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Quick Guide to Understanding the Peekapoo: Characteristics, Training, and Care

January 20, 2023

Introduction

The Peekapoo is a designer dog breed, created by crossing a Pekingese and a Poodle. It was first bred in the 1950s to meet the demand for small, low-shedding, "hypoallergenic" dogs. The Peekapoo is a loving, loyal and affectionate dog, who is aloof with strangers, and has a low-energy lapdog-like personality. They require minimal grooming, and are suitable for a variety of households due to their low activity level.

History

The Peekapoo breed was first developed in the 1950s, in an effort to meet the demand for small, low-shedding, "hypoallergenic" dogs. Crossbreeding a Pekingese and a Poodle resulted in a breed that had the desired traits of both breeds, such as the small size and low-shedding coat of the Pekingese, 

 combined with the intelligence and hypoallergenic coat of the Poodle. The Peekapoo was one of the earliest designer dog breeds, and has been a popular choice for families with allergies or those looking for a small, low-energy companion.

Characteristics

Peekapoos are small dogs, typically weighing between 5 and 20 pounds, with a medium-length coat that comes in a variety of colors. Their coats are low-shedding and considered hypoallergenic, making them an ideal choice for allergy sufferers. They have a loving, loyal and affectionate personality, and are very devoted to their owners. Peekapoos are aloof with strangers, but will warm up quickly with those they get to know. They have a low-energy lapdog-like personality,  and are content to lounge and be cuddled for hours.

Nutrition

Peekapoos require a balanced diet with adequate protein,  fiber, and healthy fats. It is important to feed them high-quality, age-appropriate food, and to monitor their weight to ensure they are not overeating. They should be fed twice a day, with a recommended portion size of 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dry food, depending on their size and activity level. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be offered as healthy treats.

Grooming

Peekapoos have low-maintenance grooming needs, and require regular brushing to maintain their coat and prevent matting. They should also have their nails trimmed regularly, and their ears cleaned to prevent wax buildup. Bathing should only be done when necessary,  as too much bathing can strip away the natural oils in their coat.

Activity Levels

Peekapoos have a low activity level and are therefore not overly active dogs. They are content to lounge and be cuddled, and do not require a large amount of  exercise. A short daily walk or playtime in the backyard is sufficient to keep them healthy and happy.

Health Concerns

Peekapoos may be prone to certain health issues, such as eye and dental problems, heart disease, and luxating patella. It is important to keep an eye out for any signs of illness and to take them for regular check-ups with the vet.

Conclusion

The Peekapoo is a loving, loyal, and affectionate designer dog breed, with a low-energy lapdog-like personality. They require minimal grooming, and are suitable for households with allergies due to their low-shedding, hypoallergenic coat. They have a low activity level, and do not require a large amount of exercise. However, it is important to be aware of their potential health issues and to take them for regular check-ups with the vet.

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