As is the case with many mixed breeds, the breed history and origin of the Pomapoo is not particularly well-known. While there have probably been countless natural Pomapoos running around for at least the last century, as Poodles are quite ancient, the Pomapoo breed did not become recognized until designer dogs became popular.
A Pomapoo is a mix of two purebreds, the Toy Poodle and the Pomeranian. You may be wondering if a Pomapoo would be an ideal pet and a good fit for your specific lifestyle. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about Pomapoos.
Pomapoo Breed History
Unfortunately, while the Pomapoo began to get recognition as a breed sometime in the past three decades, little to no documentation exists about them, which seems to be a common occurrence for designer dog breeds. No breeders have come forth to claim the origin of these adorable little dogs.
Due to this lack of claims and documentation, no one knows who started the trend of mixing Poodles and Pomeranians to specifically produce the Pomapoo. However, the demand for Pomapoos has only continued to increase since 1990. The American Kennel Club does not consider the Pomapoo a new breed, but a handful of other organizations, such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, do.
A Pomapoo is always close to a mix of 50 percent Toy Poodle and 50 percent Pomeranian genes. While a Pomapoo may have more or less than 50 percent of either original breed due to crossbreeding for many generations, most Pomapoos are the first-generation mix. Most breeders stop after the initial crossbreeding to keep the mixture as close to half and half as is possible.
First-generation Pomapoos can be a little unpredictable in terms of appearance and temperament, so if you are set on getting a more typical Pomapoo, be sure to find a good breeder who is selling second-generation Pomapoos.
Pomapoos tend to be small, approximately eight to ten inches tall if you measure at their shoulders. A Pomapoo may weigh anywhere from five to fifteen pounds, with males generally being a little bit larger than the females. Pomapoos can be a mixture of coat colors from either parent, but they tend to be white, black, brown, red, sable, or fawn. Their fur is soft, usually short but possibly medium length, and it may be straight or wavy.
Pomapoos have a good reputation for being affectionate, smart, and relaxed. These dogs typically get along well with most people regardless of their age or energy-level, though they may initially be a little shy around new people, just as many Pomeranians are.
It is best to introduce Pomapoos to new people, animals, and places while they are young. Any household that is willing to shower a Pomapoo with love is one they will thrive in, including large families with children or single adults.
Most Pomapoo litters consist of four to six puppies. As these puppies tend to be incredibly small, it is important to handle them with much care. Also, while it may be tempting to hold off on their training due to how fragile they look, Pomapoos must be trained and socialized while they are still young to prevent them from developing problematic behaviors.
Pomapoo puppies are naturally loveable, but training makes the difference between maintaining an affectionate lap dog and creating a tiny terror.
Thankfully, Pomapoos are not difficult to train, as they are very intelligent like their Poodle parent. A Pomapoo will respond to positive reinforcement and established daily routines as early as eight weeks old. Good forms of positive reinforcement to use are verbal praise or treats after your Pomapoo successfully follows a command.
Neglecting training will most likely cause your Pomapoo to become stubborn and hyper. Please note that negative reinforcement is detrimental and may lead to abuse, even if it is unintentional, and this type of “training” should be avoided.
Pomapoos thrive on dry foods that are designed for small dogs. They also need food that is appropriate for their age, as all dogs do. Never give a Pomapoo wet food, as it can induce health issues.
While Pomapoos do not shed much, if it all, they need to be brushed constantly to prevent their fur from getting tangled or matted. Small grooming brushes will do for this task.
In terms of exercise, Pomapoos do not need very much, despite their energetic nature, as they are so small. Short walks and a brief moment of play, amounting to about thirty minutes a day, are all a Pomapoo needs for proper exercise. However, Pomapoos tend to develop separation anxiety, so it is best to walk with them and participate in all of their exercise activities. Pomapoos are also curious and may wander off, so it is important to leash them in public spaces, even if this is not legally required where you live.
Pomapoo Health Issues
Thankfully, Pomapoos are not as prone to health problems as either parent breed. Most of the health issues a Pomapoo could develop are not serious, and the most common one is discharged from the eyes that stain their fur. Pomapoos are also susceptible to epilepsy, though. Scheduling regular vet appointments prevent most Pomapoo problems from becoming untreatable or out of hand.
Pomapoos: A Summary
Although the exact breed history of Pomapoos is unknown, as no breeder has claimed the origin of this mixed breed, most people find this small lap dogs adorable, trainable, and companionable. Due to the sheer amount of positive traits Pomapoos have, they have exploded in popularity since the 1990s.
Almost anyone could care for a Pomapoo, as they are small, easy to train, and do not require much grooming or exercise. So long as you are willing to train a Pomapoo from puppyhood and provide them with dry food and affection, there is a good chance that the Pomapoo would be a good fit for your household.