One of the most popular hybrids among dog enthusiasts that need a small, loyal, and friendly pooch is the Poodle mix with Pomeranian.
This mixed breed is described by a fluffy appearance like a teddy bear and boasts the nature of a large pooch confined in a petite body. This cross between a Poodle and a Pomeranian inherits some of the finest qualities from both parents. Due to their compact size, they are very adaptive making them suitable for apartment living as well as large households.
The Poodle Pomeranian mix is so adorable that you can’t resist their charm and wit. Do you think that this cross is right for you? Before you say yes or no, you should know what entails owning this mixed breed. Dog ownership depends on the needs of the pooch you want.
Our article today focuses on bringing you all you must know about the Poodle mix with Pomeranian. We shall look at factors such as personality, appearance, training, exercise, nutrition, cost, health problems, and grooming. Continue reading to understand more.
What is a Pomeranian Poodle mix called?
The cross between a Pomeranian and a Poodle is commonly known as a Pomapoo but others call it a Pomeroodle. Since this is a designer dog, the AKC does not recognize it as a breed.
Why mix with Poodle?
There are many reasons why breeders mix a pooch with a Poodle, but it is mainly because of its desired characteristics. Poodles are also very intelligent and loyal to their owners and are great with children and other animals as well. Being smart makes them easy to train since they have a high dog IQ which means their mixes will hardly give you trouble to train either.
|Size||6 to 10 inches|
|Weight||3 to 6 lbs.|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Grooming||Depends on the type of coat they inherit|
|Temperament||Sweet-natured, playful, outgoing, jovial with kids & other pooches|
|Coat||A long, rough, dense coat that shed; or curly and hypoallergenic|
|Color varieties||Black, white, cream, apricot, sable, grey, blue, brown, tan, red, silver, black & white; orange & fawn|
History of the Breed
There is no documentation as to when the Poodle mix with Pomeranian happened first, but we can guess it somehow existed naturally. It could also be a result of accidental breeding. However, the intentional breeding of the Toy Poodle and the Pomeranian began in the late 1990s. It most likely started in North America.
To understand this designer dog better, let us take a brief look at its parents.
The Poodle – With its roots in Germany, the Poodle is one of the most popular dog breeds today. Although some people tend to believe it originated in France, this breed just grew into its own breed there. The Poodle is the national flag of France. Initially, the breed was created to help hunters retrieve wildfowl, like birds and ducks, for hunters. In France, Poodles participated in the circus as entertaining pooches. Now they are used as companion dogs.
Intelligence and ease of training are some of the adored traits of the Poodle that make it popular. They are energetic, amusing, and loyal, and those who own them say they are excellent jumpers. Poodles are the 2nd most intelligent pooches in terms of working and obedience IQ. This is why they are able to receive commands easily and fast. The breed was documented by the AKC as a dog breed in 1887.
Poodles are a healthy breed with a lifespan of 12 to 15 years but are prone to common health issues like bloat, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, Addison’s disease, and thyroid problems. There are 4 types of Poodles – the Toy, Miniature, Standard, and Medium variety. However, only the first 3 are recognized universally. They stand anywhere between 9.4 and 24 inches high.
The Pomeranian – Believed to have been bred from the German Spitz, the Pomeranian dog breed is the tiniest in the Spitz breed dogs. History says that this breed was obscure before 1888 until Queen Victoria discovered them and developed a soft spot for Pomeranians. The breed was initially developed for the purpose of pulling sleds, protecting livestock, and guarding homes.
Pomeranians later became companion dogs in Europe and are to date. They have a playful, active, and friendly temperament that makes people love them so much. They were accepted as a breed by the AKC in 1888. Pomeranians have a decent ranking in terms of dog IQ and are top 25 on the list of the most intelligent pooches. This smartness makes them easy to train obedience and work.
This dog breed has a lifespan of 12 to 16 years but is susceptible to common health issues such as coat loss, hypothyroidism, heart disease, idiopathic epilepsy, Cushing’s disease, and more.
One of the questions that hybrid dog lovers will ask is: what does a Pomeranian Poodle mix look like? The overall appearance of the Poodle mix with Pomeranian varies significantly.
Both the Poodle and Pomeranian parents are small pooches with great differences in their overall physical traits. This makes it very tricky to predict what the mix will be like. Your Pomapoo may favor one parent more or inherit the unique blend of both parents.
So, how big do Pomeranian Poodle mix get? Expect your mix to stand anywhere between 6 and 10 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh 3 to 6 lbs. In terms of the physique, the mix looks athletic with either the Pomeranian parent’s pointed, ears or droopy like the Poodles. The snouts are pointed with bright rounded eyes (brown), and a small face that is expressive.
The Pomapoo will either have a long, rough, dense coat that shed or curly and hypoallergenic. This mixed breed comes in a range of colors, including black, white, cream, apricot, sable, grey, blue, brown, tan, red, silver, black & white as well as orange & fawn.
Temperament and Characteristics
The Poodle mix with Pomeranian is sweet-natured, playful, outgoing, and jovial to play and interact with kids and other pooches. Pomapoos have great affection that makes them attached to their owners and love relaxing on your laps. People that own this mixed breed define them as tiny pooches with huge personalities.
Pomapoos are very bold and eager to meet new people, but they can be aloof if they inherit their Pomeranian parent’s traits more. Although these hybrids are good with all family members, they tend to be more drawn to who looks after them more. It is good, however, that you start socializing with them at an early age by taking them out to meet new dogs and people quite often.
Their loving nature means they are prone to separation anxiety if left alone for long periods. So, if you are a busy family or individual, having a cat in your house would help give your pooch company. When you are at home, make sure you give them lots of attention and affection back.
Ease of Training
Both parents of the Pomeranian Poodle mix are smart and easy to train which means your mix will inherit the same traits. You are recommended to begin training early as it could help overcome the Pomeranian parent’s stubborn nature. And since this hybrid is charming and eager to please you, this should make training easier and enjoyable for both of you.
Like most dogs, your Pomapoo responds well to positive reinforcement. Therefore, make sure that you incorporate treats and praises in your training sessions. This will also build a stronger bond between you two. Socializing these pups is also a part of training and you should introduce them to new places, dogs, and people. This helps them gain confidence and how they relate.
You should also introduce your Pomapoo to water gradually with close supervision.
The Poodle mix with Pomeranian is fairly energetic which means they are not as demanding in terms of exercise. In addition to playing at home, they will enjoy quality time outdoors. This mix only needs one or two quick walks per day for 20 to 30 minutes.
If you introduced your Pomapoo to water and they show interest in swimming then let them do it as long as you feel safe. Make sure they have ample playtime indoors as well. Adequate training also protects them from gaining weight which can be a great health risk.
A Poodle mix with Pomeranian needs a high-quality diet that is specifically made for a small dog breed. It should be high in protein from several reliable sources with healthy fats and carbs, and kibbles should be the right size for small pooches.
The Pomapoo has a big appetite! This means that they can eat excessively if you leave food in the bowl. That could lead to an overweight mix which has high health risks. If you are not sure how much to feed your Poodle Pomeranian mix, ask your vet or read the feeding guidelines at the back of the packaging bag.
The Poodle mix with Pomeranian is healthy but still predisposed to some of the health conditions that its parents have. Common health issues in Pomapoos include cataracts, patellar luxation, epilepsy, and tracheal collapse. We recommend that you maintain proper care of your mix and take them for vet visits often.
The life expectancy of a Pomeranian mixed with a Poodle is between 12 and 15 years.
How to Care for them
Taking good care of your Poodle mix with Pomeranian begins with feeding them the appropriate diet, then giving them adequate exercises, and taking them for regular vet checkups. The next thing you need to do is proper grooming.
Grooming your Poodle mix with Pomeranian depends on which parent they favor most although both parents have dense fur that tends to mat easily. Therefore, you will need to brush them daily using a high-quality brush that removes the matting. If this seems like a hard task for you, take your Pomapoo to a professional groomer every 4 to 6 weeks.
Floppy ears will need regular checkups and cleanings to stop wax build-up and infections. Unless necessary, bathing your Pomapoo is not recommended. One bath every couple of weeks is enough to keep them healthy. This mix is likely to develop tear stains, a trait they inherit from their Poodle parent. As such, wipe under their eyes regularly to keep them clean and attractive.
Clip their nails regularly so they do not overgrow and also remember to brush their teeth daily to maintain good oral health.
Cost: How much is a Pomeranian Poodle mix?
The price of Pomeranian mix with Poodle puppies is anywhere between $500 and $2,000 from a reputable breeder. Collecting the puppy personally is recommended so you can see where they were bred and ask about their parent’s health records.
Where to Adopt
Instead of shopping, you can choose to adopt a Pomeranian Poodle mix from your local shelter or ask the rescue centers for the parent breeds. Check this rescue group or this one.
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Hi there! My name is Alex Landy, one of the co-founders here at Our Pets HQ and a parent to a small-breed Yorkie. I am a published author of two books on dog breeding and currently write on various pet-related blogs about caring for dogs. I am a parent of two daughters and live outside Boston where I spend a lot of time with family and serve in different breeding clubs. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org