The Pomapoo is a gorgeous crossbreed that combines two of America’s favorite lapdogs.
This cute little pup is full of personality and has a ton of love to give. Their small size and low exercise needs make them an excellent choice for many people.
If you are retired or single, this dog is perfect for you. They love to be the center of attention and will lap up all the affection you give them.
They are not best suited to young children as they don’t do well with rough play but will adore older children who know how to handle a small dog correctly.
If the Pomapoo has grabbed your attention, read on to learn more about owning this real life teddy bear.
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What is a Pomapoo? (Breed Profile)
The Pomapoo is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle.
People have crossbred these dogs for hundreds of years but in the last 20 years, it’s really gained in popularity. Both of the dogs that create the Pomapoo were originally bred to be lap dogs.
The Toy Poodle is the smallest variety of the Standard Poodle. Poodles are one of the oldest breeds of dogs and were used to hunt waterfowl. It’s hard to imagine the tiny Toy Poodle filling the hunting shoes of its larger variety.
Whereas the Pomeranian was bred as a smaller version of the Spitz dog. They are now a distinct breed, unlike the Toy Poodle. Their popularity received a boost when Queen Victoria chose one of them as her loyal sidekick. When you get to know a Pomeranian, it’s clear they have not forgotten their royal past.
Cross dogs are by definition somewhat unpredictable in their appearance.
They may be any combination of their two parent breeds. This guide will explore this in more detail in the sections that follow.
You cannot predict exactly what their appearance they will inherit, as it can be any mix of either parent.
However you would generally expect them to have a short muzzle, a curled tail and well-proportioned body.
They can have either floppy or upright ears.
Their coat style and color is extremely hard to predict – it will range from short to medium and be straight, wavy or curly. Even though the Poodle is well known for being a low shedding dog, thanks to the Pomeranians high shedding genes, the Pomapoo is definitely going to shed.
A Toy Poodle will stand up to 10 inches tall and weigh between 6-9 lbs. Whereas Pomeranians generally stand 7-12 inches tall and weigh 3-7 lbs.
So your Pomapoo will be a tiny little pup.
It’s likely to range from 8-10 inches tall and weigh between 5-8lb. The size of this dog is hugely influenced by the size of its parents – generally bigger parents will have bigger puppies.
Pomeranians and Poodles both come in a huge variety of colors.
The color of your pup will, again, depend on the parents’ colors. Sometimes puppies may be born with a mix of both their parents’ colors and other times they will be a completely different color. It’s impossible to predict. Crossbred puppies are always a bundle of surprises.
A few colors common colors for the Pomapoo are: tan, black, white, red and tri-colored.
Just like their color, their coat type is mainly influenced by which parent they take after more.
Some Pomapoos may have the fluffy mane of the Pomeranian, whilst others will have the tight curls of the Poodle. Most of the time, they have a slightly wavy coat which is a mix of both parents. The coat will range from short to medium length.
Most owners keep their pups coat shorter through grooming (this makes it easier to manage). There are many cute haircuts that suit the Pomapoo including the teddy bear cut, the lion cut or the puppy cut. Whatever haircut you choose, this dog will require a fair amount of grooming and is not hypoallergenic.
When you are combining two dogs with very different personality traits, the outcome is bound to be a bit of a mystery. You hope that a crossbreed will inherit the best parts of both of their parents but unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Whether your Pomapoo will have a Poodle’s friendly nature and intelligence or the Pomeranian’s slightly more reserved and prickly characteristics is unclear. What is clear is that this little guy will be full of personality and charisma.
Your Pomapoo is most likely to be a friendly pup with slightly more reserved behavior around strangers. They are affectionate, loyal and adore attention – you will find they become fixated on one particular family member, usually the one who is their main career.
This fixation may lead them to become anxious when that person is not around. This is called separation anxiety and is extremely common in many breeds of dogs including Pomeranians and Poodles. If you spend much time away from home and are not able to bring your pup with you, this is not the doggy for you.
The Pomapoo is an intelligent breed (it gets that from its Poodle parent), but it can have a stubborn streak. This pup does not particularly like handling unless it’s on their terms, so training may be somewhat challenging, especially toilet training.
One thing that is always important to consider when owning a little dog breed is small dog syndrome. This is when a small dog is treated differently to a big dog and, because of this, they develop behavior issues.
Make sure when you are training your Pomapoo that you don’t let them jump up. Don’t just pick them up and remove them from difficult situations – train them as you would a larger breed.
Is a Pomapoo a Good Family Dog?
A Pomapoo will be a wonderful family dog if trained and socialized well.
These little pups love affection and attention so thrive in environments where there is always someone around.
Just remember due to their small size, they are pretty delicate, so small children who don’t understand how to handle little dogs correctly may hurt them harm on accident.
Pomapoos are an intelligent little dog that responds best to positive reinforcement.
These guys are eager to please you and love working with you for treats and praise. However, they may sometimes have a slight stubborn streak that causes them to become disinterested in training.
If this happens, don’t force them to continue just give it a break and come back another time. The most important thing is to make sure it’s a positive experience for both of you.
Toilet training is one of the things that may take slightly longer with this breed. This is partly due to them having a smaller bladder and needing to pee more often, but their stubborn streak also plays a part.
Make sure you learn their behavior just before they need to pee. Catching the signals early and taking them outside is the best way to show them where you want them to go.
Socialization is also extremely important for these little dogs. They are not an aggressive breed but they may become antisocial if they are not exposed to plenty of other dogs and people from a young age. Taking them to puppy parties for small breed dogs is a good idea.
Due to their small size, they may become injured when playing with bigger dogs so make sure to keep an eye on them.
Caring for a Pomapoo
Thanks to this dog’s small size, it is well suited to apartment living.
They have fairly low exercise requirements and don’t need a backyard to play in as long as they are getting regular walks. They are prone to barking, especially at people entering the house, but usually settle down once they meet the visitor.
A Pomapoo is best suited to living with someone who is retired or single. They love having all the attention on them and adore company. These dogs are able to live in apartments and don’t require lots of exercise. This makes them suited to people who are slightly less active.
Their grooming needs are probably the most intense thing about them but even this does not take too much work and can be enjoyable for both of you. When feeding your Pomapoo, make sure you pay attention to their weight and include their treats in their daily calorie intake.
Pomapoos don’t require a huge amount of exercise.
One walk or long play session each day is suitable for them (around half an hour). They enjoy playing with other dogs, so a visit to a dog park makes excellent exercise for them.
It’s recommended that you keep these pups on the lead unless in an enclosed space. They are small can easily become lost. If your pup is acting up in the house, it may be because they are not receiving enough exercise – so try increasing their daily exercise.
Grooming and Shedding
These dogs are likely to shed as their Pomeranian parent is a big shedder – they are not hypoallergenic.
Grooming these dogs will take up a fair amount of your time as they have wonderful coats that need attention. Taking them to a professional groomer once every couple of months is a good idea.
Haircuts that look good on the Pomapoo are the puppy, lion and teddy bear cut. Other than this, brushing them every day should keep their coat healthy and knot free. Make sure to use plenty of treats to make the experience a positive one.
Known Health Problems
Health issues may be inherited from either parent breed. Mixed breeds may sometimes be healthier than their purebred parents but not always. Health issues to look out for in the Pomapoo are cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, hyperthyroidism, hip dysplasia, patella luxation, tracheal collapse and dental issues.
Patella luxation is a big one for small dogs. You should not let them jump off high sofas or out of cars as this is a common cause of Patella luxation.
How Long Does A Pomapoo Live?
A Pomapoo is expected to live for 12 to 14 years. Buying them from a responsible breeder will increase the likelihood of your dog reaching this age, as will ensuring they are eating correctly and receiving enough exercise.
If you have been captivated by this gorgeous little teddy bear, you are probably wondering just how to buy one.
Well, your best option is to find a reputable breeder in your area. It’s harder to find good breeders for crossbreeds as they don’t have the same American Kennel Club accreditations.
Recommendations from friends and other people that have bought Pomapoos is a good place to start.
A good breeder will have all the right health checks on their dogs. For a Pomapoo, these should consist of eye and hip tests. The puppies will be in a clean and safe environment when you visit them and should be with their mother. You should be worried if the breeder has multiple litters of puppies or does not allow you to meet with the parents.
How Much Does A Pomapoo Cost?
A Pomeranian puppy from a good breeder will range from $200 to $3,000.
The reason for this huge price range has to do with the quality of the breeder and the pups’ parents. Breeders that breed with pedigree parents are going to charge more than those whose dogs don’t have pedigrees. You are most likely to find puppies that are in the mid-range of these prices ($1,500).
Quick Breed Summary Table
|Coat:||Short to medium length – could be straight, wavy or curly|
|Color:||Most commonly tan, red, black, white and tri-colored|
|Do They Shed:||Yes|
|Temperament:||Friendly, affectionate, intelligent and sometimes stubborn|
|Intelligence:||Medium (can be stubborn)|
|Socialization:||Good but requires plenty of early socialization|
|People Skills:||Friendly with most people but may be reserved with strangers|
|Good with Children:||Good with older children but not young children|
|Activity Levels:||Medium to low activity levels|
The adorable Pomapoo is a great dog for retirees, singles and families with older kids. This is an extremely adaptable breed that would be happy in an apartment or with a huge yard.
They have relatively low exercise needs, only requiring one walk a day. You will have to groom them regularly and maintain their coat but that is a small price to pay.
This little pup will be your loyal friend for many years. They are affectionate and friendly but may take a little while to warm up to strangers.
Training might be slightly harder with this pup but don’t let their stubbornness fool you, they are intelligent dogs. It’s no surprise if you have fallen for the Pomapoo because they are wonderful pups.
If you go for a Pomapoo, we hope you and your new addition have many happy years together. Let us know in the comments section below…