If there is one thing that Pootons love (other than their human families, of course), it is to be the absolute center of attention. And with looks that good, who can blame them? This pup is the adorable and affectionate result of a cross between a Toy or Miniature Poodle and the Coton de Tulear. These dogs are full of energy, and all they want is to have some fun. The Pooton is guaranteed to keep you entertained for long hours with its silly antics. This pup gets along well with almost anyone and makes a great family pet for exactly that reason. And don’t be fooled by their small size, Pootons make great watchdogs. However, it is best not to count on these teddy-bear-like dogs for any protection!
The Pooton is likely to have been bred for the first time sometime in the 1980s since the popularity of Doodle dogs and other hybrid breeds were on the rise at the time. The exact time and place are unknown due to a lack of documentation of a breed. This lack can be blamed on this pup’s mixed-breed status, which results in hybrid dogs not getting the attention from breeders that they truly deserve as opposed to purebred dogs. It is possible that the Pooton existed in nature through accidental breeding between the Poodle and the Coton de Tulear before any intentional efforts to bring the two breeds together began. This is not a registered breed.
This one is every bit the cuddle little teddy bear he looks like! The tiny Pooton is incredibly loving and enjoys snuggling up next to the people it loves. Incredibly affectionate to their families, Pootons may be a little reserved around strangers, but they won’t go out of their way to make anyone feel unwelcome. These pups are also high in energy and love running around the house. Their small size means they fit well into apartment living. These dogs are incredibly smart and are quick to pick up desired behaviors. They are loyal dogs and get along well with almost everyone with just a little bit of socialization. To get a good idea of the kind of personality your Pooton will grow up to have, spend time around the parents. Their personalities are usually good indicators of the kind of temperament your pup will grow up to have.
An average Pooton will grow up to be anywhere between 9 to 12 inches tall and weigh around 8 to 15 pounds.
This one’s a generally healthy pup thanks to the mixed-breeding, which means an increased gene pool, ultimately resulting in some level of hybrid vigor. A puppy with healthy parents is likely to remain healthy, so be sure to check the health clearances of both parents when getting your Pooton from a breeder. Be careful not to buy from breeders who mate dogs younger than 2 years of age since that is when most diseases begin to show symptoms. Regular vet visits are important so that any potential issues can be caught early and dealt with promptly. Some issues that your Pooton may be predisposed to include progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism, and mitral valve disease.
Due to their small size, these pups don’t require too much vigorous exercise. A short indoor play session or a light game of fetch in a fenced yard will be more than enough. You must allow your Pooton to release any pent-up energy so that they do not become destructive. These are intelligent dogs and require a fair bit of mental stimulation, so make sure you provide enough toys and trinkets to keep the boredom at bay. When it comes to training, this is one of the easiest pups to have around. They are smart and eager to please, which means they’ll be picking up tricks and desired behaviours with a little bit of positive reinforcement in no time.
Speak to your veterinarian when designing a meal plan for your pup. Each dog has different nutritional needs. Steer clear of free-feeding and divide their daily recommended servings into two to three separate meals to prevent gastric issues.
These pups have a curly coat that is lightweight and low-shedding.
Due to the lightweight nature of their coats, these pups need regular brushing. Be sure to give them a good daily brushing to keep their coats free of any tangles, knots, or matted fur. If you feel like their coats are getting too long, trim should be scheduled. Brush your Pooton’s teeth regularly and check their ears and eyes periodically for any signs of infection. Do not bathe these pups except when necessary since excessive bathing can dry out their skin and cause irritation.
In general, a Pooton puppy will cost anywhere between $300 to $1200.
Here’s a list of rescue organizations that shelter Pootons (among other breeds):