A Pomapoo is not just a brilliant word to say, it’s also a pretty cool crossbreed of dog.
A Pomapoo dog is a Pomeranian Poodle mix and depending on the results of the genetic lottery, its coat and temperament can vary tremendously. Having said that you are unlikely to see a Pomapoo, also known as a Teacup Pomapoo, that’s not cute or that isn’t relatively mild-mannered. In fact, few could argue that the Pomapoo puppy is the cutest thing you are likely to see.
A crossbreed allows for a wide spectrum of personality types in dogs. You may be hoping that the best of both breeds combine to give you the most well-behaved dog in existence but it’s likely that you will get a fairly friendly, slightly reserved dog. Each will have their own personality but you may also need to train them to be comfortable on their own as they have a tendency to suffer from separation anxiety. Each puppy gets certain traits from their parents, especially the mother, so ask about the behavior of the puppy’s mother if thinking of adopting. An almost undeniable trait is that they love people and make for great companions.
A Pomapoo dog is the ideal apartment or small space pet. The puppies are tiny and even the adults are pretty small with a weight range of about 5–15 lbs. That weight is housed in the area of about 8–10 inches. A little cute pocket princess or pocket rocket.
The Pomapoo has flexible personality traits and they often come from the owner. The includes, but is not limited to, activity. The Pomapoo is comfortable with lounging around watching Netflix for much of the evening but does need active playtime and a nice walk. Although not known for its athletic capabilities, a Pomapoo can surprise owners for their agility and eagerness to participate in the fun.
Both Pomeranians and Poodles are smart breeds so it makes sense that the Pomapoo is as well. They have a strong aptitude for learning and take guidance on socialization from a young age very well. The advice is to train them early, reinforce with play and praise and reward with treats. That process can start as early as eight weeks, don’t leave it until six months or you will face an uphill battle. Do this and you will have a gorgeous companion.
Social Skills with Kids & Other Animals
The Teacup Pomapoo really is a great family pet and interacts with older children really well. You may need to be careful leaving him/her with younger kids as they are often unaware how delicate the puppy can be. Children should be shown how to interact with the puppy in a safe manner and this should help avoid any accidental injuries or aggravation. The Pomapoo also gets on exceptionally well with other pets. It helps to introduce the Pomapoo to other animals from an early age as this will allow much better friendship between family pets.
Feeding and Nutrition
There is so much information on food and nutrition these days and it may seem a little daunting but there are basics. Your dog will require a high-quality food diet. Dry foods known as kibble may be recommended for your puppy for digestive and convenience reasons but they don’t fully cover the needs of your little friend. Many have essential nutrients but can have filler and even some harmful additives. If you do decide to feed your dog dry foods, then it may be best to supplement with certain raw foods such as meats and vegetables.
Pomapoo’s often love organ foods such as liver and kidney and also lean white meat. Sweet potato, spinach baby carrots as well as some rice or pasta can be good also. Try to keep the protein intake of your Pomapoo high, between 40–45%. The Pomapoo will require about two cups of food in the day. This can be broken up into 3–4 times a day as the Pomapoo is quite active when growing and potentially split into twice a day as it gets older. Try to avoid feeding your dog chocolate and even raisins and grapes are considered toxic to dogs. Spicy foods are also out as it upsets their tiny little stomachs.
As stated above, cross-breeding makes it difficult to predict the overall look and coat of the Pomapoo and therefore grooming will depend on this. The puppy should be brought to a groomer every couple of months to get their hair trimmed, nails clipped and a shampoo (dog shampoo only) Regardless of the type of hair, daily (or every other day) brushing is required. A curly haired Pomapoo sheds slightly less than their straighter haired friends and can also have less of an effect on people with allergies because of this. As the Pomapoo can develop dental problems a bi-weekly brush is advised. Ears should be examined weekly and cleaned accordingly and eye tears should be wiped regularly to prevent infection.
Cost of a Pomapoo
The Pomapoo can cost anywhere between $450 to $2000 for a puppy depending on the breeder. The basics needed after that such as the leash, collar, bedding, transport box, etc. will set you back close to $200 Some breeders will have all your medical needs taken care of and it will be included in the initial fee. However, if you have to do this yourself expect to pay around $250 for vet fees for deworming, shots, etc. The yearly cost of keeping your dog healthy averages out at about $500 for checkups and minor procedures. Food, toys, dog sitting etc. can come to around $500 as well for the year. Your first year as a Pomapoo owner will cost you between $2000-$4000. (Spoiler alert—it’s still worth it!)
Health & Life Expectancy
The average lifespan of the Pomapoo is between 12 and 14 years.
Ask the breeder about potential genetic issues. Crossbreed can inherit disease from either the Toy Poodle or the Pomeranian breed. It’s very difficult to predict with a large amount of certainty if your puppy will develop any genetic problem but it’s always best to ask as many questions before purchasing. A good breeder will know all the answers and the dog’s health history. They will be happy to let you know of any potential issues and how to take care of them.
If you meet a Pomapoo breeder who is unwilling or unable to answer your health question then look elsewhere. Certification to back up breeder’s claims is always worth getting. As mentioned previously, the Pomapoo may mirror your exercise habits and activity. If you notice a little extra pounds around the holidays then maybe your little puppy does too! Keeping your dog in shape and within a normal body fat range is the best and easiest way to keep it healthy and extend its life.
Overall the Pomapoo is a sturdy healthy breed of dog. It is still important to know what your prize puppy may potentially suffer from throughout its lifetime. The following are a list of health problems that the Pomapoo maybe susceptible to due to their breeding between a Pomeranian and a Toy Poodle:
Patellar luxation – This is a disorder affecting the kneecap.
Tracheal collapse – This occurs when the dog’s windpipe collapses due to a weakening of the tracheal rings
Epilepsy – Seizures may develop between the ages of 2–5 years
Naming your Pomapoo
It is the job of the owner and not an article on the Internet to name your dog. However, due to the differences in appearance of these loveable little creatures you may plan to nameyour new puppy “Sam” but realize they look more like a “Sambuca.” The best advice is to wait until you see your new puppy and a name will present itself.
Researching Dog Breeds?
If your looking for the perfect dog you should also check out the most protective dog breeds. These breeds of dogs will make anyone think twice about entering your home or approaching you with one of these dogs! There are some breeds specifically raised to protect your children too! For more information read this article “Most Protective Dog Breeds”.