to the dog park. Hybrids with a miniature poodle parent may require less exercise. Either way, this hybrid loves to play as well. They are known for instigating fetch and other types of games with their owners indoors. Because they don’t need a large yard, these pups are great options for owner that live in apartments or urban environments. Additionally, they do well in any type of climate, making them a very versatile breed.    

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Pekepoo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Pekepoo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pekepoo size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Pekepoo size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 15 lbs
12 Months
Male Pekepoo size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Pekepoo size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 21 lbs
18 Months
Male Pekepoo size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 35 lbs
Female Pekepoo size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 30 lbs

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