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6-14 lbs
United States
Papi Doodle, Papidoodle,
This little dog is one that everyone loves the minute they see her. Small, fluffy and adorable, the Papi-poo is like a living, moving soft toy. They are ideal for families, seniors or singles and provide the affection and devotion of a true companion. These small dogs have a big personality; they are gentle, intelligent, lively and even a bit mischievous but they can get away with it with their beguiling expression. They are the result of crossing the Papillon with a Poodle which has produced a dog that has loads of energy, is easy and willing to be trained,  and is relatively easy to care for although that lovely fluffy coat does require regular maintenance. They love to explore their home, often traipsing along with you wherever you go. Apartment living is just fine with this pooch, or a house with a yard to explore will be just as eagerly accepted.  With their bright shiny eyes and soft medium length coat, they are truly hard to resist - and they know it.
Companion, Agility
Date of Origin
Papillon, Poodle

Papi-poo Health

Average Size
Male Papi-poo size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 7-14 lbs
Female Papi-poo size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 6-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Addison's Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Collapsed Trachea
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Drug Allergy or Sensitivity
Occasional Tests
  • Optical Examination
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Blood Work and Urine Tests
  • Full Chemistry Panel Tests and Blood Count
  • Physical and Neurologic Examination
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)
  • ACTH Test

Papi-poo Breed History

The Papi-poo is known as a designer or hybrid dog, the result of a cross between a Papillon and the Poodle. To discover the characteristics that make up this dog, we have to look to the parent breeds. The Papillon is an old breed, and dates back as far as the 1500s when they were popular with noble women throughout Europe. They were prized as companion dogs and possibly watchdogs for their mistresses, and enjoyed the pomp and affection they received. The name is French and was given to the breed when during the 17th century their appearance changed from having floppy ears to upright ears. Apparently, the nobility decided that they looked like a butterfly, hence the name change. The ears weren't the only change; their solid color slowly changed into a white with patches. The Papillon has remained a popular small dog throughout the years, and some can be highly strung and nervous, and they become very attached to their owners. The Poodle is also an ancient breed coming originally from Germany. They were used as working dogs and retrieved water fowl for their owners. Their unique coat helped to protected them from the water. The French embraced the Poodle when it arrived in the 15th Century, and they refined the breed into the three types we know today. The Standard Poodle is the water fowl retriever, the Miniature is used to find truffles, and the Toy Poodle was and still is the pampered companion. The circus people of the day discovered how highly intelligent the dog was, and trained them to perform to crowds of adoring people. These people are also responsible for the Poodles outrageous haircut which the French people loved and refined. The Poodle was recognised in American in 1886 and while some think of the breed as being aloof and wary, to their families the Poodle is a comedian, a friend, and affectionate family member.

Papi-poo Breed Appearance

The Papi-poo has a well proportioned body with short but strong legs. The head is often rounded and their ears are set wide apart and can be either long and floppy or pricked up giving them an alert appearance. While puppies can vary in appearance even within the same litter, generally this small dog looks like an appealing soft toy that has come to life. With soft feathering around their medium length muzzle and hairy eyebrows, they definitely have that appeal value. Soft wavy hair and tail, bright expressieve eyes, and a deep black small nose adds to her charm. They come in a variety of colors, often a combination of one or more tones. Small paws, lots of hair and a ton of energy and enthusiasm describes the Papi-poo's character and appearance.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Papi-poo eyes
amber Papi-poo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Papi-poo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Papi-poo coat
cream Papi-poo coat
gray Papi-poo coat
red Papi-poo coat
sable Papi-poo coat
black Papi-poo coat
white Papi-poo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Papi-poo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Papi-poo Breed Maintenance

While the Papi-poo is not a heavy shedder, they do require brushing most days just to keep the hair looking good and to prevent tangling. They will also require  a dog groomer to provide a good trim every couple of months, especially in the summer months. They don't need constant bathing, a good guide is only when it is needed, using a mild dog shampoo to protect the natural oils in the skin. Other maintenance issues are their teeth; they will need these brushed at least twice a week to maintain oral health. It is best to start training for this when they are a young puppy, making a game out of it while they get used to the process. Finally an ear and eye check, plus a gentle nail clip will keep your Papi-poo looking smart.
Brushes for Papi-poo
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Papi-poo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Papi-poo Temperament

The Papi-poo is a gentle, funny, lively and devoted dog but they can be sensitive to tone of voice or develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long. On meeting new people, they can be a bit wary and will alert you to strangers coming onto the property by barking loudly. They are a smart little dog who enjoys pleasing so will take well to training as long as they are dealt with gently but firmly, and recive lots of praise and rewards. This breed is an ideal family dog as they love children but keep in mind that as a puppy they will be very small and can be hurt easily by boisterous youngsters. Teach your children that the dog is not a toy and to be gentle with her. The reward for this effort will result in a well socialised confident dog who will repay the family with affection and devotion. The Papi-poo also will get along with other household pets and other dogs. They consider themselves part of your family, and will want to be in on all the family outings and gatherings. The Papi-poo doesn't just like company, she needs a lot of involvement so if you are in a job that means she is left alone a lot of the time, then this dog is not for you. They are a dog who wants to be by your side, in your lap or on the end of a leash while they take you for a walk. Adaptable to apartment living or a house with a yard, these little dogs are a true companion.

Papi-poo Activity Requirements

The Papi-poo is a dog with a lot of energy although she will wear most of that off around the house by following you around or playing with the children. Although small, she will benefit from a daily walk just to get her out there socialising with other dogs and people. It is better for her health as well. A walk around the neighborhood or some free time to run and play with her buddies at the pet park is always welcomed, and although she is small, she will try to keep up with the larger dogs. They love learning tricks, and are a people pleaser so they enjoy a bit of training as long as it is positive and rewarding. The Papi-poo will join in any game, loves water play and demands to be the centre of attention. Then later they will curl up on your lap, exhausted but happy.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Papi-poo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$26 - $28

Papi-poo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Papi-poo size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 3 lbs
Female Papi-poo size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 3 lbs
12 Months
Male Papi-poo size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Papi-poo size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Male Papi-poo size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Papi-poo size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs

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