All about Pomeranians
"I talk to him when I'm lonesome Like;
And I'm sure he understands.
When he looks at me so attentively,
And gently licks my hands;
Then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes,
But I never say naught thereat.
For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes,
But never a friend like that.”
-W. Dayton Wedgefarth
How They Score
0 - 5 Bones
|Good w/Other Pets
Watch Dogs-They make keen watch dogs! You can trust a Pomeranian to alert you with barking upon every knock at the door, ring of the bell or random cat who happens to wander onto her territory.
Size- Pomeranians range between 3 to 7 pounds. They make great lap dogs and apartment life will suit his exercise needs well. If you're looking to make a Pom a pet, temperament should be your first consideration, not size.
Please do not let irresponsible breeders and the hype surrounding tiny dogs fool you into thinking 'smaller is better'. Please read the health issues and "Disregard the Hype!"
Friendly-This is a very "people friendly" breed. Not especially shy or timid, he can be trusted not to nip at the heels of strangers. He's friendly with and tolerant of other animals, but can become defensive and suspicous around small children.
Trainability-Under the right circumstances, Poms do well with obediance training. It's important to let this breed know that you're 'in charge' without being too harsh. We highly recommend these positive training techniques.
Excitability-Not especially temperamental, they are easy going and relaxed for the most part. Supervision is always recommended with small children.
Pomeranians are not a good idea for people with small children.
Even the most well behaved child can’t help mishandling a dog this small.
Pomeranians can also become nervous and snap at children. Despite being small, they can pack a serious bite.
Side Note:With the popularity of small breed dogs increasing, so too has the number of breeders. To satisfy the demand, oppurtunists (like puppy mills) are taking advantage and producing inferior puppies for the sake of profit while their breeding dogs suffer unimaginably from disease and neglect. Most of the time living their entire lives in tiny cages.
There is most definitely a Pomeranian rescue group near you. Learn all the reasons why adoption might be the right choice for you.
Other Stuff You Might Like to Know…
Frequent grooming- A Pomeranian's coat requires a commitment of brushing at least 2-3 times weekly to keep it from becoming matted.
Heavy Shedding- Heavy shedding can't be avoided. Brushing will help to loosen some of the undercoat before it makes it's way around your house, but over grooming can damage the coat.
Housebreaking Difficulties- Toy breeds are among the hardest dogs to housebreak and pomeranians are no exception. You'll need to be very patient with this breed and probably clean up several messes in the meantime. Small dogs come with small bladders.
Separation Anxiety is common. He will often show frustration by destructive chewing and barking or by hiking his leg on furniture. Click the link above for helpful tips to stop these destructive behaviors.
Disregarding the hype- There is technically no such thing as a ‘tea cup', 'toy' or 'mini' Pomeranian. These are invented terms used to market tiny dogs and sell them for ridiculous prices. There is no way to guarantee the size a dog will be once he's fully grown.
|Pomeranians three pounds and under are at an even greater risk for some of the serious health issues listed below.|
The smaller your dog, the more fragile her bones are. Broken bones caused by falls are more common among toy breeds.
Hypoglycemia is also a matter of concern for the owners of these small breed dogs. Often their tiny bodies are unable to properly regulate blood sugar levels.
Seizures- Pomeranians are known to suffer from epilepsy. While some seizures could be brought on by hypoglycemia, other causes of these seizures are simply unknown.
Tooth Problems- Pomeranias suffer tooth loss at a much higher rate than other breeds. Proper tooth care is important to the health of your dog. Bacteria from tooth decay can quickly spread through the bodies of these tiny dogs causing illness or even death.
If you're looking to share your home with a dog and you've got a soft spot for an animal in need, become a foster parent for a dog in need of a temporary home. There are countless pomeranians in immediate need of someone like you who cares.
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