White, grey, brown, black, and often a mixture of these
Retirees, singles, owners with a lot of attention and love to give
Intelligent, Affectionate, Easy to train, Mildly social
Given its personality, the Pomapoo is most easily described as a large dog trapped in a small dog’s body. Pomapoos are usually 50/50 mixes of purebred Pomeranians and Toy Poodles, and they often embody traits from both parent breeds. They’re intelligent, have big personalities, and they love and desire attention. Think of them as needy fur-children and you’ll fair just fine with this breed.
Pomapoos inherit their intelligence from their Toy Poodle ancestors, and their ability to learn and understand means they are easily trainable. They get their tendency to be a bit moody from their Pomeranian parents, so it’s important to begin training and introducing them to family and friends early on, or your needy pooch may turn into a spoiled teenager as they grow up.
Pomapoos don’t need much exercise, and they are very small and adaptable dogs; this makes them perfect for seniors and those living in apartments or small homes. A daily walk will be plenty to use up your pup’s energy and keep them healthy and happy. Read on and get better acquainted with what you can expect from your Pomapoo.
Pomapoo Puppies – Before You Buy…
Pomapoo puppies are tiny and adorable, so if you’re headed to a breeder, make sure to bring someone with you who can talk you out of taking home two or three! They’re hard to resist, but there are some things you need to know about the breed before getting a Pomapoo pup of your own.
First, be prepared to train your puppy right from the start. The breed is highly intelligent and will take to training quickly, but as we said before, these dogs can carry some huge personalities. They’re spunky little pups that will become high-maintenance if you let them. Training your Pomapoo early on and getting them used to your routine can go a long way.
Pomapoo puppies also tend to resemble both parent breeds, Toy Poodles and Pomeranians. The intelligence of a Pomapoo may come mostly from the Toy Poodle, but the personality can vary quite a bit; you can expect to see a mix from both parent breeds’ personalities and temperaments, or you may see your pup strongly resemble one parent breed over the other. Regardless of the temperament you bring home, be ready to socialize your pup with friends and family to get them well acquainted with people of all ages.
What’s the Price of Pomapoo Puppies?
Depending on where you buy your Pomapoo, you can expect to pay between $500 and $2,000. Pomapoos, like many other Poodle mixes, are a designer dog breed, so the price tag can be quite high. Pomapoos are most often the first-generation offspring from a purebred Toy Poodle and a purebred Pomeranian, but some are second-generation. While this may not matter to some, those who do want a first-generation Pomapoo should do some research into their breeder before buying.
As is the case with all dog breeds, steer clear of breeders offering Pomapoos for a cheap price; often this means the pup may not have come from a reputable breeder and may have health issues or have been bred in poor conditions. We always recommend visiting the breeder and getting to know them and their facility before making any commitments.
3 Little-Known Facts About Pomapoos
1. Pomapoos Can Vary Widely in Temperament and Personality
Like we mentioned before, Pomapoos are most often first-generation, 50/50 mixes of Toy Poodles and Pomeranians. They can inherit character traits from both parent breeds, so you won’t know exactly what to expect from your Pomapoo.
Your pup may more closely resemble Toy Poodles who are intelligent and generally social. This could lead to a Pomapoo who is great with kids and other dogs, and one that is outgoing and abundantly friendly. Alternatively, your Pomapoo could take on traits more commonly associated with Pomeranians. This may mean your furry friend isn’t always in the mood to interact with other dogs or strangers.
You may also get a mix of the two parent breeds, and if you’re looking for a more predictable temperament and personality you may want to opt for a second-generation Pomapoo mix. No matter what, early training and socialization will help your dog grow accustomed to your lifestyle and social habits.
2. Pomapoos Are Adaptable to Your Lifestyle
While Pomapoos are fairly energetic and playful, they’re also highly adaptable to your lifestyle and daily tendencies. They won’t be up for running hours a day, but if you’re playful and go for walks on a daily basis from the time your Pomapoo is a puppy, they will likely happily continue those habits.
As long as you’re up for a minimum of a daily walk, your Pomapoo will stay happy and healthy, so if you’re generally low energy with some light play or exercise here and there, a Pomapoo may be perfect for you. This adaptability lends itself well to apartment life, and it certainly helps that they’re tiny too!
3. Pomapoos Are Highly Affectionate
Whether your Pomapoo gets his or her temperament and personality from their Poodle parent or their Pomeranian parent, you’re very likely to get a mushy and affectionate pup. Pomapoos love their human counterparts, and while they might not always be eager to interact with strangers, they will usually desire your attention.
If you’re looking for a dog that will always be in the mood to curl up on the couch for a movie or sit next to you while you work or read, a Pomapoo may be the perfect breed for you. Their intelligence mixed with their affection makes them perfect little furry family members that love interacting with their owners.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Pomapoo
Are These Dogs Good for Families?
Like we mentioned earlier, the temperament and personality of your Pomapoo can vary a bit based on which traits they inherit from their two parent breeds. This varying level of sociability makes this a difficult question to answer, but with early socialization and training Pomapoos can make great family dogs.
It’s very important to note that this breed may not be the best for you if you have small children at home. Even if your pup is socialized properly and gets along with humans in general, small children sometimes have the tendency to play too rough with pets, and Pomapoos are small and delicate. If you do have small children at home you must closely supervise them to ensure they don’t hurt your Pomapoo or visa versa.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
You’ll have noticed by now that the answers to these questions are a bit of a grey area given how different Pomapoos can vary in their personality traits. Even Pomapoos from the same litter can be drastically different from one another, and this is really just a result of them being bred from two different breeds.
You may get a Pomapoo who takes after their Toy Poodle parent and is generally sociable and happy to play and interact with other dogs and cats. Alternatively, your Pomapoo may get their personality more from their Pomeranian parent, in which case they may be a bit more uncomfortable or less social around other pets.
Generally speaking, however, your Pomapoo will likely not be aggressive when around other animals, especially if they’re socialized properly from a young age or live with the other pets from the time they are a puppy.
Things to Know When Owning a Pomapoo:
Food & Diet Requirements
Like all dogs, Pomapoos require a diet that is high in protein from different sources as well as healthy fats and carbohydrates. While this breed doesn’t require a specific diet, it is recommended to get dog food that is made with high-quality, whole ingredients. One that is made specifically for small dogs is also a good idea.
Like a Pomapoo’s personality, their appetite can be big. Pomapoos love to eat, and they won’t always stop when they should. Some dogs deal best with food that is left out all day for them, but Pomapoos are prone to overeating and obesity, so you should be careful not to overfeed your Pomapoo pup. Follow the guidelines on your dog food brand’s packaging to choose the appropriate portion for your dog’s weight and size.
Pomapoos are mildly energetic, and they’re adaptable to your daily routine, within reason. At the very least, your Pomapoo will need a daily walk and/or some energetic playtime, as this will keep them happy as well as keep their potential for weight gain at a minimum.
While you should make sure your Pomapoo gets daily exercise of some sort, if you don’t have a lot of time or space for exercise or you generally don’t have high energy, some indoor play or a short walk each day should be plenty to keep your pup’s energy levels down. This is in part what makes this breed perfect for seniors and those who live in apartments.
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Because Pomapoos are half Toy Poodle, they do have high intelligence, which means that they will take well to training. This breed is also loving and happy to please if you begin training early on, so using reward-based training with play or treats will be best for your Pomapoo; just be careful not to overfeed with treats, as weight gain is a potential issue.
Getting training habits and routines established early is essential. Pomapoos can have big personalities, and if training doesn’t begin within the first two to three months, you may end up with a headstrong pup. Breaking bad habits and tendencies later in your dog’s life is significantly harder than establishing good behavior early on.
Part of the allure of cross-breeding different breeds with Poodles is that the result is what many refer to as a hypoallergenic dog. Thus, you can expect your Pomapoo to be less of a problem for you if you are allergic to dogs. Pomapoos and other Poodle mixes have hair and not fur, so they don’t shed and don’t spread their dander so wildly.
While no shedding is a major bonus for keeping a clean house, it does mean that you’ll have to take your pup to the groomer for a trim from time to time. The frequency at which you take your Pomapoo to be groomed is ultimately up to you, but if your dog’s hair ever starts to become a hindrance to him or her, it’s time to visit the groomer. In between groomer visits you should brush your Pomapoo regularly and bathe them with dog shampoo to keep their coat healthy.
Aside from regular grooming, you’ll want to brush your Pomapoo’s teeth with a vet-approved toothpaste, as small dogs are generally prone to tooth and gum issues. Additionally, your Pomapoo, like many Poodle mixes, will have a tendency to develop tear stains. These aren’t harmful, but to keep them at bay you should wash your pup’s face regularly and focus on the area beneath their eyes.
Lastly, it’s important to mention that getting your Pomapoo used to regular grooming at a young age is important. Like all dogs with big personalities, getting them accustomed to grooming practices will make them much more tolerant of it as they grow older.
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As is the case with most mixes, Pomapoos will generally be healthier and less prone to disease and medical issues than purebred dogs. However, Pomapoos aren’t without their health issues, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with them so that you know what to look out for.
Male vs Female
While male and female tendencies can vary in many dog breeds, Pomapoos aren’t as easily distinguishable in their personality by sex.
If you have a preference for one sex, you’re just as likely to get a loving and affectionate pup that is highly sociable as you are to get one that is more distant with strangers and other pets. Sex holds far less weight in Pomapoos than it does for other breeds, so a male or female shouldn’t necessarily be chosen for a specific character trait or tendency.
Pomapoos are tiny dogs with big personalities, so while they may take up the least space of any of your family members, they’re likely to fit right in with respect to sociability and personality. This breed is moderately energetic but is highly adaptable to your lifestyle, so provided a daily walk or some energetic play is offered each day, your Pomapoo pup will easily adapt to your daily routine, whether that involves lounging, playing, or a mix of both.
Their size, tendency for affection, and energy needs make Pomapoos perfect for retirees, those who live in apartments, people with low activity levels, and those who want a loving and attentive pooch by their side. If you’re looking into buying a Pomapoo, get ready for lots of love, a big personality, and many happy years ahead with your four-legged friend.
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