The Pompoo is a hybrid between a pure breed Pomeranian and small Poodle.
The vivacious Pompoo is an increasingly popular designer dog breed that is sweet, spunky, and full of love. The Pompoo is not a purebred but a hybrid usually born of two purebred parents, the Poodle and Pomeranian. According to the We Love Doodles website, hybrid dogs come in different generations, suggesting how much each parent's genes are present in the pups. Breeders can use different combinations for higher chances of specific characteristics, such as coat types or temperaments.
The Pompoo often inherits the best culmination of traits from its parents, the Pomeranian and Toy Poodle. The VetStreet website gives this affectionate breed top marks for friendliness and adaptability. Depending on which gene is more present, it can have either the Poodle's curly coat or the Polmeranian's straight fur. Often, Pompoos have some wavy coat that's in between. It's also possible for a combination of straight, curly, or wavy fur on different body parts. Thanks to the Pomeranian influence, the coat of the Pompoo can come in all colors and have many various types of markings. Poodles are typically either black, brown, or white. If the dogs' coat is solid and relatively curly, it takes after the Poodle side more. If the pup is particolored, it likely takes after the Pompoo side more. According to the dog breed info website, there are various ways to produce the Pompoo, which can slightly alter its' physical appearance and temperament. A Pompoo stands between 8-10 inches at the shoulder and weighs 5-15 pounds. A healthy Pompoo will live 12-14 years!
According to the All Things Dogs website, the Pompoo is a reasonably new designer dog breed. It likely originated around 1980-1990 when the Poodle was bred with many other breeds. The exact origin of the breed is unknown. However, it is known that people mixed the two to see if they could reproduce the loving personality of the Pomeranian with the Poodles' hypoallergenic coat. It worked beautifully! The Pompoo was born. However, crossing two breeds does not necessarily make a breed. A breed is a group of animals related to a common ancestor and shares the most visible characteristics. To become a breed, breeders must breed puppies with the traits they want and be able to reproduce that same look for generations to come.
Even though the origin of the Pompoo is undetermined, its parent breeds are well documented. The Poodle is one of the oldest dog breeds! It is the national dog of France. However, it originated in Germany as a retriever water dog more than 400 years ago! The Poodle we know today evolved in France from a combination of dogs, such as the German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, French water dogs, and the North African Barbet. It is also theorized that the Poodle descended from Asian herding dogs and is an ancestor from the Asian steppes who came with the Moors in the 8th century, settling in Portugal after conquering the North African Berbers. Poodles were used primarily for duck hunting and sometimes as performers in the circus. Their crisp, curly coat served as a vital protection against the elements while retrieving ducks in freezing waters. Hunters needed the dogs to have a free range of movement in the water and wanted to protect vital areas of the anatomy from the bitter cold. They shaved the legs, neck, and tail and left the chest, hips, and leg joints coated, creating the flamboyant yet practical look people fawn over today. These rounded puffs are called pompons! Their flamboyant yet practical coat served as vital protection. The American Kennel Club registered the first Poodle in 1888! The Toy Poodle was first bred in the U.S. as a city-dwelling companion dog in the early 20th century. It was created by breeding small Poodles together. It is classified as a non-sporting dog.
The Pomeranian is of Nordic descent. The AKC website says that the Pomeranian is a mini descendant of the powerful spitz family of Arctic sled dogs! The German Spitz is considered the oldest breed of dog in Central Europe. These large, essential working dogs were herded, pulled sleds, and were guard dogs in Italy. The breed was transported into Europe and named after Pomerania, a historical region on the shore of the Baltic sea between what is now Poland and Germany. Hundreds of years ago, the Pom's ancestors were bred down from their bulky cousins. The original Poms were black, brown, white, and particolored. The red and orange colors were rare at the time. After seeing them in Italy, Queen Victoria fell in love with the breed; she became a severe Pom breeder and exhibitor. She is credited for popularizing the breed, especially the toy, which she bred down from 30 pounds! The breed has entertained many prominent historical figures and has even found itself at the center of historical events. Three dog breeds survived the sinking of the Titanic, two of them were the Pomeranian!
More than several prominent figures have owned Pomeranians. The Prince of Wales and Queen Charlotte had their beloved pets painted. Mozart and Frédéric Chopin were so inspired by their Poms that they wrote hit classical songs about them. Michelangelo's Pom accompanied him while he painted the Sistine Chapel. In 1873, the English Kennel Club was formed. The Spitz dog was one of the first breeds ever recognized! Pomeranians began to pop up in dog shows in the United States in 1892. In 1900 the American Kennel Club recognized the Pomeranian, and the American Pomeranian Club (APC) was formed. In 1909 APC was accepted as a Member Club of the AKC and became the designated Parent Club for the breed.
According to the dog breed info website, the best way to measure the temperament of a mixed breed is to find all breeds in the cross. Then you know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. The U.S. Service Dog website claims that a pup's personality and temperament largely stem from the mother's genes, environment, and temperament while raising them. Early socialization and learned behaviors (from mother and sibling pups) can greatly affect a dog's temperament. To become well-adjusted adults, puppies need plenty of socialization before and after moving into their new homes. A safe, loving home encourages an even keel temperament.
The Pompoo has all the sweetness and sass of both parent breeds. Its temperament can range between the full extents of both parents or somewhere in between. Luckily, both the Poodle and Pomeranian are known to be friendly and outgoing. Compared to the Poodle, the Pomeranian can be a bit warier than strangers, but they usually warm up just fine. The Pompoo is always a tiny dog with a big heart! They are a fun, energetic, and playful breed. Due to their small size, they even get along with cats well. Pompoos love learning tricks to please their owners and are very intelligent! For these reasons, they make great dogs for first-time owners! The CPR website describes the Pompoo as people-oriented dogs. They can get lonely if left alone for extended periods. They are easily trained, yet some can have a stubborn side. Patience, consistency, early training, and socialization should solve any potential problems. As with any toy breed, keep an eye on them around large dogs or young children who may accidentally play too rough. Pompoo makes excellent family dogs, but the small breed is delicate and can get hurt more easily than bigger dogs. Your Pompoo will want to run, play around the house, and snuggle up on the couch with you! Despite their size, they also make good watchdogs!
"They have been successful in obedience, rally, agility, and many other events. Their social nature makes it easy and interesting to own more than just one."
Pompoo puppies will need a safe space to run, tumble, and do puppy things. They require access to fresh water, a dog bed/rest area, and plenty of fun toys. Puppies benefit from having bone or chew toys, not just for entertainment but because teething can be particularly painful for puppies. Bones, treats, and chew toys, can help alleviate the pain and keep them entertained for hours! For young dogs, puppy gates can be an excellent idea to help set boundaries inside.
Teaching your puppy to be alone is an essential step in growing up. Crate training your puppy can help. Make sure to make the crate as warm, safe, and relaxing as possible. To make it feel like home, feed them meals there give them special treats and toys they only get while in their crate. You want them to associate the crate with all positive things and not see it as a punishment. An incredibly anxious puppy may benefit from a white noise machine or other anxiety-easing products. Put the puppy in the crate or exercise pen and leave the room to see how he reacts. If the puppy whines, wait to see if he will self-soothe. Once the puppy responds positively and self soothes, leave the room for a little longer each time.
Pompoo is tiny but mighty dogs with lots of energy! The CPR website says the Pompoo is excellent at exercising indoors, so they do just as well in a smaller space without a large yard. Their small size makes them apartment approved. Be sure never to leave your Pompoo unattended. This is a small breed, so they are vulnerable to predatory animals. Remember to keep your Pompoos small size in mind when selecting a play buddy.
The Pompoo is a mixed breed, so its coat may look like either the Poodle or the Pomeranian breed. Coat care will vary depending upon whether the dog inherited the straight or curly coat. According to the CPR website, the coat can be an even combination of the two, such as curly hair on the head and wavy/straight hair on the body. The pups with a curly coat have stronger Poodle genes and will shed a bit less. However, all should shed pretty minimally. Ask your breeder which generation they sell better to understand appearance, temperament, and allergy sensitivity. Regardless of coat type, Pompoos need frequent brushing to prevent mats in the coat. A trip to the groomers every 4-6 weeks can help keep your Pompoo looking its' best. Make sure to trim the nails every week or two. Pompoos benefit significantly from a weekly tooth brushing. Try a vet-approved toothpaste for best results! To clean their eyes, take a soft cloth, wet it with water, and gently dab the corners of the eyes.
The Pompoo is quite lively, bold, and spunky despite being tiny! They love to play, entertain, and perform tricks for their owner. This breed can run fast and jump surprisingly high! When both parents are toy breeds, a bit of exercise can go a long way. This breed is relatively small, so short activities, such as a game of fetch or a walk around the block, are great for your Pompoo. Fresh air and a change of scenery are highly recommended for all dogs' mental and physical well-being. Pompoo should be given daily walks to burn out their excess energy. This breed is excellent with other dogs. They will love a visit to the local dog park where they can run free and meet new pup friends! However, if your pup is tiny, it's best to stick to a small pup dog park!
The Pompoo will do well on any high-quality dog food. Commercial dog food or home-prepared food is recommended with your veterinarian's approval. According to the PetMD website, some studies have shown that dry food is more beneficial to dogs' health overall than a canned food diet, larger kibbles. One study found that increasing the kibble size by 50% resulted in a 42% decrease in the accumulation of dental tartar. Supplementing their food with a daily dental chew can further help oral hygiene. However, if the veterinarian says the dog is lean and needs to put on some weight, incorporating canned meals with their dry food diet works well. However, a purely wet diet can make stools loose, but not always!
It is essential to select an age-appropriate food for your dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Dogs' nutritional needs vary slightly with age. Typically, a pups' food contains more calories, while a senior dog's food usually contains fewer calories and more fiber. As dog's age, they need to consume fewer calories (than a puppy). Treats should be given in moderation and according to instructions. If your dog is obese, speak to your veterinarian to learn about weight and diet options. To keep your dog at optimal health, learn about which human foods are safe or unsafe for canine consumption. Make sure your dog gets plenty of freshwaters every day! Multiple water sources are encouraged.
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