Pomapoos are a cross breed of a Toy Poodle and a Pomeranian. Two very different dogs with two very different coats. So what kind of coat is inherited and what does this mean for allergy sufferers? Are Pomapoos classified as being hypoallergenic and what can owners expect in regards to shedding? I have spent some time researching this crossbreed and everything I could about their coat.
So, do Pomapoos shed? Pomapoos do shed – but only very slightly and even then, it depends on the type of coat they inherit from their parents. If your Pomapoo inherits their coat from their poodle parent – they are considered more hypoallergenic as they barely shed. However, if they inherit their coat from the Pomeranian parent, it is likely that they will shed a bit more.
Understanding if and how much a dog sheds can help owners, or potential owners, take the very best care of their pets. But equally, it does have a big impact on the owners alike.
For example, it is also important to know whether or not Pomapoos are hypoallergenic and thus suitable for households where members may have a dog hair allergy.
It could largely dictate if they can even be kept, or where they are allowed to go in the house, etc.
This article will cover all you need to know about Pomapoos shedding, their coats and how to maintain and groom them.
So, lets get started!
The Pomapoo Coat
Owing to the fact that Pomapoos are a cross breed of a Pomeranian and a Poodle, it is unsurprising that they inherit characteristics from both parents.
What is good to remember is that there is no hard and fast rule about which characteristics are inherited in each litter of puppies, there are a number of different factors in play each time.
Therefore, understanding the specifics of your Pomapoos coat will require an owner doing a little research.
This means that we cannot make generalizations about the colour, texture and whether or not a Pomapoo has a hypoallergenic coat.
Why? Because Poodles are renown for having a coat that barely sheds. Pomeranians on the other hand, are renown for being one of the hairiest small dog breeds with a double coat that sheds often. Two ends of the extreme.
But what we do know, is that typically Pomapoos are light shedders, who require light brushing maybe once per day.
You may notice fine hairs left on surfaces in your home and clothing after playing with your Pomapoo.
This tends to suggest that their coat has been inherited from the Pomeranian parent.
These hairs indicate that your Pomapoo is shedding. If you do notice this, it is a good idea to invest in a good grooming brush, like this one available from Amazon, and lightly groom your Pomapoo once every day or couple of days.
This will minimise the risk of your Pomapoos coat becoming tangled or matted when they shed.
If your Pomapoo has inherited their coat from the poodle parent, it is likely that you will notice very little shedding, if any at all.
This also tends to suggest that owing to the nature of their coat in that they do not shed, your Pomapoo will be hypoallergenic.
Whilst brushing a hypoallergenic Pomapoo is not necessary to remove build up of fur that has been shed, we would strongly advise also brushing your Pomapoo, gently, once per day. This will prevent the risk of tangling and matting in their fur.
Pomapoos can also have different coloured coats including – brown, black, white, red, fawn, and sable.
Sometimes their coats are solid, and sometimes they have a mixture of colours including distinctive markings.
How Much Do Pomapoos Shed?
If your Pomapoo sheds at all, it is likely that they will only ever shed very lightly. Shedding is when dogs naturally loose old or damaged hair. It is a perfectly normal process for dogs.
How much a dog sheds depends on the breed of the dog and sometimes on how healthy they are.
Pomapoos, are likely to shed only lightly if at all. Owners may notice a few strands of hair on their clothing or surfaces around the home that suggest their Pomapoo is shedding. This will mean that this Pomapoo is not hypoallergenic.
To remove the shed hairs, simply hoover them away and wash the clothes. As stated previously, shedding is totally normal and just part and parcel of owning a dog.
If your Pomapoo doesn’t appear to be shedding, it could be that their coat has been inherited from their poodle parent. If this is the case, it is likely that your Pomapoo will have slightly curly hair.
While shedding in your Pomapoo can be normal, excess shedding or a change in the pattern of shedding can sometimes indicate health problems.
If you notice that your dog is shedding more often than usual or you see any skin irritation, it is recommended that you contact your veterinarian as there could be a more serious issue going on.
Also, as a reminder, dogs will shed more during the spring and fall, as their bodies prepare for the extreme cold and extreme heat. This is normal and is not considered excessive, or out of the ordinary shedding, particularly in Pomapoo.
Are Pomapoos Hypoallergenic?
Pomapoos are only hypoallergenic if they inherit their coat from their poodle parent.
Unfortunately, there is no way to be totally sure that this will happen – each litter of puppies can have different traits – so if there is any uncertainty, generalise that they are not hypoallergenic. This will avoid any potentially problematic ambiguity further down the line.
Recognising if a Pomapoo is hypoallergenic can be tricky. We would generally advise seeking the expert opinion of the breeder or of your local vet to be sure one way or another.
Typically, poodle coats can be curly or wavy in texture – using this generalisation can be helpful in determining whether or not your Pomapoo is likely to shed.
However, it will not give a definitive answer as to whether or not they are hypoallergenic.
If you are at all unsure as to whether your Pomapoo is hypoallergenic, we would always recommend seeking the opinion of your local vet.
They will be able to advise you one way or another and also make recommendations for optimal care based on this.
Tips For Maintaining Grooming The Pomapoo Coat
When grooming your Pomapoo, understanding more about their coat can be useful as Pomapoos can have different types of fur. They can have straight hair from the Pomeranian parent or the curly coat of the Poodle parent – or even sometimes a mix of the two.
Maintaining their coat is of vital importance in terms of their health and well-being and is the owner’s responsibility to do so. Understanding more about how to do this is key.
Regardless of their coat, we would recommend grooming (brushing) your Pomapoo daily and taking them to a professional groomer every 6-8 weeks to maintain a healthy coat.
Brushing your Pomapoo will help to prevent tangling and matting of their coat and quite often Pomapoos enjoy this time with their owner.
Brushing is also useful to remove build up of any shed hair.
Maintaining an adequate brushing routine will ensure that your Pomapoo is comfortable in their coat and will also allow you to identify and treat any skin irritations and ticks swiftly, ensuring the wellbeing of your Pomapoo.
If you notice that your Pomapoo appears to have staining on their face, it is not a cause for alarm. In fact, Pomapoos are among the breeds that commonly develop these reddish-brown tear stains.
To minimize the appearance of these stains, gently wash your Pomapoos face daily to prevent the stains from setting.
Other aspects of grooming your Pomapoo to consider are:
- Daily brushing. This will remove the build up of shed hair and get rid of any tangles or matting.
- Professional grooming. We would recommend taking your Pomapoo to be groomed professionally every 6-8 weeks. This will keep their coat and skin healthy year-round but is of particular benefit in the warmer summer months.
- Nail trimming. Trim your Pomapoos nails as and when needed, typically every week or two.
- Ear checks. Frequently check that your Pomapoo’s ears are clean and dry to prevent any infection.
- Brush their teeth. Using a toothpaste that has been approved by your local vet can help to promote good oral health as well as fresh breath for your cockapoo.
Maintaining a grooming regime from when your Pomapoo is a puppy is one of the best ways of ensuring their overall health.
If a healthy routine is established from when you first get your Pomapoo, it is likely that they will soon accept grooming, brushing and everything else that constitutes good care willingly – who knows they might even enjoy it!
Read more: How To Groom A Pomapoo [Step By Step Guide]
In summary, Pomapoos can and do shed, if their coat is inherited from the Pomeranian parent. If this is the case, it is likely that any shedding that does occur will be very light. If the Pomapoo has inherited their coat from the poodle parent, they are unlikely to shed.
If your Pomapoo does not shed, they could be considered hypoallergenic. If you are unsure if this is the case – as it can be tricky to tell – seek the advice of your local vet.
Maintaining a healthy coat for your Pomapoo is important regardless of whether or not they shed. Owners should lightly brush their Pomapoo once every day or every other day to either remove build up of shed hair or prevent tangling.
These small, intelligent and affectionate little dogs are also known as Pooranian, Pompoo and Pomerdoodle.
Adorable by name, adorable by nature, right?
If you see any of these names, always remember that they are referring to the same dog.
Ultimately, there is no doubt that these cute cross breeds make great pets.
So if you were formally not sure whether to get one based on your allergies; be rest assured that regardless of the coat that they inherit, shedding is only light and negligible. Especially when compared to some other breeds.
It is generally recommended to bathe a Pomapoo once every 6-8 weeks. In doing so, you will need to ensure you are using a dog-friendly shampoo as to not irritate the skin. Due to their small size, bathing can often be done in a kitchen sink. When bathing, be sure to lather the dog-specific shampoo into your dog’s coat and massage it in to more thoroughly clean and promote future healthy hair growth.
Tear stains are common in Pomapoos and naturally develop around the hair below the eyes. To clean them, you can use a damp cloth that has a few drops of tear-stain removal solution applied. You can get this from Amazon and other pet stores.
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.