Pomapoo: Friendly and Affectionate Designer Breed
The Pomapoo is a popular hybrid companion dog that makes for a great family pet. It is a crossbreed between the smallest member of the Poodle family, the Toy Poodle, and the ever-popular Pomeranian. Both parent breeds are popular dogs, but how good is a Pomeranian Poodle mix? Let's see what we can find out about them.
What kind of pet is the Pomapoo?
Because these dogs are a relatively "new" designer breed, there wasn't an official study, but what has been noticed about a lot of Pomapoos is that they are usually friendly and outgoing. They have been known to enjoy the company and can be very affectionate towards their owners. If the Pomeranian part of the personality prevails, these dogs might be a bit reserved towards strangers, but that can be influenced by different things like socialization and training.
When talking about the new Pomapoo puppy's exact temperament, we cannot be completely certain how the new dogs will end up behaving. They are a hybrid or a crossbreed, so their temperament is a mixture of the two parent breeds. It is tricky, to say the least, to guess the character of the future Pomapoo puppy because we cannot be completely sure which parent breed will have the most influence on their character. Getting a Pomapoo has its pros and cons, and here are some we noticed.
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Pros of owning a Pomapoo
Having a small companion dog has many benefits for dog owners with a specific taste or can provide certain living conditions. Small dogs are usually adaptive, and they are unlikely to inflict damage even if they happen to bite someone. The best pros of owning a Pomapoo are these:
- Light shedders
- Relatively intelligent
Cons of owning a Pomapoo
Small dogs do have some drawbacks, and crossbreeds even more so. If you are interested in getting a Pomapoo puppy, you should learn about the negative sides and not only focus on their cute looks. The biggest cons are:
- Not the best for children because of their small size
- Poor health
- Can be stubborn
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When it comes to the health of crossbreeds, owners and breeders are fiercely debating and holding different stances. Some claim that crossbreeds are healthier than pureblooded dogs, which can certainly be true, but some things need to be considered first.
Health issues with crossbreeds like Pomapoo
Widening the gene pool doesn't necessarily mean that the hybrid puppy like the Pomapoo will be healthier than their parent breeds. If anything, that just makes them prone to potential health problems that affect both Pomeranians and Poodles. Genes cannot be predicted when mixed, and there are far too many combinations that can develop.
Vets and hybrid breeders that have studied the Pomapoo have noticed specific problems occurring from time to time, and they have noticed these dogs are prone to;
- Patellar luxation
- Tracheal collapse
One other major thing you will need to take care of is their excessive eye discharge. They have "tear stains" that are known in the Maltese breed. If everything is alright with their health, the Pomapoo can live between 12 and 14 years.
Are you interested in other popular Poodle mixes? Check out the article here: Best Poodle Mixes And Crossbreeds.
How was the Pomapoo created?
The Pomapoo designer breed is the mix between the Pomeranian and the Toy Poodle. It is quite possible that crosses like this happened "in the wild" or rather unplanned, but deliberate crosses between these two breeds started in the early 1990s in the US.
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Breeders wanted to create a small companion breed that has a happy personality and the intelligence of the Poodle, but a fluffy coat like the Pomeranian. One of the best things about breeds mixed with Poodles is that they often end up with the Poodles non-shedding coats, so there is a possibility that the new Pomapoo will end up as a non-shedder.
The popularity of the Pomapoo never really took off, and there are far more popular Poodle crossbreeds like the Shih-Poo, Labradoodle, or the Cavapoo. Still, the loyalty of Pomapoo owners remains steady, and they are fighting for the Pomapoo's spot under the sun.
How to get a Pomapoo puppy?
If you believe that the Pomapoo is the hybrid for you and think they will make an excellent addition to your family, finding the right breeder should be the next logical step. Finding a Pomapoo breeder can be tricky because this is not a recognized breed, and there are no official breeding clubs. There is a strong fan base, so checking online and social media is an option, but not the safest one.
Getting a dog through social media opens up many scam possibilities for people who would like nothing more than to take advantage of you and part you from your hard-earned money. Make sure you check with different owners and ask them for advice and pointers. Just because the Pomapoo is a hybrid doesn't mean you shouldn't take the same steps as you would for buying a pureblooded dog.
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A responsible breeder will perform all necessary health tests on their breeding dogs and their new litters and puppies. Always ask them to present you with health tests they performed, and if they seem like they don't want to answer - run from them. The only way to make sure you receive a healthy puppy is that their parents are as healthy as possible.
Many designer breeds recently became fairly popular, so naturally, their prices went up. Getting a Pomapoo is not going to be cheap, and if you get an unhealthy Pomapoo puppy, the veterinarian costs will be even greater. The average price for this designer breed throughout this year was from $1.000 - $1.500. Well-bred dogs or dogs with champion parents can go significantly higher.
Cover photo by Andrew Auletta
World Dog Finder team