- Height: 9-15 inches
- Weight: 9-16 lb
- Lifespan: 14-15 years
- Group: not applicable
- Best Suited For: Singles and seniors living in house or apartment with a yard
- Temperament: Affectionate, playful, smart, loyal, alert, aggressive, eager to please
- Comparable Breeds: Poodle, Italian Greyhound
Also known as the Italian Greyhoundpoo or Italian Greyhoundoodle, the Pootalian exhibits positive and negative traits that you should take into consideration before deciding on bringing one into your family.
These little dogs are full of personality, and you can get to know more about them and their needs by reading the helpful information below.
The Pootalian is a cross between a purebred Poodle and Italian Greyhound.
Food / Diet
Pootalians should be fed a high quality dog food that provides optimal nutrition for energy and wellness. You can provide your dog ½ cup to 1 cup of dry food daily, but divide this amount into at least two meals. If you provide your dog with canned dog food as well, simply reduce the amount of dry food so that your dog will not overeat and gain too much weight.
Pootalians are known for their intelligence, alertness, and loyal personality.
Training a Pootalian can be easy, as well as challenging. Even though these dogs are eager to please and smart, they can also become bored and they can be stubborn and independent. To avoid boredom, simply keep the training sessions short, and make sure that they are designed to be engaging.
Use a positive, firm approach to establish yourself as your dog’s pack leader. Implement rewards and treats, along with plenty of praise. Remain patient, and start the training as early on as possible in your Pootalian’s life so that you can also socialize him to be less aggressive and more accepting of a variety of people and animals.
A small-sized breed, the Pootalian weighs between 9 and 16 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
Pootalians are known for their intelligence, alertness, and loyal personality. They are willing to please, and they get along well with seniors. These dogs are also prone to bonding strongly with one or two members of the family, and they’ll get attached to the point that they can suffer from separation anxiety and exhibit destructive behaviors as a result. But once you gain the love and trust of a Pootalian, you can expect your dog to be affectionate and protective.
These dogs can also be a bit aggressive, and some may not get along well with children or other dogs and other pets. They can also be intolerant of people they don’t know or aren’t already comfortable with. Even when raised together, Pootalians may not get along with other dogs or other Pootalians. Therefore, this breed may not be the best choice if you have children or other pets.
Also, Pootalians can easily become stressed by noise, so you should make it a point to give your pet a quiet environment, while also giving him toys and activities to enjoy in order to remain occupied and mentally stimulated.
Common Health Problems
Because the Pootalian is a hybrid dog breed, it might be susceptible to the health problems that commonly affect its parent breeds, but there is no guarantee that your dog will come down with any of those ailments. Remember, it is impossible to predict an individual dog’s health over his lifetime, and hybrid dogs can be quite healthy and hardy.
Nevertheless, it is a good idea to be aware of some of the health problems that affect the Poodle and Italian Greyhound. These include hip dysplasia, skin ailments, allergies, eye ailments, epilepsy, patellar luxation, Addison’s disease, cryptorchidism, Cushing’s disease, hypothyroidism, Von Willebrand disease, portosystemic shunt (PSS), and Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease.
The Pootalian has an average lifespan of 14 to 15 years.
Energetic Pootalians definitely need to be walked and exercised every day in order to develop a balanced mood and to stay in good physical health. In addition to walks and jogs, your dog can play indoors with some toys, as well as spend time playing outside in an enclosed and safe backyard space.
Pootalians are willing to please, and they get along well with seniors.
The Pootalian is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, as it is considered to be a hybrid breed. However, this breed is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Breed Registry (DBR), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), and the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA).
A Pootalian’s coat can be described as rough and wired, and it will not shed much. You don’t need to groom the coat too often. Weekly brushing sessions, as a minimum, will ensure cleanliness and keep the coat free of tangles.
You can trim the long hairs on your dog’s body and face, especially those that are bothersome to the eyes and ears, and ask a professional groomer to trim the coat on a regular basis too.
Pootalian puppies are tiny and delicate, so you need to handle them gently. These dogs may not get along well with children, especially if the kids don’t know how to carefully interact with them.
It is best to start training and socializing your puppy as soon as you bring him home. You should allow him to interact with a variety of family and friends so he can grow to enjoy being around people aside from his owners.