The fluffy Pomapoo is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle.
They are very popular with dog-lovers who want a small, friendly and loyal lap dog who sometimes lead an active lifestyle.
Due to the petite and cuddly nature of both parent breeds; this mixed breed, is naturally adorably furry and compact, ideal for those looking for a smaller dog.
Are you looking to bring home this beautiful dog breed?
If so, there are plenty of things you should know and consider before making that decision (e.g. dog temperament, caring for the breed and finding a good breeder)!
|Pomapoo Breed Summary|
|Size||8 to 10 inches in height|
|Weight||5 to 15lb|
|Lifespan||12 – 14 years|
|Breed Type||Mixes and More|
|Purpose||Companion / Lapdog|
|Suitable For||Singles, Couples, Families With Older Children|
|Color Variations||Tan, Black, White, Brown & Bi or Tri Mixes Of These|
|Temperament||Friendly, Playful, Intelligent, Affectionate, Confident|
|Other Names||Pooranian, Poopom, Pom-a-Poo|
What is a Pomapoo? Dog Breed Information
The Pomapoo is adorably small and has very fluffy coat inherited from both its parents.
They typically make great companions and even better lapdogs.
This dog is classed as a mixed breed (a Pomeranian x Poodle Mix) and like many ‘designer-hybrids’, are not recognized by any major Kennel Clubs in the US or UK.
Just like both parent breeds, the Pomapoo’s main purpose is to be a companion and a friendly lap dog.
They are also very agile and active so they can make great companions for short walks.
Origin of Breed
Mixed ‘designer’ breeds like the Pomapoo have been growing in popularity for the last two decades, so it is unknown when exactly this particular breed was first bred.
However, we do know a lot about the origin of the parent breeds:
- Toy Poodle
The Toy Poodle is actually a miniature poodle, that has been selectively bred to be smaller than average.
Poodles date back to the 1400s, and are the seventh most popular breed registered by the American Kennel Club.
Toy Poodles do not technically classify as their own distinct breed, but are actually just miniature versions of a regular Poodle.
The Pomeranian is also a very old breed – they became popular in the 1800s when Queen Victoria took an interest in them.
They are very popular due to their cute face and small size, however they are prone to barking.
The Pomeranian is the 22nd most popular dog registered by the American Kennel Club.
The Pomapoo is a mix between these two breeds that was ‘designed’ to retain a cute size and fluffy coat to make a beautiful teddy-bear like pup.
If you think a Pomapoo full grown is tiny, you would be amazed how tiny they are as puppies – they can easily fit in the palm of your hand!
At eight weeks old one of these puppies will weigh just 1lb.
Just like with many sought after designer dogs, a Pomapoo puppy will not come cheap.
You should expect to pay between $1,000 to $1,500 USD for one of these puppies from a reputable breeder.
They are typically born in litter sizes of between two to six.
|8 weeks||0.5 to 1lb|
|3 months||1.5 to 2lb|
|6 months||2 to 3lb|
|Pomapoo puppies reach the stage of sexual maturity at around 6-12 months of age|
Pomapoo Personality & Temperament
|Ease of Care|
Pomapoos can be very playful and extroverted, often more than happy to play with other dogs and their human companions.
They tend to be very good-natured and highly attached to their owners, and just like both parents they are simply made for being lap dogs.
Despite many smaller dogs developing ‘small dog syndrome’ (which causes a tendency to bark and be very defensive), Pomapoos are not known to be aggressive or especially territorial.
Their energy levels are moderate (read more below in the exercise guide) and they do not need an extraordinary amount of exercise.
They do enjoy walks and play time, and will often busy themselves with toys, but they tend to be happiest in their owner’s lap!
Because they are a hybrid dog, it can be difficult to confidently say which parent your Pomapoo will most resemble in terms of their temperament.
One thing is for sure, they famously love and crave human affection, especially from their owners!
They tend to do well around other dogs, especially dogs that are familiar to them, and they love to play.
Do They Make Good Family Dogs?
The Pomapoo is very loving and playful, and would suit a a family with older children and other animals. They are not suitable for younger children who may not understand how to properly handle them.
Due to their tiny size and fragile nature, these pups aren’t suitable for younger children that may handle them roughly and without care.
Caring For A Pomeranian Poodle Mix
Pomapoos are very small dogs, even when fully grown, so they do not require extensive amounts of daily exercise.
They do enjoy being active, so it is important that they are played with and taken on short walks daily.
Just like most small breeds, they can take a little longer to potty train partly due to their small bladders.
Food and Diet Requirements
|Daily Food Consumption|
|Guide||40 calories per lb|
|Cups of Kibble|
It is important that you don’t feed your Pomapoo wet food, as they are prone to obesity and plaque build-up.
Feeding them wet food could lead to weight issues and premature tooth loss.
It is also key that you follow the recommended feeding instructions with kibble (i.e. dry food), as you want to avoid over feeding your dog.
When feeding your Pomapoo, you should aim for two ‘meals’ a day, spreading their daily calories this way, by feeding half a cup in the morning, and then half a cup in the evening.
You can also feed your dog small amounts of certain veggies in order to increase their fibre intake, but you should avoid giving them onions, garlic or mushrooms as these can be very dangerous to dogs.
Exercising Your Dog
|Daily Exercise Requirements|
Despite being a small dog breed, they enjoy being outdoors and can be given highly supervised off-leash time if your local area allows it.
They are not very demanding when it comes to exercise, so they are a great breed for those who live in apartments or perhaps are not able to take longer walks.
You should aim to take your dog on one or two brisk walks per day, averaging a total of 20-30 minutes daily.
Pomapoos, if safely introduced to water and supervised, can be allowed to swim if they show an interest in it. However, most owners find that their dog may prefer being curled up in their lap to going for laps in a pool!
These dogs are very clever, and it is advised that you begin training as soon as they are old enough to bring home; this is to avoid them becoming too stubborn.
Because of their energetic nature, you will need to pay close attention to them when they are training.
Due to their Poodle parent, Pomapoos are generally keen to learn and therefore are quite easy and respond well to consistent training, making use of small treats and positive reinforcement.
If possible, choose a consistent outside spot for bathroom breaks. The good memory it inherited from its Poodle side will make sure it associates this space with going potty, and will discourage them from house accidents.
Encouraging your dog to be around other dogs from a relatively young age is a good idea to avoid aggressive tendencies.
You can achieve this by going to communal dog parks or group training sessions.
Play games that encourage memory and trick learning.
The ‘name game’ – which involves naming each of their toys – allows them to learn individual commands, every time you say a toy’s name your pup should pick up the toy in question.
Because the Pomapoo is not a purebred dog, the risk of having genetic diseases and major issues is quite small.
However, they are still prone to some health conditions:
- Patellar luxation
- Tracheal collapse
You can decrease the risk of further health problems with regular vet check-ups and being proactive with your dog’s health by correct nutrition, lifestyle and exercise.
The Pomapoo is also prone to some ‘tear staining’ around the eye area, which is due to their excessive eye secretions.
The average live span of a Pomapoo is 12 to 14 years of age, this is average for small dogs, as they usually live for longer than larger breeds.
Pomapoo Color, Appearance, Coat and Grooming
The average size of this dog full grown is 8-10 inches with an average weight between 5-15lb (depending on the size of parent breeds).
Their coat is medium length, very dense fluffy and wavy – thanks to the coats of their parent breeds.
The Pomapoo’s coat can either be a single coat, like most Poodle mixes, or a double coat (like the Pomeranian).
Pomeranians have a soft double coat unlike Poodles who have a thick curly coat. Their coats can come in a variety of colors:
- Mixes of the above
The shed frequency is low to medium, and they will require haircuts every 2-3 months.
You should aim to brush your dog’s coat three to five times per week.
These dogs have very dense coats that can be prone to matting and tangling.
Regular brushing is a good idea to keep their coat shiny, fluffy and healthy.
The Pomapoo can be identified easily by their petite size and their adorable teddy-bear nature.
Their loving personality and affectionate nature makes them ideal for those looking for a small companion.
Although they are not suitable for younger children, they can be ideal for small families with adolescents or couples looking for a pet.
With the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise and regular grooming, these small bundles of energy can be the perfect companion.
Make sure to feed them correctly and introduce them to training early to avoid any problems or health concerns as your puppy grows into a mature dog.
If you own one of these hybrid dogs, or are bringing one into your family, make sure to let us know in the comments!