Although many dog lovers covet purebred dogs, specialized hybrid canines have become more and more popular. Once such example is the fluffy Pekepoo, a 50-50 cross between Pekingese and toy or miniature poodle breeds. In part due to small body size, Pekepoos are much-loved lapdogs.
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Pekepoos are relatively small, even when fully grown. You can expect a Pekepoo to weigh between 5 and 20 pounds, notes breeder Kathy Belaire of the Perfect Peks Kennel in Louisiana, and stand around 9 to 10 inches tall. The Pekepoo "parent" breeds, the Pekingese and the toy or miniature poodle, are both comparatively wee dogs, as well. Though Pekepoos are rather little, they are robust and sturdy doggies, as well.
Pekepoos appear in a wide array of coat colors, with gold being the most prevalent. Other common coat colors include cream, black, apricot, gray and brown. Somet, known as "partis," have multi-colored coats.
The classic Pekepoo coat tends to be either slightly wavy or curly and of moderate length. The texture is usually cotton-like. The breed lacks an undercoat, and because of that does not shed very much, if at all.
Pekepoos usually have rather long trunks with shorter legs. Although the breed typically possesses small heads and faces, they appear to be commensurate to the rest of the body. Pekepoo tails are usually long and fluffy.
Due to their mixed heritage, Pekepoos vary in terms of facial features. Some have flatter profiles courtesy of their Pekingese lineage, while others have very subtle snouts, although shorter than those of typical poodles. As far as eye size, Pekepoo pooches also run the gamut, with some displaying big, circular eyes from their Pekingese side and others with markedly smaller oval-shaped peepers similar to most poodles. No two Pekepoo pooches look exactly the same, whether it comes to the face, coat, body size or anything else.
By Naomi Millburn
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