- Group – Toy
- Height – 8-11 inches at the shoulder
- Weight – 2-4 KG
- Life Span – 12-16 years
The Pomeranian is a very inquisitive dog. He’s intelligent and trains well. Moreover, he’s quite wary of strangers, so may serve as a great ‘ though tiny ‘ watch dog.
The Pomeranian was not well known until about 1870, when The Kennel Club (England) first recognized the breed. In 1888, on a trip to France, Queen Victoria became enamored by a Pomeranian named Marco, and brought him back with her to England. As legend has it, Queen Victoria wanted her favorite dog, a Pom named Turi, to be with her when she died. Turi was with Victoria when she died in 1901. Other enthusiasts of the breed include Marie Antoinette, Amadeus Mozart and Emile Zola.
The Pomeranian was shown in the Miscellaneous Class of the American Kennel Club as far back as 1888. They were accepted for full registration in 1900, as a member of the Toy Group. The American Pomeranian Club held its first specialty show in 1911. Today’s Pom excels not only in the conformation show ring, but also in obedience, agility and other performance disciplines
Personality and Temperament
Pomeranians are intelligent and eager to learn. Very loyal to their family, these dogs are protective of children.
This breed gets along well with other dogs and most household pets. However, They do not do well with a lot of attention from young children.
Hair, Care and Grooming
The undercoat is soft and dense. The outer coat is long, straight, glistening and harsh in texture, standing off from the body and forming a frill around the neck, shoulders and chest. The tail is profusely covered with long, harsh, spreading, straight. The Pomeranian’s coat sheds constantly and it needs daily brushing in order to prevent tangling and matting. This grooming habit will help prevent dandruff as well. You should also clean its ears and eyes prevent potential problems and infections.
You should be aware of a few health conditions that are fairly common with Pomeranians. One of the most frequent is early tooth loss. You can help prevent this by feeding your Pomeranian a healthy diet of dry dog food that helps condition its teeth and gums. You can also brush your Pomeranian’s teeth daily. Always check with the breeder in order to identify any potential problems in the parental lines of a Pomeranian and make sure your dog gets regular check-ups so issues can be identified early on.
Training and Activity
This breed should be trained at an early age to control its barking. They are quite intelligent, so training goes quite smoothly.
A Pomeranian enjoys short walks and playing in the yard.
Pomeranians are known to be picky eaters, and since this breed needs to be fed dry dog food in order to prevent tooth loss, feeding them can be a problem. Try to stay away from table scraps – your Pomeranian will develop a taste for it and may ignore its dry food altogether.