Papipoo Dog: Papillon Poodle Mix
|10 to 14 years
|Black, white, tan, red, grey, with patches of white or black
|Families and apartment and city dwellers
|Affectionate, intelligent, active, curious, playful
The Papipoo is a loving and intelligent “designer dog” who will swiftly become your shadow and wants nothing more than to be a part of your every activity. They are a mixed breed dog, a cross between a Papillon and Poodle, breeds both known for their royal histories. The Papipoo is a fairly new breed, and not much is known about their exact origins. They were likely part of the worldwide trend that began in the mid-1980s to create new and unique Poodle mixes. The quest was to create a smaller Poodle who still had all the ideal traits of intelligence, friendliness, and energy, as well as a short hypoallergenic coat.
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The Standard Poodle, one of the oldest breeds of dog around, originated as a duck-hunting dog in Germany but quickly became a firm favorite companion among the French. Their hunting capabilities were soon pushed aside in favor of their flashy coats and ease of trainability, making them a highly sought-after entertainer and show dog. Elvis Presley is known to have adored Poodles and had quite a collection. He was also known for giving Poodle puppies as gifts.
The Papillon is a breed of Toy Spaniel and was the beloved dog of choice of Marie Antoinette. They were so loved, in fact, that the legend goes that she took her Papillon with her to the guillotine for execution. These tiny dogs were commonly bred as lapdogs and companions for the royal courts of Europe.
With both their parent breeds’ history steeped in European royalty, you may expect Papipoos to be pampered lapdogs who are content to be spoiled by their owners. While they do love a good cuddle, Papipoos are also highly active and energetic dogs who love to run as much as they want to warm your lap. If you are on the lookout for an active dog who doesn’t take up too much space, the guide below will tell you everything you need to know about these royal little pooches.
What is a Papipoo?
The Papi-Poo, which is also sometimes referred to as the Papidoodle, is one of those adorable little dogs that you’ll want to take home with you as soon as you see him. A mix of a purebred Papillon and Poodle, these carefree dogs are affectionate and elegant, and their personalities match their good looks.
If you’re in search of a toy dog breed that has loads of energy and is easy to care for, the Papi-Poo could be the pooch of your dreams. But before you head out to find your match, keep reading to learn all about this breed to be absolutely sure it’s the right one for you.
The Papi-Poo is a cross between a purebred Papillon and Poodle.
The Papi-Poo is a designer crossbreed from the United States.
The Papi-Poo is a cross between a purebred Papillon and Poodle.
Diet and Nutrition
Your Papi-Poo may be small, but he’ll have higher energy requirements than you might expect. This means that you’ll need to feed him a diet that’s appropriate for canines and loaded with nutrients.
If you want to feed your dog a commercial dry food, a good amount would be around ½ to 1 cup each day, divided over at least two feedings. When adding a canned dog food, just adjust the amount of dry food that you’re providing, as you don’t want to overdo it. You want your pet to get the nutrition he needs, but you don’t want him to become overweight or obese.
The Papi-Poo has a fabulous personality.
How easy are Papipoo to train?
A Papipoo has intelligent parent breeds, so you can be sure that training will be a breeze. This, combined with an innate desire to please, means that Papipoos will love all the activities involved in training and will enthusiastically respond to commands. Training should begin as early as possible, as this will establish a strong bond between the two of you and promote correct habits early on. These dogs learn quickly, and it’s far better to get them learning good habits first! Females mature faster than males and can thus be trained at an earlier age.
We highly recommend reward-based training for a Papipoo, as this is a gentle method that won’t put off an easily frightened Papipoo. This method takes dedication and relies on consistency and repetition from the owner, which means you’ll need to do some form of training every day with your Papipoo. We recommend training sessions of no longer than 15-20 minutes, as longer sessions may lead to boredom and frustration.
The keys to good training with these dogs are consistency, repetition, and most importantly, patience.
A small-sized breed, the Papi-Poo weighs between 6 and 14 pounds.
How would you describe the temperament of Papipoo?
The Papi-Poo has a fabulous personality. These little dogs are devoted, loving, smart, and even a little mischievous. Also, these dogs aren’t typically shy or aggressive. They like to be in control, and they like to explore and experience new things.
If you want a dog that will enjoy being held and that will cuddle with you on the couch, the Papi-Poo could be your ideal match. These dogs are protective and alert, and they will love you unconditionally, even alerting you to potential danger by barking.
How healthy are Papipoo?
Both Poodles and Papillons are healthy and robust breeds, and the Papipoo is the same. Due to their diverse genetics, they also have the advantage that mixed breeds have of being tougher and stronger. Most of the common issues that can affect Papipoos are usually size-related, as they are small to medium-sized dogs.
For Poodles, common health concerns include hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and Addison’s disease. They can also suffer from more minor problems like bloat and various skin allergies. One of the most common problems in Standard Poodles — affecting around half worldwide — is sebaceous adenitis, which is an inflammation of the sebaceous glands. This disorder can lead to skin disease and hair loss.
Papillons are commonly affected by patella luxation, hypothyroidism, and collapsing trachea. A dental issue due to the overcrowding of teeth in their small mouths, called supernumerary teeth, is common among small dogs but is usually fairly harmless.
It is widely recommended to neuter males and spay females, as this will lead to overall greater health and lessen the risk of various cancers in both sexes.
- Patella luxation
- Hip dysplasia
- Collapsing trachea
- Addison’s disease
- Supernumerary Teeth
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Ear infections
How long will Papipoo live?
The Papi-Poo has an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years.
How active are Papipoo?
Being animals of such high intellect, Papipoos must have both physical and mental activity every day. Even though these dogs are not extremely high energy, they will need a minimum of an hour of exercise a day in order to stay happy and healthy. Without it, Papipoos will have a great deal of pent-up energy that can swiftly lead to behavioral problems that can manifest in the form of barking, digging, and ripping up furniture and shoes. A daily walk is ideal. Not only is this a good form of exercise, but the different sights and smells also offer plenty of mental stimulation.
Mentally stimulating play, including “fetch” with a stick or ball, is a great way of bonding with your pooch. This includes frisbee, as the frisbee itself is harder for them to catch than a ball or stick, and will provide hours of challenging play, as well as training and improving their timing and coordination.
The Papi-Poo is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
The Papipoo’s coat is a mix of the thick, dense coat of Poodles and the long, wispy coat of Papillons and will require a fair amount of grooming. They will love the occasional brush, and a trim every month or so is all that’s necessary. While the occasional bath is recommended, try and keep bathing exclusively for when your Papipoo is dirty from playing in the dirt or mud. Too much bathing can cause skin issues and the depletion of the natural oils in your dog’s coat.
Their nails may need trimming once or twice a month, but regular activity will usually keep them short. Nails that get too long can cause pain for your pooch and may even lead to infection. Regular teeth brushing, at least once a week, will prevent plaque build-up and dental issues.
The Papipoos ears should be checked regularly for redness and infection, especially if they are dropped ears. Keeping them dry after swimming or bathing will assist in preventing infection.
All you have to do is look at a fully-grown Papi-Poo to imagine just how tiny these irresistibly adorable puppies will be. Handle these bundles of joy carefully, and make sure you supervise your kids if they are going to be socializing and playing with the puppies as well.
Papi-Poo puppies can easily injure themselves if they jump off of furniture, such as your bed or the sofa, so you can purchase pet steps to help them get up and down from furniture, or you can teach them to wait for you to pick them up.
As with all other canine breeds, it’s a great idea to start training your Papi-Poo starting in puppyhood. Expose him to different people and pets so he can grow up to be a confident and friendly adult.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
The Papipoo, well socialized, will have no problem with other animals in the house, whether they are dogs, cats, rabbits, or chameleons. He is lively, alert, and is not afraid to face dogs three times the size of him; however, this great recklessness can sometimes cause him some problems. As a result, it is better to watch him closely during outings to the dog park!
A bundle of joy that is happy to cuddle and smarter than the other pups: that’s what you get by adopting the sweet and lovely Papipoo! He is also perfectly suited to apartment living due to his small size, and he gets along well with children and other pets. The Papipoo is definitely one of a kind, but you will have to spend enough time with him while teaching him to be a little more independent. But, if you have enough time to devote to this tiny furball, you will be rewarded with a wonderful and loyal fluffy friend!