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Pomeranian Poodle Mix

Monday, April 9, 2012 @ 02:04 PM  posted by Dog Breeds Info

The Pomeranian Poodle mix is also known as the Pom-A-Poo. Both the Poodle and the Pomeranian are popular breeds and Pom-A-Poos are a popular hybrid. These dogs are a small breed. Pomeranians are one of the smallest of all dogs, weighing between 3 and 7 pounds. To create the Pom-A-Poo they are usually bred to a Toy Poodle or a Miniature Poodle which are small Poodle varieties.

Poodles

Poodles are one of the smartest of all breeds. They are clever and easy to train. They love to be the center of attention and they have often been used as circus dogs in the past. Although Poodles are often associated with France and royalty, the breed originated in German as water retrievers. They were sporting dogs. Poodles today are still very active and some people still hunt with their Poodles. In the 15th and 16th centuries the smaller Poodles were used for truffle hunting in Germany, Spain, and in England. The little dogs became very popular as pets by the 18th century in England and they were favored as pets by French royalty as well.

Today many breeders like to produce designer dogs using a Poodle parent because of the Poodle’s special coat. No dog is completely hypoallergenic but the Poodle comes close. They have a single coat without an undercoat. Their outer coat grows slowly and curls. This means that they shed very little and produce little dander. They are often a good choice for people with allergies. Breeders breed them to other purebreds, such as the Pomeranian, hoping to produce puppies that will have a similar Poodle coat, along with qualities from the other breed.

Pomeranians

At one time Pomeranians were a much larger breed. They weighed 30 to 40 pounds and were used as sled dogs in cold regions of Pomerania, on the Baltic Sea between Germany and Poland. They were slowly bred to be smaller dogs in the 19th century and became popular as pets by the late 19th century. They have remained popular pets for decades. They are a Spitz-type dog.

Poms are bright, alert, confident, and intelligent. They are also loving, affectionate dogs. They make wonderful pets. They are quite energetic and they do need regular exercise, even for a small dog.

Appearance

The appearance of the Pom-A-Poo can vary widely. They can come in all different colors, like the Poodle, and even come in black and tan or parti colors with white like the Pomeranian. The coat can be more curly, like the Poodle, or it can be straight or wavy. They usually have a black nose and dark eyes. The ears can stand up or hang down. Some dogs have a foxy-looking face like the Pom and some dogs have a face more like the Poodle parent. If you are interested in getting a Pom-A-Poo then it’s usually best to see the puppies in person so you can choose which one you want. This is especially true if you are looking for a puppy with a hypoallergenic type coat, like the Poodle parent. No dog is completely hypoallergenic, but Poodles and Poodle hybrids that resemble them are usually better for people with allergies.

The Pom-A-Poo is usually a very small dog. The Pomeranian is quite small, standing only about 11 inches tall and weighing 4 to 7 pounds. The Toy Poodle stands up to 10 inches tall and weighs 6 to 9 pounds. The Miniature Poodle stands up to 15 inches tall and weighs slightly more. Crossed with either variety, the Pom-A-Poo is not likely to be a very big dog.

Temperament

Pom-A-Poos are usually outgoing, friendly dogs. Both the Pomeranian and the Poodle are very intelligent breeds, so the Pom-A-Poo is often very intelligent and easy to train. They may have a tendency to bark, however. They can make good little watch dogs, though they should not be allowed to become nuisance barkers. The Pom-A-Poo usually makes a good family dog but both parent breeds are very active so these dogs generally need a lot of exercise, even though they are a small dog. They are quite energetic. Like other energetic dogs, they can become destructive in the home if they don’t get enough exercise. The Pomeranian also tends to be very affectionate so you can probably expect the Pom-A-Poo to share this trait.

Conclusion

The Pom-A-Poo or Pomeranian Poodle mix is a mix of two very popular breeds. They are cute, energetic little dogs and they are quite popular. Be sure you can provide enough daily exercise for these dogs so they don’t become destructive in the home or bark for the fun of it.

Poodle Grooming Styles

Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 09:02 PM  posted by Dog Breeds Info

Many people love Poodles, of all varieties, but they are put off by their fancy grooming styles. Poodle grooming styles are varied and the style you choose for your dog will depend on whether you intend to show your dog or simply enjoy him as a pet. Your lifestyle and how much time you want to spend grooming your dog will also determine which style you should choose.

No matter what variety of Poodle you have (Toy, Miniature, or Standard), you can choose one of several pet clips for your dog. If you will be showing your dog, then your choices are more limited.

Poodle Show Trims: The Lion Trim

Only one clip is officially allowed if you are showing your dog. However, it comes in four versions:

Puppy Clip for Show

The Puppy Clip for Show can be used for Poodles who are under a year of age. It is approved by the AKC and UKC. In this clip the dog’s face, paws, and base of tail are shaved closely. The body coat is left long and shaped to compliment the dog’s form. this is shaped at the neck and the dog’s top knot. The top knot (at the top of the dog’s head) remains long and it is pulled into a pony tail.

Continental Clip

This clip is popular in the show ring and is approved by the AKC and UKC. The dog’s face, front legs between the poms and the elbows, and the hindquarters to the pom area (with the exception of the hip rosettes), the paws, and the base of the tail are all shaved very closely. The pack area between the body and the head is left very long and scissored into shape. The top knot is also left long and scissored into a round ball. The poms on the legs start just above the dog’s wrists and hock joints and end just above the paws. The poms are scissored to be round. The hip rosettes are placed right over the hip joints. They are only 1/2 to 1 inch apart from each other, depending on the Poodle variety. They are also scissored to be round. The dog’s pack ends 1/2 to 1 inch behind the last rib. there is only half an inch between the end of the pack and the beginning of the hip rosettes.

Modified Continental Clip

This clip is also approved by the AKC/UKC for conformation shows. The difference between this clip and the Continental Clip is that there are no hip rosettes.

English Saddle Clip

In the English Saddle Clip the dog’s face, front legs between the pom and the pack, a crescent on the flank, the base of the tail, and separations between poms on the rear legs and the rear paws are all closely shaved. The dog’s pack is left very full and is scissored into shape. The top knot is also left long and pulled into a pony tail. the poms on the front legs are left long and they begin just above the dog’s wrist joint and end just above the paws. The area over the dog’s hips and flanks are scissored shorter into a smooth blanket. The pom on the tail is also left long and shaped round. the poms on the dog’s back legs are shaped round and spaced evenly. the bottom starts just above the hock and ends above the back paws. the other starts at the knee area and ends just 1 to 1/2 inch above the bottom pom, depending on the size of the Poodle.

Pet Clips

There are also a variety of pet clips for Poodles. These styles are shorter and make it easier to care for your Poodle’s coat. Some of the styles include the Kennel or Utility Clip, the Lamb Clip, the Summer, Miami or Bikini Clip, and the Town and Country Clip. All of these pet clips feature a short trim over the body, though some have small poms around the wrists or a pom on the tail.

Many pet owners prefer to take their Poodle to a professional pet groomer and simply have their dog clipped the same length all over, including the legs and tail. This usually needs to be done about every 6 to 8 weeks.

Conclusion

There are many Poodle grooming styles. You should choose one that you are comfortable with for your dog, both in looks and for your lifestyle.