The Pomeranian breed has stolen the hearts of many dog lovers worldwide. The breed is known for its tiny figure, smiling face, and fluffy coat. Some may even mistake the pup for a stuffed animal.
But is the Pomeranian going to be the right fit for you? Choosing a fur best friend is not something to take lightly. Lucky for you, we’ve already done the research. Use this guide of history and facts to see if you and a Pomeranian make the perfect match.
Pomeranians originate from Pomerania, an area of northeastern Poland.
Interestingly enough, they descend from the Spitz dog’s family, much larger than the modern-day pom. The Spitz dog had many wolf-like features and was often used to pull sleds and guard its owners.
While Pomeranians may be small, they have big personalities. They are considered to be true lap dogs because they love to be carried around and can fit in your lap. You may have seen some sticking their heads out of their owner’s purses.
Queen Victoria was known as an avid pomeranian lover. In fact, she was one of the reasons the pomeranian became a famous and desired puppy to have. She even requested her pomeranian puppy to lay with her on her deathbed.
Poms made the voyage from Europe to America in 1900. Since its debut, you may have seen celebrities such as Hilary Duff, Paris Hilton, Gwen Stefani, and many more hold a pomeranian on a red carpet as an accessory.
Today, the most followed dog on Instagram is a Pomeranian named Jiff. The pom has 9.6 million followers as well as various brand deals.
Pomeranians are very high-energy dogs. Because of how tiny they are, they often can burn their energy running indoors or on short walks. They are curious by nature and will always be on the watch.
These dogs are known to be loyal, once you create a bond with them, you have a friend for life. They are one of the best family dogs.
Lastly, Pomeranians are small but mighty, they have a very bold and strong personalities. Owning one will keep you entertained and on your toes at all times.
An important factor in fostering this relationship is to start training immediately. Pomeranians have a yappy bark that can grow excessively loud when they face strangers.
Working on getting the puppy comfortable around other people will help ease their anxiety as they grow up.
There are various ways to train dogs, and some owners prefer one way or another. However, it is important to understand your dog before you choose a plan.
To successfully train a pom, forge a strong bond and be consistent.
Start with the basics. This process will take lots of patience, but it will be worth it in the end.
Make sure to remain dominant and use a stern voice. This way, your dog will know when you’re serious and when it’s time to play.
From past studies and reviews, some owners have had luck with clicker training. This type of positive reinforcement strategy correlates good behavior with the sound of a clicking noise. The most vital factor of this training is timing.
Every time the clicker is pressed the dog should be given a reward. This may be a helpful tactic for you to try.
Embrace pet insurance ranked the top five health issues for Pomeranians based on claims paid.
- Patellar Luxation: This is essentially a dislocated knee and is common in small dogs. The most noticeable sign is a difference in how they walk or if they feel pain while running.
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus: One of the most common canine congenital heart defects. Usually, the diagnosis can be discovered from their first vet visit, but left untreated can lead to heart failure.
- Legg-Perthes Disease: Another common disease found in small dogs that makes their circulation poor and eventually the bone will die. The most common symptom is limping.
- Entropian: This disease forces the lower and upper eyelids to roll inward. It leads to eye pain and swelling and sometimes even eye removal.
- Cryptorchidism: Condition found in male dogs and cats. It is a congenital abnormality in one or both testicles.
Although all of these diseases are commonly found in Pomeranians, it does not mean your dog will develop them.
However, it is important to be aware and look for the signs to treat it as early as possible. This is also a reason to consider pet insurance to help with medical bills.
The Pomeranian coat is one of the most notable features of the breed. Everyone knows the little fluff balls of joy. But do you know how to care for them?
Daily brushing is one easy way to keep grooming intact and to keep that puffy feature.
The dogs should only need an occasional bath with a mild dog shampoo, it does not have to be expensive.
That being said, Pomeranians will have to get their haircut every four to six weeks.
Popular Pomeranian mixed breeds
The Pomeranian is a breed of dog that is often bred with another recognized breed, this is called a designer dog.
The intent of this action is to combine the best qualities of each purebred parent.
All of these different mixed breeds are considered a part of the Pomeranian family.
Popular Pomeranian mixes include:
- Pomsky: Pomeranian and Husky
- Pompi: Pomeranian and Toy Poodle
- Aussiespom: Pomeranian and Australian Shepherd
- Pomchi: Pomeranian and Chihuahua
- Cockeranian: Pomeranian and Cocker Spaniel
Of course, with cross-breeding, each has different qualities and traits. We recommend that you do your research on the purebred breed of both parents before you decide.
The average Pomeranian weighs four to seven pounds. Because they are so small, they eat low quantities of food. The average adult Pomeranian eats about ⅓ to 1 cup of food a day.
Before you pick the dog food for your pup, consider the kibble’s quality to ensure it has all the nutrients your pup will need.
When a Pomeranian is a puppy, it will burn more calories. Because of this, they will need even smaller quantities of food frequently throughout the day.
Often a Pomeranian puppy eats three to four times a day while the average adult eats twice.
Final thoughts on Pomeranians
If you’re looking for an adorable, high-spirited, entertaining, and loyal addition to your life, then the Pomeranian is the fit for you. This toy breed dog is a great addition whether you have a family or it’s just you!
We want to re-emphasize that buying a dog should never be taken lightly. Make sure that you are completely aware of the responsibilities.
There are many Pomeranians ready to be loved and looking for a family. Use this guide to learn how to be the best possible dog owner.
Alana Redmond is a content writer that specializes in law and consumer safety. She also works with Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., a personal injury law firm specializing in dog bite injuries and accidents.