Want proof that good things come in small packages? Look no further than the Pomeranian. Pomeranians are among the most popular Toy Group dog breeds, thanks in no small part to their tendency to show loads of affection. Despite their compact size, this breed displays high degrees of loyalty and even some guard-dog qualities.
Country of Origin
Spitz family, Toy Group
Male 6-7 In
Female 3-7 In
Male 3-7 Ib
Female 12-16 Ib
In a Nutshell
Any Pom owner will tell you that their dog doesn’t act small. Nicknamed “the little dog who thinks he/she can,” it’s no surprise that these little pooches are regarded as big dogs in small bodies. Plan on plenty of walks and lots of noisy play.
Even though Poms may be great apartment pets, they can be quite vocal. Your neighbors may not be thrilled about the noise, but they’ll love your Pomeranian as soon as they’ve been properly introduced.
Life With a Pomeranian
Amount of Shedding
Tendency of Barking
Couldn’t care less
Apartment will do
Looks & Personality
Poms have a luxuriant, fluffy double coat that comes in a beautiful array of colors, from rich red to black and white. You might come across a white Pom with colored markings or a black Pom with tan markings, but part-colored Pomeranians tend to be rare. Don’t let the beautiful coat scare you away.
Pomeranians are not difficult to groom, requiring only one or two brushing sessions a week. Additionally, Pomeranians have fluffy tails that curl up and over the back, a foxy face with alert, wedge-shaped ears, and a thick mane around their neck that can handle the snowy plains of the breed’s native Northern Germany. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Pomeranian whose almond-shaped eyes don’t sparkle with intelligence and curiosity.
Of course, all dogs are unique in personality and temperament, but you’ll find most Poms to be quite bossy. They’re perky, friendly little dogs that aren’t afraid to verbally intimidate much bigger breeds. Luckily, they get along quite well with other dog breeds when they’re adequately socialized at a young age.
Cute, feisty, and furry, Pomeranians typically make great family dogs as they’re intelligent, loyal, and tend to get along with children. Make sure to show children the appropriate way to play with a smaller dog with a Pomeranian to avoid any mishaps or injuries.
Poms make great alert and alarm dogs, though they may be prone to excessive barking. In fact, they sometimes don’t know when to stop barking, so you may want to invest in behavioral training. On that note, Poms make great companions for the elderly because of their alertness as well as their delightful personalities.
A tip from a vet
A tip from a trainer
Did You Know
Blue Pomeranians are not actually blue. They have dull black fur with a bit of blue coloring. Some blue Poms also have blue eyes.
Two Pomeranians survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Michelangelo’s Pom famously lounged on a satin pillow and watched on as he painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
In The News
Famous Pomeranian Owners
The History Behind the Breed
If a Pomeranian Could Talk…
A Quick Anatomy Lesson
Overall the Pomeranian is a sturdy, healthy dog despite its miniature size. However, they are prone to obesity. Poms generally don’t need much food, which means it’s easy to overfeed them. Therefore, it’s important to watch their portion sizes and give them as much exercise as possible.
Common Health Problems
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