The Pomapoo is an adorable blend of Toy Poodle and Pomeranian. Like many designer dogs, the prospective owner searches for a dam from one breed and a sire from another that exhibits the qualities most important to him or her. After that, it’s a matter of arranging for the two to be bred. It’s also common to choose from a litter of pups whose sire and dam meet your expectations and have produced quality offspring in the past. Beware of hypoallergenic claims and hints that undesirable characteristics have been bred out. Just like humans, genes can reappear after generations and change traits like intelligence, health, and companionship.
Origin: Pomeranian and Poodle Background
Pomeranians come from Northern Europe and are named for Pomerania, the province they inhabited along the Baltic Sea. A descendant of large sled dogs, this small dog is closely related to large breeds like the Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute. Early Pomeranians weighed as much as 30 pounds! Queen Victoria, quite taken with the beautiful dog, brought one home to England from Italy and set about breeding them to lapdog size, ranging in weight from 7 to 10 pounds. The playful Pomeranian is energetic, bold, and smart. More reserved than openly friendly, they are best known for their yappy bark. A fur puff around their neck and chest adds to their beauty. A double coat of fur protects them against adverse weather. The undercoat is quite soft while the outer coat consists of semi-rough fur.
The friendly, inquisitive Poodle was used for hunting waterfowl in European areas like Germany and France. Tall and elegant, his overall demeanor captured the fancy of nobles interested in breeding a smaller size poodle suitable for carrying around as a companion and accessory, yet providing protection with a warning growl and loud barking. Loyalty and intelligence are common features of this clever dog.
Pomeranian Poodle Mix
Good-looking parents usually produce good-looking offspring. Combined attributes from each breed create a cute designer pup. Your Pomapoo may have curly Poodle hair surrounding a Pomeranian foxy face. It’s all part of what makes him special. The Pomeranian Poodle mix typically learns quickly and loves to show off new tricks as well as older favorites. A daily walk or trip to the dog park satisfies his need for exercise. Extra playtime, enthusiastic praise, and a small treat are rewards to acknowledge his place in your life.
Diversity in Appearance
The Pomeranian Poodle mix creates a pup with features from both sides of the family. Parts of the face, including the muzzle, ears, and eyes, are usually defined by Poodle or Pomeranian heritage. There’s little shedding from his coarse straight or smooth curly coat. Colors include fawn, black, and apricot. Now and then the pup displays two or more colors on his fur. Weight ranges from 5 to 15 pounds with a height between 8 and 10 inches at the shoulder.
Temperament is created by factors like environment, socialization, and parentage. An affectionate, friendly pup is the typical goal for Pomapoo owners. It’s a big reason why it’s important to be familiar with the dam and sire. The pup’s background affects his results. Pomeranians tend to be quiet and reserved while Poodles are naturally friendly and outgoing. It’s never certain which side will have the most influence, although the dam’s temperament seems to have more influence on the pup. Genetics determine certain characteristics, so pay close attention to the behavior of both parents and his littermates. Avoid choosing a pup that growls or backs away from you.
The Pomeranian Poodle mix results in great family pets, although they may not adapt to small children. Qualities inherited from the Pomeranian sire or dam include:
- Aggressive behavior
- Low amount of shedding.
- Intelligence and ability to serve as hearing assistance and therapy dogs.
Your pup’s expected lifespan ranges from 12- 14 years. He’s an ideal companion because of a low to moderate activity level is sufficient for his needs. If you love to jog several miles a day, simply place your Pomapoo in a cushioned crate within a jogging stroller and treat him to an outdoor excursion that satisfies his need for companionship and your need for more activity than he can handle. It’s an excellent way to enhance socialization training. This is a house dog that loves to learn the things that please you and result in more love, affection and treats for him. Add to his confidence by sharing the things you want him to know during his first four months of life. Visit him often until he’s old enough to come home so he’s familiar with your scent, voice, and actions.
Grooming a Pomeranian Poodle Mix
Pomapoo coats vary in texture and appearance. Grooming appointments every six weeks will keep both straight and curly hair looking its best. Ask your professional groomer to show you the right way to bathe and brush your four-legged friend between appointments. Another grooming necessity is cleaning the reddish-brown tear stains from the coat below their eyes. It’s a feature typical of their background. Help prevent stains by gently washing his face and beneath his eyes each day.
Nails usually need trimmed every other week. Clean and dry the Pomeranian Poodle mix ears as you would any other dog. Ask your vet about a satisfactory toothpaste that will keep the pup’s breath fresh and support good dental health. Small dogs are more susceptible to periodontal disease than larger ones. Start grooming practices right away to make it a familiar, accepted process.
Some of the more common health problems of the hybrid Pomeranian Poodle Mix are:
- Patellar luxation (dislocated kneecap)
- Periodontal disease
- Tracheal collapse
- Discharge from eyes
Rough play and falls may cause broken bones because of their small size.