PAPOO DOG BREED
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. The Papoo is not recognized by the AKC, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed (designer breed).
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.
The Papoo is generally healthy hybrid breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), skin problems, ear infections, anemia, patellar luxation, and sensitivity to anesthesia. The Papoo has a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years.
Weight / Height
The male Papoo dog breed’s height is around 8 – 12 inches and weighs around 5 and 14 pounds. Female Papoo dogs can reach a size from 8 – 12 inches and weighs between 3 and 14 pounds.
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.
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