If there’s one way to describe the Pomapoo, it is a tiny ball of pure joy. This little mixed breed pup is equal parts small and adorable owing to the Toy Poodle and Pomeranian genes. Incredibly affectionate, confident, and just downright loveable, the intelligent Pomapoo is the perfect pet for anyone on the lookout for a compact animal best friend.
This adorable little pup may have existed naturally for some time now, but intentional breeding for the Pomapoo didn’t truly start until the 1990s. The place of origin is widely believed to be North America. In crossing the Pomeranian with the Toy Poodle, breeders hoped to get a dog that was friendly, affectionate, and had the hypoallergenic coat of its Poodle parent for people on the lookout for a low-shedding and low-dander pup. Pure breeding also results in quite a few health problems, as the gene pool is limited. With mixed breeds, such issues are generally minimized, which makes the Pomapoo a healthier option as compared to both parent breeds.
The Pomapoo is an adorable little pup that loves to be loved! They are highly affectionate and gentle and are rarely aggressive, making them perfect family pets. While they will be friendly and playful with the entire family, the Pomapoo is known to become incredibly attached to one particular person, usually the primary caregiver. They are loyal dogs and are rarely shy. However, due to their Pomeranian genes, they may be a tad bit reserved when it comes to unfamiliar people. It’s best to socialize them young to nip this issue in the bud. These pups are laid back and are generally cheerful and happy little dogs. They are an absolute delight to have around and do not like to be left alone. It’s best to get a second pet that can give your Pomapoo company if they are left without humans during the day. All these pups need is a loving environment to truly thrive and live their absolute best life!
The Pomapoo is generally a small dog. However, due to the lack of any set standards when it comes to breeding, you can expect size variations. On average, the Pomapoo is around 10 to 12 inches tall and weighs anywhere between 5 to 15 pounds. The male Pomapoo is generally larger than the female.
The Pomapoo is a generally healthy dog due mainly to the fact that these are mixed breeds that, in most cases, are free from inbreeding and enjoy some level of hybrid vigor. They generally keep better health than their Poodle or Pomeranian parents. However, there are some genetic illnesses that the Pomapoo may be predisposed to. While it is not necessary that your Pomapoo will develop any of these illnesses, it is best to stay alert and look out for any symptoms of potential diseases. Make sure that you take your Pomapoo in for a checkup at the vet’s clinic at least once a month. This way, you’ll be able to make sure your dog is healthy, and in case of any developing issues, they can be caught early on and nipped in the bud. When getting your Pomapoo puppy from a breeder, ensure that sufficient health clearances are provided for both parent dogs. Some health issues that the Pomapoo may be predisposed to include patellar luxation, eye diseases such as cataracts, tracheal collapse, and neurological issues such as epilepsy. Make sure you maintain good oral hygiene in your Pomapoo since they may develop dental issues otherwise.
These little bundles of joy love playtime, but their exercise needs are moderate. They tend to gain weight easily, so these moderate exercise needs must be met. The Pomapoo loves to be around their humans, and the best way to get their daily dose of physical stimulation is through one walk per day. These pups are tiny and have bladders to match, requiring frequent potty breaks throughout the day. Give them some toys and trinkets and keep them engaged in activities to keep them mentally stimulated and to ward off boredom. When it comes to training, the Pomapoo is an intelligent pup that can pick up tricks and desired behaviors with ease. However, it must be understood that the Pomapoo can just as easily pick bad habits. When dealing with a stubborn Pomapoo, treat it like you would a human child. Be stern but be sure to let your pup know that they are still loved. Incorporate a lot of positive reinforcement and steer clear of harsh punishments such as yelling since this is bound to do more harm than good. The Pomapoo, like most small dogs, is predisposed to dental issues. It is necessary to maintain good oral hygiene through regular brushing to avoid any buildup and keep your pup happy and healthy.
When it comes to a Pomapoo’s diet, it is best to speak to a professional that can evaluate your pup’s nutritional needs and devise a feeding plan accordingly. All Pomapoos are different, and a diet that suits one Pomapoo may not be the best for another. Steer clear of free-feeding since the Pomapoo does not do well when it comes to portion control. They will overeat and gain weight, so it best to stick to a strict feeding schedule.
A Pomapoo’s coat can vary in the level of curliness depending on whether the dog takes on after the Pomeranian or the Poodle parent. In general, their coat will grow into a medium to long length and is usually available in black, white, brown, red, sable, and fawn. Some Pomapoos may have a solid color coat, and others may come in various combinations of the aforementioned colors. The Pomapoo is a light shedder, thanks to its Poodle genes. However, the amount it sheds really depends on which genes the pup has inherited. While their coat offers some protection in the winters, it is important to put a coat on your Pomapoo if you feel as though the weather is a bit too chilly for them. In the summer months, you may need to apply sunscreen to exposed areas to avoid any sun damage.
In general, the Pomapoo requires light brushing that can keep their coat free of any tangles, debris, or matted fur. Bathe your Pomapoo only when necessary, as excessive bathing may dry out their skin by stripping it of moisture and essential oils.
For a Pomapoo puppy, you can expect to pay anywhere between $700 to $2500. The price may escalate depending on whether you are buying from a credible breeder and what the traits of the puppy you are interested in are.
While it is rare for you to find a Pomapoo puppy in a shelter due to their designer dog status, it is always a good idea to look into your rescue options before opting to buy a puppy from a breeder. When it comes to animals, it is always better to adopt than to shop! Here is a list of rescue organizations that may shelter Pomapoo pups (among other breeds):