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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
Pootalian - Poodle and Italian Greyhound Mix
The parents of Pootalian. Left: Poodle, Right: Italian Greyhound

The Pootalian is a mixed dog the result of pairing an Italian Greyhound with a Poodle. She is also called an Italian Greyhoundoodle or an Italian Greyhoundpoo. She has a life span of 12 to 15 years and has talents in performing tricks. She is quite a talkative dog who tends to bond very closely with one person. She can be aggressive with other dogs and animals, and is not always best suited to be around children either. This dog is really best suited to an active single or couple who are also experienced with owning and training dogs.

Here is the Pootalian at a Glance
Average height 9 to 15 inches
Average weight 9 to 16 pounds
Coat type Harsh, rough, wiry, short
Hypoallergenic? Can be
Grooming Needs Low to Moderate
Shedding Minimal
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? No
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Not suitable for families with children
Good with Children? Low to moderate with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Low to moderate with socialization
Good with other Pets? Low to moderate with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Fairly high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Moderate
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, Von Willebrands, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Calve-Perthes, patellar luxation, Cryptorchidism, PSS, Addisons, Cushings,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, allergies, skin problems
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $500
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 to $400

Where does the Pootalian come from?

The Pootalian is a designer dog which are mixed or cross breeds that have been deliberately created mostly in the last 30 years. They are extremely popular amongst the public and the celebrities and that has led to a surge of them being created. Most are the result of two purebreds being bred together and then they are given a blended named. Some are created with genuine intention or thought by breeders who care. Many are created by disreputable breeders and puppy mills just to make money. The Pootalian has no origins or history known yet about it but in order to get a better feel for them we can take a look at the parent dogs first.

The Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is an old dog having been around in one form or another for 2000 years. Why he was bred in the first place is not really known anymore it is assumed he was both a companion and a hunter of small animals. In the middle ages they had arrived in Europe and were very popular amongst the royal and the aristocracy, especially in Italy. He almost disappeared during the two world wars in Europe but thanks to the small population already in America they were saved.

Today he is affectionate towards his owners and loyal, can be sensitive and is reserved when it comes to strangers. He can be playful and he is intelligent and alert. He still has his hunting instinct and chases small animals, cars or really anything that moves! He has a short attention span though so training needs to stay short and fun. He needs a lot of attention and will act up if he does not get it.

The Poodle

This dog was bred for the purpose of hunting waterfowl in Germany originally though when he was taken to France it was there that he was bred into something more distinctive. It is a very old dog, you can see Poodle like dog pictures in Egyptian and Roman artifacts! There are 3 sizes, the toy, the miniature and the standard. It is thought that in France the Poodle toy dog was bred to be smaller because nobles were so enamored of it. The miniature was used for truffle hunting in the woods and the Standard continued to help in duck hunting.

Today he is very intelligent, mischievous, loyal and loving. He has a dignified nose in the air persona, but despite this he can also be quite the clown and loves to play and entertain. He loves to please his owners and that with his brains makes him a dream to train. He does have some natural energy but with training that can be tamed. He is quite protective of his territory and his family.


The Pootalian is intelligent and eager to please making her fairly easy to train. She is alert and wary of strangers but is friendly to people she knows. However she tends to bond very closely with one or maybe two people over anyone else in the house. She gets so attached that she does not like it when she is left alone for long and can suffer from separation anxiety which she can express in destructive ways. To those she has bonded with she is very loyal, loving and affectionate. She can be aggressive though towards other dogs, she can see other animals as prey to chase and she is not a breed that is suitable to be left alone with children. She prefers a quieter environment to be in as loud noise can upset her though interestingly she herself can be quite chatty!

What does a Pootalian look like

She is a small dog weighing 9 to 16 pounds and standing 9 to 15 inches tall. She has ears that hang over, almond or round eyes and a black nose. She has a small tail that points upwards and her body is slim and lean. Her legs are usually longer than her body and she has small feet. Her coat is wiry, rough and short. Common colors are brown, red, gray, black, white and brindle.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Pootalian need to be?

She is small but she needs to be active still each day as she does have a lot of energy. She will be better behaved and a lot healthier and happier if she has regular physical and mental stimulation. She will need at least one long walk a day plus some play time. She can adapt to apartment living as long as you give her that and access to a yard is a bonus not a requirement. Trips to a dog park would be very welcome but she does need watching around other dogs.

Does she train quickly?

Pootalians are intelligent and eager but can be stubborn and get bored quite easily. When training sessions need to be short and kept engaging. Be firm and clearly establish yourself as the pack leader. Still keep it positive, reward and praise and be patient. The earlier you train and socialize her the better the training will go and she will grow into a more rounded dog with less issues of aggression.

Living with a Pootalian

How much grooming is needed?

This dog has a coat that can be like the Poodle or the Italian Greyhound. Most often though she ends up with a short, rough wiry coat that does not shed much. She has moderate grooming needs, brushing two or three times a week and trimming around the feet, her face and beneath the tail. She may also need a visit once or twice a year to a groomers for a proper clipping. Bathing should happen just when she needs it using a dog shampoo. Her nails will need trimming when they get too long though take care not to cut too low as she has nerves and blood vessels in the lower part. Check her ears for infection once a week and give them a wipe clean using a dog ear cleaning solution. Also she needs to have her teeth brushed at least twice a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

The Pootalian is definitely one of the dogs that really needs early socialization and training when it comes to how she gets on with others and deals with different situations and locations. She has aggressive tendencies towards other dogs and other animals and even being raised alongside them does not always curtail this. She can be okay with children with help but if you are unsure of her it is best to supervise her and teach the children not to bug her.

General information

She is an occasional barker but does like to ‘talk’ to you sometimes! She is best in warmer climates and not so good in colder ones. She will need ½ to 1 cup of high quality dry dog food each day divided into two meals.

Health Concerns

How healthy a dog is going to be cannot really be predicted but you get better odds when you buy from a trustworthy breeder who cares about their dogs and puppies. There is a chance the puppy can inherit parental issues which for a Pootalian includes Eye problems, Von Willebrands, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Calve-Perthes, patellar luxation, Cryptorchidism, PSS, Addisons, Cushings, Hip dysplasia, allergies and skin problems. To lessen the risk also ask the breeder for parental health clearances and visit the puppy before buying.

Costs involved in owning a Pootalian

Pootalian puppies can cost between $200 to $500. They are not the most popular of mixed breeds because of the aggression issues. Other costs you will need to cover are a crate, carrier, initial medical tests, shots, spaying and chipping. These come to $360 to $400. Yearly costs for basics like food, toys, license, training and treats come to between $300 to $400. Ongoing basic medical costs for check ups, insurance, shots and flea prevention can be between $435 to $550.


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Pootalians are not for new owners or really for families with existing pets. They need early socialization and training and an owner who can give them a lot of attention. But putting the willfulness aside she will be very affectionate and loyal to you and could be a great choice for an experienced dog owner looking for a designer dog with something more!

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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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