Small Dog, Big Personality: Meet the Adorable Pomapoo

Last Updated on April 27, 2023

The Pomapoo is a fluffy, clever designer dog that makes a great addition to most households. 

You might’ve heard about this crossbreed offspring of the Pomeranian & Toy Poodle that goes by many names: Pooranian, Pompoo, Poopom, Pomerdoodle, and Pomeroodle. No matter what you call them, they’re charming hybrids that will steal your heart!

If you want one, stay with us until the end to better know this breed.

How did the Pomapoo get its start?

Mixed breed origins aren’t always well-documented, which means Pomapoos may have been around for a long time. The earliest known intentional Poodle-Pomeranian cross happened in the late 1990s, though.

Breeders wanted to mix Pomeranians and Poodles to reduce the health problems associated with purebreds (a concept called hybrid vigor) and to create an intelligent, affectionate companion dog.

To help us get an idea of what to expect of Pompoos, let’s read up about each parent breed.

All about the Toy Poodle

Poodles have been recognized as a distinct breed since the 1800s. But, their true history dates back much further than that – to at least the 1400s.

A chocolate-colored Toy Poodle standing on grass
Toy Poodle

These waterfowl-hunting dogs originated in Germany, but they’re more heavily associated with France, where they became popular among the aristocracy.

Fashion trends of the time favored smaller Poodles. Selective breeding led to tinier and tinier varieties, eventually resulting in the Toy Poodle.

Regardless of size, all Poodles have long, pointed muzzles and small faces. Their long ears drape over either side of their head, and their dense, curly coat is famous for its minimal shedding.

As a working breed, these curly canines are highly intelligent, loyal, and trainable, but since they know how good they are, they tend to be stubborn, too. They form tight bonds with their pack and enjoy quality time with their loved ones.

The puffy Pomeranian

Endearingly called Pom, the Pomeranian has European roots, as well. They descended from the German Spitz and originated in the 1800s in the Pomeranian region of central Europe (present-day Germany and Poland).

A full-body photo of a Pomeranian

In their early days, Pomeranians were larger and more closely resembled the German Spitz.

Did you know that Queen Victoria owned a small Pomeranian, too? That’s where the admiration for the tiny versions of this breed took off. Today, they’re one of the most popular breeds in the US.

They have short, narrow muzzles and small ears that stand upright. These four-legged fluffballs have a soft undercoat covered by abundant textured fur, and they shed like crazy.

Poms are incredibly affectionate and thrive on human interaction. And since they were bred to protect livestock and herd sheep, Pomeranians make good watchdogs. Other than that, they have lovable, vibrant personalities.

You may be wondering about the recognition of this canine by the AKC. Like most crossbreeds, the Pomeroodle isn’t currently recognized by the American Kennel Club. It is, however, recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and the International Designer Canine Registry.

What does the Pomapoo look like?

A Pomapoo with perky ears
Poodle-Pom mixes are generally well-proportioned, with short legs and small paws.

Their ears can be floppy soft like Poodles or upright like Poms. They can either have a wedge-shaped Pomeranian head or a narrow Poodle muzzle. Either way, chances are that your Pomeroodle will have a small face, dark eyes, and a precious button nose.

Don’t let these uncertainties discourage you, because we can assure you that this is one cute furball!

How big is the Pomapoo?

This spunky and petite pup is great for apartments and large homes alike.

Most are between 5 to 15 pounds (2 to 7 kg) and 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) at the shoulder, but some varieties are even smaller!

Keep in mind, though, that Teacup Pomapoos (those under 7 pounds or 3 kg) are way adorable, but they can be more aggressive than bigger Pomapoos and come with more health problems.

Coat: Are Pomapoos hypoallergenic?

It’s important to note that these dogs are not hypoallergenic. They don’t blow their coat as much as Pomeranians, but they do still shed.

Usually, their fur is short to medium length, with a texture anywhere from wavy to straight. Pompoos can inherit any combination of physical traits from their parents. Their coats can be different shades or colors of:

  • Brown
  • Black
  • White
  • Red
  • Fawn
  • Merle
  • Sable

Before we move on, indulge yourself with a video of this cute and funny Pomapoo enjoying playtime with its owner:

A glimpse at the Pomapoo’s happy personality

Pomeroodles are an excellent choice for retirees, singles, and families. They’re smart and affectionate and don’t need to live a very active lifestyle to be content.

Pomapoos that share a home with children or other pets should be socialized early. They generally get along with other pets with slow, calm introductions.

Due to the size difference, it’s best not to leave your little furball with big dogs. Larger breeds usually tend to enjoy rough play, so you wouldn’t want your pet getting hurt or injured.

This also applies when younger kids want to play with your pup. Take time to show children how to interact with your Pomeroodle gently and carefully. These interactions should always be supervised, just to be safe.

Thankfully for eager hands, this designer pooch adores attention. They want it on their terms, though. Don’t feel slighted if your Pompoo doesn’t want to be showered with pets and snuggles. Instead, give them space when they need it.

Overall, the Pooranian is friendly and laid back. They’re not typically shy or aggressive, though they can be reserved around strangers. They form strong bonds with their primary caregiver, but have plenty of love for the whole family. 

Their loyalty and devotion to the pack make them prone to separation anxiety, though. Pomerdoodles shouldn’t be left alone for a long time, or you may see them turning to problematic behaviors to cope, such as digging or barking.

If you work long hours, it may be worth considering adding a second pet to the household.

Training your Pomapoo away from the “Napoleon Complex”

Ever heard of Napoleon or Small Dog Syndrome? Some people think that miniature and toy breeds are destined to be hyperactive, yappy dogs, but the truth is that it comes down to their training.

Teach your Pomapoo proper manners when they’re young to develop and maintain good habits. Positive reinforcement works well with this crossbreed, and Pompoo puppies can be responsive to training as early as eight weeks old, just like this video below. Watch and be amazed!

Consistency and an effective reward system will decrease the chances of stereotypical “small dog” behavioral problems like nipping or biting, stubbornness, excessive barking, or aggression.

Additionally, potty training can take longer with little breeds. After all, they do have smaller bladders. Be patient, and give them extra trips to the backyard while they’re learning the ropes.

Taking care of your Pomeranian & Toy Poodle mix

Even if this designer dog is totally adorbs, they still require your much needed TLC.

It’s not always a good idea to just get a pup because of its cuteness, but we also have to be sure we’re up for their overall maintenance.

Exercise: Satisfying your Pomapoo’s activity level

Owners with hectic schedules or mobility issues rejoice! Pomapoos don’t need much exercise.

They’re happy to adapt to your routine and energy level. They still need some activity, so plan on an hour of play or one brisk walk every day.

Alpha the Pomapoo is out on a walk
Source: @hunden.alpha / IG

If puppy playtime sounds like fun, this crossbreed tends to enjoy classic doggy games, like fetch and tug-o-war. They also love to swim! Consider getting them a small pool to splash around in during warmer months.

Speaking of climate, it’s best to understand that this hybrid is NOT suited for extreme weather.

If you live somewhere cold, your Pompoo will still appreciate a warm coat during the winter. When it’s hot, and you have to go out, keep your pup safe by applying sunscreen on areas with light fur coverage, but it’s always easier just to avoid the sun when it’s at its peak.

How to groom a fluff ball like the Pomapoo?

Grooming your Pomeroodle will demand more of your time than exercising them. Exact grooming needs vary from Pomapoo to another as we need to consider their individual coat length and texture.

Some will need to be brushed every day, while others can go a couple of days in between grooming sessions. Just make sure you use the right brush for their har. Add a slicker brush to your grooming arsenal if your Pompoo has curlier fur, and consider an undercoat rake for thicker-coated dogs.

Investing in a professional haircut every few months may help cut down on shedding and grooming time, too. Puppy, lion, and teddy bear cuts are fashionable and cute hairstyles for Pomapoos.

Bathe your Pooranian as needed, using a gentle dog shampoo that protects their coat’s natural oils.

Caring for your Poodle-Pomeranian cross involves more than keeping their coats shiny and tangle-free. They can have weepy eyes, so make sure to wipe their faces every day to keep their fur from staining.

You need to examine your Pomapoo’s ears daily, too. Look for debris and pests, and clean them as recommended by your vet.

Their nails can be trimmed once or twice a month. A good rule of thumb is that if you can hear their nails clicking on the floor, they’re too long.

Paying particular attention to your Pomoodle’s teeth is especially important. Smaller breeds are susceptible to dental issues (like early tooth loss), so you should brush their teeth daily.

A Pomapoo standing on a grooming table
Source: @fantabebe100 / IG

A diet suitable for a Pomapoo

Pomapoos tend to overeat. Stick to a regular feeding schedule and put away dog food when mealtime is over.

A cup of high-quality dry kibbles for small breeds is best for Pomapoos, preferably food that’s formulated to their size, age, and energy level.

Avoid wet food because they can be fattening, and without daily brushing, it can eventually lead to oral health concerns.

Dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and into old age. Talk to your vet about what they recommend for your pup since nutritional requirements can vary from dog to dog and over time.

If you know how to adjust the amount of food to give your pet by calories, using a dog food calculator is recommended. You just have to type in your doggo’s information to get an estimated daily caloric intake for your Pomerdoodle.

Common health problems your Pomapoo may have

Expect your Poodle-Pom mix to stick around for quite a while as they’re generally healthy, and have a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

Still, you’ll need to keep watch for signs of health issues that they’re susceptible to.

If your training rewards involve tasty treats, go easy with this crossbreed. They’re known for being gluttons and inclined to develop obesity.

Aside from that, they can have dental problems like plaque buildup and early tooth loss. Other illnesses that this small mixed breed may have include patellar luxation, tracheal collapse, epilepsy, and cataracts.

Where to buy Pomapoo puppies?

Since both parental breeds are well-known, and this hybrid is on the rise in the canine world, it’s quite easy to find breeders and kennels online.

Pomapoo puppies of different colors
Source: @tedtheexplorer / IG

But be ready because designer dogs aren’t often cheap, and the Pomeroodle certainly comes with a hefty price tag. This popular mixed breed can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000.

How much a Pomapoo cost can be affected by pedigree, coat color, litter size, as well as the breeder’s experience and location.

It comes down to the principle of supply and demand.

Pups from smaller litters will cost more than a puppy with more siblings. For reference, the average Poodle-Pom litter has 4-6 puppies.

Pups with popular or rare color combinations will be more expensive, too. You’ll generally pay more with an established breeder. But it’s hard to put a price on peace of mind regarding your new puppy’s health and longevity.

If a breeder is out of your price range or if you just prefer to adopt your fur babies, you can look for your perfect Pomapoo through a breed-specific rescue.

Pomapoo breeders and kennels

As we mentioned earlier, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding and buying a Pomapoo puppy.

Here are some websites of breeders and marketplaces that can help you start your search for this mixed breed:

  • Ridgewood Kennels II in Pennsylvania
  • Happytail Puppies in North Carolina

When deciding on a breeder, ask for the parents’ full veterinary history, as well as a meet-and-greet. A quality breeder should have no problem accommodating your request.

Check your pup’s parents’ medical records for eye, bone, dental, or gastrointestinal problems. Take this time to observe their breeding stock and the litters of their personalities and how they behave.

Adopting a Pomapoo

Breed-specific rescues will care for mixes, as well.

If you can’t find a Pomapoo shelter near you, consider adopting through an organization for Pomeranians or Poodles and their corresponding mixes.

  • Pomeranian Rescue (Watkinsville, GA)
  • Poodle Rescue of Houston (Schroeder Rd., Houston)
  • Poodle and Pooch Rescue (Central Florida)
  • Florida Poodle Rescue (St. Petersburg, Florida)

When you adopt, you won’t necessarily be able to find out much about your pup’s history. There is a trade-off, though: the new addition to your family will be forever grateful for their forever home. You’ll be literally saving a fur angels life.

Which Poodle mix is right for me?

With so many Toy Poodle crossbreeds out there, it can be hard to choose the perfect fit for you.

Here’s a breakdown or quick comparison of some of the most popular Doodles available today.

Pomapoo vs. Cavapoo

cavapoo with blue background

Cavapoos are Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle crosses. Depending on the size of their Poodle parent, these pups can grow to be anywhere from 11-18 inches (33-45 cm) tall and weigh between 12 and 25 pounds (5-11 kg).

Like the Pomapoo, the Cavoodle has a go-with-the-flow personality. They’re more energetic than their Pomoodle cousins and may appreciate a bit more playtime, but your Cavapoo will still enjoy naps on the couch with their favorite human.

Pomapoo vs. Maltipoo

White Maltipoo is relaxing by a wooden fence outdoors

A cross between a Maltese and Miniature or Toy Poodle, even a full-grown Maltipoo won’t be very big. On average, they stand 8-12 inches (20-30 cm) in height. Their heft is a bit more variable, with adult Maltipoos weighing anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds (2-9 kg).

Maltipoos get along well with children and pets, especially when socialized early and introduced properly. They don’t do well by themselves, just like Poodle-Pom mixes.

The Maltese & Poodle mix can suffer from separation anxiety, so consider how much time you’ll be spending at home with your pup and away from him before buying this crossbreed.

Pomapoo vs. Yorkie Poo

A Yorkie Poo puppy looking at the camera
Yorkie Poo

Yorkie Poos are adorable, tiny designer dogs. With Yorkshire Terrier and Toy Poodle parents, it’s no surprise that this breed grows to around 7-12 inches (18-30 cm) tall and only weighs 3-14 pounds (1-6 kg) on average.

These cuties have no idea how small they are, though. Yorkie Poos are bold, confident, and are happy to take the lead in most situations. Teach them how to interact with people and other pets while they’re young. After all, not every dog responds well to precocious puppies.

What’s not to love about the Pomapoo?

The Pomeranian-Poodle hybrid is a versatile pooch that will do well in apartments and larger homes, with single owners or big families, just as long as they get plenty of love and attention every day.

Thinking about bringing one of these designer dogs home? Stock up on grooming essentials and brush up on your training techniques first.

What do you think about the Pomeranian-Poodle mix? Let us know in the comments!

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