The Pomeranian poodle mix is one of the most popular so-called designer dogs. Nicknamed pomapoo, this cross is the result of pairing the Pomeranian and poodle breeds. A common misunderstanding is that this particular mix is a 50-50 result crossing a purebred Pomeranian with a purebred poodle, usually the miniature variety. In some instances this is true, but serious mix breeders endeavor to create the ideal balance of temperament and physical characteristics between the breeds – a process that can take several generations of breeding between bloodlines. As you might have gathered, the pomapoo is not a purebred dog and cannot be registered as such with most kennel clubs. It can, however, be registered with the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, American Canine Hybrid Club, and International Designer Canine Register.
Regardless of the fact that this is indeed a “mixed” dog, it has become an extremely popular type of pooch favored by people all over the world. The following sections offer a closer look at the unique characteristics of this designer pet that have endeared it to so many individuals.
The Living Teddy Bear
Have you ever heard someone refer to this unique mix as a “teddy bear dog?” Although the name may sound a bit childish, the likeness is actually fairly accurate. The exact physical characteristics of this breed are not exactly predictable because there are so many factors that affect what a crossbred pooch will look like. In general, however, the ideal cross between the Pomeranian and the poodle will yield a pup that looks remarkably similar to a stuffed animal. Small stature, pert, fuzzy ears, a short nose, dark, circular eyes, and a fuzzy (borderline scraggly) coat are the most sought-after physical traits in this particular mixture. These mixes come in a variety of coat colors ranging from fawn to multicolored and the fur’s texture and length will primarily depend upon more immediate genetic influences, such as whether the parents had short or long hair and silky or wiry texture.
Most breeders will use miniature poodles as their breeding stock for a pomapoo in order to achieve a compact specimen that can easily fit onto a person’s lap. That being said, there are those who breed larger pomapoos by integrating genetics from the standard poodle. If you are considering this dog for yourself and you have a preference regarding the pup’s size, be sure to inquire as to whether the canine’s background primarily includes standard or miniature poodle genes. Grooming requirements would be another factor worth considering. Long-haired crosses will require much more attention in this area in the form of daily brushing and the prevention of matted fur. Pups who take after their short-haired poodle genetics are virtually hassle-free and are better for individuals who suffer from dander-related allergies.
An Intelligent and Feisty Companion
Although temperament can also vary among mixed canines, this particular combination is destined to possess moderate to high intelligence, be easily trained, and lively to boot! Many studies argue that poodles are the most intelligent and trainable canines around. The more a breeder focuses his or her efforts on the temperament and personality of the poodle, the more likely it is that the resulting litter will possess these traits. Poms are fairly smart in their own right and have a strong sense of curiosity that can sometimes get them into trouble. This type of dog is also bright, alert, and affectionate – all of which are traits that, when combined with the poodle’s high intelligence, trainability, and friendliness, can yield a wonderful, well-balanced puppy.
This mixed canine variety can be a great family pet but it seems that most pomapoos tend to do better in families with older children. Pom temperament typically leans towards impatience, especially when heavy-handed petting or incorrect handling become a factor (as is usually the case with small children). This trait can also show up in some poodle bloodlines which is why this mix is generally considered to be more suitable for adults or families with older children who are able to respect the dog’s boundaries.
Loyalty and Protective Instincts
This mix tends to be prone to barking – a trait that is common in both parent varieties. Excessive or nuisance barking should be reprimanded from a very young age so that this instinct does not become a problem as the animal matures. On the plus side, this pooch will serve as a wonderful “living alarm” by announcing the arrival of visitors and unfamiliar animals on the property. If the pup has a strong influence from its Pomeranian genetics then it may be necessary to confront and deter signs of possessiveness. This variety of canine tends to bond so well with its owner(s) that it may become aggressive when other animals and humans approach them. This is not acceptable behavior and should be discouraged from a very young age. Both parent varieties are extremely loyal and can be counted on to protect their human family members. Having said that, snapping, biting, growling, and other signs of aggression should definitely not be encouraged.
Is This Dog Right for You?
You are the only person who can truly answer this question. Do you have the time, energy, and willingness to cater to a pet that has the potential to be emotionally needy? Not all pups of this breeding stick to their owners like glue, but many do form very close bonds with their masters and have a need to receive affection and attention from them. You should also ask yourself if you are able to accommodate this pup’s high level of energy. Pomeranian-poodles of all sizes require regular physical activity in order to prevent restless behavior caused by unspent energy. It is important that this animal is taken on a few brisk strolls, a jog, or a long walk each day. Intellectual stimulation will also be a factor worth your consideration. Much like a gifted child who becomes bored in class, a Pomeranian-poodle can lash out with behavior issues if he is not given sufficient mental stimulation.
On another note, if you are looking for a compact and sturdy dog who is bright, watchful, entertaining, affectionate, and easy to snuggle with, then this mixed breed may be a good fit for you!