The Papipoo is a mixed breed dog — a cross between the Papillon and Poodle dog breeds. Loving, intelligent, and active, this devoted, little dog wants to be part of all family activities.
Papipoos are also known as Papoodles, Papi Doodles, Papidoodles, and Papi Poos. They’re considered “designer dogs,” making them in high demand, which also means they’re readily found in shelters or rescues. Please adopt if you’d like to add one of these pups to your life. Remember, when you adopt, you save two lives–the one you bring home and the one you make room for at the shelter.
As a cross between old-world breeds known for their intelligence and athleticism, the Papipoo has it all, with brains and brawn, not to mention beauty. Although these dogs are active, their size lends well to any dwelling, including small apartments. Their sociability makes them a good fit for all types of families, provided they get attention throughout the day. If you want an affectionate, little lapdog who may also be a contender for the Canine Olympics, this may be a perfect dog for you!
Contrary to popular belief, small size doesn’t necessarily an apartment dog make. Plenty of small dogs are too high-energy and yappy for life in a high-rise. Being quiet, low energy, fairly calm indoors, and polite with the other residents are all good qualities in an apartment dog.
Some dogs are simply easier than others; they take to training better and are fairly easygoing. They’re also resilient enough to bounce back from your mistakes or inconsistencies.
Dogs who are highly sensitive, independent thinking, or assertive may be harder for a first-time dog parent to manage. You’ll get your best match if you take your dog-owning experience into account as you choose your new pooch.
If you’re new to dog parenting, take a look at 101 Dog Tricks and read up on how to train your dog!
Some dogs will let a stern reprimand roll off their backs, while others take even a dirty look to heart. Low-sensitivity dogs, also called “easygoing,” “tolerant,” “resilient,” and even “thick-skinned,” can better handle a noisy, chaotic household, a louder or more assertive owner, and an inconsistent or variable routine. Do you have young kids, throw lots of dinner parties, play in a garage band, or lead a hectic life? Go with a low-sensitivity dog.
Some breeds bond very closely with their family and are more prone to worry or even panic when left alone by their owner. An anxious dog can be very destructive–barking, whining, chewing, and otherwise causing mayhem. These breeds do best when a family member is home during the day or if you can take the dog to work.
Breeds with very short coats and little or no undercoat or body fat, such as Greyhounds, are vulnerable to the cold. Dogs with a low cold tolerance need to live inside in cool climates and should have a jacket or sweater for chilly walks.
Dogs with thick, double coats are more vulnerable to overheating. So are breeds with short noses, like Bulldogs or Pugs, since they can’t pant as well to cool themselves off. If you want a heat-sensitive breed, your dog will need to stay indoors with you on warm or humid days, and you’ll need to be extra cautious about exercising your dog in the heat.
All Around Friendliness
Some breeds are independent and aloof, even if they’ve been raised by the same person since puppyhood; others bond closely to one person and are indifferent to everyone else; and some shower the whole family with affection. Breed isn’t the only factor that goes into affection levels; dogs who were raised inside a home with people around feel more comfortable with humans and bond more easily.
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Being gentle with children, sturdy enough to handle the heavy-handed pets and hugs they can dish out, and having a blasé attitude toward running, screaming children are all traits that make a kid-friendly dog. You may be surprised by who’s on that list: Fierce-looking Boxers are considered good with children, as are American Staffordshire Terriers (which are considered Pit Bulls). Small, delicate, and potentially snappy dogs such as Chihuahuas aren’t always so family-friendly.
**All dogs are individuals. Our ratings are generalizations, and they’re not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave. Dogs from any breed can be good with children based on their past experiences, training on how to get along with kids, and personality. No matter what the breed or breed type, all dogs have strong jaws, sharp pointy teeth, and may bite in stressful circumstances. Young children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised by an adult and never left alone together, period.
Friendliness toward dogs and friendliness toward humans are two completely different things. Some dogs may attack or try to dominate other dogs, even if they’re love-bugs with people; others would rather play than fight; and some will turn tail and run. Breed isn’t the only factor. Dogs who lived with their littermates and mother until at least six to eight weeks of age and who spent lots of time playing with other dogs during puppyhood, are more likely to have good canine social skills.
Stranger-friendly dogs will greet guests with wagging tails and nuzzles; others are shy, indifferent, or even aggressive. However, no matter what the breed, a dog who was socialized and exposed to lots of different types, ages, sizes, and shapes of people as a puppy will respond better to strangers as an adult. Remember that even friendly dogs should stay on a good, strong leash in public!
Health And Grooming Needs
If you’re going to share your home with a dog, you’ll need to deal with some level of dog hair on your clothes and in your house. However, shedding does vary greatly among the breeds. Some dogs shed year-round, some “blow” seasonally, some do both, and some shed hardly at all. If you’re a neatnik, you’ll need to either pick a low-shedding breed or relax your standards. To help keep your home a little cleaner, you can find a great de-shedding tool
Drool-prone dogs may drape ropes of slobber on your arm and leave big, wet spots on your clothes when they come over to say hello. If you’ve got a laid-back attitude toward slobber, fine; but if you’re a neatnik, you may want to choose a dog who rates low in the drool department.
Some breeds are brush-and-go dogs; others require regular bathing, clipping, and other grooming just to stay clean and healthy. Consider whether you have the time and patience for a dog who needs a lot of grooming, or the money to pay someone else to do it.
Due to poor breeding practices, some breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, such as hip dysplasia. This doesn’t mean that every dog of that breed will develop those diseases; it just means that they’re at an increased risk.
If you’re adopting a puppy, it’s a good idea to find out which genetic illnesses are common to the breed you’re interested in. You may also want to ask if your shelter or rescue has information about the physical health of your potential pup’s parents and other relatives.
Some breeds have hearty appetites and tend to put on weight easily. As in humans, being overweight can cause health problems in dogs. If you pick a breed that’s prone to packing on pounds, you’ll need to limit treats, make sure they get enough exercise, and measure out their daily food servings into regular meals rather than leaving food out all the time.
Ask your vet about your dog’s diet and what they recommend for feeding your pooch to keep them at a healthy weight. Weight gain can lead to other health issues or worsen problems like arthritis.
Dogs come in all sizes, from the world’s smallest pooch, the Chihuahua, to the towering Great Dane, how much space a dog takes up is a key factor in deciding if they’re compatible with you and your living space. Large dog breeds might seem overpowering and intimidating, but some of them are incredibly sweet! Take a look and find the right sized dog for you!
Easy-to-train dogs are more adept at forming an association between a prompt (such as the word “sit”), an action (sitting), and a consequence (getting a treat) very quickly. Other dogs need more time, patience, and repetition during training.
Many breeds are intelligent but approach training with a “What’s in it for me?” attitude, in which case you’ll need to use rewards and games to teach them to want to comply with your requests.
Dogs who were bred for jobs that require decision making, intelligence, and concentration, such as herding livestock, need to exercise their brains, just as dogs who were bred to run all day need to exercise their bodies. If they don’t get the mental stimulation they need, they’ll make their own work–usually with projects you won’t like, such as digging and chewing. Obedience training and interactive dog toys are good ways to give a dog a brain workout, as are dog sports and careers, such as agility and search and rescue.
Common in most breeds during puppyhood and in Retriever breeds at all ages, mouthiness means a tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite (a soft, fairly painless bite that doesn’t puncture the skin). Mouthy dogs are more likely to use their mouths to hold or “herd” their human family members, and they need training to learn that it’s fine to gnaw on chew toys, but not on people. Mouthy breeds tend to really enjoy a game of fetch, as well as a good chew on a toy that’s been stuffed with kibble and treats.
Dogs who were bred to hunt, such as Terriers, have an inborn desire to chase–and sometimes kill–other animals. Anything whizzing by, such as cats, squirrels, and perhaps even cars, can trigger that instinct. Dogs who like to chase need to be leashed or kept in a fenced area when outdoors, and you’ll need a high, secure fence in your yard. These breeds generally aren’t a good fit for homes with smaller pets that can look like prey, such as cats, hamsters, or small dogs. Breeds that were originally used for bird hunting, on the other hand, generally won’t chase, but you’ll probably have a hard time getting their attention when there are birds flying by.
Some breeds sound off more often than others. When choosing a breed, think about how often the dog vocalizes with barks or howls. If you’re considering a hound, would you find their trademark howls musical or maddening? If you’re considering a watchdog, will a city full of suspicious “strangers” put your pup on permanent alert? Will the local wildlife literally drive your dog wild? Do you live in housing with noise restrictions? Do you have neighbors nearby? Then you may wish to choose a quieter dog.
Some breeds are more free-spirited than others. Nordic dogs such as Siberian Huskies were bred to range long distances, and given the chance, they’ll take off after anything that catches their interest. And many hounds simply must follow their noses–or that bunny that just ran across the path–even if it means leaving you behind.
High-energy dogs are always ready and waiting for action. Originally bred to perform a canine job of some sort, such as retrieving game for hunters or herding livestock, they have the stamina to put in a full workday. They need a significant amount of exercise and mental stimulation, and they’re more likely to spend time jumping, playing, and investigating any new sights and smells.
Low-energy dogs are the canine equivalent of a couch potato, content to doze the day away. When picking a breed, consider your own activity level and lifestyle, and think about whether you’ll find a frisky, energetic dog invigorating or annoying.
A vigorous dog may or may not have high energy, but everything they do, they do with vigor: they strain on the leash (until you train them not to), try to plow through obstacles, and even eats and drinks with great big gulps. These dynamos need lots of training to learn good manners, and may not be the best fit for a home with young kids or someone who’s elderly or frail. A low-vigor dog, on the other hand, has a more subdued approach to life.
Some breeds do fine with a slow evening stroll around the block. Others need daily, vigorous exercise, especially those that were originally bred for physically demanding jobs, like herding or hunting.
Without enough exercise, these breeds may put on weight and vent their pent-up energy in ways you don’t like, such as barking, chewing, and digging. Breeds that need a lot of exercise are good for outdoorsy, active people, or those interested in training their dog to compete in a high-energy dog sport, such as agility.
Some dogs are perpetual puppies — always begging for a game — while others are more serious and sedate. Although a playful pup sounds endearing, consider how many games of fetch or tag you want to play each day, and whether you have kids or other dogs who can stand in as playmates for the dog.
Dog Breed Group:Mixed Breed DogsHeight:10 to 11 inchesWeight:6 to 14 poundsLife Span:10 to 14 years
More About This Breed
- Papipoos are mixed breed dogs. They are not purebreds like their Papillon or Poodle parents.
- Papipoo colors include white, black, cream, red, sable, apricot, and gray. They can sometimes have white patches mixed in among these other colors.
- If Papipoos exhibit curly Poodle hair, they will be more allergy-friendly. Papipoos are fairly low-maintenance, but they benefit from brushing a few times a week.
- Because Papipoos are toy-sized dogs, it’s especially important that children and other pets learn how to be gentle and cautious around them, as small dogs can more easily be hurt.
- Your Papipoo will need at least one hour of exercise per day, though most of this will be self-induced by running, jumping, and playing around the house. At least one walk with you per day, even if it’s just around the neighborhood, will be good for them.
- Although they often like to be in charge, Papipoos do great with all sorts of other animals. Their hunting drive is about average for dogs, so it is a good idea to supervise them when they are around smaller animals.
- Because they are tiny, you should not leave Papillons unattended outside, nor should they live outside–they would be vulnerable to predators of both the land and air.
The exact history of the Papipoo is a mystery, but it’s clear they were part of the worldwide popular trend starting in the 1980s to create Poodle mixes–an effort to emphasize the intelligent, affectionate traits of the Poodle, as well as their hypoallergenic curly fur. This particular mix likely started in the US.
As for the Papipoo’s parent breeds, the Poodle is one of the most ancient breeds in the world–beginning in Germany as waterfowl retrievers, but becoming the Poodle breed we know and love now in France. The Papillon is also an old-world breed, dating back at least to Renaissance times, when they were bred to be lapdogs for noblewomen. “Papillon” means “butterfly” in French–so-named for the pup’s distinctive butterfly-wing ears.
Designer dogs with these intentional mixes are still in high demand, meaning they’re also available to adopt from shelters, as not everyone who brings home a Papipoo–or any dog–ends up keeping them, unfortunately. If you want to make a Papipoo part of your life, please opt to adopt!
Papipoos belong to the smallest size category of dogs–“toy” (smaller than small!). Athough, as a mixed breed, there are few standards when it comes to size.
They typically weigh anywhere from six to 14 pounds and are around eleven inches in height, or possibly a little shorter. However, many can be smaller or larger than average.
Papipoos are fabulous family dogs, given their loving, loyal, playful personalities. They will want to be with you as much as possible and don’t do well when left alone for very long periods of time.
They can be a bit sensitive, so take care with your tone when speaking to them because they will take it to heart–and physical punishment is never a good idea with any dog.
Their loyalty will manifest itself in becoming your shadow around the house, never leaving your side, as well as in notifying you if there are strangers nearby or if something is amiss.
Their playfulness has a mischievous–though not destructive–side. Papipoos are intelligent and easy to train, so you needn’t worry that their mischief will cause chaos in your household–rather that their clever antics may leave you prone to laughter. Providing proper toys for them to play with will foster their curious nature.
Equally a fan of cuddling and showing off great stunts of agility, it’s important your Papipoo gets sufficient opportunity for both. Their small size makes indoor activity, such as running and jumping, a great possibility, though they do enjoy being outside to play or exercise, too.
Because they are tiny, you should not leave Papillons unattended outside, nor should they live outside–they would be vulnerable to predators of both the land and air.
Papipoos are moderately healthy dogs. They have the advantage of being a mixed breed, where nature’s tendency is to eliminate bad genetic conditions as much as possible. However, there is a possibility they could inherit conditions from either Papillon or Poodle parents. As with all pets, regular veterinary check-ups are important to maintain ideal health.
Some of the more common conditions Papipoos can face include:
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Addison’s Disease
- Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
- Collapsed Trachea
- Patellar Luxation
- Eye Problems
As with all dogs, you should keep up with your Papipoo’s regular veterinary checkups to detect any health concerns early. Your vet can help you develop a care routine that will keep your dog healthy.
Papipoos can be prone to weight gain, and they have high energy levels. Your Papipoo will need at least one hour of exercise per day, though most of this will be self-induced by running, jumping, and playing around the house. At least one walk with you per day, even if it’s just around the neighborhood, will be good for your Papipoo’s mental and physical health, too.
Brushing their teeth a few times a week, or ideally every day, will ensure optimal dental health, especially because small breeds are prone to dental problems. It’s a good idea to check their eyes and ears for any debris or irritation at least once a week.
They may need their nails trimmed once or twice each month. Nails should not be clicking loudly against the floor. Your groomer can help with this and make recommendations for at-home nail care.
An ideal Papipoo diet should be formulated for a small breed with high energy. The Papipoo has a slightly above average tendency to become overweight, so be careful to give them a regimented amount of food every day and not overdo it on giving treats.
As with all dogs, the Papipoo’s dietary needs will change from puppyhood to adulthood and will continue to change into their senior years. You should ask your veterinarian for recommendations about your Papipoo’s diet, as there is far too much variation among individual dogs–including weight, energy, and health–to make a specific recommendation.
Coat Color And Grooming
Papipoo colors include white, black, cream, red, sable, apricot, and gray. They can sometimes have white patches mixed in among these other colors. Their small noses are black, but their eyes can be either brown or amber.
Coat texture can vary, depending if they take on more of the Poodle (curly) or Papillon (long and silky) traits–or somewhere in between the two, wavy and medium-length. If Papipoos exhibit curly Poodle hair, they will be allergy-friendly. Papipoos are fairly low-maintenance, but they benefit from brushing a few times a week.
Bathing should be done as needed when they get quite dirty, but not overly frequently, as it could dry out their skin. Their hair should be trimmed every few months, either by you or a groomer.
Your Papipoo’s tolerance to hot and cold weather is going to depend on which parent’s coat they inherit. In general, Papipoos are pretty middle-of-the-road with tolerance to heat and cold. Neither parent has an undercoat, which means they tolerate heat more easily and cold less easily.
As with all dogs, watch for heavy panting as a sign of dehydration or even heat stroke–be sure not to keep your dog outside too long if it’s excessively hot. Many small dogs do well with coats or sweaters when it is extra cold or snowy in the winter, so that may be helpful for your Papipoo, too.
Children And Other Pets
Papipoos are very social dogs and are great with children and other animals. Because Papipoos are toy-sized dogs, it’s especially important that children and other pets learn how to be gentle and cautious around them, as small dogs can more easily be hurt. However, the natural playfulness, affection, and mischievousness of the Papipoo makes them a great childhood playmate or adult companion.
Although they often like to be in charge, Papipoos do great with all sorts of other animals. Their hunting drive is about average for dogs, so it is a good idea to supervise them when they are around smaller animals, like rodents.
As with all dogs, Papipoos will do best if they have early socialization and training. This will foster the loving, loyal traits of your dog, and it can help them get used to being around people and other animals. Papipoos are one of the most versatile mixed dog breeds you can meet and do well around all sorts of people and animals–indeed, the more interaction, the better!
It may be hard to find a breed specific rescue for Papipoos because they are a mixed breed. However, you may want to try Papillon or Poodle breed specific rescues, as they often care for mixes, as well. Here are some rescues you can try:
- Papillon Haven Rescue
- Carolina Poodle Rescue