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Pomeranian Information

Description of the Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a small bundle of fluffy fur with a sharp, fox like face and alert, intelligent expression. Some breeders tend to breed for more of a pansy style face but the bright eyes and somewhat short looking nose are distinct in the breed. The ears are relatively small and set high to the top of the head. The coat may be any solid color including black and tan or sable and may also be parti-colored with white markings. It is very dense and thick with the softer undercoat fluffing out the longer hairs of the outer coat. The body shape is somewhat square with fine-boned legs and small feet. The tail is carried like a spitz breed, with a wonderful fan effect that adds to the profile of the dog.

Pomeranian Temperament

Although very small in size the Pom often thinks it is much bigger. A natural watchdog they will bark profusely if not trained to bark and stop when someone arrives. If socialized properly they are very accepting of others and great with other dogs and non-canine pets. If not socialized they are aggressive and tend to resent strangers and other animals. They are extremely intelligent and easy to train although they can be stubborn and rather independent at times. They require firm, consistent and positive training methods. If the Pom believes that they are the boss they can become highly attention seeking to the point of being nuisances. They love to be challenged and need to be with people more than they are alone, even with other dogs or pets as company. It is active and playful but also enjoys cuddling up on the couch beside their owners or even better on a comfortable lap.

Grooming & Shedding of a Pomeranian

A continual, moderate shedder the Pom also completely sheds out either once or twice a year. They need regular grooming every other day or so to keep their coat looking neat. The easiest way to groom is to part off small sections and brush them towards the front of the dog, allowing them to settle back down giving volume and brushing through the downy undercoat. The breed requires regular dental care and home brushing to avoid problems with the teeth and gums.

Pomeranian History

The original Pomeranian breed was bred in the Pomerania area of Prussia. These large dogs, often weighing over thirty pounds, were used to herd sheep. The smaller of the dogs were used as watchdogs at the farms, and quickly became desirable as companion dogs. Many famous individuals had Poms including Marie Antoinette and Mozart.  Queen Victoria became a Pomeranian breeder in the 1800's adding to the popularity of the smallest of the breed.

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: patellar luxation
  • Minor Concerns:  progressive retinal atrophy, open fontanel, hypoglycemia, shoulder luxation, entropion
  • Occasionally seen: PDA (heart), tracheal collapse
  • Suggested tests: knee, blood, eyes, heart

 

Characteristics

Height

7-12 inches (18-30 cm)

Weight

3-7 pounds (1-3 kg)

Lifespan

13-15 years

Exercise

Medium

Apartment

Yes

Families

Yes

Young Children

No

Need exercise space

No – regular walks are required

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