BREED SPOTLIGHT

Breed Spotlight: Pomapoo

Four Minutes Oct 10, 2022

Pomapoo: Quick Stats

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Weight: 5 – 15 lbs.

Height: 8 – 12 inches

Do I shed?: Yes, minimally

Personality: Loyal, friendly, outgoing, affectionate

Common health problems: Luxating patellas, epilepsy, cataracts, periodontal disease

Pomapoo: How Do I Look?

Tiny and fluffy with a teddy bear-like smile: it’s a Pomapoo! Pomapoos — sometimes called a pomapoo or poopom — are a mix between a toy poodle and a Pomerianian, resulting in a designer breed with a lively personality and beautiful variety of coats. The typical Pomapoo size can be as small as 5 pounds to 15 pounds for adult males. However, some can be bigger if their poodle parent is on the taller side.

There isn’t a standard Pomapoo look, since some lean heavier on the poodle side, getting lovely curly coats and a regal look. Some get their Pomeranian parent’s fluffier frame and goofy smile. No matter what, the result is the same: a pint-sized dog with bright eyes, a small jaw, short legs, and beautifully colored.

Coat Type and Colors

Most Pomapoos have medium to short coats that are curly. The degree of his curl varies from dog to dog, but coupled with a bicolored, tricolored, brindle, or sable pattern leads to a lovely dog. You can find Pomapoos in all of their parents’ colors such as:³

  • Black
  • Red
  • Gray
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • White
  • Brown
  • Yellow/Gold

Shedding and Grooming

Pomapoos are infrequent shedders. Whether or not Pomapoos shed depends on which parent’s coat they inherited. If they take after the poodle parent, a pomapoo can be a great hypoallergenic dog for folks sensitive to pet dander.

Pet parents should expect to brush their Pomapoo daily or every other day to prevent matting. During grooming sessions, veterinarians recommend brushing Pomapoos teeth regularly to prevent periodontal disease.³ Due to their small size, this breed’s jaw is very small, causing their teeth to be crowded together.

Ears

Most ears on a Pomapoo are triangle-shaped, covered in soft fur. The size and shape of a pomapoo’s ears varies, however. Some dog’s ears are larger, floppy forward creating an adorable frame around their eyes.  

Drooling Level

Pomapoos aren’t heavy droolers. Like all dogs, they may drool if they are excited or hungry, but you’ll be happy to know this dog doesn’t even drool in their sleep.

Pomapoo: Personality Traits

What My Adoption Bio Would Say:

Need someone to love on? I am that someone! I love being the center of attention so let’s play in your living room until your favorite show comes on. Whatever you want to do, I’m ready!

Behavior

Pomapoos are spunky, affectionate, and energetic dogs who enjoy attention. Once they warm up to their humans, they’re very loyal and can always be depended on to keep a smile on their pet parent’s face.

This breed’s can-do attitude makes pomapoos great companions for the elderly and small families living in cities. First-time pet parents will find a fast friend in a Pomapoo.

Trainability

Pomapoos are easy to train because they’re eager to please. These dogs are very intelligent, just like their poodle parents, so they will benefit from training courses to keep their minds sharp. Invest in treats your pup loves: training them to follow basic commands will be easier.

Exercise Needs

Due to their small size, Pomapoos don’t require a lot of exercise. A 30-minute walk per day along with daily play time is enough to keep these dogs in shape. You may find that Pomapoos enjoy food puzzles and mazes. These intelligent dogs can keep their minds engaged while you’re at work.

Are Pomapoos Good With Kids?

Pomapoos make great family pets and don’t tend to be aggressive. These dogs love to play with their humans, especially kids, but be careful. Kids can hurt these small animals if they play too roughly. Be sure to teach young kids how to handle their pet to avoid hurting their new pal.

Are Pomapoos Good With Other Pets?

If you already have pets, you’re in luck. Pomapoos need a lot of attention and benefit from having furry friends around. It may take a while to get the two animals to love on each other, but you can rest assured that a Pomapoo will not pick fights.

Barking Level

Like Pomeranians, some Pomapoos can be very yappy. Positive reinforcement training is required to stop this behavior in its tracks.

Pomapoo Fun Facts

There is little information about the beginning of the Pomapoo breed. But they have become extremely popular over the last two decades. Here’s what we know for sure about the lovely Pomapoo.

  1. The breed originated in North America as an attempt to get the best of both parent breeds: the regal look of a poodle and the spunk of a Pomeranian.
  2. It may seem hard to believe, but Pomeranians descend from Arctic sled dogs in Northeast Europe. This may explain why Pomapoos are so energetic and loyal!
  3. Because it’s a mixed breed, many Pomapoos tend to be healthier than purebred animals.³

Common Pomapoo Health Problems

Pomapoo may be healthier than a purebred dog but they do get sick. Some of the health issues they experience include:³,

  • Patellar Luxation: A dislocated or floating knee cap
  • Epilepsy
  • Addison’s disease: This is an abnormal regulation of hormones that control metabolism and stress.⁵
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease: This is the breakdown of the head of the femur that meets the hip, which can lead to lameness.⁶
  • Obesity
  • Cataracts
  • Collapsed Trachea: A collapsed trachea typically occurs when a dog’s collar is too tight.

Sometimes these diseases are inherited while others occur due to their environment. As a new “designer” breed, there are puppy mills that breed these animals in inhumane conditions. Make sure to ask a lot of questions, like visiting the kennel and to meet the parents and siblings.³ A dishonest breeder cannot be trusted to give you a healthy pet.

How Pet Insurance Can Help Your Pomapoo

A Pomapoo’s lifespan is 12 – 15 years. That’s a lot of trips to the vet! While these dogs are healthy animals, things do happen. Pomapoos experience issues with obesity, especially if they are overfed or provided a poor diet. Others can develop cataracts on their eyes that require surgical removal to avoid blindness. A dog insurance policy with MetLife can cover the care required for obesity and cataract care to keep your pup’s active well into their senior years.¹,²

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that temporarily disrupts the brain’s function causing uncontrollable muscle movement, recognized as seizures. There are three kinds of seizures in dogs: grand mal (full body convulsions), focal (localized seizures, like a twitch on one side of the body), and psychomotor (seizures that create unusual behavior, such as chasing imaginary objects).

Luckily, the way pet insurance works, pet parents can cover the diagnostics and medication needed to care for epileptic dogs. If you enroll early before seizures occur, the disorder won’t be considered a preexisting condition. Consider investing in pet insurance to potentially save thousands on caring for your future Pomapoo.

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³ “Pomapoo,” Daily Paws

⁴ “Pomapoo,” Wag!

⁵ “Addison’s Disease in Dogs,” American Kennel Club

⁶ “Legg-Calve Perthes Disease,” VCA Hospitals

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