If you’re looking for a tiny dog that’s both smart and spunky, a Pomapoo might just be the dog you’re looking for. A perfect mix of two much-loved breeds, the Pomeranian and the toy poodle, the Pomapoo is a lot of love in a very tiny package.
Whether you’re looking to add a Pomapoo to your family, or are just interested in learning more about this new breed, this is everything you need to know about the Pomapoo.
- Origin: United States
- Size: very small
- Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Energy level: high
- Breed group: toy dog/designer dog
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Thanks to its mixed-breed status, it’s not always possible to predict exactly what a Pomapoo will look like. Your Pomapoo may take on a majority of its characteristics from one of its parent breeds over the other, or it may be a unique mix of the characteristics of each breed.
When we’re trying to determine the size of a Pomapoo, we have to look at the parent breeds to find out what we might expect. According to the American Kennel Club, the Pomeranian is an especially tiny dog, standing just 6-7 inches tall and weighing only 3-7 pounds when fully grown.
The toy poodle stands at almost double the height of the Pomeranian at around 10 inches tall, yet weighs about the same, at only four to six pounds.
Your Pomapoo will probably fall somewhere within the size range of its parent breeds, though it may be larger—especially if one of the parent dogs is larger than usual.
The Pomapoo’s coat will almost always be short or medium, but that’s where the predictability ends. Pomapoos may have wavy, poodle-like hair, or poker straight and slightly fuzzy hair, much like that of a Pomeranian. Chances are even greater that the dog’s hair will be a unique mix of the two textures, and the hair may be very thick, as Pomeranians are well known for their double coat of hair.
It’s anyone’s guess what the color of the coat will be. Pomapoos may be all one color or multi-colored, and they typically have fur in shades of brown, black, and white.
Since both the Pomeranian and the poodle have thick hair that risks matting, it’s likely that the Pomapoo will, too. A Pomapoo’s hair will probably need to be brushed daily—and it will need to be thorough in order to keep it from developing tangles and mats.
If the Pomapoo’s hair does develop mats, they will likely need to be shaved down to the skin.
If you’re not a big fan of brushing your dog’s hair, your best option with a Pomapoo is to have their hair styled into a short trim. To keep this look up, you’ll need to book an appointment with your groomer every four to six weeks for a bath and trim.
Of course, you can also bathe and trim your Pomapoo yourself, though the fancier styles often sought out by owners of both parent breeds require the skills of a professional.
What the Pomapoo lacks in size, it more than makes up for in spunky personality. They are often friendly, loving, and affectionate—much like their Pomeranian counterparts—and often try to be the center of attention.
However, while they are full of enthusiasm and cuddles when it comes to their family, they may be standoffish around strangers, a trait that comes from the poodle. Once they’re comfortable, though, Pomapoos love to make friends and are rarely aggressive, as long as they’ve been properly socialized.
Since Pomapoos are such small dogs, they don’t need a lot of exercise. Because of this, they do well in small spaces and can thrive in nearly any environment, from a small apartment to a large house, and from the city to the country.
While Pomeranians are well-known lap dogs, poodles are more active and are retrievers by nature. This means that your Pomapoo may enjoy simple exercise and games like fetching balls or sticks.
Of course, after all that exercise, they’ll probably be ready to cuddle up on the couch—a trait that comes straight from Pomeranians.
Fenced yards are great places for Pomapoos to run and play if one is available, but never trust a fence to keep them contained. Since they are such small dogs, meaning they’ll likely find a way out of most fences.
Pomampoos are pretty adaptable dogs, and are a good match for most people and families.
Because of their low requirements for exercise, Pomapoos make fantastic companion dogs for seniors or those with mobility issues.
They’re also great with kids as long as they’ve been socialized around them from a young age, and will happily join in with play—but Pomapoos are often too small and fragile for rough-housing. For this reason, homes with very small children may not be a good idea.
Poodles are very intelligent dogs, so there’s a good chance that your Pomapoo will be smart, as well. This should make training fairly easy, especially if you start at a young age. According to Pet Guide, training should start as early as eight weeks of age for these tiny geniuses.
While the poodle genes make them smart, the Pomeranian genes mean they run the risk of being willful and stubborn if you wait too long to start the process.
Positive reinforcement is the best method for training Pomapoos, meaning you should hand out treats and praise for a job well-done, but avoid negative reactions when things aren’t going as planned.
The Institute of Canine Biology says a recent study proved that mixed breed dogs are often less likely to develop genetic disorders than their purebred counterparts. This means that while there’s not a guarantee your Pomapoo will always be a picture of good health, it does have a better chance of not falling developing health issues common with their parent breeds.
Of course, Pomapoos are still at risk for any health issues their parent breeds are predisposed to, so we must look at the Pomeranian and toy poodle for clues about what health issues owners should look out for with Pomapoo dogs.
Pomeranians are actually susceptible to a number of genetic conditions, including knee caps that slip out place, hypothyroidism, collapsing tracheas, congestive heart failure, seizures, and alopecia X (also known as black skin disease). Careful breeding that includes screening for these issues can be helpful in ensuring your Pomapoo avoids these problems.
Toy poodles are also typically healthy thanks to responsible breeding, but they do have a few issues to look out for. Toy poodles are predisposed to eye issues and dislocated hips and knees. They also may suffer from idiopathic epilepsy and immune-mediated disorders.
While it’s likely that Pomeranians and poodles have been mixing for many years, Pomapoos have become popular, along with other designer breeds, over the last 20 years or so.
Since Pomapoos don’t have much history as a breed, you have to look to their parent breeds for more information.
Pomeranians are the tiniest relations of the type of dogs classified as a spitz—a powerful dog with a wolf-like appearance, bred for life in very cold climates. They were bred down to their now very small size hundreds of years ago in Pomerania, a part of Western Europe.
Queen Victoria fell in love with the tiny dogs while touring Italy and brought them home to Britain, where they soon captured the hearts of the world.
Toy poodles also started off as much larger dogs, standard poodles, and originated in Germany as water retrieving dogs. Thanks to their curly, waterproof coats, high intelligence, and natural swimming abilities, they were perfect for the job.
The familiar styling of the poodle, with their shaved tails, legs, and necks, began out of practicality. It gave them more ease of movement in the water, but kept their most important parts shielded from the elements.
When they moved from working dogs in Germany to more elegant companions in France, poodles started appearing in smaller sizes, giving way to the toy and miniature varieties that are so popular today.
Bringing a new dog into your home is not a decision to be made in haste. Not only do you need to evaluate whether or not a dog fits with your lifestyle, family, and home, but you also need to take some time to figure out what breed of dog is best suited to you.
If you’ve decided on a Pomapoo, you’re in for a real treat, as these dogs are usually a delight to bring into the family. But deciding on a type of dog is only the first hurdle you’ll encounter.
The two most popular choices for finding Pomapoos are through breeders and rescue organizations. Both options have negatives and positives, so it depends entirely on what type of adoption experience you’re looking for and what’s available in your area.
Since Pomapoos are a new breed, there may not be a lot of options for finding one through a rescue organization, but it is possible. Internet searching will turn up options for rescued Pomapoos, but you may have to travel to find one. If the organization isn’t local, do your research and ask questions to make sure they’re reputable.
There may be drawbacks to adopting a Pomapoo dog through a rescue organization. It’s likely the dog you find will not be a young puppy, and you may not be able to learn much about its past. However, its age may also be a plus—there’s a good chance an adult Pomapoo will be house-trained, and it will likely have been socialized through the rescue. It will also have been spayed or neutered and will have received all of its required immunizations.
All of this reduces the cost of ownership for you—as does the adoption fee, which is usually much cheaper than the price of purchasing a Pomapoo from a breeder.
It’s often more difficult to find reputable Pomapoo breeder since they are not a breed registered by the AKC, and therefore won’t be listed among their approved breeders. Before you commit to a Pomapoo breeder, ask around—your vet or other local breeders may be a good resource.
When you visit, be sure to ask about any health issues in the dog’s bloodline, and discuss any genetic tests you might want to run.
Want to know more about Pomapoo? Rover has you covered with information and recommendations about their parent breeds, the Pomeranian and the poodle
- Pomeranian Puppies: Everything You Need to Know
- Poodle Puppies: Everything You Need to Know
- Breed Profile: An Essential Guide to Standard Poodles
- Breed Spotlight: All About the Pomeranian
- All About Miniature Dog Breeds: Are They Just a Standard Version of the Big Dogs?
- 6 Facts You Might Not Know About Pomeranians
For more information on what it’s like to buy and care for a dog, here are a few resources to get you started.
- The True Cost of Getting a Dog
- How to Adopt a Dog: Your Complete Guide
- The Best Dog Names for Every Type of Dog
- The Best Dog Toys and Chews
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