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About Poo-Ton

8-15 lb
9-12 inches
12-15 years
Not Applicable
Best Suited For
first-time dog owners, families with kids and other pets, apartment-dwellers, those looking for a low- or non-shedding dog
affectionate, energetic, friendly, alert
Comparable Breeds
Poodle, Coton de Tulear
Poo-Ton Basics

The entertaining little Poo-Ton is a fun-loving family dog who brings the energy of the Coton de Tulear together with the playful nature of the Toy or Miniature Poodle for a pooch that just loves to hang out with this human pack and be the center of attention. This friendly little dog gets along with kids and other pets and in spite of his small stature, makes a terrific watchdog.

The fun-loving Poo-Ton is a combination of the playful Toy or Miniature Poodle and the high-energy Coton de Tulear.


The Poo-Ton is considered a designer dog versus mixed breed because he is the result of mating two pure-bred dogs. Introduced back in the 1980’s the goal of breeders was to produce puppies that carried the desired traits of both parent breeds – typically a healthier, smaller, hypo-allergenic or gentler form of a popular breed.


The Poo-Ton’s mixed breed status as a designer dog means he does not qualify to be a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC) however his parents are both members; the Coton de Tulear joined the “non-sporting” group in 2014 while the Poodle joined the same group back in 1887.


The Poo-Ton is a small, somewhat active dog and he will require a food designed specifically for his age, size and activity level. Always opt for a well-balanced top-quality kibble and control his consumption by serving it 2 to 3 times a day versus allowing him to free-feed. Because the Poodle in him can suffer from digestive issues including bloat, ensure it is low in fat and that any exercise is not planned for at least 1 hour after feeding.

The sweet-natured Poo-Ton is an affectionate little dog that gets along well with children and other pets.


The Poo-Tan is the perfect dog when it comes to training. He is quick to obey commands and fewer repetitions means faster results. Still, its important this little pooch knows you are the pack leader or you risk small dog syndrome where he feels he is the ruler of the roost. Training should be firm, consistent and always include plenty of verbal praise and treats for a job well done.


Your Poo-Ton will weigh between 8 to 15 pounds when he reaches adulthood.


The sweet-natured Poo-Ton is an affectionate little dog that gets along well with children and other pets. This energetic pooch is highly social and thrives on human companionship and interactive playtimes. He is a loving, loyal dog and although he can be aloof with strangers he isn’t known for excessive barking which makes him perfect for apartment living. This intelligent little dog is eager to please and quick to obey commands making him easy to train and an ideal choice for the first-time dog owner.

Common Health Problems

As with most designer dogs, the Poo-Ton may be exempt from many of the health issues that plague his pure-bred parents. That said, its always important to know what your new pup could inherit and in this instance, he can be prone to digestive and joint issues from the Poodle as well as hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Mitral Valve Disease.

Life Expectancy

Poo-Tons live longer than many small breeds and will typically reach 12 to 16 years of age.

Exercise Requirements

The Poo-Ton’s small size dictates his exercise needs and while he won’t require lengthy walks he will need regular activity to keep him physically fit and mentally stimulated. His playful nature makes tossing balls or Frisbees a great addition to his regular exercise regimen but because he has a tendency to wander off, ensure your yard is fully fenced or his whereabouts are monitored if you opt to take him to an off-leash park.

The affectionate Poo-Ton is a loyal family pet who is eager-to-please and easy to train.

Recognized Clubs

Also known as the Doodle-Ton, Cotondoodle, Pooton and Cotonpoo, the Poo-Ton’s designer dog status means he isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) however he is a member of the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of American, Inc. (DRA) and the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).


The Poo-Ton is a non- to -low-shedding dog because of his Poodle DNA and is considered hypoallergenic which makes him ideal for those with allergies. In spite of his minimal shedding, his curly, medium-length coat is super lightweight which means it tangles easily and daily brushing will be needed. Grooming should be done every 2 to 3 months to maintain his coat shape and because he has floppy ears, plan to check and clean them weekly to avoid infections.


Poo-Ton pups are ultra tiny and require careful handling to avoid injuring their tiny joints. As he grows you can slowly begin socialization and obedience training with this smart little pup who will be quick to pick up your commands. By starting early, you can avoid the problems associated with “small dog syndrome” later on. Exercise and leash training should be introduced gradually with a mind to not over-taxing little legs and causing joint injuries.

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Mary Simpson
Mary Simpson

Sharing space with three seriously judgy Schnoodles and a feline who prefers to be left alone. #LivingMyBestLife

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