peek a poo breed information
common health issues
The Peek-a-poo (or Pekepoo) is the result of cross between a Pekingese and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. She was among the first of the Poodle crosses that began to emerge in the 1950s and 60s, continuing with the Labradoodle and Yorkie-poo, among others. In contrast to some of those mixed breeds, however, breeders do not seek to create a specific “Peek-a-poo” dog breed, but rather continue crossing purebred Pekingese and purebred Poodles. There are no official clubs or organizations that seek breed recognition, nor are Peek-a-poos often bred to each other. Like all mixed breeds, this keeps them generally healthy, although certain conditions may be inherited from the parent breeds.
The Peek-a-poo's fine, soft coat may be any number of shades, ranging from white, cream, silver, gray, sable or apricot to red, chocolate, buff and black. She generally does not shed much, only requiring regular grooming to stay tangle-free and healthy. The wrinkles and folds around her eyes, ears and nose — inherited from her Pekingese parent — do require some care to be kept clean and dry.
An active and energetic dog, the Peek-a-poo greatly enjoys her daily walks or romps in the backyard, which can help her avoid destructive tendencies. She is loving, affectionate and protective toward her family, and she is known to announce the presence of suspicious strangers with a mighty voice. Socialization from puppyhood is important to keep this generally gentle dog from becoming too timid or slightly aggressive, particularly when it comes to young children and other pets.
Despite her mixed parentage, the Peek-a-poo is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health, and your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Peek-a-poos are prone to include knee conditions such as luxating patellas; spinal problems such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD); eye conditions such as cataracts and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye); and cardiac conditions such as mitral valve disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Peek-a-poo inherits her mom’s weak heart or her dad’s bad eyes, you’re protected.