Can you think of any breeds that are as equally as cute as the Shih Tzu and Poodle? When envisioning small breeds, the Pooton probably doesn’t come to your mind. While other small breeds tend to be at the forefront of the dog world, the Coton De Tulear Poodle mix is an understated and undervalued doodle.
As its name suggests, this cross comes from a Miniature Poodle and Coton De Tulear. Therefore it’s a small to medium-sized hybrid that’s just too cute to look at and a bundle of fun to be around.
There’s never a dull moment with a Pooton, and they love to be around humans. Because of this, they’re an excellent dog to have for first-time dog owners.
But their cuteness isn’t the main reason why you should consider buying them; in fact, there are many. To know more about the unique traits of the Pooton and why it’s so great.
What Will I Learn? 👇
3 Little-Known Facts About the Pooton 📌
If the Pooton has piqued your interest, you may like to know the following:
- They are also called CotonPoo and Tonapoo
Even though their most popular name is Poo-ton, many people call these Doodles CotonPoos or Tonapoos. As they’re a Doodle, they’re not officially recognized or registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and therefore, they have no official name to go by.
- They’re an easy to train breed
The Pooton is a highly intelligent hybrid due to inheriting each parent’s clever nature. As it’s an intelligent Doodle, they’re easy to train as they love to learn new things.
- Pootons are a relatively new Doodle
There is no exact date of when a Pooton first came into existence, but it’s believed it was during the 1980s. The reason why this dog came about was that breeders wanted a dog as close to hypoallergenic as possible.
What’s the Pooton Price? 💲
The cost of a Pooton can vary a fair bit based on who you choose to buy them from and your location. On average, their prices can range between $300-$1500. The vast price range is partly because of the genetic lineage of their Poodle and Coton De Tulear parents. If their parents are purebred, they’re more than likely to be quite expensive.
In addition to buying a Pooton outright, many individuals overlook the real cost of their ownership. If you plan to buy this Doodle, you must calculate your finances and factor in their vaccines, price of food, deworming, vet bills, spay/neuter costs, grooming, training, supplies, toys, and more. Many of these costs can accumulate pretty quickly and could cost between $500-$2000 on top of their initial price. Therefore only buy this hybrid if you can actually afford to look after it.
Are Pootons hypoallergenic? 🤧
While no dog breed is truly hypoallergenic, this cute little Doodle is pretty close. Part of the reason is that they inherit the Poodle’s little to low shedding coat. Therefore it’s a fantastic dog to own if you suffer from allergies. If you have allergies, it’s equally important you brush their coat daily to ensure it does not get tangled and trap allergens in it.
📢 Other similar and small doodle breeds, that I've written about and worth looking into are the Pomapoo, the Papipoo & the Jackapoo.
Temperament & Intelligence ✨
If you’re seeking a dog that can win over anyone’s heart, then you might be interested in this friendly canine. The Pooton is the type of dog that thrives off being around others and loves to engage in daily play. It is also a very intelligent dog breed and therefore easy to train. They are also very obedient, which makes them good candidates for various types of training, such as obedience training, agility training, and even service dog training.
Their eager to please personality makes them a dog that can quickly learn commands and be trained, making them perfect for first-time owners.
When they’re not playing, they will likely be running around your home or yard to be with you. Plus, when they’re exhausted, they love to curl up into your laps, being the perfect snuggle partner.
The Pooton is known to be slightly aloof around strangers, though but isn’t necessarily the type of dog that barks excessively. Therefore they can be a dog suitable for living in apartments. While this may be the case, they need constant human company, as if not, they will develop separation anxiety.
Is The Pooton Good for Families? 👪
The Pooton is a fantastic breed to own if you have a family. If you plan to own one, you’ll want to consider their small size, especially around smaller children. If you have young children in your home, you’ll want to supervise them when playing in case they fall on the Pooton or hurt them by accident.
Does The Pooton Get Along With Other Pets? 🐈
If socialized from an early age, the Pooton is a dog that can easily get along with other pets. Typically you should have no problem if they’re small. On the contrary, if you own larger pets than the Pooton, just make sure you observe them in case the Pooton accidentally gets injured.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
As the Pooton is a small doodle, it does not necessarily need a lot of food. The portion sizes of their food will depend on their age, health conditions, gender, and size. On average, though, a Poo-ton should typically consume 1-1.25 cups of high-quality kibble across 2-3 meal times. As its Poodle parent can be prone to having digestive problems like bloat, you should wait to exercise them at least 1 hour before and after feeding.
It’s also important you don’t cut back on the quality of their food, as you could encounter specific health issues. Therefore to get a better idea of what quality of food you should give them, you’ll want to speak to your vet who can advise the best brands.
How big do Pootons get? 📏
The Poo-ton is a small Doodle growing to 9-12 inches/23-31cm and weighing between 8-15lbs.
Life expectancy 📈
If fed a nutritious diet, taken for regular exercise, and looked after well, they can live up to 12-15 years.
Exercise & Training 🏃
As the Poo-Ton is a small Doodle, they won’t really need long walks or frequent exercise sessions each day. You can simply meet their needs by a 30-60 minute walk or through play. However, if you don’t have a yard, you might want to factor in a second short walk in your day.
In addition to their daily walk, you might want to play ball, frisbee, or chase to help exhaust them. If you take them to a dog park, though, you might want to ensure it’s well fenced as these Doodles like to wander off and explore.
The Pooton is a brilliant breed for first-time dog owners because it can pick up most tricks easily.
It isn’t always smooth sailing with this breed, though; they are known to have a slight stubborn streak.
To overcome this streak when training, you’ll want to ensure the sessions you conduct are short and regular. When training them, you should aim to use a positive reinforcement approach and praise them or provide rewards to encourage their good behavior.
Pooton Grooming ✂️
Often a Poo-ton requires additional maintenance when it comes to their grooming. While they don’t really shed, their coat requires more focus. This is because their coat is tight and curly, which means it can get matted if not brushed. Therefore you should brush their coat daily with a slicker brush to stop it from getting tangled.
Moreover, you should aim to take them to a groomer every 2-3 months to ensure the length of their hair stays intact, and they don’t look shabby. Alongside their coat, you should brush their teeth 2-3 times a week to reduce their risk of gum disease. It would help if you trimmed their nails when they get too long and scratch on the ground when required.
Health and Conditions 🩺
Most Poo-ton’s are healthy hybrids, but just like their Doodle counterparts, they can be prone to inheriting some problems from their parents, such as:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Progressive retinal atrophy
- Patellar luxation
Male vs. Female ⚥
There aren’t vast amounts of differences between the genders of Doodle, but there are two small ones. One of the apparent differences is their size. Males are often bigger than females who come from the same litter.
Males also require more addition from humans, whereas females can be slightly more independent. But needless to say, this does not mean female Poo-tons won’t be a lap dog. Instead, they’ll probably need a bit less attention than males! You can’t always guarantee this, though; there is a chance a male Poo Ton can be more independent than a female, based on their personality.
Searching for a Pooton Puppy Breeder with Puppies for Sale?
If you’re searching for a Pooton puppy breeder with puppies for sale, you may want to try contacting multiple breeders that are advertising online. You can search for Pooton breeders online and narrow your results by location. Once you’ve found a few potential breeders, be sure to ask about their experience, ask to see photos of previous litters, and find out what type of guarantee or health certificate they offer.
Overall, the Pooton is a small Doodle that can adapt well to any home. They don’t have demanding exercise requirements and love to be around humans. If you have small children or large animals in your home, their playtime should be supervised due to how small this hybrid is.
This Doodle is demanding and will not do well in homes that do not have constant human companions. Other than that, they’re a low-maintenance breed that does not shed much and has few health problems. They’re not that expensive to own, but factors such as your location, parent’s lineage, and breeder’s reputation might influence their cost.
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Marko is the founder and author at PoodleHQ, where he leverages his expertise and passion. With three generations of poodles under his care, Marko is a lifelong enthusiast of the breed and all animals, bringing his love and appreciation to his work every day.