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Pomapoo

Pomapoo

If you’re looking for an active, fun toy dog that doesn’t need much exercise and doesn’t shed as much coat, the Pomapoo might be the one for you.

The Pomapoo is one of the smaller designer crossbreeds and while still not common in the UK, it is one of the many companion breed crosses growing in popularity. And for good reason. The breeds that make up the Pomapoo are two adorable toy dogs: the Pomeranian and the Toy Poodle.

The Pomapoo can be a first cross (with one Pomeranian and one Poodle parent, they can be bred back to one of the original breeds, or be two Pomapoos bred together (although in-breeding can be an issue in this case). This means that there are varieties in shape, colours and coat types, but in all cases this crossbreed is all about very small and friendly companion dogs.

  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training

Key Facts

Height: The Pomapoo can be anything up to 28cm, but you can expect them to be on the smaller side of that number, considering the parents’ heights. Pomeranian - categorised by weight and not height, should be between 1.8-2.5kg. They are generally around 16-18cm high. Toy Poodle - under 28cm 
Colours: The colours of a Pomapoo vary as well depending on their parents’ coats, so they can be any of these solid colours with or without white markings. Pomeranian: all whole colours are permissible. Poodle: All solid colours
UK Kennel Club Groups: Toy (Pomeranian) and Utility (Poodle)

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 3/5
Easy to train: 4/5
Tolerates being alone: 1/5
Likes other pets: 3/5
Energy level: 3/5
Grooming needs: 4/5
Shedding: 2/5
Pomapoo relaxing in the grass

Personality

Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Pomapoo depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared. Since both parents are affectionate companion dogs who bond closely to their owners, you can expect to find similar characteristics in a Pomapoo puppy.

The Pomeranian is a surprisingly active little dog who can excel at training, with some even competing in mini agility games. They are sociable, friendly and outgoing. They have big personalities, sometimes not even realising they are tiny dogs at all!

The Poodle is a lively, sociable, outgoing and affectionate dog who is both intelligent and amusing, and makes a wonderful and fun companion. They love to be included in all family pursuits and can be good watch dogs, announcing visitors loudly!

These lovely characteristics are inherited by Pomapoo dogs, making them wonderful small companions who will enjoy training and games. Plus, they’ll have a lot to say for themselves, so expect them constantly talking to everyone who wants to listen. They love nothing more than being with their owner.

The personality of a Pomapoo seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Pomeranian or the Poodle personalities) or be bred to another Pomapoo - in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).

Responsible breeders should be prioritising behaviour as highly as health and so it is important to find a good breeder. A well-bred Pomapoo should be outgoing and confident, not nervous, shy or fearful.

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History and Origins

Like many of the designer crossbreeds, the Pomapoo originated in the United States in a quest to find a small companion dog that didn’t shed as much as a pure-bred Pomeranian. The result is a crossbreed that can fit into any family’s lifestyle no matter how small their home and garden.

To understand more about the origin of the breed requires an understanding of the two breeds that go into the formation of the Pomapoo.

Pomeranian

Country of Origin: Germany

The Pomeranian was developed by reducing the size of larger spitz types through selective breeding. While this dog originated in Germany, it was developed in England to be the size we know today. The Pom came to England in the 18th century when Queen Charlotte brought her court dogs with her from Germany. At this point her dogs weighed about 9-14kgs but they still became firm favourites at court and by the 19th century turned into a favoured Victorian breed. In 1888, Queen Victoria was visiting Italy when she saw a few much smaller spitz dogs. She brought them home and crossed them with her existing dogs. Six of her dogs were shown at Crufts in 1891 (and not surprisingly, won). In the years that followed, the breed was intentionally shrunk smaller until they reached the size we know today.

Poodle

Country of origin: Germany

The original Poodle is the Standard Poodle, a water retrieving dog. Their unusual haircuts were not about fashion, but rather a way for owners to make sure their dogs didn’t get waterlogged and become too heavy to swim easily in lakes. While keeping the vital organs and joints protected, much of the rest of their hair was shaved off. The Miniature and Toy Poodles were created purely as smaller versions of the original Poodle for owners who didn’t want such a large dog but were enchanted by their personalities and enthusiasm for all kinds of work.

These smaller Poodles quickly became popular and many found work in circuses thanks to their trainability, their joy of learning new tricks and their bright, happy temperaments.

The Pomapoo can have any combination of the two breeds in their appearance, behaviour and temperament.

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