First of all, although not officially recognised by Pomeranian breeders many prospective owners will think there are different varieties of the Pomeranian breed: Teacup, Toy, Mini, Miniature, Pocket, Teddy Bear and Standard. In fact, this is not the case and Pomeranians only come in one registered variety.
Pomeranians stand 5-11 in (13-28 cm) at the withers and generally weigh between 4.2-7.7 lb (1.9-3.5 kg). This breed is compact but of sturdy build with an abundant textured, double coat with a highly plumed tail set high and flat. Poms are well known for the ruff of fur on their neck and they come in the widest variety of coat colours of any dog breed including white, black, brown, red, orange, cream, blue, sable, black and tan, brown and tan, spotted, brindle, plus combinations of those colours and merle which is a recent colour developed by breeders. The outer coat is long, straight, and harsh in texture while the undercoat is soft, thick and short.
The average life expectancy of a Pomeranian is 12 to 16 years.
Every dog has specific traits and temperament you should thoroughly research before welcoming a new pet into your home. Be sure to fully understand the breed and if it will suit your lifestyle and expectations before buying or adopting a dog.
Temperament: Pomeranians are usually friendly and playful dogs however they can be aggressive towards other pets as they are very alert and aware of the territory. This means that although ideal if you live in a flat, your new Pom may bark quite often to inform you of a stranger approaching the house. If you have sensitive neighbours this is an aspect to keep into consideration. As with all pets, a Pomeranian will need to be properly socialised and trained to reduce the risk of your dog becoming aggressive towards other animals or people.
Exercise Requirements: All dogs need to be active and go for a stroll or run at the park. The Pomeranian is no different and it requires a minimum of one walk every day. As this breed is very lively and intelligent, you may want to mix it up by introducing indoor games and training so that your pet doesn’t get bored and releases any build-up energy. A pooch that doesn’t get sufficient exercise will most likely become anxious and cause trouble at home like chewing and barking. This type of dog responds very well to training so it will be a pleasure to teach your pet some new tricks and commands.
Health: Pomeranians are subject to mostly the same health issues as any other breed although hip dysplasia has a lower incidence because of their lightweight build. Among the most common diseases affecting this type of dog we can count:
Give your pet the attention and love it needs!
Although this breed doesn’t require much exercise, it still needs to interact with the owner and other people in order to feel as part of the family. Spend time engaging in games with your pooch, strengthen the relationship and you will soon realise how this breed can unconditionally return all the affection it receives.