Pootalian

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9-10 lbs
9-15"
United States
Italian Greyhound
Poodle
Italian Greyhoundoodle
The Pootalian is a 50/50 mix between the Poodle and the Italian Greyhound. He is a small sized dog with rough, wiry fur, button eyes, and floppy ears. The lean and slim body reflects that of the Greyhound, while the fur is closer a well-balanced combination between the two parent breeds. The Pootalian is the perfect dog for single individuals or an elderly person, primarily because the Pootalian (while loving and affectionate to his owner) does not tolerate children or other dogs very well and requires a more maturely aged family. Despite the fact that this feisty breed does have a few negative traits, the good far outshines the bad. Taking an eager to please attitude and a loving nature from the Poodle and combining it with the intelligence and independence of the Italian Greyhound, the Pootalian is a breed who is fully capable of taking care of himself but follows you everywhere, regardless of that fact.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Poodle and Italian Greyhound

Pootalian Health

Average Size
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 9-10 lbs
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 9-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Atopy
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy
  • Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
  • Eye Diseases and Disorders
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Deafness
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Urolithiasis
  • Diabetes
  • Cryptorchidism
Occasional Tests
  • Dna Test For Pk
  • Dna For Pra
  • Eye Examinations
  • Blood Work
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Hearing Tests
  • MRI scan of the spinal cord and brain
  • DNA for VWD

Pootalian Breed History

The Pootalian is a relatively new breed (combination of the Poodle and the Italian Greyhound) who originated from the United States. Other than that, we don't have a lot more information regarding why the breed was created and how it may be used most commonly today. Because of this we need to take a look at each individual parent breed in order to get some idea as of why the Pootalian makes a great dog as a result of this combination. What makes him so special? Why did people think to combine these two parent breeds together? Both of these questions can be answered by observing the parent breeds' origins. The Italian Greyhound is a sleek, energetic little breed that originated around 2,000 years ago in Greece and Turkey. Always alert and ready to snuggle into someone's lap, the Italian Greyhound has made a name for himself as a faithful companion dog. Way back in the 18th century, the little sighthound became especially popular in Italy, hence why he is so lovingly named the "Italian Greyhound".  There, the breed was commonly used as a loving house pet and favored subject of many famous art piece; not to mention easily stealing his way into the hearts of many royal families throughout the generations. Today, the Italian Greyhound is prized for his elegance and gentlemanly (or womanly) manner. The adorable face and perky ears make them hard to resist and they are still faithful companions to this day. The Poodle is a breed that is thought to have originated in Germany as a water retriever. Their classic show cut was first used to keep their joints and torso warm during the winter months, while also removing the hassle of any longer hair that could get matted and tangled from being outdoors often. With three different variations of size - standard, toy, and miniature- the Poodle managed to cover a wide range of talents from hunting to performing in the circus. These curly haired dogs quickly became popular in places like England and Spain due to these quirky traits, but the place where Poodles were loved the most was France. King Louise XVI just couldn't get enough of Poodles and eventually, the breed became known as France's national dog. Thanks to this adoration in France, Poodles became the companion dogs that we know and love today; remaining one of the top ranked dogs around the world when it comes to overall popularity. 

 

Pootalian Breed Appearance

The Pootalian is a small dog that rarely reaches over 15 inches high and weighs no more than 10 pounds fully grown. His fur mimics that of the Poodle, being longer, with a wiry and rough texture while his body type is like the Italian Greyhound. Lean and lightweight, this little dog is an excellent companion to have in apartments or smaller homes as they don't take up much room. Their large, round eyes and folded over ears add that touch of adorable joviality that Italian Greyhounds always seem to have; meaning it's almost impossible not to smile when you see the Pootalian's quirky appearance. This breed can be found in colors such as black, white, grey, brindle, and brown.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
Fawn
Black
White
Brindle
Brown
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pootalian Breed Maintenance

The Pootalian is a very easy dog to maintain. Thanks to the fact that the Poodle is hypoallergenic and sheds very rarely, the Pootalian also tends to shed very little. His longer fur does need to be brushed a few times a week just to make sure that no tangles appear, but other than that very little needs to be done to keep this hybrid breed looking fabulous. Bathing only needs to occur every few weeks or so, as neither the Italian Greyhound of the Poodle has a bad doggy odor. One thing to keep in mind though, is that it is very important to thoroughly dry your dog's ears after swimming or bathing occurs. Because this breed has folded over ears, moisture can get trapped very easily inside the ear canal which can then lead to infection and irritation. With frequent cleanings however, this can be avoided. Finally, be sure to trim your dog's nails every few weeks to keep the paws healthy.
Brushes for Pootalian
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pootalian Temperament

Pootalians are primarily known for being alert, intelligent, loving, and somewhat aggressive dogs. They have a highly protective nature of their owners and don't do well with younger children or other animals. Occasionally, if raised young enough, children or other dogs of their same breed may not be an issue but it is important to socialize the Pootalian young as getting along with others does not come naturally. Besides this small set-back, the Pootalian is great dog for older generations or singles who are looking for a cuddly and faithful companion. He does not bark often, does well in smaller homes, and is very easy to train thanks to his eager-to-please mentality.

Pootalian Activity Requirements

Due to the fact that Poodles are a very active breed, it can be expected that the Pootalian will be fairly active himself. Thankfully, the Italian Greyhound side balances out this high energy and brings the Pootalian down to a more moderate energy level. Because of this, it is important to provide your dog with enough physical activities to wear him out, but it doesn't take too long to tire him out. Once he is satisfied and finished playing, your Pootalian will be ready to snuggle up in your lap and take a good long nap. A few activities you can do with your Pootalian may be a long walk, playing fetch in the yard, or a short training session.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Pootalian Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Pootalian Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 9 lbs

Pootalian Owner Experiences

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