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Weight: 8-15 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
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Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-16 years
A crossbreed between a Coton de Tulear and a Toy Poodle, the Poo-Ton is a small pup, prone to a few major and minor health issues. Most of these crossbreed canines are still apt to develop the usual illnesses that may affect the average dog, from bone cancer, to heartworms, and heart disease. Specifically, the Poo-Ton may be affected by the following health conditions.
This condition occurs when the thyroid fails to produce enough hormones to maintain normal bodily functions, such as metabolism. Symptoms include severe weight gain, lethargy, weakness, excess thirst, excess hunger, and hair loss. Lifelong hormone injections and supplements are mandatory treatment.
This often life-threatening condition occurs when fluid and gas contorts the stomach. It is a painful ailment that results in a severely swollen belly, constant pain, weakness, lethargy, loss of appetite, and pale gums. Surgical intervention is commonly required to correct this condition before it becomes fatal.
Other health conditions that could affect a Poo-Ton include patellar luxation, cataracts, epilepsy, skin allergies, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, and Addison’s Disease. Unlucky in some health-related aspects, the Poo-Ton still boasts a surprisingly long lifespan between 12 to 16 years.
Crossbreed dogs, like the Poo-Ton, are bred to be healthier versions of their parent breeds. However, you can maintain the overall good health of your crossbreed, and any dog, with routine vet visits, regular exercise, and a wholesome diet.
Temperament & Train-ability
Perhaps one of the most perfect crossbreeds for a family with children, the Poo-Ton is a playful, high-energy pup with a quirky, funny disposition and loving nature. She loves being close to her loved ones at all times, so separation for long periods of time can be hard on her. She is generally a quiet pup, but she will bark if she feels threatened or frightened. The Poo-Ton would not make a good watchdog since she prefers to sleep with her companions at night-time. But she has excellent ears, so the slightest noise could alert her to trouble.
The Poo-Ton is generally social and sweet, but he can be shy around strangers. It may take him a few minutes to warm up to new people. But, when he sees that they are friendly, he will be as affectionate to his new friends as he is to his long-term companions. He gets along well with children and other pets. However, you should teach your children how to handle a Poo-Ton with respect and love. He is not the type for roughhousing or loud games. He would prefer to play a quiet game of fetch or chase in the backyard.
Exercise-wise, the Poo-Ton would love a dog park. He loves to romp and frolic with other dogs, but he may shy away from a fight if another pup challenges him for dominance. These crossbreeds are neutral and passive, so no worries about him biting or hurting another dog. He is a smart pup, so mental stimulation is as important as physical play. Snag some challenging toys for him to puzzle over on rainy days. He also loves to chew, so get him a rope toy or frisbee, especially when he is teething.
Poo-Tons are super-easy to train since their eagerness to please far outweighs any inherited stubbornness. His intelligence allows him to catch on to commands without too much repetition. He already recognizes you as the alpha, so simply be patient and positive with your instructions. He will pick up on what you want him to do and comply graciously in no time. Offer him rewards for good behavior and obedience. You should also praise him often to keep his confidence in high gear.
The average Poo-Ton is hypoallergenic, thanks to the Poodle genetics. His coat can be lengthy, lightweight, and soft, like a Coton de Tulear. Or, he could have a curly, kinky coat, like a Poodle. Either way, he needs to be brushed daily with a firm-bristled brush. Be gentle when you brush him and talk to him about what you are doing. Think of this time as a bonding experience.
Most Poo-Tons are light colored, so tear stains can be an issue. Make sure you wipe away any ickiness from underneath his eyes at least twice a day. This will reduce yellowing of his fur. Also pay close attention to his ears, as he is prone to infections. Clean his ears once a week with a cotton ball and warm water. But only clean around the outer edges where you can see. Avoid sticking anything into your Poo-Ton’s ear canals.
The Poo-Ton boasts a hearty appetite, but he is prone to overeating. To avoid complications due to overeating and obesity, keep him on a meal schedule of two meals per day. Feed him a ½ cup of dry, good-quality kibble for each meal. You can even add the occasional topper of meaty gravy or canned food to spice up his dinner. During training and for good behavior, keep meaty, bite-sized treats around as rewards.
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The Poo-Ton is in high demand because of his friendly nature and excellent family presence. If you have the time, opt for perusing a local animal shelter. There are plenty of Poo-Ton pups who have been abandoned, and it would be amazing of you to offer one of those crossbreed cuties a new home and a second chance at happiness. Adoption fees begin at $100 and go up from there.
If you opt for a breeder, you can expect to pay between $300 to $1,200 for a Poo-Ton puppy. You should also consider other costs, such as toys, nutritious dog food, emergency medical expenses, routine vet check-ups, and spaying or neutering.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Poo-Ton ranks a 1 on the Paws ‘N’ Pups scale. He is a sweet, endearing pup who loves being social and spending time with his loved ones. He would make an awesome family pet, especially around children who he’s grown up around. He’s not a fighter, will not challenge you for dominance, and lives longer than many other crossbreeds. Overall an excellent choice if you want an easily integrated dog in your home.
Breeds Similar To Poo-Ton
Coton de Tulear