I know the most recent post in this thread was over one year ago, but I couldn't help myself from replying. I had a peagle (and, yes, I am calling it a peagle even though I have always thought bekingese sounds more dignified) that I rescued from an animal shelter and just wanted to take the opportunity to say something nice about what I found to be a wonderful "breed" of dog. I grew up with small dogs and have owned a couple of small dogs -- both pure bred and mixed breeds -- and have never had a dog with a better temperament and more endearing personality than my peagle. I just can't say enough good things about my experience with my little guy. To answer the OP (although I doubt it's relevant now), mine maxed out at 18 pounds. I have also volunteered about 10 hours/week at an animal shelter since I was a teenager and so care a lot about abusive breeding practices and the fates of the hundreds of thousands of dogs that need a good home.
Before everyone jumps on me, I want to make clear that I am aware that the fact that my peagle was extremely happy and healthy doesn't mean that every other one is. I also think that it is incumbent on anyone who chooses to purchase a dog instead of rescuing one to thoroughly research the breeder to be sure that his or her dogs are bred responsibly. If the breeder you are thinking of purchasing from can't demonstrate that fact, then you shouldn't be buying from them. End of story.
That said, I couldn't believe how mean and seemingly inconsistent so many of the posters were. First of all, I think many of the people on this site would agree that one of the best ways to make sure that your purebred puppy was bred responsibly is to only purchase puppies through local AKC-sanctioned breed clubs. While it is easy to lampoon names like "peagle" or "puggle" as cutesy, this is the first step to creating a community of people who love and truly believe in this type of dog. While it clearly won't happen over night, it's hard to imagine how the development of a community of responsible peagle fanciers wouldn't be beneficial.
Second, the forum seems to send mixed messages concerning the ethics of paying for and/or selling dogs. On the one hand, people jumped all over the original poster for paying for a mixed breed dog, but also seemed to jump all over people who claim to be giving puppies away for free on the grounds that it might render them "disposable." (To be fair, a lot of the posts from people claiming to be in the regular habit of giving mixed breed puppies away free were, at best, just plain weird and, at worst, pretty darn disturbing.) It seems clear to me that there is NOTHING wrong with purchasing a puppy, whether purebred or mixed, if that is the kind of dog you want and you are absolutely certain that the puppy was bred responsibly by people who love their dogs and dogs in general.
Third, while there seems to be a lot of animosity on this site about breeding mixed breed puppies (for instance, the frequent query of what the purpose of the relevant mixed breed might be) most aficianados of pure bred dogs can easily rattle off the varied genetic heritage of their preferred breeds. For instance, if he could talk, my pembroke welsh corgi (also a rescue, btw) would proudly proclaim that his ancestors include the Swedish Valhound, the Schipperke, and the Pomeranian, to name but a few. As I am sure someone would point out if I didn't, pembroke welsh corgis were in fact bred for a specific purpose (cattle herding), but I don't see why "companionship" or "adorableness" aren't legitimate purposes, provided, again, that the people breeding for those purposes are knowledgeable and responsible.
Fourth, there are plenty of reasons why someone might want to purchase a mixed breed dog instead of adopting one. First of all, small dogs are adopted much faster than large dogs. So, if you want a small dog, it is often REALLY hard to get one from a shelter. Second, while this is by no means true for all dogs that find themselves at animal shelters, many dogs that spend a significant period of time in animal shelters (or in abusive or neglectful homes before they get there) require rehabilitation that can only be provided by dog lovers with a lot of time, a lot of committment, and a lot of expertise. Again, I don't think anyone should ever acquire a dog (from a shelter or a breeder) unless they have been truly honest with themselves about the committment it entails but, if we are really being honest, some shelter dogs just require more time, more patience, and more knowledge about dog psychology before they can have the well-balanced lives they deserve.
In short, I can think of many reasons why someone might decide that peagles are the right dog for them, or at least one of the right dogs for them, that have nothing to do with the fact that they are, allegedly, trendy. None of those reasons give anyone an excuse for buying a dog from a broker, a backyard breeder, or a puppy mill, but please lay off people who happen to fancy(and are willing to pay for)peagles.
I have put my 0.02 in ad nauseum on topics like this over the last 7 years and I have no desire to get into yet another debate.
The only thing I can say is I would be embarrassed, if asked, to say the word Peagle. Or Beakingese for that matter. I own 2 mixed breeds and I can't even think of some dingbat designer name to call them that I could actually say with a straight face. Max is a Daschund mix and Thunder is a Chow mix, plain and simple.
I guess I just dont understand why people cant just be proud to own a mutt? I love mine, he is an awesome dog, he is a Mastiff Rotty mix, and i am happy to say he is a mutt, because thats what he is, doesnt make him less of a dog, or less of a wonderful pet.
And hey if people wanna pay for mutts let them, I mean as the old syaing goes, there is one born every second.