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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Pomapoo is a mixed breed the result of crossing a Toy Poodle with a Pomeranian. She has a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years and often participate in activities such as tricks, watchdog and agility. She is also known as a Pooranian, Pom-A-Poo, Pom-a-poo, Pomeraniandoodle, Poopom, Pomeranianpoo and Pomadoodle. She is well suited to living in an apartment, with seniors, singles, or families with older children and can live without a yard. She is an intelligent and friendly dog though can be reserved around strangers.

The Pomapoo is an affectionate, friendly and gentle dog. She is smart and loving and a joy to have around. She can’t be left alone for long and she does ideally need to be trained when she is still young. You also need to take special care of her teeth as she can be prone to dental problems. If a small Poodle mix is the type of dog you are looking for this may be the dog for you!

Here is the Pomapoo at a Glance
Average height 8 to 10 inches
Average weight 5 to 15 pounds
Coat type Short or medium, straight, wavy or curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low if coat like a Poodle, moderate if like the Pomeranian
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Depends on coat, moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Depends on coat, good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization (with older children)
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Can range from low to above average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Easy to train when started early
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Addisons, Cushings, Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation, eye problems, collapsed trachea,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, skin problems, Von Willebrands, allergies, dental problems
Life Span 12 to 16 years
Average new Puppy Price $400 to $1800
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $515 to $600

Where does the Pomapoo come from?

The Pomapoo is a cross breed that is part of a popular trend in so called Designer dogs. These are deliberate mixed breed creations mostly done in the last 30 years and mostly given blended names to reflect the parents. There are things to be aware of though should you be considering having a designer dog join your family. There are a lot of poor and bad breeders that are creating more and more designer dogs because people are paying a lot of money for some of them, so they are a big money maker. These types of people have no care about the conditions they breed in, the health or happiness of their dogs or even the puppies. So make sure you do some research before you buy.

While breeding more than one dog together has been going on since dog became man’s best friend, creating an actual breed takes more than just breeding two different dogs together. To get a promise of consistency in looks, temperament, allergy friendly, size and so on it takes generations of breeding. The Pomapoo may be all the good things from each parent. She could also be all the bad things, or something of a mix. Even her own litter mates might differ from her in both appearance and personality. With no specific origin details about the Pomapoo yet known we can look at the parents to see what is going into the mix.

The Pomeranian

This dog was developed to be a companion and gets his name from the province he comes from, Pomerania. When he was first bred he was bigger, weighing around 30 pounds. He was always popular and many well known names through the ages can be linked to owning one, such as Newton, Michelangelo, Martin Luther and Mozart. In the 18th century the dog came to England when a Princess from a region neighboring Pomerania married an English prince. She came over with a pair of Poms who then weighed around 20 pounds. The breed became popular amongst the rich rather than the common people. During Queen Victoria’s reign she also became fond of Poms but she liked the smaller size at 12 pounds. When she was dieing she asked for her favorite dog to lay with her and that was a Pomeranian. English dog breeders began to breed Poms smaller and with more color. In the 1880s he went to the US.

Today the Pomeranian is a very outgoing, social and clever small dog. He loves meeting people, he tends to act like a larger dog so can get himself into trouble, and he gets on well with other pets. He is quite curious and lively and being alert he is a good watchdog. His barking can be a problem so training will be important so that you can command him to stop!

The Poodle

The Poodle was bred to be a retriever of waterfowl originally in Germany. Over the years when he made it to France he was bred and refined further into the Poodle we are more familiar with now. There are and have been for hundreds of years three sizes. Standard used for waterfowl hunting, Miniature used for sniffing out truffles and Toy used as companions and often carried around in the sleeves of the French nobility. The circuses and traveling performers of the time also took a liking to the Poodle. He was easy to train because of his intelligence and learned tricks and routines quickly. They would sculpt his coat to make him look more interesting and the wealthy spectators saw this and copied it. In England he was first registered in 1874 and in the US in 1886.

Today he is a very popular dog because of his intelligence, affectionate nature, ability to entertain and how friendly he is. He is a very loyal dog, and his aloofness is more a wariness of strangers. He loves to play and is eager to please. He is protective of his home and his family and makes a good watchdog.


The Pomapoo is an intelligent small dog, affectionate and loving with her family and very sweet. With strangers some can be more reserved so she can be an interesting mix of friendly yet wary. She is very good with children though more so the older ones. She loves getting attention from her owners and family and can suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for too long, mostly because she can bond very closely and then finds it hard not to be with you. This means if you are likely to travel a lot and cannot take her with you she may not be best suited for you. She does have a stubborn side sometimes and can be playful too.

What does the Pomapoo look like

She is a small dog, 5 to 15 pounds in weight and 8 to 10 inches tall. She can vary in whether she looks more like a Poodle or more like a Pom. Sometimes she has a narrow and long muzzle like the former and sometimes a head that is more wedge shaped like the latter. Tails can be high set or straight. Her coat too varies, straight, wavy or curly, short to medium in length. Her coat needs to be more like a Poodle’s if her being hypoallergenic is important and that coat is also more low shedding. Colors include brown, white and black and she can be a mix of them.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Pomapoo need to be?

She needs a moderate amount of exercise to keep her happy, healthy and well behaved. She should have a good mix of physical and mental stimulation offered to her each day. She is adaptable and is happy in an apartment as long as she gets out each day. Her exercise should include at least one daily walk, some play time inside or out, trips to a dog park now and then. A yard is a bonus for her to play in but not a requirement. Some Pomapoos are more active and enjoy activities like flyball, rally and so on.

Does she train quickly?

She is intelligent and she is eager to please and attached to you so with a positive and consistent approach she will learn quickly. She may even train more quickly than some dogs as she could need less repetition. Use rewards like treats, toys, play time, outside time and of course the big ones, praise. Be firm but fair and it should go very well. Early socialization and training are important so do not skip these just because she is small. For the Pomapoo she is a lot easier to train when she is young, if you leave it too long she can become more stubborn, thinking she is the boss and developing small dog syndrome.

Living with a Pomapoo

How much grooming is needed?

She can have different coats so grooming can depend on that in part. Curly haired Pomapoos are more likely to have less impact on people with allergies. It also sheds less so there is less clear up to do. Regular brushing will be needed, daily or every other day. Her coat would greatly benefit from regular trimming done by a groomer every couple of months. She should be given a bath as she needs one using a dog shampoo only. You could also at the same time have her nails clipped if they are too long. Her ears should be checked once a week and wiped clean and her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week if not more since she can have dental problems. She can develop tear stains under her eyes so it is a good idea to wipe her face each day to prevent the stains from setting in.

What is she like with children and other animals?

The Pomapoo is good with older children but should be supervised with young children as they do not know to take care with her because of her size. Make sure the children who do interact with her are taught how to do so in a kind and safe way. She also gets on well with other pets though it helps when she has been raised with them. She is usually not aggressive with other dogs but here early socialization really does help.

General information

She can be alert and will bark to let you know of an intruder. She barks occasionally otherwise. She will need to be fed ½ to 1 cup of high quality dry dog food each day. That amount is best divided into a minimum of two meals. She does best in moderate climates rather than extremes.

Health Concerns

Key to a healthy puppy who will grow into a healthy dog is getting a good breeder. If they try to tell you certain tests are not needed, or they won’t show you health clearances, they do not want you to visit at all or anything else that rings alarm bells do not buy from them. Sometimes a puppy can still develop health issues and there are ones that the parents are more at risk of that can be inherited such as Addisons, Cushings, Epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation, eye problems, collapsed trachea, hip dysplasia, skin problems, Von Willebrands, allergies and dental problems.

Costs involved in owning a Pomapoo

The Pomapoo can cost around $400 to $1800 for a puppy. Other costs such as as leash and collar, crate, carrier and miscellaneous items will cost about $150. Initial medical costs for things like deworming, spaying, chipping, blood tests and shots come to $260 to $300. Ongoing basic medical needs like visiting the vet for a check up, getting her vaccinations, saving for pet medical emergencies or pet insurance and flea prevention come to an annual cost of $435 to $550. Ongoing costs for other basics like toys, food, training, license, grooming and treats comes to $515 to $600.


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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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