If you like tiny dogs with big personalities, you will fall in love with the charming Pomanauze! This unusual designer dog breed was created by crossing the spirited Pomeranian with friendly and fun Miniature Schnauzer. Their offspring is also known as Pom-A-Nauze, Pomanauzer, Scheranian, and Schnauzeranian. Regardless of the name you found this Pom-Schnauzer mix, one thing is certain: this breed is quite unique! From their striking (and cute) appearance to feisty character, Pomanauze dogs leave no one indifferent.
Their small size and moderate exercise requirements make them suitable for living in an apartment, but they will do well in a big home with a backyard, too. Pomanauzer is a versatile pet, thriving both in big urban cities or suburban neighborhoods. In fact, as long as they’re in a loving family, these pooches won’t have any specific demands about their environment. So, what do Pomanauzer pooches like and what are they like? Let’s find out more about this new hybrid dog breed!
Pom-A-Nauze, Pomanauzer, Scheranian, and Schnauzeranian are a few other common names for this unusual designer dog breed.
The origin of all designer dog breeds is hard to pinpoint. Intentional crossbreeding of purebred dogs in an effort to create a new hybrid breed is a fairly new undertaking. However, while it can’t be claimed with certainty, most experts agree that the Pomanauze was created sometime in the last 10 to 20 years. And, as it is the case with all designer dogs, the first litter of puppies was probably born in the United States.
Although the origin of the Pomanauze is a bit unclear and its history quite short, you can learn a lot about these dogs by analyzing the history of their parental breeds. Interestingly, both the Pomeranian and the Miniature Schnauzer come from Germany, and both were bred to become smaller than they initially were. Knowing this, it’s not a surprise that the Pomanauzer tends to act like a big pooch trapped in a body of a petite one!
Since the Pomanauze is not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, the puppies of this designer breeds don’t have pedigree papers. However, parents of a Schnauzeranian, as these dogs are also referred to, can have a pedigree, or even be show-quality dogs.
You should always get puppies from reputable breeders that care for their dogs, and such breeders will be able to give you insight into the family tree of your puppy even without a pedigree. Knowing more about your new pet’s family history will certainly help you know what to expect, both in terms of their looks and behavior, as well as help you anticipate any potential health issues.
Pomanauze dogs don’t have any special demands when it comes to the nutrition. Like all dogs, these mixed breed furballs will need a high-quality, well-balanced diet to ensure they are healthy throughout their lifetime. In their case, kibble should be chosen with their size, age, and activity level in mind. There are numerous dry dog food brands on the market that offer nutritious kibble for small dogs that are not overly active- chose one that your pooch likes the most.
Of course, you should pay attention to the amount of food you’re serving to your pet. As small breed dogs, Pomanauzers can easily gain weight, which can lead to a myriad of health issues. Make sure you’re following the recommendation on the feeding guide and that you’re not too generous with treats. Sure, it can be hard to resist rewarding the sweet Pomanauze with yummies, but it’s for the best!
Like all dogs, these mixed breed furballs will need a high-quality, well-balanced diet. Choose a brand of kibble that suits their activity level, size, and age.
When it comes to Pomanauze breed’s trainability, there’s no middle ground. You’ll either have a puppy that’s a breeze to train or a stubborn little pooch that will ignore your attempts until they decide it’s time to learn. The reason for this is that both the Pomeranian and the Miniature Schnauzer are remarkably intelligent breeds, but they’re also among the most stubborn ones, as well. So, it’s all about the genetic lottery: you can’t know for sure what your puppy’s like until you start training them!
Either way, it’s crucial to train and socialize your puppy on time. Even if it takes a bit more patience and effort, teaching them to behave properly while they’re young will save you so much trouble in the long run. Pomanauze is not particularly prone to any behavioral issues, but if your pet takes up after its Pomeranian parent, you should look out for separation anxiety. Teach your puppy to be independent and less clingy, This way, they won’t act out when they have to be alone in the house!
With designer dogs, all bets are off when it comes to their appearance. Your Pomanauze puppy might look more like their Pomeranian dad or the Miniature Schnauzer mom- or be the perfect blend of both. Depending on which parental breed they favor, Pomanauze dogs can weigh anywhere between 4 to 15 pounds when they’re fully grown.
One of the reasons for the popularity of the Pomanauze breed is their wonderful personality. These mixed breed dogs are incredibly friendly and affectionate and will make a perfect companion dog. They are natural entertainers- you certainly won’t have any boring moments with your Pomanauze! In addition, these designer dogs are well known for their cheerful disposition. If you wondered how a happy-go-lucky pooch acts, you’ll quickly find out if you get a Pomanauze.
Owing to its parents, this hybrid dog breed is very devoted and loyal to its family. A Pomanauze will form a strong bond to one or a few family members in no time and want to spend as much time by their side as possible. While the affection and closeness might be cute and sweet at first, it can cause problems. Allowing them to get overly attached can lead to separation anxiety issues. Mini Schnauzers are not velcro dogs, but Pomeranians are- they tend to act out if left alone in the home. Work with your pooch to ensure that their love is not becoming a behavioral issue- teach them to feel comfortable and relaxed when you’re not around.
Although undeniably social and extroverted, the Pomanauze can be distrustful of strangers, as he inherits watchdog tendencies from both parents. Of course, if socialized on time, this initial suspicion won’t be accompanied by incessant yapping or aggression- just a heads up to his owner with a few alerting barks.
Common Health Problems
Many designer dog breeds were created in order to lower the chances of a certain breed-specific disease in puppies or “weed out” some debilitating traits. This is one of the reasons why people believe that mixed breed dogs are much healthier than purebred ones. While this can be true, it’s not a guarantee: designer dogs can inherit health problems from their parents, especially if they come from a bad breeding situation.
Pomanauze, in particular, can be have a number of health issues that affect its parents. These include canine myotonia congenita, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, Von Willebrand’s disease, congenital portosystemic shunt, congenital megaesophagus and a tendency for urinary issues. To minimize the risk of getting a puppy that inherited any one of these breed-specific issues, make sure to avoid dubious breeders. Not only that the conditions they keep their dogs in are inhumane, but they also have poor breeding practices- it’s highly likely that their puppies are born sick.
Considering that the Pomanauze is a fairly new designer dog breed, there is not enough data about their expected lifespan. However, based on their parental breed’s longevity, you can accurately guesstimate their offsprings life expectancy. If you make sure that your Pomanauze has proper care, they can live to be at least 12 to 16 years old.
Although both of its parental breeds have hunting instincts, they have been bred to adapt to a role of a family pet. Both breeds have come a long way from their days as hunting companions! As their offspring, the Pomanauze will have similar behavior tendencies. These dogs are more suited to a laid-back life rather than an overly active one. They have moderate exercise requirements and 45 minutes of daily activity will be more than enough to keep them fit. Take them on long walks, or play fetch in the yard with them- they’ll enjoy both the company and the activity.
As Pomanauze is very intelligent and curious, make sure to exercise their mind, too. Frequent playtime and puzzle toys will benefit your pooch tremendously.
Pomanauze has moderate exercise requirements. About 45 minutes of daily activity will be more than enough to keep them happy.
American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize designer dog breeds as official breeds- Pomanauze included. However, there are plenty of canine clubs and organizations that are founded by crossbreeding enthusiasts that do recognize them. These include American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, and International Designer Canine Registry.
The Pomeranian and Miniature Schnauzer have very different hair type and appearance in general. So, will a combination of these two breeds result in a fluffy, Pom-like puppy or flaunt those iconic brows and beard of the Schnauzer? There are no guarantees. Pomanauze puppies can look more like one of the parents or end up being a combination of both. Either way, their coat will be of medium length, with wiry or straight dense hair, and will shed moderately.
When it comes to grooming, Pomanauze is not too demanding. In fact, they are considered to be low-maintenance dogs: brushing once a week will keep them looking their best. They won’t need frequent baths, either. Give them a bath every few weeks or when they fail the ‘nose test’.
When you look for Pomanauze puppies, make sure that they come from a reputable breeder. This will ensure that your new pet is not just cute- but that it’s healthy as well. In the early stages of their life, it’s essential to socialize them and train your puppy. By doing this, you make sure that your adorable puppy grows into a well-behaved, happy dog. For Pomanauze, you need to correct any unwanted behavior early on- such as separation anxiety tendencies or excessive barking.
Once you Pomanauze puppy grows up, you’ll have a friendly, sweet, and loyal dog by your side. These mixed breed dogs are renowned for their intelligence and curiosity, too. Make sure to offer them a way to keep their pooch brains sharp- it will keep them out of trouble.
Due to their small size and moderate exercise needs, Pomanauzers are a good choice for people who live in apartments. They don’t need a big yard to be happy: regular walks and plenty of playtime will keep them content. Their affectionate side and low-maintenance needs make Pomanauzer dogs popular with seniors, singles and beginner dog owners. Provided that they’ve been socialized properly, these canines are a good choice for families with older children, as well.
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A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.
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