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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.

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
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)
The need-to-know
  • 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
Generally healthy breed

There is often a degree of variation in the health conditions and issues that crossbreeds are predisposed to. This is because some individuals retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the other. 
For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Pomeranian and Toy Poodle breed pages.


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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