If you’re looking for a great crossbred dog, the temperament of the Pomapoo – a mix between a Pomeranian and a Poodle – may be just the right choice for your family.
Think about a crossbreed like this: It’s a breed of dog that combines the best of both the Pomeranian and the Poodle into one neat little package to create a friendly and outgoing bundle of love.
The Pomapoo Temperament and Personality
Because the Pomapoo is a crossbreed, you truly never know what you’re going to get temperament wise. Every dog is unique.
The best you can do is study up on both Pomeranians and Poodles to learn what makes each breed tick. From there, you can get any combination of personality traits – and perhaps even some new ones!
Here are some of the more prominent traits you can expect from the Pomapoo temperament:
The Pomapoo makes the perfect friend for retired folks because he can make them feel young again. He loves to be the center of attention, and he does a great job keeping himself entertained!
Because he’s so playful, he makes for a great family dog. He’s great with kids, so long as they respect his more delicate frame and don’t roughhouse with him too much.
Pomapoos love to give love as much as they love to receive it. For a small dog, he has a huge heart!
The poodle part of a Pomapoo is what gives him his impressive intelligence, which helps out big-time when you’re trying to train him.
A Little History
The Pomapoo temperament benefits most from first-generation breeding. In other words, you want to find a Pomeranian bred with a Poodle, not multi-generational breedings from Pomapoo to Pomapoo.
Pomapoo crossbreeding has gone on for generations because breeders wanted to offer customers something that was teddy bear cuddly without being a Yorkie or Silky Terrier. The end result? The Pomapoo.
No one truly knows the origin of the Pomapoo, though. The idea is that there existed an innumerable amount of Poodle and Pomeranian mixes throughout history. However, we can’t know for sure because no one kept track of them or even considered them a breed until designer dogs became all the rage.
1. This Dog Can Play!
This is not to say that the Pomapoo doesn’t love a more active lifestyle, especially when his humans get involved. The Pomapoo temperament lends itself well to activities like flyball and agility.
2. And He’s Hypoallergenic Too!
A classic and desirable trait of the Pomapoo is that he is one of the more hypoallergenic dogs out there. He gets this from the poodle side of the family.
However, no dog is allergen-free. Spend time with the pup you want to bring home before you sign on the dotted line, and you’ll find out soon enough whether you’re truly allergic!
3. Not a Great Watchdog
Unlike other crossbred dogs, the Pomapoo temperament does not make him a great watchdog. Why? Because he sees everyone as a friend and so is more likely to welcome anyone who smiles at him into your home.
4. A Little Anxious
Pomapoos have a tendency to feel separation anxiety when you’re not around, but you can short-circuit this by teaching yours how to keep himself occupied while you’re gone. Try not to pamper him too much, though. A little bit goes a long way with the Pomapoo temperament!
5. Great for Small Spaces
A Pomapoo is a great choice for a small house or an apartment because their weight ranges between only 5 to 15
6. Exercise – How Much Activity Do They Need?
This hybrid dog has a low to moderate activity level, so it isn’t necessary to, say, take him to a dog park for a run every day. In fact, this is one of those poodle mixes who adapts well to your lifestyle and activity level. A walk and some outside play is all he needs to stay happy and healthy.
8. Socialization and Training
Early and regular socialization is the key to shaping any pup’s temperament, and that goes for the Pomapoo as well. The Pomapoo temperament is one that does not adapt well to small children, but you can work around this by making sure to closely supervise the child and the dog while they are together.
However, the Pomapoo does very well with older children.
Pomapoos are smart and, as such, they can quickly learn what it is that you want them to do. They also respond well to positive reinforcement. Click-and-treat training is an effective method of training for your Pomapoo.
Training plays a huge role in how your pup develops manners, and it should start early – like, within the first four months. Continue the dog’s training off and on throughout adulthood. Make sure you socialize your Poodle mix not only with other dogs but with all kinds of people, young and old.
The Online Dog Trainer by Doggy Dan a world-class Dog Trainer from New Zealand is worth taking a look at. This online resource has hundreds of fun informative dog training videos that can help you learn the basics and more.
The Pomapoo’s coat does best when you take him to a professional groomer every four to six weeks. Brush him regularly to prevent matting. And speaking of fur, the Pomapoo’s coat can vary in texture from straight to wavy. Their colors run the gamut from brown to black to white.
Pomapoos tend to get tear stains under their eyes, but a quick wipe of their faces every day will help keep those stains from setting.
Small dogs like the Pomapoo are prone to gum disease, so make sure to brush his teeth frequently and have his teeth cleaned if recommended to do so by your vet.
9. Health Issues
You should only work with a breeder who offers health guarantees on their puppies. If you are dealing with a breeder who does not, you need to walk away, no matter how cute the puppies are.
Pomapoos in particular are susceptible to any of the health issues that plague either the Pomeranian or the Poodle, but there is also a good chance that this hybrid dog will have a lower incidence of any inherited diseases.
Some of the potential issues a Pomapoo can suffer from include:
- Patellar luxation (kneecap dislocation)
- Tracheal collapse
The life span of the Pomapoo is between 12 and 14 years.
Note: if you agree that your health and your dog's health should be a top priority then get a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Dog Health. Your Pompapoo friend will love you for it. This guide will help save you money, time and most of all help you keep your dog healthy.
Finding the Perfect Pomapoo Puppy
If you’re interested in introducing a Pomapoo puppy to your family, you’re probably wondering what the best way is to get one.
You can find a Pomapoo for sale from a breeder who specializes in this particular crossbreed. You may also be able to find one at your local animal shelter.
However, you need to be careful in both instances when dealing with crossbreeds. As far as breeders go, you need to find one you can trust – even more so than normal.
You need to be able to confirm that the dog you are bringing home is First-Generation to ensure your best shot at getting a healthy pup. Once crossbreeds mix with crossbreeds, their health, on average, begins to decline.
As for adopting a crossbreed, this is nothing against the shelter, but most shelters do not know the dog’s history when he comes in. Their chief concern is getting dogs off the street and into warm homes. And sometimes dogs arrive on their doorstep with barely any history provided, if any at all even.
Pomapoo Puppies for Sale
The average Pomapoo price is anywhere from $400 to $1,800.
With the breed in particular, be careful if the price seems too low. You may not be getting a First-Generation dog. And if the price is too high, the breeder may be overpricing the dogs because they’re “designer,” and they figure people will pay anything to own one.
Pomapoo Adoption and Rescue
If you’d like to adopt a Pomapoo, make sure you let the shelter know you want a First-Generation dog. They will then add your information to their list, and when a dog comes in matching the description of what you want, you’ll be the first person they call.
However, if you don’t mind taking a gamble, and you really want a Pomapoo, then go ahead and adopt whatever the shelter has “in stock.” It is infinitely better to give a shelter dog a warm and loving home, rather than dealing with the harsh life that a shelter provides.
As mentioned earlier, be sure to take extreme caution if buying a Pomapoo from a breeder. Get documentation to back up anything and everything the breeder tells you.
For instance, if the breeder tells you the pups are First-Generation, make sure you get that in writing. Also demand a copy of all of the health records for the pup you’re interested in bringing home.
A good breeder will do everything they can to make sure they give you what you need so that you are happy and that you do not either return the dog or bring it to a shelter. A bad breeder will price the pups too low or too high, sell them at pet stores or online, and will not have any proof to back up the dog’s health clearances.
Check the breeder out online to see how others’ experiences have gone. And don’t just take positive reviews at face value. The customer may not have gotten a First-Generation dog, and may not have understood why that’s so important.
When you visit the breeder, make sure to go at a time when you can watch the pups interact with each other, as well as with their parents. It’s likely that the mother dog will be a larger influence on the Pomapoo’s temperament than the father.
Ready for Your Pomapoo?
The Pomapoo temperament is the perfect temperament for just about everyone, young or old. Whether you live in an apartment or have a house with a yard, the Pomapoo’s versatility allows him to adapt to your lifestyle.
Hold out for a First-Generation dog, if possible, to prevent adopting or buying a dog with health problems. And be sure to socialize and train him early and often.
He’s a popular choice as a hypoallergenic dog, but no dog is truly allergen-free. And he can be anxious at times and overly friendly, so he’s certainly not a good pick if you’re looking at getting a watchdog.
Other Poodle Mixes
Did not find what you were hoping for in the lovable Pomapoo?
Don't be discouraged.
Here are some of the most popular Poodle mixes
- Peekapoo (Pekingese Poodle Mix)
- Yorkie Poo (Yorkshire Terrier Poodle Mix)
Schnoodle (Poodle crossed with Schnauzer)
- Bichpoo or Poochon (Poodle mixed with a Bichon Frise)
- Cockapoo (Poodle crossed with a Cocker Spaniel)
- Shihpoo ( Poodle crossed with Shih Tzu)
Chipoo (Chihuahua Poodle Mix).
- Goldendoodle (Poodle crossed with a Golden Retriever)
- Labradoodle (Poodle crossed with a Labrador Retriever)
- Maltipoo (Maltese Poodle Mix)
Kailyn has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2012, and during that time she has written about nearly every dog breed imaginable. Her mother loved Collies, and so Kailyn grew up with three of them throughout her childhood – including a blonde one who was half-blind! Now her home belongs to her first official dog, Macho, a Dogo Argentino rescue.