The Pekingese and Poodle hybrid is commonly called the Peek-a-poo. Depending on the parents in the cross is, the Peek-a-poo puppies can either be a first generation mix, or a multi generation mix. Purebred parents in the cross will result in a first generation Peek-a-poo pup, while non pure bred parents will create a multi generation Peek-a-poo pup. Before buying a Peek-a-poo pup, it is important to know the parental history of the breeds used in the cross. Knowing who the dominant partner in the mix is can help in determining the characteristics of the resultant Peek-a-poo puppy.
Small dogs, with long furry hair, a mature Peek-a-poo dog does not weigh more than 20 pounds and stands about 11 inches tall. They are sometime sub-classified on the basis on their sizes as: miniature, toy and teacup Peek-a-poo pups. Commonly available for sale in white, black, brown and silver colors, they can also be a mixture of all or any of these colors. Their soft coats are hypoallergenic and do not shed much. They thus make good pets for people with allergies.
Friendly and social, the Peek-a-poo can be wary of strangers. Family oriented and protective, they are extremely vigilant if they perceive a threat or intrusion around their family. Calmer than other designer dogs, they are well behaved and gentle mannered. They do have a tendency to get stubborn and bark loudly. These can be overcome with training at an early age. They also are very playful and love to indulge in games and activities to be occupied. Eager to please their owner, they are easy to train and keep their owner entertained with their tricks and antics. Adaptable and affectionate, they get along equally well with children and other pets. Due to their stubborn tendencies, it is advised to train them and socialized from an early age. The delicate dog can be hurt during rough play and children must be instructed to be careful around the dog. Their protective family oriented nature and their loud bark make them good watchdogs. They need to be trained to be well mannered around strangers, as they have a tendency to nip or growl around people they do not know.
Maintaining a Peekapoo:
Regular brushing and combing is a must. Not only does this ensure a smooth coat, it also keeps their coat smooth, tangle free, and keeps away any tick or mite infections. Occasional baths with subtle puppy shampoo are fine. Peek-a-poo puppies are susceptible to tear stains around the eyes and this area must be clean regularly to avoid stains. Regular vet visits and routine shots are important to monitor growth and catch any early signs of disease and infections. Their high energy levels make them great play pals outdoors and indoors. Engrossing activities and games indoors can keep them busy and provide a useful vent to their energies. This will also help in preventing restlessness and keep them calm. This, coupled with their small size makes them good house pets for smaller homes and apartments. Positive reinforcement training techniques should be preferred over high handed techniques like kenneling.
Health issues of a Peekapoo’s:
Produced through hybrid vigor, the Peek-a-poo puppy is less prone to the diseases its parents are prone to. But this does not make them immune. They have comparatively fewer problems, but common problems they may face include breathing problems during exercising (due to their flat faces), congestive heart failure, and eye problems like cataracts. They are also prone to PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), Patellar Luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, and hip dysplasia. It is advised to keep the Peek-a-poo pup indoors in a carefully controlled air-conditioned environment during warm and humid weather.
Ideal living conditions for Peekapoo’s:
Adaptable and affectionate, their gentle nature makes them apt pets for homes with children and older people. They are great companions and thus also make good pets for retirees. Good quality food and regular exercise can help in keeping them happy and in good health. They are good watchdogs and can help in keeping intruders at bay due to their loud barks. Social and friendly, they gel well with other pets. clean surroundings are important in keeping them infection and rash free.