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Pomeranian Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

Aw….so tiny and so cute!  That’s the Pom, or the Pomeranian, one of the cutest dog breeds in the world. Poms may be small but brilliant, curious, and sometimes slightly “manipulative.”

Yes, these cute little guys can be manipulative…

The little one knows just how cute he is and knows he can get away with anything because of that! He is smart and can adapt to any situation. He is also a charming, happy, and active dog breed who wants to be involved in everything you do.

He loves being the center of attention.

Everything the Pom does screams, “Look at me!” He is one of those dogs that demand that you pay them attention. He does these cute little things and is so adorable. He wants to be loved and doted upon, which makes him a perfect companion dog for seniors and a great playmate for children aged five and above.

But is the Pomeranian the perfect breed of dog for you?

Yes, absolutely. Just a couple of things you should know before deciding to buy a Pom puppy for your child from reputable local breeders.

  • #1: It takes time and a lot of effort to house-train Pom puppies.
  • #2: Pom puppies are not suitable for a family with small children.

If you have a baby or a toddler, it’s better to wait until they are at least 5 or 6 years old before bringing Pom Puppies home. Poms lash out or nip at small children who invade their personal space.

But before…

You rush out and adopt one right away; we suggest that you keep reading to be sure if this little guy will be the “right” dog for you.  After all, the last thing you want to do is adopt the wrong “type” of dog for your family, particularly if they happen to be a dog like the Pomeranian who can easily live for 15 or more years!

So, without further ado, let’s dive into our discussion about these little guys so that, hopefully, when we’re done, you’ll know whether or not a “POM” is right for you!

Pomeranian Dog Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Germany

Origin Purpose:  Companion animal

Height: 8 to 12 inches

Weight: 3 to 7 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  Toy Group

Life Span: 15 years or more

Pomeranians’ History and Origin

Where does the Pomeranian come from? The Pomeranian hails from Pomerania, a small Northern European province on the Baltic Sea Coast. That’s how this breed gets its name.  Now we should point out that while the Pomeranian is its unique breed, it originated as one of the original Spitz breeds and that “originally,” the Pomeranians of the past used to weigh 30 pounds, much more prominent in size than the Standard Pomeranian of today.

Back then…

The Pomeranian ancestors took on various odd jobs such as small game hunting and even dog sledding!  So, while it is true that these guys may look cute and are relatively small, underneath all that fur, packed in a tiny little frame, lies the heart of a lion that is more than willing to put up a fight for his owner and his territory.

A characteristic that caught the attention and admiration of many distinguished owners, including Queen Victoria, who owned two Poms called Marco and Turi and nearly single-handedly made the Pomeranian a massive hit in Britain during the late 19th century.  Other famous and infamous owners of the Pomeranian include the likes of Marie Antoinette, Emile Zola, and Amadeus Mozart.

Pomeranians were…

They were added to the Miscellaneous Class of the American Kennel Club in 1888. The AKC gave this toy breed full recognition in 1900.  But, it was only in 1911 that the Poms became popular in the United States because of their fantastic performance at a dog show at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The Poms are even today among the most popular breeds in the U.S.

Pomeranian Physical Characteristics

Poms are tiny, fluffy dogs with small ears and wedge-shaped skulls. They have a distinct fox-like appearance. They have dark, almond-shaped eyes, sharp white teeth, dark noses, and small and erect ears.  These little guys are small, never more than 7 pounds, and never more than 12 inches at shoulder height. Pom puppies are born without a tail but grow one as they get older.

And it’s essential…

Poms have a thick double coat consisting of a soft undercoat and a long, straight, somewhat coarse outer coat. The skin is usually chocolate, blue and tan, blue, black and tan, red, orange, or sable red, sable, white, or brindle.

Temperament and Personality

Have you seen Pom Puppies? They never remain still; they are always running about the house, always hurrying to get somewhere. Poms are always trotting around the place as if searching for something important.  These are highly active small-size dogs with the same personality as the sled dogs and herding dogs from which they bred hundreds of years ago.  The Pom is happy enough to run around the house but loves long walks outside. He does well in dog sports, such as agility, obedience, freestyle, rallying, and tracking.

We should also note that…

Poms are highly adaptable.  The thing about Poms is that they can live happily, absolutely anywhere. These are naturally happy, non-fussy dogs that can live happily in a small apartment in a city or a farmhouse in the countryside.  However, they hate being left outside on their own on the lawn. They want to stay in the house with their human family. They want to be a part of everything you do.

But beware…

They are intelligent, curious dogs, always interested in whatever is going on in the world around them. They are alert and always on the lookout for strangers. You can be sure that they will alert you with their shrill bark when someone approaches the house.

Potential Health Concerns

The Pomeranian is a healthy dog with a life expectancy of 15 years. Small-sized dogs are generally healthier than big-sized dogs, and the Poms are among the healthiest breeds.

But even the Pom can suffer from certain health conditions such as…

They are also susceptible to dental problems, especially as they get older. You must brush your teeth regularly and get them checked by a veterinarian every 3 to 6 months.

And while…

Many of these conditions may not be life-threatening, but they can become quite expensive, particularly if they become recurring issues.  This is why we here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be suitable for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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  • Lamie May 12, 2021, 7:42 pm

    hi I would like a pom but I cannot because it cannot come inside and it is to expensive!

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