Small, adorable with the poodle half easily recognizable both physically and intelligent-wise, a Pomeranian Poodle mix is a bundle of fur and delight.
A Pomerian Poodle mix, sometimes called a pomapoo, is a mix that may have occurred naturally over the years but only recently in the 90s did breeders intentionally mix a poodle with a pomeranian.
If you’ve been looking for a comprehensive guide on the internet, for your convenience this article has done gathering all the information necessary on this mix. Just read on to learn about facts about its lifespan, temperament, diet, and more!
Physical Characteristics (Size and Physical Look)
The mix between the pomeranian and poodle parent results in a dog on the smaller side. Their height can reach a maximum of 8 to 10 inches, and weighing anywhere between 5 to 15 pounds.
Frequently this results in a petite to medium small dog with white fur resembling its poodle half, with facial hair slightly curlier and elongated as a result of its Pomeranian parent.
Their fur length ranges from light to medium length, and their colors come in the main color coating of brown, black, white, red, sable, and fawn. Most likely these colors are solid in coating, but can come mixed, too, on both the body and face.
The facial features will vary and may appear a mix from the narrow, slightly flatter muzzles of pomeranians to the longer and more pointed appearances of poodles.
This mixed breed can live an average of 12 to 15 years, which is longer than most larger-sized dogs. Keep in mind that mixed breeds live longer than their purebred counterparts due to genetic variance and their lifespan will also vary depending on quality of care as well as genetics.
Any potential owner may be delighted to learn that the pomeranian poodle mix dog is a light shedder, and an added bonus exists where if the offspring inherits the poodle half’s fur then their coat may be hypoallergenic as well!
However, don’t disregard the chance that your pomapoo may have inherited its pomeranian shedding tendencies. Owners may have to invest in a slicker brush for curly hairs and a pin brush for straight hairs.
You may require haircuts every 2-3 months, although you will have to brush your dog’s hair 3-5 times per week in order to keep the coat fluffy, shiny and free of matted debris.
The Pomeranian Poodle inherits the intelligence and playfulness of both parents, some of the best qualities from both species alike.
If we were to limit the most notable traits of a pomapoo’s personality, it would be: playful, intelligent and loyal. They are extremely affectionate with owners and enjoy attention from adults and children alike.
It is possible, however, that a pomapoo may end up becoming more aggressive than dogs several times their size, from inadequate socialization and environmental factors. Pomapoos can also be surprisingly stubborn for their size (likely from small dog syndrome).
Be advised that the best way to determine the individual temperament of a dog is to look at its parents’ dispositions.
Intelligent, small, and appropriately-sized in their energy likewise, Pomeranian Poodle dogs have moderate energy levels and don’t need much to satisfy their daily exercise needs or pent-up need to let loose and wild.
Because of their high intelligence, it would be best to provide them mentally stimulating activities during exercise sessions such as games of fetch to even performing tricks. Just one walk a day is enough to suffice their needs and tire them out into content, good dogs.
Because of their small size, the owner will have to take greater care than they would a larger breed not to push their pet’s exertion as pomapoos are more susceptible to injury because of this factor. Thirty minutes to an hour of exercise is enough!
Eye problems such as cataracts, PRA, and accompanying blindness are potential risks in this breed. Hormonal ailments such as hyperthyroidism and Addison’s disease are also possible. Epilepsy is also a possible occurrence in these dogs.
One congenital disease is tracheal collapse, which results in difficulty breathing in the dog’s airways and will affect how he sounds while breathing and barking.
Both parent breeds’ orthopedic risks also include hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and dental problems that can lead to dental decay and bad breath.
In addition, pomeranian poodle mixes may run into the same psychological problems most dogs of their size have, known as “small dog syndrome” among dog aficionados.
The syndrome entails unacceptable behavior that a 30 kg dog would immediately be corrected and trained to get rid of, such as leaping at people and growling and yapping, but often get ignored because of the dog’s diminutive size.
This will require proper training and willpower on behalf of the owner to fix, and is nothing a little acknowledgement and patience can’t rectify.
Pomapoos are prone to plaque and obesity, and thus should never be given wet food, which can lead to rapid weight gain and dental decay.
Follow the instructions on your dry kibble for feeding your small-sized dog and you should be fine with feeding your pomapoos. Aim for two cups a day of food, one in the morning, and the other half of feeding poured out in the evening.
In order to increase their fiber intake, you can put certain vegetables such as even the grass from your (pesticide-free!) lawn, although take care to avoid onions, garlic, and other potentially poisonous ingredients. Always research before trying a new plant!
Are Pomeranian Poodle Mixes Protective?
Pomeranian Poodles are not known to be particularly aggressive, although they can end up protective of their owners when witnessing a possible threat to their owners’ wellbeing.
How Much Does a Pomeranian Poodle Mix Cost?
A pomapoo pup will cost anywhere from 200 USD to a whopping 2000, and potentially even 3000 USD price tag.
Why the huge disparity in price range? The reason for this large range is because the price will depend on the quality of the breeder and the parents of the specific pup in question. This is why you should be vary of a breeder who offers a low price for a pup.
Trust us, it’s worth the extra money to know the genetics and DNA tests of your pups’ parents. A good, trustworthy breeder will be willing to provide the family tree and DNA proof along with the price.
Is a Pomeranian Poodle Mix Right for Me?
The main purpose of this mixed breed is to be a companion or friendly lap dog. If you’re looking for a beginner dog breed, you may look no further than a Pomapoodle, as they are considered one of the best dogs to introduce beginner dog owners.
Pomeranian Poodle mixes make great apartment dogs as they adapt easily to new and smaller living spaces, and as large household dogs as well. They’re great for singles elderly couples, as they’ll lap up any and all attention received and return them and some.
Best Climate for a Pomeranian Poodle Mix
Because the Pomeranian Poodle dog has a light coating of fur, it is just enough to insulate it for both cold and hot weather.
While their pomeranian half has difficulty with warmer climates due to their Northern origins, a pomapoo’s lighter coating from its poodle half will make it adjust reasonably well to climates all around the US and around those latitudes, provided that the owner takes proper care to groom timely and correctly.
The Attention a Pomeranian Poodle Mix Needs
This is not the type of dog that you can expect to leave indoors all day while the entire family is out, neglected and unnoticed. As mentioned earlier, pomapoos thrive on attention and love, and are highly social and attentive animals that aren’t a solitary breed.
Neglected dogs that are meant to be social will result in more pent up energy that will be misdirected towards destructive behavior. For pomeranian poodle mixes, this will result in more barking usually, although they can lash out at chewing furniture as well.
Compatibility with Kids
Pomapoos are considered excellent family dogs due to their gentle and loyal demeanors and overall disposition.
There’s little to nothing to be worried about you and your neighbors’ kids’ safety when hanging around your mixed pooch.
However, rather the issue lies with the reverse: the frenetic pacing and energy of children may end up hurting a small dog like the pomapoo instead! It is also possible that certain individual pomapoos will dislike the extensive handling of a child’s play for prolonged periods.
Pomapoos are very friendly and gentle with children, since they love attention from humans of all ages, so an easy way to mitigate the risks to your dog is to educate and model your children how to restrain themselves and interact with the family pet in a proper and safe manner.
Compatibility with Other Animals
Due to the gentle and extroverted nature of Pomapoos, poodle pomeranian mixes are great with other dogs or even cats around the house.
However, it is the owner’s responsibility to make sure that the current feline or bigger dog in the house does not overstep their bounds and lose their patience and seriously injure the pomapoo during the process.
Like with energetic, slightly rougher children, playing with large, overexcited dog breeds could end up injuring pomapoos if not supervised properly.