The Papoo (also known as Papipoo) is a hybrid dog, which first appeared in the United States. The Papoo was created by crossing the Poodle with a Papillon. Papoos are otherwise called designer dogs. This breed is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club but is very popular as a companion dog.

Height: 8-12 inches  Weight: 3-14 lbs  Lifespan: 10-14 years


Despite its small size, the Papoo is very strong and enduring. He is brave and enthusiastic. Papoos may either have ‘butterfly’ ears of the Papillon or long, pendulous ears of the Poodle.


The Papoo is affectionate, loving and faithful dog, very family-oriented. This breed cannot bear being alone for long period of time. Hence, if left neglected, it can become unmanageable. Papoos are not very fond of dog breeds if they did not grow up together, but they get along well with teenagers. Papoos are suspicious of strangers and will warn the owners about their presence.

Coat / Care:

The Papoo’s coat can be long and silky, wavy, or short and curly. Care depends on the coat type. Hence, these dogs require regular grooming to prevent the hair from tangling, or even professional trimming. Bathe your dog when absolutely necessary, using a mild shampoo. Oral hygiene is very important, since the Papoo has a tendency to early teeth loss. Papoos can suffer from progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), skin problems, ear infections, anemia, patellar luxation, and sensitivity to anesthesia.


Papoo needs early socialization and obedience training. Harsh training methods and useless though. The coach must be patient, tenacious, fair and yet firm.


The Papoo is well suited for living in an apartment. However, he needs plenty of toys to keep him busy. This breed loves family games and long walks in the fresh air. If you keep your dog in a yard, make sure it’s well fenced.

Photo credit: Paul Sullivan/Flickr

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