You know how cute Pomeranian dogs are, but the question is, is this the right dog for you? Pomeranians look like small cuddly cubs, but they are quite aggressive, too! Before getting one, know some important Pomeranian facts first. Check out this Pomeranian dog guide below!
What Are Pomeranian Dogs Like?
- Curious and alert
- Bossy and possessive
- Barking problems
- Likes attention and affection
The American Kennel Club describes the Pomeranians as:
The Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality. This compact little dog is an active toy breed with an alert character and fox-like expression. Today, the Pomeranian is a popular companion dog and competitive show dog. They can come in all colors, patterns, and variations although orange and red are the most popular.
Pomeranian dogs or Poms are known for their big personalities. Do not underestimate them for their size. They are very alert dogs and make for great watch dogs at home! This small dog breed is also a curious bunch. They like to observe their surroundings.
— Dogalize (@Dogalize) February 3, 2017
Poms love to be the center of attention, and they’ll actually go the extra mile to satisfy their attention craving. This is why Poms are great for pet owners who can stay at home and devote their love and affection to their pets.
However, if you have a family with small children, it may not be a good idea to have a Pom around due to its possessive nature. They don’t like their toys and snacks being touched or played with. This can cause a Pom to snap and bite and from then on will have resentment for the kids.
Another behavior problem to deal with is their tendency to bark at literally everything they see. They love to bark. It could be small dog syndrome where the loudness of their barks makes up for their small size. Anyhow, despite this personality, it is not a good idea to keep a Pom sheltered at home. Poms need to socialize and be independent as this is best for them.
On the other hand, barking problems can be avoided and resolved with proper training. The only issue is, Poms are very hard to train! They’re a yappy dog breed, stubborn, and manipulative. You must be very patient in training one. Moreover, Poms are bossy and don’t like to be bossed around. They also know how to use their charm and adorable looks to their advantage if they don’t like what you’re asking them to do.
Their weakness? Food! Use food and treats as motivation during training sessions. Praise them, it makes them happy. Keep the training sessions short, but you need to decide when it’s time to stop, not your dog. Always show your Pom that you’re the leader of the pack. Once a Pom decides to respect your authority, you can even do agility training with him, too!
To prevent Poms from being too standoffish to people, make sure to take them out for walks and let them socialize with both humans and animals. They constantly need to experience new things to be able to adapt better.
Size and Color:
- Looks like a fox
- Comes in a multitude of colors
It is hard not to resist the Pom’s fox-like looks. They are a small breed with soft hair and small, wedge-shaped, erect ears. Their eyes are almond-shaped and they have dark eye rims and noses. One exceptional feature of the Pom is their feathered tail.
On the average, Pomeranian dogs will weigh 3 to 7 pounds. If you plan to make your Pom a show dog, they should be around 4 to 6 pounds. They stand 7 to 12 inches at the withers.
For the Pom’s coat, it has a thick double coat. The undercoat is thick and soft and the top coat is harsh, long, and straight. They come in different colors and patterns and can be solid or particolored. Some of the most common colors we see are orange, black, chocolate, and white.
- Daily physical activity
- Needs mental stimulation
Being small dogs, Pomeranian dogs will thrive in both big and small dwellings. They are quite energetic so a daily walk is required. If you live in an apartment, make sure to give your Pom time for physical activity as it is mischievous and will find a way to burn off that excess energy. Physical activity also helps Poms maintain their temperament.
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You must know that Poms are very smart dogs, which is why they need to be mentally stimulated. As mentioned earlier, Poms are mischievous as this is their way of sharpening their minds. Agility training is really good for Pomeranians as it works out both their minds and body.
Asking the real questions here…who’s cuter?
Feeding a Pomeranian:
When feeding Pomeranian dogs, you will have to base it on the weight of your pooch. If your Pom weighs 5 pounds, you can feed it 1 1/4 cups per day. For Poms weighing 6 pounds, 2 cups/day is good.
Since Poms are energetic dogs, they burn calories fast. Feed your Pomeranian three to four meals a day with the total amount divided equally into these meals. Give him breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but never before sleeping. For adult Poms, two meals a day will suffice.
Life Span of A Pomeranian:
— PetInsuranceQuotes (@PetInsQuotes) September 24, 2015
Good news! Your little pooch has an average lifespan of 12 to 16 years. As your pup grows older, these are the Pomeranian health concerns to watch out for: hypoglycemia, eye problems, tracheal collapse, coat loss, patellar luxation, and hypothyroidism.
- Moderate shedding
- Twice a week hair brushing
- Weekly ear check up and monthly nail trimming
Despite having so much hair, you’d be happy to know that Pomeranian dogs are moderate shedders only. The male Poms shed their undercoat yearly, while unspayed female dogs shed when in heat, stressed, or just after giving birth.
Nonetheless, it is highly recommended to brush a Pom’s hair twice a week to prevent hair tangles and brush off the loose hair. This will also help distribute the natural oils of their skin and coat, which helps in maintaining their soft and silky coat.
— Puppies Care (@puppiescare) March 21, 2017
Poms do not require frequent bathing; you can bathe them as needed. However, since Poms are small dogs, they are more prone to teeth problems when they grow older. So make sure that you do daily teeth brushing or at least once a week at minimum. As for the ears, check for wax build up and infection weekly, and do monthly nail trimming.
The price of a Pomeranian Puppy:
There are several factors that affect the pricing of a Pomeranian pup like season, bloodline, color, and age. In general, the cost of a Pom pup is between $800 to $2,000. Puppies from licensed breeders will surely cost more compared to those offered by backyard breeders. Your pup will come with official papers if you choose to buy from licensed breeders.
Now if you’re interested in a pup that has a championship lineage, be prepared to pay around $3,500. For those who want to adopt Pom puppies, the price range for adoption is around $100 to $500.
Just a tip though, if you want to land a good deal, buy a Pom during the winter season. There is less demand during this time and prices will significantly go lower.
History of a Pomeranian:
Poms really are big dog personality in a little dog package The Pomeranian originates from the Artic or Spitz… https://t.co/b7yyGAaDm1
— Int’l Pomsky Assc. (@IntlPomskyAssoc) February 10, 2016
Originally known as the Zwergspitz, Pomeranian dogs actually descend from the spitz-type dog breed. They were used as sheep-herding dogs and were actually bigger before…like 25 pounds heavier! Now, Poms are very popular toy dogs both in competitions and at home. Pomeranian dogs became part of the American Kennel Club Toy Group in 1888.
— Animalist Network (@Animalists) February 2, 2015
Do you know that there were two Pomeranian dogs that survived the sinking of the Titanic? There were 12 dogs on board, but only three survived. Two of which are Poms and one was a Pekingese. Lady, one of the Poms was owned by Margaret Hays and she wrapped Lady in a blanket before boarding the lifeboat. The other Pom was owned by Elizabeth Rothschild, who refused to go in the lifeboat without her Pom!
Can’t get enough of these cute fur balls? Check out their funny antics in this video compilation from World’s Fuzziest Videos:
Did reading this guide convince you enough to get your own Pom Pom? Yes? No? Well, there’s really no need to rush when deciding which kind of dog you should get. It is a very important decision and it will involve looking at different dog breeds. Hopefully, our guides here will be of great help to you in finding your perfect doggie match! Happy Reading!
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