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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
Papipoo - Papillon and Poodle Mix
The parents of Papipoo. Left: Papillon, Right: Poodle

The Papipoo is a mixed dog resulting from crossing a Poodle (toy) with a Papillon. He is a small cross breed with a life span of 10 to 14 years. He is also known as a Papi Doodle, Papidoodle, Papipoo or Papi Poo. He performs well at obedience, agility and hunting tests. He is a sensitive dog who does not like being left alone for long and loves to cuddle with you.

Here is the Papipoo at a Glance
Average height Up to 11 inches
Average weight 6 to 14 pounds
Coat type Medium, soft, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low unless has coat more like Papillon, then it is average
Brushing Every other day
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Addisons, Cushings, Von Willebrands, epilepsy, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, eye problems, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea, open fontane, anesthesia sensitivity
Other Health Concerns Skin problems, hip dysplasia
Life Span 10 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $1200
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $515 to $600

Where does the Papipoo come from?

The Papipoos is an example of designer dogs. These are dogs mostly created in the last 3 decades that are deliberate mixes of usually two purebred dogs. There are some breeders of designer dogs who do care about their animals and have thought behind their breeding. But there are sadly a lot more breeders who are ignorant or just do not care, puppy mills and so on where the dog and puppies welfare and living conditions are very worrying. The idea behind these designer dogs is to have a dog with the best of both parents. But this is not truly something a breeder can guarantee with these first generation offspring. Even in the same litter there can be big differences in temperament and in looks.

The best way we can get a feel for this designer dog when we have no information on who and why he was created is to look at the parent’s background. Here is a brief overview of the Papillon and the Poodle.

The Papillon

The Papillon can be found in old paintings dating back to the 1500s. They were popular amongst noble women throughout Europe. His name is French and comes from the change in his ear appearance in the 17th century from droopy ears to upright ones which made him look somewhat like a butterfly. Back then he was also solid colored whereas today he is often white with patches.

In temperament the Papillon is a friendly and happy small dog. He likes to be fairly active and will try to take charge if you allow it. He is smart and easy to train though and prefers to be active rather than always a lap dog. Some Papillons can be nervous or high strung when they come from poor lines. He gets very attached so avoid being separated for long periods.

The Poodle

This is a very old breed of dog, coming from Germany originally not France as many presume. He was a retriever for hunters of waterfowl, his coat kept him protected from the water. When he came to France, probably in the 15th century he was bred more to the Poodle we know today. There were three sizes, the Standard continued to retrieve waterfowl, the miniature sniffed out truffles and the toy sized were kept by the aristocracy as companions they carried around with them. When the wealthy saw the Poodles performing in circuses having outlandish shaped coats they adopted this and also took to dying them too. He was registered in England in 1874 and in America in 1886.

Today the Poodle is a clever, loyal, loving and playful family dog. He is easy to train because he loves to please. With strangers he is wary and that gained him a reputation for being aloof. But with his owners and family he is friendly, entertaining and affectionate. He does have a lot of energy and he does not do well when left alone.


The Papipoo is a smart dog who is social and friendly and enjoys being with people though he can be wary with strangers. He can be sensitive and can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for a long time. He is moderately easy to train and gets on well with other animals and children with socialization. He loves to cuddle with you and will follow you around the house he is that devoted and loyal. He loves to play and can be a little mischievous. He also tends to enjoy water.

What does the Papipoo look like

He is a small dog weighing 6 to 14 pounds and measuring up to 11 inches tall. He can look like either parent really. He can have round or almond shaped eyes that are usually brown. His muzzle is medium length and he has a curled tail. His body is lean and can be square shaped. He has ears that flop over. His coat can be straight, wavy or curly, soft, medium length and common colors are white or black, gray, chestnut, apricot and red. They can also have patches that are white.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Papipoo need to be?

He is fairly active for a small dog so make sure you can give him at least 20 to 30 minutes a day. This can be made up of a couple of short walks plus some play time. Play can happen in a yard if there is one, but he can be kept in an apartment as long he has some space to play inside. He would love outings like trips to a dog park and he loves to play in water. Make sure he has some puzzles and toys that also stimulate his mind. A well exercised dog behaves a lot better, is healthier and happier.

Does he train quickly?

He will be moderately easy to train, he is smart and eager to learn and spend time with you. Some Papopoos can get the willfulness of the Papillon which may slow it down now and then. Be firm, consistent and positive as the pack leader. Use rewards and praise to encourage him and stay patient. Early socialization and training are very important to ensure he is well rounded and the best character he can be. Keep in mind if either parent comes from a poor line there may be the potential for being nervous or high strung so early socialization and training can really help with that. When house training make sure you schedule it carefully and crate training can be helpful though he should not be left there all day.

Living with a Papipoo

How much grooming is needed?

He will need a moderate to high amount of maintenance compared to other dogs. He will need brushing at least every other day if not daily to remove tangles and keep the coat healthy. He will also need a visit to the groomers every couple of months for a good trim. Some owners opt to bathe him more regularly because of his coat doing it every two weeks, but in general it is advised dogs should be bathed just as they need it to avoid damaging the natural oils in their skin. If he is a show dog you may need to do more grooming. His nails will need cutting when they get too long, this is something you can do yourself if you learn about their nails and use the right tools. His teeth should be brushed at least twice a week if not more. Start these things when he is young and he will be more agreeable to it all. Finally his ears will need checking for infection once a week and cleaned. Use a dog ear cleaner with a cotton ball or cloth and wipe just the sections you can reach easily.

What is he like with children and other animals?

The Papipoo is good with children, other dogs and even other pets with socialization and training especially. He can sometimes see small animals as prey to chase so with socialization that can be controlled. It also helps when he has been raised with any of them.

General information

He is alert and wary of strangers so he is a good watchdog and will bark to let you know if someone is trying to enter your home. He barks occasionally and can live in most climates though he does better in hot ones rather than very cold. He will need to be fed ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food each day. This amount should be split into two meals at least.

Health Concerns

This dog does not have particular issues known to him but any puppy has the potential of inheriting health concerns or the possibility of certain issues from their parents. The Papipoo is more at risk of the following Addisons, Cushings, Von Willebrands, epilepsy, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, eye problems, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea, open fontane, anesthesia sensitivity, skin problems and hip dysplasia. While there are no guarantees when it comes to what health issues your dog might have other the course of having him there are a couple of things you can do to better the odds. Choose a good breeder who lets you visit them and the puppy and ask to see health clearances for the parents.

Costs involved in owning a Papipoo

A Papipoo puppy could cost between $250 to $1200. Some will have other things come with the price like chipping, deworming, first shots, and some breeders will not. As well as those three things you will also need to pay for blood tests and check up, neutering, a crate, carrier, leash and collar and food bowls. These come to between $360 to $400. Ongoing annual medical costs for just the basics like pet insurance, check ups, vaccinations and flea prevention come to between $435 to $550. Ongoing annual costs for any other essentials like food, training, toys, license, grooming and treats come to between $515 to $600.


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The Papipoo is a dog that needs an owner committed to him and his care. He is a bit high maintenance when it comes to grooming and early socialization and training should not be skipped. If having company as you move around the house, having someone to cuddle with and adore is what you are looking for the Papipoo may be right for you. Just remember even small dogs need outdoor time every day!

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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