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The Pomapoo

The Pomapoo is a popular hybrid breed from the Pomeranian and the toy Poodle. The Pomeranian is a small cherished dog loved by royalty and families throughout history, and the Poodle has had quite a similar past. Their fame in France has dubbed them ‘the French Poodle’ and made them icons in French culture. It makes sense that these two pure-breds would create a popular and beautiful hybrid.

Owners of full-grown Pomapoo puppies sometimes refer to these cute hybrids as other names like a Pooranian, Pompoo, Pomeroodlem, or Poopom. These variations take a little practice to say for the first time, but it’s shorter than saying Pomeranian Poodle mix.

Pomapoo puppies became increasingly popular, and breeders mixed full-grown Pomapoo puppies for their excellent agility. Full-grown Pomapoo puppies have moderate energy and lots of loyalty and affection for their owners. There are many other great qualities Pomapoo puppies carry, but some of the best ones are their minds. Pomapoo puppies are brilliant dogs. The Poodle is the second most intelligent breed globally, only following the Border Collie. Their remarkable intelligence makes these dogs excellent companions, and they’re very easily trainable. They have a history of becoming therapy dogs or service dogs.

Pomapoo puppies are trendy dogs for many reasons. One of the reasons is that these dogs are so small, and their small size limits the amount of activity they need and makes them much more adaptable to small spaces. Full-grown Pomapoo puppies make for great apartment dogs and excellent options for first-time dog owners.

For the most part, full-grown Pomapoo puppies are pretty laid back. However, these dogs prefer to be in the company of others, so they might benefit from a cat friend or a second dog while you’re away. As long as any potential owners take the time and care to train their Pomapoo puppies properly, these dogs can get along great with any family and activity level.

What Makes Pomapoos Special?

What makes full-grown Pomapoo puppies unique is how they can almost mold to their owner. The full-grown Pomapoo cross-breed also became well-known for their companionship because they have deep bonds with their families, understand their caregivers, and often become attached. Pomapoo puppies come from two breeds with a history of being great companion pets for people.

The history of this hybrid breed is full of hunting dogs, circus dogs, sled dogs, and other animals that have worked alongside families for generations. Thanks to the parent-breeds of the Pomapoos, full-grown Pomapoo puppies can get along great with energetic families and kids, they can live with single-family households, and they can be happy all the same.

While every dog needs daily exercise, smaller dogs typically need less. Keep in mind that even though smaller dogs need less exercise, they often have the same amount of energy. So if you set your heart on a Pomapoo and you’d love to go for two-hour walks daily, that’s great! If you would rather walk around the house and play inside, that’s just as good! Pomapoos don’t need much of anything except love and attention from their owners. Full-grown Pomapoo puppies are very loyal dogs. Any potential owners need to be ready to dedicate their time and attention, and these dogs will be happy in your life.

Of course, you’ll need to love small dogs to get full-grown Pomapoo puppies, as full-grown Pomapoo puppies are pretty small. Thanks to their small size, though, they live longer! On average, smaller dogs have longer lifespans than larger pups, and where the average mastiff dog lives up to eight years, the average small breed dog can live up to fourteen years. The average Pomapoo lifespan is 12 to 15 years.

Full-grown Pomapoo puppies don’t stand too tall, as they grow an average of eight to ten inches tall. People might often see many of these dogs in purses because they usually weigh between five and fifteen pounds. These dogs have all the love and energy of average-sized dogs jam-packed into tiny bodies.

Although these dogs are famous for companionship, they might not get along well with people who handle them wrong. If children or strangers don’t know how to greet dogs properly and instead try to pick up any small pups they see, then full-grown Pomapoo puppies might not want to be their friends. Having a small dog increases the chances of strangers or children trying to pet your dog in public. Help full-grown Pomapoo puppies adapt to this by integrating them into all types of people and behaviors in a safe environment. Always reward them with treats and praise when they meet new people or get picked up by someone who hasn’t held them yet. However, make sure people don’t mishandle your pup because full-grown Pomapoo puppies have smaller bones and can be easily injured.

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History of the Pomapoo

The Pomapoo hybrid breed truly began with the Pomeranian and the Poodle. Although often thought to be French dogs, Poodles came from Germany. In Germany, Poodles worked as hunting dogs primarily located in Northeastern Europe. Germans called these dogs ‘pudels, ‘ which means ‘splashing in the water.’ This name probably came from the history of Poodles hunting ducks. Of course, Poodles probably found ducks in the water, but these dogs have always had a playful personality, so it’s not hard to think they would bounce around in the water when they found ducks for their owners.

After many generations of Poodles came and went, King Louis XVI (pre-beheading) eventually visited their native area and became obsessed with them. Louis XVI loved Poodles so much he returned home to France with a toy-sized Poodle. Shortly after he brought back his royal pup, he gained more Poodles. Many French royalties began to fall in love with these dogs and their playful hairstyles. Noble families, especially Noblewomen, wanted more and more Poodles until these dogs populated so much of France they earned themselves the name the French Poodle.

Toy Poodles and Standard Poodles ran around with their loving families in France. There they adapted to a world where they were no longer hunting dogs. However, these dogs still had plenty of intelligence and energy and somehow became street performers and circus dogs. Poodles stole the hearts of people in France, and the people of the French revolution even rescued the dogs that the beheaded Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI owned.

On the other side of Pomapoo genetics, the Pomeranians came from an area that is now Northeast Germany and Northwest Poland that was close to the Baltic Sea. At the time, this area was called Pomerania, which means ‘of the sea,’ where the Pomeranian breed got its name. It might be hard to believe, but these dogs descended from a German dog called a ‘Spitz.’ The Spitz dogs were around 30 to 50 pounds and were popular as arctic sled dogs. These dogs had oversized double coats to help them stay warm and smaller, pointy ears to make frostbite less of a risk. Today, Pomeranians carry some of these attributes, and some full-grown Pomapoo puppies could also have these.

On a trip to Florence, Italy, in the late 1800s, Queen Victoria saw some Pomeranians and became infatuated with them. Queen Victoria brought back a specifically tinier Pomeranian to England with her. She played a large part in downsizing these dogs, and the breed shrunk by half its size during Queen Victoria’s lifetime.

The Pomapoo hybrid breed was mixed in North America. The first litter of Pomapoo puppies was more than likely an accident. However, because of how famous the toy Poodle and Pomeranian are, these dogs made a great pairing to sport off a new mixed dog breed. Also, people often mix breeds to minimize health problems that plague those breeds. Breeders started mixing the toy Poodle with the Pomeranian in the late 1990s. A big reason full-grown Pomapoo puppies became so popular was partly due to their very laid-back personalities. Because of how friendly these dogs were and how affectionate they became, full-grown Pomapoo puppies became popular, and they got adopted more. These dogs are popular because they aren’t very aggressive or shy. And, if full-grown Pomapoo puppies are socialized correctly, they’re often very enthusiastic about meeting new people or traveling to new places.

Some official breed clubs like the American Kennel Club only welcome purebred dogs. Sadly, since the Pomapoo is a hybrid breed made from two other purebred pups, the Pomapoo puppy doesn’t qualify as its own breed. However, places such as the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC) and the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA) register the full-grown Pomapoo breed as a mixed breed status.

Pomapoo Controversy

Pomapoo puppies are subject to personality issues, just like any dog breed. Pomapoo puppies have been quick-witted, affectionate lap dogs with tons of sass. These pups can bark often, and sometimes people refer to Pomeranians and mixed breeds as ‘yippy.’ However, behaviors like this are typical for dogs, and any bark-happy full-grown Pomapoo puppies need to be trained out of their behavior as early as possible.

Also, as mentioned earlier, these dogs become incredibly bonded to their people, which means they can also suffer from separation anxiety. If dogs with anxiety don’t get proper treatment, they can get into bad habits of destroying homes when they’re left alone. Pomapoos might need some training and possibly professional help to help them cope with their separation anxiety.

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Pomapoo Intelligence

Poodles are the second most intelligent dog breed, only preceded by the Border Collie. Pomeranians are the twenty-third most intelligent dog breed, which is farther behind than Poodles, but Pomeranians are still brilliant dogs. Full-grown Pomapoo puppies have the potential to get their smarts from either one of their parent breeds, but it’s pretty fair to admit that no matter what, Pomapoo puppies are intelligent.
Even though these dogs are smart, it can be hard to break any learned destructive behaviors. To help them be their best, make sure they get the right amount of exercise daily. They only need a moderate amount of activity daily, and one 30-min walk would suffice. But ignoring this may result in unwanted barking or chewing habits.
Allowing Pomapoo puppies to encounter as many different things as possible will only help them adjust better to the world.
For full-grown Pomapoo puppies, socialization is the key to harnessing all of the potential your puppy has. Young, well-socialized Pomapoo puppies are typically friendlier than Pomapoo puppies that only become socialized later in life. Training these dogs and exposing them to new surroundings helps make them more at ease and confident. These dogs are quick fast learners who are generally curious about everything. To help nourish their natural curiosity, show them that they’re safe in new, unknown situations. Also, interactive toys and puzzles would be great for their minds and energy, especially if they are left alone for long periods.

Psychological Health

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a common brain disorder seen in many dogs, and Pomapoo puppies have a more predisposed risk of developing this health condition. Scientists estimate that about .75% of all dog breeds suffer from epilepsy. Epilepsy has a lot of different severe root causes and can shorten the Pomapoo lifespan.

This neurological health condition causes unprovoked seizures in dogs. An abnormality can cause epileptic seizures in the brain and come from genetics or brain trauma. Sometimes the cause of epilepsy is unknown. Vets can only provide dogs with treatment if they have a known cause and type of epilepsy. There are many types of seizures and epilepsy, and full-grown Pomapoo puppies are not likely to get one form over another.

Idiopathic epilepsy can happen to dogs because of their genetics, but sometimes vets don’t know what causes idiopathic epilepsy. Dogs between the ages of one and five can have completely normal neurological functions without structural abnormalities and still be diagnosed with epilepsy. Metabolic disease or exposure to toxins can also cause idiopathic epilepsy in full-grown Pomapoo puppies and shorten the Pomapoo lifespan.

When a dog’s brain has visible damage that causes the seizures, they have Structural epilepsy. Any malformations or structural irregularities cause the attacks for this type of epilepsy to happen. Any inflammatory disease in the brain can cause this type of epilepsy. Structural epilepsy can also occur if an intracranial tumor grows or head trauma occurs. Malformations in the brain, heart, lungs, liver, bones, or intestinal tracts, as well as strokes, can cause this type of epilepsy in dogs. Vets usually won’t test for this type of epilepsy unless dogs exhibit neurological abnormality symptoms. Vets may use an MRI machine or analyze cerebrospinal fluid to diagnose dogs with this epilepsy. If any dog that suffers from seizures is outside the typical age range, a vet might test for this type of epilepsy.

When vets see the symptoms of structural epilepsy but have not yet completed the diagnosis from an evaluation, they may refer to this condition as epilepsy of an unknown cause.

Refractory epilepsy is when a dog experiences seizures while being treated for their epilepsy. These seizures typically mean the epilepsy medication is no longer effective.

There are many types of epilepsy full-grown Pomapoo puppies can experience, and different types of seizures occur with varying types of epilepsy. Other kinds of attacks can show various symptoms. Specific stimuli like metabolic derangement or toxins can cause reactive seizures.

Atonic seizures are sudden losses in muscle tone, and they can last a few seconds. A cluster seizure is whenever a group of seizures occurs in a shorter period than standard intervals of seizures. Typically, this means a dog that suffers from two or more seizures in 24 hours has cluster seizures.

Focal seizures are from a specific side of the brain, and because of this, these seizures only affect part of a dog’s body. Conversely, generalized seizures originate from both hemispheres in the brain and will most likely involve a dog’s whole body.

Myoclonic seizures occur when full-grown Pomapoo puppies have a brief and sudden contraction of muscles. If a dog’s muscle tone increases or remains tensed for a few minutes, that dog might be suffering from tonic seizures. Tonic-clonic seizures happen when a dog experiences a tonic sedated episode and quickly experiences shorter, clonic or jerking movements that occur after.

Status seizures happen when one particular episode lasts longer than five minutes and is a severe health issue.

Sometimes, full-grown Pomapoo puppies can experience reactive seizures when dogs experience metabolic problems. These metabolic problems are usually caused by a specific illness or by ingesting toxins and aren’t typically linked to epilepsy. If your dog has a reactive seizure, you should immediately take them to the vet to help whatever metabolic problems are causing these seizures. Reactive seizures can shorten the Pomapoo lifespan.

Exposures to loud noises or flashing lights can cause attacks called reflexive seizures. Dogs that experience these seizures should avoid the vulnerabilities that cause their seizures.

The International Veterinary Epilepsy Taskforce proposed classifying the different seizure schemes to make it easier for vets to communicate the levels and variations epilepsy can cause. This scale is very similar to the scale used to differentiate human seizures, although it is not the same. If any full-grown Pomapoo owners have pups that experience epilepsy, then understanding the different schemes may help you know your pet’s condition better.

When full-grown Pomapoo puppies are suffering from seizures, they may experience automatisms. Automatisms are repetitive motor activities that resemble movement under voluntary control like lip-smacking, licking, biting, or chewing. Dogs that have seizures may have periods between their attacks. Vets call this time the interictal period, and it’s important to notice any signs or symptoms your dog may show during this time. Also, the postictal period occurs right after a seizure finishes. The dog’s behaviors might be strange during this time, and they often aren’t even aware of their surroundings or actions.

Pomapoo owners need to keep detailed journals of the observable qualities a dog may show while seizing. Owners should know what body parts were affected, what time the seizures occur, how long they happen, how often they happen, and any strange behavior a dog may show. A vet can better identify the types of seizures and epilepsy when given this information. The faster a vet figures out what seizures a dog is experiencing and if it is because of epilepsy, the quicker they can figure out the right treatment plan.

Dogs can experience strange behavioral tendencies such as difficulty standing, moving, or laying down. Dogs can also have moments of blindness, unconsciousness, or anxiety after seizures.

Thankfully, there are many medical options to help dogs suffering from epilepsy. Only veterinarians can adequately assess the cause of epilepsy and the severity to correctly treat these animals. Once vets determine the origins, they can pick the correct treatment a dog needs. There are many different types of treatment epileptic dogs can take, but medication for epilepsy doesn’t work equally in all dogs. Since some treatments don’t affect dogs the same, it’s crucial for vets to properly determine the causes of epilepsy because they can take these factors into account to pick out a more specific medicine.

The primary treatment for epilepsy is an anti-epileptic drug or AED, and these drugs can help regulate the Pomapoo lifespan. These drugs work by preventing communications from the neurotransmitters to the functions in the brain that cause seizures. Many of these drugs have significant side effects as well. Sadly, some dogs aren’t able to take treatment at all.

Some owners have been using CBD to help ease their dog’s seizures. Some studies say that 89% of dogs treated for seizures with CBD had less frequent attacks. There are many different ways to administer CBD to your full-grown Pomapoo puppies. You can put oil in their foods or feed them soft chews. Always ask your veterinarian about medication and never give your dog any treatment without your vet’s approval first.

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Stress

Mishandling or teasing can cause full-grown Pomapoo puppies stress, and these pups can also experience stress from different health conditions. Physical neglect can also cause full-grown Pomapoo puppies stress, so it is essential to get these dogs their daily exercise. Stress can cause the Pomapoo lifespan toshorten. The symptoms that full-grown Pomapoo puppies are stressed include shivering, whining, or cowering.
The only way to prevent stress is to give them their daily exercise and be sure to take them to their yearly check-ups. Keeping your full-grown Pomapoo puppies in the best health is key to keeping them relaxed.
To help calm a stressed dog, try providing activity or exercise so they can focus. A quick thirty-minute walk should help ease a stressed, full-grown Pomapoo. Consider giving stressed pups CBD or creating safety acts that can help them de-stress. Providing dogs with safety sweaters, hoodies, or blankets can help them feel more comfortable when they wear them.

Anxiety

Many dogs struggle with separation anxiety, and Pomapoos are no exception. Since full-grown Pomapoo puppies bond so profoundly with their families, they can experience separation anxiety when left alone. Stress can shorten the Pomapoo lifespan, and sometimes these pups can act out and leave their owners irritated and confused with their behaviors. Anxiety-ridden dogs that turn destructive when left alone aren’t doing anything with malicious intent. These dogs are often so fearful of being alone that they have substantial anxiety attacks.

Sometimes, dogs experiencing anxiety attacks may urinate, defecate, bark, chew, pace, or try to escape their homes. Full-grown Pomapoo puppies don’t feel so great when they’re all by themselves, and they might become anxious or depressed just anticipating their owners leaving them. Some puppies will go so far as to show signs of aggression before their owners leave, and these signs of aggression can be growling or nipping.

Many dogs act like their caretakers have been gone for days after returning home from a few hours out. Some pups get so bad they urinate when their parents get home. Other dogs may cry excessively. These reactions might seem like a lot, but these dogs are terrified of being abandoned a lot of the time.

It’s more common for shelter dogs to have this health condition than dogs that have lived in one family home since puppyhood. However, many dogs get separation anxiety regardless of their time in animal rescues. Dogs with histories of abandonment, homelessness, neglect, or abuse will be much more clingy and scared of their parents leaving them. These full-grown Pomapoo puppies have suffered through significant traumatic experiences, and it leaves a considerable impact on their behaviors and reactions to the world around them.

Any dogs that experience a change in household members or daily schedules may become confused about why their family isn’t home with them. After some time, these dogs should adapt to their normal behavior again.

When considering their treatment methods, owners of full-grown Pomapoo puppies with separation anxiety should consult their vet. You can treat separation anxiety with anxiety medications or CBD oils or treats. Other ways to help ease the dog’s fears can be by providing them spaces to relax.

Another treatment method to aid full-grown Pomapoo puppies with anxiety is counter conditioning. Counterconditioning is when someone slowly changes how an animal reacts negatively to something into a positive reaction. Owners can accomplish this treatment by associating positive things with the dog’s fears. For example, leaving a dog alone in a room for a few minutes with their favorite treats is a small step in the counterconditioning process. The most important part of this process is consistency and positive associations. Owners can always offer anxious full-grown Pomapoo puppies their favorite special snacks when they’re away from home. This way, your pup will start to understand that they only get special rare snacks when you’re away.

Sometimes, full-grown Pomapoo puppies can suffer from severe separation anxiety. These pups need more complex desensitizing programming. Leaving snacks for your pup when you’re away won’t work because, a lot of the time, these dogs won’t eat when their owner is away. If you have full-grown Pomapoo puppies with severe separation anxiety, it’s vital to welcome professional help into your treatment. Anxiety can affect the Pomapoo lifespan, and an animal behaviorist or dog trainer can help create a treatment plan to help dogs suffering from more severe cases. Anxiety can also lead to other potential health risks in full-grown Pomapoo puppies, so it’s essential to help them through their fear.

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Physical Health

Gut Health

Many full-grown Pomapoo puppies experience obesity because of their owners’ sedentary lifestyles. About 50% of adult pet dogs in the United States suffer from obesity. Often, owners assume smaller dogs don’t need any activity, and while these dogs don’t need much, they still need regular exercise.

Dog food can be a high factor in dogs facing obesity. High-quality dog food has many vitamins and supplements that lower-quality dog food doesn’t have. Often, dogs don’t eat the diets that keep them in their best health just because of owner ignorance. Dog food bags have guides on their sides to help owners figure out how much food their pup needs daily. However, these guides and proper diets greatly depend on a dog’s sex, size, activity level, and overall health. Vets can help full-grown Pomapoo puppy owners understand their pup’s diet better.

Obesity can be a massive issue for small dogs like Pomapoo puppies. This health condition can lead to severe problems like type two diabetes, skin disease, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. Pups with obesity are also at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis or heart disease. It’s best to feed Pomapoo puppies three small meals daily. The Pomapoo lifespan can be affected if the dog is obese. Owners need to make sure they choose healthy, high-quality dog foods that provide the best nutrients and supplements for their dogs.

Daily exercise is crucial in helping full-grown Pomapoo puppies maintain a healthy weight. The parent breeds of the Pomapoo hybrid used to act as hunting dogs, street performers, and circus dogs. Pomapoos have a natural love for walking, running, swimming, and fetching. These dogs are also great for agility training or doggy competitions, thanks to their weird circus background. If you have obese full-grown Pomapoo puppies, try to slowly integrate more activity into their daily lives. Lack of exercise can lead to a shortened Pomapoo lifespan.

Make sure you’re aware of the daily amount of calories your dog eats. Don’t give your dog any human foods or dinner scraps. Limit any treats you give your dogs and try to make them specifically for training purposes. If you want to be extra careful, you can provide your pup low calorie treats or treats specified for dental care.

Sometimes, underlying health issues like hypothyroidism cause obesity. Pomapoo puppies are at a higher risk of developing hypothyroidism. This health condition causes the thyroid not to produce enough hormones, and these hormones help stimulate the metabolism. Vets can test for this disease, and treatment is available for dogs with hypothyroidism.

It’s vital to help dogs with obesity, or else Pomapoo puppies can get arthritic disorders or some types of cancer. Owners can try changing some aspects of their Pomapoo’s lifestyle. For example, if you start only to feed your dog snacks or meals from their bowl, it can limit the amount of food you give them because it requires more effort from you. Obese Pomapoo pups might have a hard time adapting to any change in diet and might react by crying, but owners need to ignore these cries. Helping full-grown Pomapoo puppies with their obesity will likely elongate the Pomapoo lifespan.

Eye Health

Distichiasis

Full-grown Pomapoo puppies can suffer from health conditions that affect their eyelashes. This health condition is called distichiasis, and it happens when a dog’s eyelashes grow the wrong way. This condition is common in a lot of dog breeds. When full-grown Pomapoo puppies have this health problem, their eyelashes develop abnormally in their eyelid margin rather than the eyelid skin. When dogs experience distichiasis, they usually grow very soft eyelashes and experience no symptoms or other eye health issues. However, there can be more extreme distichiasis cases that disturb the eyes.

Sometimes, full-grown Pomapoo puppies can get their eyes irritated by the lashes rubbing against their eyeballs. This irritation can lead to more severe damages to the dog’s eyes and potentially cause corneal ulcers.

Some dog breeds are more likely to have this health issue. Poodles are one of the dog breeds more affected by this disease, so Pomapoo puppies are at an elevated risk of being born with this health issue.

Owners cannot do much of anything to prevent issues like this. Distichiasis is a genetic health condition. Owners can spot this condition early by taking their full-grown Pomapoo puppies to regular vet check-ups.

Thankfully there are many treatment options for dogs suffering from distichiasis. Depending on the severity of the eye condition, surgical and non-surgical treatment options are available.

The most straightforward treatment would be for owners to pluck out these extra eyelashes. Extreme caution would be needed, and owners would need to repeat this action every four to six weeks when the eyelashes grow back. Vets may use an ocular lubricant to reduce eye irritation for less severe cases of this health condition. If any dogs receiving this treatment already have torn eye film, this gel can also help heal those damages. This type of treatment would be a lifelong one and would need reapplication at the vet’s recommended intervals.

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Full-grown Pomapoo puppies who suffer from more severe cases of this eye disease can also receive more permanent treatment options like electrolysis or cryotherapy. Electrolysis is a treatment that permanently destroys these hair follicles to prevent regrowth. Similarly, cryotherapy freezes hair follicles to destroy them. Vets can only complete electrolysis and cryotherapy on visible eyelashes, so vets need to repeat these procedures whenever more eyelashes grow.

For the most severe cases of distichiasis, vets may opt to perform surgery on Full-grown Pomapoo puppies with this health condition. Surgery would permanently remove any extra eyelash follicles in the eyelid margin, and this surgery prevents the regrowth of any other eyelashes. Another surgical option would be to alter the dog’s eyelid to have the margin turn outwards away from the eye. Modifying a Pomapoo puppy’s eyelid like this will prevent these extra eyelashes from rubbing on the eyeball.

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Progressive retinal atrophy, also called PRA, is the slow deterioration of a dog’s eyesight. This health issue works by slowly diminishing the rods and cones in the dog’s eyes. When these degenerate, dogs lose their ability to see and become blind.
Some breeds are more predisposed to health conditions like this, and both the Pomeranian and the Poodle are among them. Pomeranians have a one in eight chance of carrying the mutated gene that causes this health condition, but a dog needs two pairs of this gene to have the health condition. Since Pomapoos can inherit progressive retinal atrophy from both of their parent breeds, they are at an elevated risk of inheriting this degenerative eye disease.
When full-grown Pomapoo puppies experience this, they lose their ability to see at night. As their night vision deteriorates, these dogs will become fearful of going outside at night or taking walks at night. Soon after night vision is affected, a dog’s peripheral vision will deteriorate, making it harder for them to catch treats or toys or see who is around them in crowded rooms. After the rods have diminished, progressive retinal atrophy attacks the cones in a dog’s eyes. The cones allow dogs to see colors and bright lighting. Most full-grown Pomapoo puppies that experience this will lose all of their vision by the time they are one year old. Sometimes, vets and owners may figure out a way to postpone blindness until dogs are three to four years old, but these are rare cases.
In situations where vets figure out how to postpone blindness, they may give dogs extra supplements and nutrients for their eye health. Dogs with progressive retinal atrophy can also get cataracts. If owners or vets catch cataracts early enough, vets may perform surgery to remove them. Cataracts are not the definitive cause of blindness but removing them can help extend a dog’s ability to see.
There is no official cure for dogs experiencing progressive retinal atrophy, and owners cannot do anything to prevent this disease from occurring in their full-grown Pomapoo puppies. Some people avoid this disease by not breeding any dogs with progressive retinal atrophy, but it is not a cure-all. Some owners focus on giving their dogs great foods for ocular health. However, this will not prevent this disease, but it might make a dog’s eyes healthier.
Owners of blind full-grown Pomapoo puppies need to care for their new blind dog properly. Be sure to help dogs feel more comfortable in their lives without vision. For example, smaller dogs like the Pomapoo puppies may become very frightened of going outside or jumping onto couches or beds. Owners should give their dogs plenty of praise and treats when they go outside at night or when they successfully jump onto beds. However, because of how small full-grown Pomapoo puppies are, it may be best to buy doggy step-stools so they can still make their way onto the family couches. Owners can also help by buying comfortable dog beds so their blind pups can relax without jumping or climbing onto beds and couches.
Dogs with progressive retinal atrophy slowly lose their vision over time, so they have more time to adapt to their loss of vision. Also, vision is only a dog’s third strongest sense, after hearing and smell. Dogs can learn to rely heavily on their other senses to help them adapt to blindness.

Cataracts

Cataracts are primarily a genetic health issue, but other health conditions can cause them, such as eye diseases. Cataracts are cloudy lenses that appear in a dog’s eyes. But, dogs can have gray eyes and not have cataracts. Even when dogs have cataracts, it doesn’t mean they are or will become blind.

Both the Poodle and Pomeranians are predisposed to cataracts. Because the parent breeds of full-grown Pomapoo puppies have a predisposed risk of developing cataracts, Pomapoo puppies are also at an elevated risk of getting this health condition. Thankfully, cataracts don’t do anything to the Pomapoo lifespan.

Vets can perform exams to discover if your full-grown Pomapoo puppies have cataracts by using a light to examine their eyes. Structural changes can cause cataracts. For example, eyes have proteins that make a protective film; however, these proteins can gather and clump together, making this thin gray layer of film over time. If owners don’t care for a dog’s cataracts, that dog can become blind.

Owners of full-grown Pomapoo puppies cannot do much to prevent cataracts, and all owners can do is watch their dog’s eyes. If your full-grown Pomapoo puppy has cloudy, bluish-gray eyes, you should take them to the vet soon. If dogs with cataracts are taken to the vet early enough, vets may be able to perform surgery to remove cataracts and replace the cloudy lens with a clear lens made from plastic or acrylic.

Ear Health

To best help dogs with their ear health, owners should check their pet’s ears for pests every few days. If your pup suffers from ear infections or pests commonly, your vet may recommend you check your dog’s ears daily. Ear infections will not affect the Pomapoo lifespan.

The Pomeranian breed has small ears, making it harder to have ear pests or health problems. Even though it is more challenging, these dogs can still have ear pests. As for the Poodle, their hair is curly and long and can irritate their ears more than the average dog. Depending on the traits full-grown Pomapoo puppies inherit, they can be at a somewhat elevated risk of developing ear infections or bugs.

Owners can prevent any pest issues by purchasing ear cleaning solutions and gauze. If you clean your Pomapoos ears out every few weeks, you can be preemptive in preventing ear health issues. If you notice your dog scratching at their ears a lot more or rubbing their head against a lot of things, it would be best to talk to your vet. Ear infections shouldn’t have any effect on the Pomapoo lifespan. Vets will know how to best help animals suffering from ear issues and may even prescribe medications if your full-grown Pomapoo puppies have an ear infection.

Immune Health

Tracheal Collapse

Smaller size dogs may experience a progressive respiratory condition called Tracheal collapse. Tracheal collapse occurs when the cartilage rings in the trachea collapse. This health condition can shorten the Pomapoo lifespan and cause your dog to develop breathing problems like harsh, dry coughs or even cause their windpipes to collapse.

Scientists and vets think that tracheal collapse could be a congenital disorder, but they aren’t aware of the actual cause. Toy Poodles and Pomeranians are more prone to tracheal collapse, making Pomapoos have a predisposed risk of this disease. The cartilage rings in the trachea naturally degenerate over time, so this disease is most likely to appear in older dogs.

If dogs have difficulty breathing when excited or exercising, they might suffer from tracheal collapse. If your full-grown Pomapoo puppies cough when you pick them up, this may also be a sign they’re suffering from this health condition. When suffering from tracheal collapse, other symptoms dogs may show include vomiting, gagging, retching, coughing, wheezing, or bluish mucous. If your full-grown Pomapoo puppies have a cough with no phlegm or fever, owners should know that their dog may be suffering from this health condition and should take their pup to a vet soon.

When Pomapoo puppies have this health condition, they may drink a lot of water. Stimulation or extraordinarily high or low temperatures may also cause dogs with tracheal collapse distress. The Pomapoo lifespan shouldn’t be affected by this health issue but can be in severe enough situations.

Owners can do little to prevent this health disease, but if they catch this health condition early enough, a vet may be able to provide treatment. There are four grades of tracheal collapse to separate the severities of this health condition.

The first stage is when the cells that form the tracheal lumen decrease by 25%, and the cartilage still maintains a standard shape. The second stage occurs when the cells from the tracheal lumen reduce to 50%, and the cartilage loses its standard form and is partially flat. When the third stage of tracheal collapse occurs, the tracheal lumen cells decrease by 75%, and the cartilage is close to becoming entirely flat. The fourth stage of this disease is when the tracheal lumen cells reduce fully, and the cartilage has wholly collapsed and is flat.

Treatment options for this health condition vary depending on the tracheal collapse stage. Vets may use antibiotics, cough suppressants, steroids, or sedatives to help reduce coughing and irritation. Treatment can help any effect this disease may have on the Pomapoo lifespan.

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Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism, is a severe health condition for dogs. When full-grown Pomapoo puppies are diagnosed with Addison’s disease, it means their adrenal glands fail to create the hormones they need. The most important hormones the adrenal glands produce are steroids, aldosterone, and cortisol. The Pomapoo lifespan will shorten if Addison’s disease is left untreated.

These hormones play a huge part in regulating a dog’s body systems and internal organs. Without these, a full-grown Pomapoo puppy’s body slowly deteriorates, leading to other severe health conditions and eventually death, shortening the Pomapoo lifespan. Scientists and veterinarians suspect this disease results from an autoimmune process, but the cause of Addison’s disease is often unknown. Vets have theorized that this health condition can be caused by a metastatic tumor, the destruction of the adrenal gland, hemorrhaging, infarction, granulomatous disease, or adrenolytic agents.

Pomapoo puppy owners need to know the signs of Addison’s disease. Many breeds have an elevated risk of this health condition, and the Poodle is one of them, making full-grown Pomapoo puppies high risk as well. The symptoms of this health condition can be very mild in nature. Because of this, vets have come to call this health condition the “great imitator.”

Some signs and symptoms of this disease can present themselves as poor appetites, gastroenteritis, or vomiting. If your full-grown Pomapoo puppies have poor stress responses, this can also be a sign of Addison’s disease. Other symptoms include depression, lethargy, weight loss, diarrhea, bloody stools, alopecia, dehydration, shaking, weak pulse, irregular heartbeats, low temperatures, or painful abdomens. Full-grown Pomapoo puppies experiencing this health condition may also show an increase in thirst and urination, hyperpigmentation of the skin, or hypoglycemia. Many other symptoms of this health condition come and go in different levels of severity.

More often than not, vets diagnose this disease when dogs are experiencing an Addisonian crisis. An Addisonian crisis occurs when dogs reach an acute state and experience life-threatening symptoms like going into shock or collapsing. A vet can stabilize your Pomapoo puppies and perform a series of tests to determine the cause of the crisis. They may run a urinalysis or perform bloodwork and complete a procedure called adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation test to make a complete diagnosis.

Unfortunately, this health condition isn’t curable, but treatment is available. Replacement hormones can help dogs deal with the hormone deficiency Addison’s disease causes. Most of the time, vets prescribe more than one medication to help the different symptoms pups may have. Sadly, owners cannot do anything to prevent this disease. Any Pomapoo puppies with Addison’s disease will have a special diet and replacement hormones to aid their dietary issues. Vets base these diets on each dog’s individual health conditions, so it’s essential to talk to your vet if you think your full-grown Pomapoo puppy may be suffering from Addison’s disease. Sadly, the Pomapoo lifespan may be shortened without proper treatment.

Sebaceous Adenitis

Full-grown Pomapoo puppies can develop an inflammatory disease called Sebaceous adenitis. This health condition is relatively uncommon and affects the sebaceous glands and ducts, controlling hair follicles and regrowth. This skin disease cannot alter the Pomapoo lifespan alone.

This health condition becomes more presentable while affecting the pet’s fur coat and texture. When full-grown Pomapoo puppies have this disease, they may begin losing fur, and it may change consistencies and colors after getting damaged.

Poodles are among the breeds most commonly affected by this disease, meaning full-grown Pomapoo puppies have a higher chance of developing this health condition. Any full-grown Pomapoo puppies that suffer from this condition will likely have mild skin crusting conditions. Because of these skin crusting issues, bacterial or yeast infections may become a more common problem.

Sebaceous adenitis is an immune disease because it targets glands explicitly in the body. Because the disease primarily affects Pomapoo puppy fur, it has minimal to no systemic symptoms. This health condition is also painless, but because a dog’s skin is so over-exposed, these pups can develop a secondary bacterial infection that can cause them pain and discomfort. Secondary bacterial infections can cause further inflammation of the skin in addition to hair follicle destruction. Owners can help their Pomapoo puppies suffering from this health condition by treating any secondary infections as quickly as possible to avoid further damage to the dog’s hair follicles. Secondary infections can affect the Pomapoo lifespan.

Owners can’t prevent this disease. Scientists also aren’t sure how this disease develops, so it can be hard to prevent such a health condition.

Different treatment options for this disease change based on diets or medications. For example, vets can encourage owners to provide more Vitamin A, primrose oil, Alpha Keri bath oil, or essential fatty acids to better the cosmetic symptoms dogs with this health condition have. Owners can provide other treatments like synthetic retinoids, topical therapies, propylene glycol 70%, or medications. Only a vet can adequately assess a dog’s situation and provide the best treatment options to help them.

The best thing full-grown Pomapoo owners can do to help their dogs suffering from sebaceous adenitis is to take them to their regular vet check-ups to prevent secondary infections and elongate the Pomapoo lifespan. Giving these pups medication or dietary supplements can increase their quality of life by decreasing any discomfort they may feel on their skin.

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Hypoglycemia

Full-grown Pomapoo puppies may develop a health condition called hypoglycemia. Low blood glucose concentrations cause this health condition in dogs, and metabolic disorders like this can have a wide variety of signs. Because of the many symptoms of this disease, life-threatening emergencies can be present and subtle abnormalities can go unnoticed. Extreme exercise, toxins, or malnutrition can cause this disorder and can shorten the Pomapoo lifespan.

Toy dog breeds and tiny dog breeds have a higher risk of developing hypoglycemia because of how low their body mass index is. The toy Poodle and Pomeranian are at higher risk of contracting this disease, and therefore, the Pomapoo is at an elevated risk.

Owners need to know the signs and symptoms of this disease to best help their Pomapoo puppies suffering from hypoglycemia. Suppose your pup shows symptoms of extreme lethargy, trembling, loss of appetite, twitching, weakness, lack of coordination, seizures, or discoloration in the skin and gums. In that case, they may be suffering from this health condition. Pomapoo puppies experiencing hypoglycemia might not eat or drink water when they have sugar shock.

Owners cannot prevent this health condition from occurring. The only way owners can help their dogs with this health condition is by taking them to the vet to find proper treatment. Proper treatment can result in a regular Pomapoo lifespan. If a dog has sugar shock, owners can provide a quick fix by dabbing sugar water on their dog’s tongue.

Joint Health

Patellar Luxation

Patellar luxation is a joint condition where the kneecap is not in the correct place, and the term ‘luxating’ means dislocated. Kneecaps should be in a minor groove that’s just at the end of the thigh bone and sitting right above the knee. When kneecaps get dislocated, other injuries can occur. While this disease may heavily affect their quality of life, the Pomapoo lifespan will not be affected.

Pomapoo owners might see their dog running on three legs or skipping steps. The same Pomapoo puppy that runs like this might switch back to running on all four legs as if nothing happened at all. Patellar luxations can vary in severity, and this health condition has a graded scale that ranges from I to IV. This scale helps communicate the seriousness of this health condition and its long-term problems.

Toy breeds and small dogs have a predisposition for this health condition, and Poodles are also one of the specific breeds that experience this health problem more often than other breeds. Pomapoo puppies inherit this elevated risk of developing patellar luxation as well. Thankfully, many dogs with this health issue can tolerate it for quite some time and even live their entire lives with this disease.

Sometimes, patellar luxation can lead to secondary health conditions like cruciate ligament rupture. Secondary health issues like this will affect the quality of life but not the Pomapoo lifespan.

Only a vet can identify the best treatment plans for dogs experiencing this health condition. Vets may opt to provide pain medication or other supplements to aid dogs in any irritation they might face when dealing with this health condition. Vets may only consider surgery as a treatment if your Pomapoo puppy has a more severe case of patellar luxation. For example, if you have a Pomapoo puppy that starts experiencing decreasing ranges of motion or lameness, surgery may be an option. Dogs that experience secondary knee injuries because of their pre-existing patellar luxation condition might need surgery to treat their secondary injuries.

The timing of any treatment is essential for Pomapoo puppies with this health condition. A dog’s prognosis is very hopeful if surgery occurs before any other knee injury or before arthritis has a significant impact. A Pomapoo puppy in that situation would have full use of its leg again once the healing process is over. However, if arthritis or other knee injuries have gone too far, damage to the knee might be irreversible. A Pomapoo puppy’s quality of life can be significantly lower depending on how old a dog is. A dog’s overall health, weight, and activity can also seriously impact how patellar luxation will affect its joints, but this condition will not affect the Pomapoo lifespan.

Owners cannot do anything to prevent patellar luxation in their Pomapoo puppies. This disease is genetic, and because of the Pomapoo parent breeds, these pups are at an elevated risk of developing knee joint issues. To best help your full-grown Pomapoo puppies with patellar luxation, take them to their regular vet appointments and talk with your vet if you notice any signs of this health condition.

Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease

Pomapoo puppies may develop an avascular or an aseptic necrosis on the head of their femur, causing it to spontaneously degenerate. This health condition is called Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (LCPD), and over time, it can cause the hip to collapse and severe arthritis to occur. This disease can heavily affect a dog’s lifestyle but won’t affect the Pomapoo lifespan. Scientists and vets aren’t exactly sure what causes this health condition. Certain studies suggest that disrupted blood flow to the hip can cause clots within blood vessels. Vets suspect that genetics can cause this condition but cannot confirm this theory.

Full-grown Pomapoo puppies with Legg-Calve-Perthes disease will begin to experience weakening bones and minor fractures. The dog’s bones will deteriorate, and scar tissue might stabilize the bone over time. The bone structure will change overall, which will often lead Pomapoo puppies to suffer from arthritis.

Dogs with this disease can start limping on their affected leg. Limping may begin gradually, only occurring occasionally, but it’s likely limping will progress over some time, such as several weeks.

Eventually, dogs with this disease will have bone deterioration that progresses until they can no longer put any weight on their affected leg. The pain and lameness can suddenly develop and affect both the dog’s joints as well.

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease affects smaller dogs under 20 pounds the most often. Terriers and toy breeds are those most affected, and Pomapoo puppies are at a higher risk of developing this health condition. A Pomapoo puppy with this health condition can begin presenting signs as early as three months and as late as 18 months.

Vets can form a proper diagnosis of this disease with x-rays. Occasionally, vets prescribe physical therapy or pain medication to help mild cases of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. If you have an obese Pomapoo, it’s vital to help your dog lose weight so they don’t put any more stress on their joints. These dogs will still have an expected Pomapoo lifespan. In more severe cases of this health condition, vets may recommend surgery. Dogs that receive surgery for this disease will still require physical therapy and medication to complete rehabilitation.

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Elbow Dysplasia

Pomapoo puppies may experience Elbow dysplasia when abnormalities are present in their elbow joints. Three bones make up the elbow joint, the radius, ulna, and humorous. If these bones don’t grow and fit together to the point of perfection, dogs will likely suffer growth abnormalities and other consequences. These consequences can look like uneven weight distribution resulting in lameness or arthritis. Elbow dysplasia will not affect the Pomapoo lifespan.

Elbow dysplasia encompasses multiple severe conditions grouped into the umbrella term elbow dysplasia. The causes of these diseases aren’t clear, but there are many theories about what causes this disease. Vets suspect defecting cartilage in growth, trauma, diet, or genetics can affect the factors of developing elbow dysplasia.

80% of dogs that suffer from elbow dysplasia are affected in both joints. Once an elbow has elbow dysplasia, arthritis in the elbow progressively sets in and leads to pain and possible loss of function.

A Pomapoo puppy might begin experiencing symptoms of elbow dysplasia after five months, but a lot of the time, dogs don’t get diagnosed with this health condition until they are between four to six years old.

Owners can’t do anything to prevent this disease from occurring. The best Pomapoo puppy owners can do is keep an eye on their dog’s overall health and check in with their vet regularly. Over time, the symptoms a dog experiences, like lameness, will worsen after exercise and won’t be entirely resolved with rest. While the Pomapoo lifespan will not be altered, their quality of life will be. Treatment options can depend on the severity of the dysplasia, and surgery could be possible. Vets may also recommend a complete replacement of the affected joint if the elbow is severely damaged. Vets may provide pain medication for less severe cases and advise dogs to rest more often. Owners of Pomapoo puppies with elbow dysplasia should have a comfortable dog bed so their Pomapoo puppies can rest their joints.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia can drastically reduce a dog’s quality of life but not affect the Pomapoo lifespan. Pomapoo puppy owners need to know the signs and symptoms dogs may experience if they ever develop hip dysplasia. This health condition is a common skeletal condition and is often an issue in large dogs, but it can occur in dog breeds of any size.

A dog’s hip joint functions like a ball and socket. Dogs with hip dysplasia have a ball and socket that don’t fit into each other correctly. Because these joints don’t fit correctly, they can’t develop correctly and will cause hip joints to grind instead of sliding when they run.

Hip dysplasia has many causes that are sometimes unknown. Improper weight or nutrition can also expedite a genetic predisposition into developing this health condition. Obesity can also worsen this issue, but too much exercise can cause excessive strain on joints.

Hip dysplasia signs and symptoms can be degrees of looseness in the joint or decreased activity. Inflammation in the hips and lameness in the hind legs can also point to this health condition. Pomapoo puppies with this issue may have reduced range of motion, reluctance rising, difficulty jumping, difficulty running, or difficulty climbing the stairs. Pomapoo puppies with this disease may have changes in symptoms depending on the length of time the dog has had hip dysplasia. Dogs may have a noticeable enlargement of their shoulder muscles because they compensate for the hind legs. If your Pomapoo puppy has pain, swelling, stiffness, or limping, you should take your pup to the vet.

Vets can do physical exams and may diagnose a dog with hip dysplasia on the exam alone. However, most times, vets need to know about any symptoms a puppy with hip dysplasia has, and it’s the owner’s responsibility to keep track of their pup’s signs.

Medical treatment for this health issue changes based on the severity of hip dysplasia. Many supplements are available for dogs with this issue, and they’re safe for long-term use in most patients. If your Pomapoo puppy is obese, weight reduction is essential in helping them cope with this new disease. Weight reduction can also help elongate the Pomapoo lifespan. However, exercise reduction is equally significant to avoid excessive strain on these joints. Owners should avoid any playful activity on hard surfaces to reduce the impact on their dog’s joints.

Owners cannot do anything to prevent this health condition. Vets might prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or joint supplements, and they may provide fluid modifiers or recommend common surgeries to help or perform surgery to replace the hip completely.

Skin and Coat

A Pomapoo puppy’s primary coat colors can be brown, black, white, red, fawn, gray, cream, brown, gold, liver, or yellow. These special hybrid pups can have bicolor, tricolor, brindle, or sable patterned fur. Their furs can vary from solid coats or mixed and short- or medium-length coats. Because of their parent breeds, a Pomapoo puppy can have curly or straight hair but will often have curly hair. These pups are light shedders, and a Pomapoo puppy has the potential to inherit a Poodle’s hypoallergenic coat, but as hybrids are often influenced by one breed more than the other, this coat is a gamble. Owners need to brush a Pomapoo puppy’s coat every few days.

Remember that Pomapoo puppies aren’t suited well for extreme weather and might need a coat in harsher winters. Outdoor protection can help regulate the Pomapoo lifespan, and it will help protect your dog from crude variables if you put sunscreen on their nose and ears when in the sun.

Pomapoos are semi-high-maintenance because of the requirements their delicate hair has. However, these dogs are excellent for families and first-time owners. If you’re willing to give these pups the exercise they need, the attention they crave, and if you can care for their hair correctly, too, then a Pomapoo puppy would be a great dog for you.