When considering getting a dog, it is crucial to think about the decision carefully. Each dog breed is different, so you need to find out everything you can about your preferred dog breed before deciding if it is the right pet for you. In the case of designer breeds, they often have the good attributes of each breed and a reduced risk of developing some of the health conditions associated with each breed. One designer breed that you may consider is the Pomapoo. If so, you should find out what you can about this breed to determine if it is the best option for your family and your lifestyle. To help you make this decision, here are 20 interesting things that you might not know about the Pomapoo.
1. A Pomapoo is Half Pomeranian and Half Poodle
According to Rover, the Pomapoo is a designer breed that is half purebred Pomeranian and half purebred Toy Poodle. The two breeds were combined to create a new breed that boasted the best attributes of both breeds.
2. They Originate from North America
Although Pomapoos have existed naturally over the years, they did not become an intentional breed until the late 1990s. It was then that Toy Poodles and Pomeranians were bred deliberately to create this designer breed. This breeding process took place in North America. The intention was to create an affectionate and intelligent companion dog, while also trying to eliminate some of the most common health problems associated with each breed. The breeding program persisted as the popularity of this breed grew.
3. The Appearance of This Breed Can Vary
As this is a designer breed created by two other breeds, it is often difficult to predict the appearance of a Pomapoo. On the one hand, a pup may have more physical attributes associated with the Toy Poodle. On the other hand, the pup may look more like the Pomeranian parent. Sometimes, a pup will have an equal mix of the physical attributes of both a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle. In some cases, you can have each pup from the same litter that look significantly different.
4. They Are Around Six to 10-Inches Tall
While a Pomeranian is around six or seven-inches tall, a Toy Poodle is taller at around 10-inches. A Pomapoo is usually within the height range of its parents, so you can expect your adult Pomapoo to grow to a height of between six and 10-inches tall. However, it is possible to have a larger Pomapoo if the Toy Poodle parent was above the breed’s average height. When fully grown, a Pomapoo weighs between three and seven pounds. Their weight depends not only on their height but also on whether they have a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.
5. Their Coats Also Vary
Although the coat of a Pomapoo is usually either a short or medium coat, it is impossible to predict the type of coat that they will have until they are at least a few weeks old. Pomeranians have a thick, double coat of fur, and it is possible that the Pomapoo will inherit this coat. Alternatively, they can inherit the curly coat of the Toy Poodle. Other coat varieties that are possible in Pomapoos are wavy or frizzy hair.
6. Pomapoos Are Available in Many Colors
When it comes to choosing a Pomapoo according to their coat, you will have lots of options available to you. They can inherit the colors of either parent, so possibilities for a solid coat color are white, cream, blue, gray, black, and every shade of brown. It is also possible for them to have two or more colors.
7. They Need a Lot of Grooming
Most Pompaoos have a thick coat, and it can easily become matter. Therefore, a good grooming regime is vital. It is best to brush your Pomapoo’s coat daily to prevent tangles and matting from forming. You will also need to bathe your dog regularly, and using conditioner is advisable to keep their coat healthy and tangle-free. An alternative if you are not a fan of grooming your dog is to have its fur cut short, but you will need a regular appointment with a dog groomer to keep on top of this.
8. Pomapoos Are Fantastic Companions
One of the most common reasons that people choose to welcome a dog into their family is to have them as a companion. The Pomapoo is an excellent option as a companion dog, as it has many personality traits that are suitable for this role in our family. They are loyal and affectionate dogs that enjoy nothing more than sitting on your lap.
9. They Often Dislike Strangers
While Pompapoos are loyal and affectionate to their owners, it is often a different matter with strangers. Often, they will become standoffish when introduced to new people, and they may not like strangers touching or stroking them. However, once they get to know a person, they can become more affectionate and tolerant of human contact. Of course, this does not apply to all Pomapoos, as some have a more outgoing nature and accept strangers immediately.
10. They Are Suitable for Apartment Living
Pomapoos are adaptable dogs that can live in a vast array of environments. Some breeds of dogs, especially larger breeds, need a lot of space and exercise. Therefore, they are not suitable for apartment life. However, Pomapoos are a good option if you live in an apartment and want a dog, as their small size means they will not take up too much space. It is important to note that they are an energetic breed, so you will still need to take them out of the apartment. If you have a small yard, then they will happily play in this small area. Those who do not have outdoor space with their apartment should make an effort to take their Pomapoo out for short walks or to play ball games. Similarly, Pomapoos are a good option for the elderly and people with mobility issues as they do not need long walks.
11. Pomapoos Are Usually Easy to Train
Poodles are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. Due to their intelligence, they are easy to train, which is why they are often used in various working dog roles. If your Pomapoo has inherited intelligence as one of their personality traits from their Poodle parent, then you will find your Pomapoo easy to train. On the other hand, one of the personality traits common amongst Pomeranians is stubbornness. If this is a trait your Pomapoo has inherited, then it can hinder training progress. However, they often respond well to positive reinforcement.
12. They Are Not Suitable for Young Children
Although a Pomapoo is a friendly dog, they are not necessarily the best option for families with young children, says Dog Time. The reason for this is not that the dogs pose a threat to children, but rather that children pose a threat to the dog. Pomapoos are a toy breed, and their small size means they are delicate and susceptible to injury if young children handle them too roughly. In most cases, Pomapoos are fine with older children, and they can become a fantastic addition to a family.
13. They Enjoy the Company of Other Dogs
If you already have a dog at home, it is important to choose a breed that is known to get on well with other dogs when you decide to introduce a new dog into your family. The Pomapoo is a dog that does not like isolation, so they prefer to live in a house that has other dogs to keep them company. Of course, each dog is an individual, so this does not apply to all Pomapoos. It is always best to introduce a new dog to an existing dog gradually and with caution.
14. They Are Not Recognized as an Official Breed
Although many dog owners consider Pompaoo a true breed, it is officially not recognized as a dog breed and is only considered a crossbreed. Currently, the American Kennel Club does not recognize the Pomapoo as a breed, so these dogs cannot register or take part in competitions. The American Kennel Club now acknowledges some designer breeds, so it is possible that they may recognize the Pomapoo in the future.
15. You Must Take Care with Their Diet
It is essential to follow the correct dietary advice for every breed so that your dog will stay fit and healthy. You need to feed your dog the right amount and the right types of food according to their breed, age, size, and individual health needs. If you have a Pomapoo, feeding them a healthy diet is particularly crucial as this breed is prone to obesity. When a dog becomes obese, it can lead to further health conditions, such as joint problems, cardiovascular issues, and diabetes. Therefore, you should take steps to prevent your Pomapoo from becoming obese. Another reason diet is so important to this breed is they are prone to dental plaque, which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss.
16. They Live for Up to 14 Years
According to Pet Guide, the average lifespan of a healthy Pomapoo is between 12 and 14 years. However, many factors impact the lifespan of a dog, including genetic factors, the standard of care, diet, and general health. Therefore, your Pomapoo may live for a shorter or longer time than this. To ensure your Pomapoo enjoys a full life, make sure they get exercise, eat a healthy diet, and have regular check-ups with a veterinarian.
17. Pomapoos Have Litters of Up to Six Puppies
Each litter varies, but a typical Pomapoo litter will consist of between four and six puppies. First litters are often smaller than subsequent litters. The pups can vary in appearance depending on whether they have inherited more traits from the Toy Poodle of from the Pomeranian parent. If you are getting a Pomapoo puppy rather than an older dog from a rescue center, check out the breeder to ensure they are reputable and take good care of their dogs.
18. Some Pompaoos Develop Small Dog Syndrome
Like many smaller dog breeds, one problem behavior that Pompaoos may develop is small dog syndrome. It is a behavior problem where smaller dogs think they are much bigger than they are and want to prove their dominance by barking a lot or by confronting much larger dogs. To avoid this situation arising, you must start training your Pomapoo puppy as soon as possible and begin socialization with people, other dogs, and a variety of environmental and social situations as soon as possible.
19. Pomapoos Are prone to Eye Problems
With nearly all breeds, there are some conditions to which they are prone. However, this does not necessarily mean that your dog will develop these conditions; it is just that they have an increased risk of some problems. The most common health condition associated with Pomapoos is eye problems. One such eye problem is excessive eye discharge, which can lead to matting or staining in the fur around the eyes. Another eye problem from which Pomapoos commonly suffer is cataracts, and this affects a dog’s eyesight.
20. They Are Also Prone to Some Other Health Conditions
Toy Poodles and Pomparians were crossbred to reduce or eliminate many of the problems that are associated with this breed. However, there are still some health conditions to which the Pomaroo is prone. Some of these conditions include patellar luxation, epilepsy, tracheal collapse. If you notice symptoms of any of these conditions, then you should seek the advice of your vet immediately.
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