There are thousands of adorable animals out there, but little Goma is one of the kind. This gorgeous pup stole the hearts of more than 60k Instagram users with the help of her mouse-like ears.
Goma, whose name means sesame in Japanese, is a cross between Maltese and Papillon breeds, and that’s where the signature ears came from. The 4-year-old fluff lives in Tokyo, Japan and after becoming viral in the US she was named “Mickey Mouse dog” by her newfound fans.
One such breed is the Papitese, a breed that comes from a mix of the Maltese and the Papillon. These small breed dogs are certainly adorable, and they’re becoming quite popular due to being incredibly loyal and social as part of their breed temperament. However, just like with all dogs, not everyone is the right owner for a Papitese. It’s not that they’re a bad dog owner (though they may be), it’s that each breed has its own specific needs and issues. Not everyone is prepared for the kind of work required for each breed.
Both the Papillon and the Maltese are small breed dogs, with the Paillon reaching a max height of 11 inches and a max weight of 9 pounds, whereas the Maltese have a max height of 10 inches and a max weight of 7 pounds. The Papitese generally sits near the middle of that weight, with a minimum weight of 6 pounds and a maximum weight of 10 pounds.
These are smaller dogs, meaning you generally won’t have to deal with the problems large breed dogs tend to have. While they’re certainly energetic the way many small breeds are, that energy is contained in a tiny package. So even when they do get a little bit over-excited, you’re unlikely to have to deal with the dog accidentally hurting someone by not realizing how large it is.
Their size also means you won’t have to worry quite as much about feeding them, though the same goes for Papitese as for any other dog. Namely, it’s better to get high-quality dog food in order to ensure the best nutrition. And the best dog food tends to be rather expensive due to requiring so many meat products to contain proper nutrition for a carnivore species.
Even so, due to the small size of Papitese dogs they generally only eat 1/2 cup to 1 cup of dried dog food each day. This is a rather small amount overall, so you’re unlikely to need to buy new dog food every month, and possibly not even every other month.