Pom-Coton

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Germany <> Madagascar -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Pom-Coton

The Pom-Coton is a hybrid mix of German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian and Coton de Tuléar and is one of the newest hybrids on the canine scene. The parent breeds Pom and Coton have been combined to create this fluffy little bundle who just wants to be cuddled and loved. He'll even clown around to get your attention. This sweet hybrid mix is at home wherever he can be near his family and loved ones, plus he's an expert at sitting on laps.

History of the Pom-Coton

The Pom-Coton is a hybrid mix of the German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian and the Coton de Tuléar. It is a more recent hybrid and, as such, no historical information is available on the hybrid. We will glean our historical information from that of the parent breeds. The Pom-Coton hybrid is recognized by the following organizations: American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc. and International Designer Canine Registry.

 

        

A little of the German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian

        
The heritage of the parent breed German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian comes from ancient Spitz breeds and originated in the Prussian region of Pomerania. Although the approximate date of origin is unknown, we do know that the Spitz breed excelled at sheep breeding and was originally a larger dog, weighing around 14 kilos. The Pom breed became better known in 1870 when the Kennel Club in England registered it, and even more so when in 1888, during a trip to France, Queen Victoria fell in love with a little Pom named Marco. It was her love for this dog that led her to desire a smaller version of the Pom. She is credited with breeding methods that have reduced the Pom's size to that which we currently see in the show ring. The German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian, also known as the Zwergspitz, was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and remains quite the popular show and companion dog.
Standard of the German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian

 

        

A little of the Coton de Tuléar

The Coton de Tuléar is a thoroughbred, also known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar”, whose heritage is more mysterious, although it is thought to be related to the Bichon frise and the Bichon Maltese. It is thought to have come to Madagascar over three centuries ago as the survivor of a shipwreck. The breed takes its name from its cotton-like coat and the seaport of Tuléar in Madagascar. Although the breed's initial purpose before coming to Madagascar is unknown, after arriving in Madagascar it was used as a companion, adorning the laps of many rich, royal and famous as well as ordinary people. It became better known in the 1970s when several Cotons de Tuléar made their way to France and later to North America. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2014.
Standard of the Coton de Tuléar

Appearance of the Pom-Coton

The Pom-Coton, a hybrid mix of the German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian and the Coton de Tuléar, can inherit appearance traits from either parent breed. Your Pom-Coton will probably measure between 7.5 and 38 centimeters at the shoulders and weigh between 3.5 and 5.5 kilos. He may have a long, fluffy coat with or without undercoat, coat colors may be white, white with gray or iron-red markings, black, black and tan, blue, blue and tan, chocolate, chocolate and tan, cream, sable cream, orange, sable orange, red, sable red, sable, brindle and white with different types of markings. His tail will probably be curled over his back to some extent and fluffy, his dark, shiny eyes and black nose on a straight muzzle with a scissor bite will complete his alert, inquisitive expression.

Temperament of the Pom-Coton

Your Pom-Coton hybrid, being a mix of German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian and Coton de Tuléar, may inherit temperament traits from one or both parent breeds. Your hybrid will be loving, affectionate, alert, loyal, intelligent, outgoing, playful and social. As with almost all canine breeds, early socialization is recommended. With proper early socialization, he'll get on well with children, other dogs and even the family cat. He may be a little wary of strangers, getting this trait from the Pom parent, but the accessible trait brought by the Coton parent can modify this. It's important to remember that your hybrid is highly intelligent, and this intelligence leads to training problems. That said, the Pom-Coton should be fairly easy to train, provided your training periods are short and you incorporate plenty of fun. A bored dog can develop very annoying destructive behaviors if not sufficiently engaged mentally and physically.

Needs and activities of the Pom-Coton

Your Pom-Coton is a moderately active dog. He will need 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise. This exercise can be accomplished with daily walks, interactive retrieving and Frisbee games, exploration and play in the dog park or fenced-in backyard, and romping and retrieving-type games in the house. Your Pom-Coton, being small in size, can easily be adapted to apartment or condo living as long as his exercise needs are met on a daily basis. He can also live very well in a family home with or without a fenced yard, whether in an urban or rural setting. It will probably tolerate moderate climates, with extra protection provided in the hottest and coldest extremes.

Maintenance of the Pom-Coton

Your Pom-Coton hybrid, being a mix of German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian and Coton de Tuléar, is a breed that may or may not be hypoallergenic, as this trait is only contributed by the Coton parent. This hybrid is considered to be in the moderate maintenance category, its long, dense coat requiring brushing two to three times a week to remove mats, debris, loose hairs and distribute oils throughout the coat. He will probably be a weak to moderate excretor and low in the drool and odor category. Your hybrid's ears should be checked weekly and cleaned as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear cleaning solution. Be sure to check his nails once a week and trim them if necessary. As with most dogs, attention to dental health is also important. Brushing his teeth two or three times a week and following routine dental examinations and cleanings with your veterinary professional will help prevent the development of periodontal disease and the tooth loss that accompanies it.

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