The Pootalian is a cross between the Poodle and the Italian Greyhound. These are small to medium size dogs, generally having a lean and slim body covered with coats that often stand off for being wiry and short. They have round button-like eyes, floppy ears, round, black, nose, and button to almond like eyes. The tail of the pootalian is small but stands erect, while their legs are relatively longer than their bodies. Some traits might differ, depending on the dominance of its parental genes. Pootalians make good apartment dogs owing to their small size, but are not very common.
|Also known as||Poodle Italian Greyhound Mix|
|Coat||Wired, harsh, rough|
|Colors||Brindle, Brown, black, gray, white|
|Type||Companion dog, Designer dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||14 to 15 years|
|Weight||9-10 pounds (when full grown)|
|Height (size)||Small to average; 9-15 inches|
|Personality Traits||Aggressive, alert, loyal, affectionate, intelligent, playful|
|Good with Children||No|
|Good with Pets||No|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, DDKC, DBR|
The Pootalians are known for their diverse traits of being friendly, intelligent, aggressive, alert, and loving. However, not all individuals of this breed are good with children, nor are they tolerant with strangers or other pets and dogs. This is a trait that they got from their greyhound parent since the Poodle does tolerate kids, but the Italian Greyhound does not. In fact, they can even be violent with dogs of their own or other breeds even when they are raised together, no matter how large they are.
The pootalians are eager to please their owners and their families, especially with the older members. Hence they suit best in families that have matured adults, of old couples. These dogs also do not like noises, and noisy activities could easily unnerve these little canids. Thus, they must always be kept happy with activities that can keep them mentally balanced.
Clean their ears at times better by a groomer, and brush their teeth once or twice a week to ward off chances of allergies and infections. Worming is also necessary. For that, you should consult your vet. Upon proper care, this dog will live to a considerable age.
Since Pootalians are often independent or intolerant, they would respond well to consistently patient training techniques. Some of these dogs might be difficult to housebreak. Get them trained by a firm and consistent handler. They are quite intelligent and are eager to satisfy their masters. However, the training should be challenging enough in keeping them interested enough in the whole process, or else they could easily end up getting bored. You should also remember that, for this dog, training is a thing that can play a crucial role in framing your dog’s temperament.
You should begin training your puppies right from the time you adopt them and bring them home from the breeders or rescues. Other general training like crate training, obedience training, etc. should be considered first. Explain it to them that, erratic behavior is not at all acceptable, and that, it must abide by your commands since it’s you who is the leader of its ‘pack’.
Never be rude to them or rebuke the pootalians often, especially when you train in which case they would connect the process of training with your annoyance. Rather, praise them with every success. Also, try to socialize your puppy by asking your friends and neighbors to visit you so that you pup gets acquainted to new faces from a very early age.
Both the quality and the quantity of food are similar to other dogs of its size and energy. But it is also recommended that you should abide by high quality food that is meant for such dogs of its size and energy level.