Are Pomapoo Hypoallergenic?

helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on July 22, 2020

Pomapoo are one of the lesser known Poodle cross breeds.

You’re probably familiar with some of the well known Doodle hybrids such as the Goldendoodle and the Labradoodle.

The Pomapoo is a member of the Doodle family but this particular cross breed hasn’t achieved the same level of prominence.

They’re a cross between a Poodle and a Pomeranians to create a small companion sized breed.

Pomapoo are sometimes described as a hypoallergenic designer breed given the influence of the Poodle genes.

Editor's note: The content on this website is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as veterinary, medical or professional advice. There's no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog in spite of claims that breeders might make. It’s always best to speak with your vet or your doctor before deciding to get a dog if you suspect you may have allergies to pets.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at why Pomapoo are considered a hypoallergenic cross breed.

We’ll hear from some Pomapoo owners to learn more about Pomapoo shedding and Pomapoo grooming.

We spoke to Ziggy (@ziggy.the.pomapoo), Chester (@pomapoochester) and Teddy (@mrteddy_pomapoo) to learn more about the Pomapoo.

What Does Hypoallergenic Mean?

The word hypoallergenic was first coined by the cosmetic industry in the 1950s to denote a product that was less likely to trigger a person’s allergies.

For instance, if you were someone with sensitive skin, companies would market their hypoallergenic products as potential solution.

But a hypoallergenic cosmetic product is just less likely to trigger someone’s allergies than another product. There’s still no guarantee an allergy sufferer wouldn’t trigger a flare up.

We found a simple definition of the word hypoallergenic on medical website Healthline.

Hypoallergenic means a product contains few allergy-producing substances known as allergens.

Medical website WebMD provide a more thorough definition of hypoallergenic for those still unsure of the meaning of this word.

If you see “hypoallergenic” on makeup or a skin care label, it means that that maker claims its product causes fewer allergic reactions than other ones. That doesn’t necessarily mean it is allergy-proof or gentler for your skin. The U.S. government doesn’t have standards that products must meet in order to put “hypoallergenic” on the label.

What Are Hypoallergenic Dogs?

We’re a nation of dog lovers so it’s no surprise that over 90 million people own dogs in the USA.

However, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America write online that as many as three in 10 Americans have an allergy to cats or dogs.

So it should come as no surprise that hypoallergenic dogs yields over 9 million search results on Google.

However, it’s important to note that there’s no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog breed in spite of claims that you may read from breeders online.

While the American Kennel Club reiterate this stance on their website, the dog organization do put forward a number of breeds that are more hypoallergenic than other varieties of dogs. We’ll take a list at these breeds a little later.

For now, let’s take a look at what the American Kennel Club have to say about the subject of hypoallergenic dogs.

While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. These dogs have a predictable, non-shedding coat which produces less dander.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America write on their website.

People with dog allergies may be more sensitive to some breeds of dogs than others. Some people may be allergic to all dogs. People may think certain breeds of dogs are “hypoallergenic,” but a truly non-allergic dog or cat does not exist.

What Causes An Allergy To Dogs?

There are number of potential allergens that can make someone allergic to our canine companions.

The most obvious and talked about allergen is dog hair. This explains why dogs that don’t shed a lot have proven in such demand, particularly amongst dog owners with potential allergies to dogs.

However, the biggest culprit is usually dander. For those who haven’t previously heard of pet dander, the American Lung Association provide a useful definition.

Pet dander is composed of tiny, even microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats, dogs, rodents, birds and other animals with fur or feathers. These bits of skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers.

While pet dander and pet hair are the main two allergens to be aware of, other allergens include dog salvia and urine as well as the possibility of your dog bringing in an allergen from outside the home such as pollen.

What Are The Symptoms?

Before we go any further, we need to point out that this article isn’t intended to provide medical or professional advice. If you suspect you may suffer with allergies to dogs, we recommend that you speak to your local doctor to learn more.

There are some symptoms that you can keep an eye out for when you’re around dogs that could suggest a potential intolerance.

Medical website Mayo Clinic suggest a number of potential symptoms that could suggest you’re struggling with allergies to dogs. Let’s take a look:

• Sneezing
• Runny nose
• Itchy, red or watery eyes
• Nasal congestion
• Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
• Postnasal drip
• Cough
• Facial pressure and pain
• Frequent awakening
• Swollen, blue-colored skin under your eyes
• In a child, frequent upward rubbing of the nose

Are Pomapoos Hypoallergenic?

Teddy the Pomapoo (Photo: @mrteddy_pomapoo / Instagram)

Teddy the Pomapoo (Photo: @mrteddy_pomapoo / Instagram)

As we mentioned above, the American Kennel Club state clearly on their website that there’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog in spite of what breeders might say. Poodles are put forward by the AKC as a breed that have more hypoallergenic qualities than a lot of other varieties of dog.

The Pomapoo could be a hypoallergenic designer breed considering the influence of the Poodle genes. However, there’s no guarantee that a Pomapoo will be hypoallergenic given the Pomeranian parent isn’t hypoallergenic.

Emma told us that she considers Ziggy to be a hypoallergenic member of the cross breed.

As his mum is a Poodle, I believe he is. Considering how fluffy he is, Ziggy never leaves any fur or fluff anywhere.

Do Pomapoos Shed A Lot?

Chester the Pomapoo (Photo: @pomapoochester / Instagram)

Chester the Pomapoo (Photo: @pomapoochester / Instagram)

Pomapoo will usually be relatively low-shedding dogs. However, there’s no guarantee that a Pomapoo will be low shedders given Pomeranians shed a lot. This is the case with all cross breeds despite breeders often hyping up potential characteristics a hybrid dog may have. This is particularly true of Poodle cross breed given these French dogs are usually hypoallergenic.

Jasmine explained that Chester doesn’t shed much at all.

They are generally non-shedding and good for people with allergies.

Pomapoos Care And Grooming

Ziggy the Pomapoo (Photo: @ziggy.the.pomapoo / Instagram)

Ziggy the Pomapoo (Photo: @ziggy.the.pomapoo / Instagram)

While you can enjoy the perks of a low-shedding dog if you decide to adopt a Pomapoo, you’ll need to be prepared to implement a grooming routine. Pomapoo will usually need to be brushed every day to maintain the appearance, health and quality of their coat. If dog owners don’t brush their Pomapoo regularly, they could end up with matted or tangled hair. Of course, some Pomapoo owners may prefer to take their designer dog to a professional groomer every couple of months.

Jasmine has Chester professionally groomed every two months.

Chester gets groomed approximately every two months. A full groom generally costs $70-$90 CAD where we live.

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

If you’re interested in learning more about hypoallergenic dog breeds, the American Kennel Club and the Kennel Club put forward a number of different types of canines that have hypoallergenic qualities.

The AKC list 19 different varieties of dogs on their website.

• Affenpinchser
• Afghan Hound
• American Hairless Terrier
• Barbet
• Bedlington Terrier
• Bichon Frise
• Bolognese
• Chinese Crested
• Coton de Tulear
• Giant Schnauzer
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Kerry Blue Terrier
• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Maltese
• Peruvian Inca Orchid
• Poodle
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Russkaya Tsvetnaya Bolonka
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
• Schnauzer
• Xoloitzcuintli

The Kennel Club offer a more exhaustive list of 31 types of dogs:

• Lagotto Romagnolo
• Irish Water Spaniel
• Spanish Water Dog
• Bouvier des Flandres
• Giant Schnauzer
• Portuguese Water Dog
• Russian Black Terrier
• Hungarian Puli
• Komondor
• Bichon Frise
• Bolognese
• Chinese Crested
• Coton de Tulear
• Havanese
• Maltese
• Yorkshire Terrier
• Lhasa Apso
• Intermediate Mexican Hairless
• Miniature Mexican Hairless
• Standard Mexican Hairless
• Miniature Schnauzer
• Standard Poodle
• Toy Poodle
• Miniature Poodle
• Shih Tzu
• Tibetan Terrier
• Bedlington Terrier
• Dandie Dinmont Terrier
• Glen of Imaal Terrier
• Sealyham Terrier
• Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Anything Else To Consider?

If you want to learn more about the Pomapoo cross breed and hypoallergenic breeds in general, we often find that speaking to dog owners on Instagram can be hugely educational.

In our experience, pet parents are more than willing to offer advice to dog lovers who are considering adopting a member of the breed or cross breed.

It’s worth reiterating that if you suspect you may have allergies to dogs, you should speak to your doctor to learn about the potential considerations and risks associated with the condition.

Don’t fall for claims of breeders given the American Kennel Club state that no dog is completely hypoallergenic.

In Conclusion

Chester the Pomapoo (Photo: @pomapoochester / Instagram)

Chester the Pomapoo (Photo: @pomapoochester / Instagram)

Pomapoo are a cross between a Poodle and a Pomeranian.

They’re usually considered a hypoallergnic designer breed thanks to the influence of the genes of the Poodle parent.

However, your Pomapoo could be hypoallergenic to varying degrees depending on whether they inherit the Poodle genes.

Even if your Pomapoo is a low shedder, you’ll still have to commit to a regular grooming schedule to ensure their coat remains healthy and in good condition.