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Feisty, energetic and fun
The pomeranian is a pocket rocket that belongs to the German Spitz family.
Originally descending from sledge pulling Arctic dogs, the Pomeranian found a huge fan in Queen Victoria who bought the breed home from Italy and bred and showed them herself.
Since then, Pomeranians have become smaller still and today’s smaller variety Pomeranians measure between 18 to 22 centimetres the larger variety 22 to 28 centimetres. They weigh between one and three kilograms. An average life is 12 to 16 years.
Pomeranians’ fluffy coats comes in 12 colour options.
Don’t be fooled by their size – in personality this breed is anything but small. These fiesty pocket-rockets love to take centre stage.
Pomeranians are in denial about their diminutive size. Cocky and animated, they can be a lot of fun to be around. They’re intelligent, engaging and keen to learn new tricks.
Though all this chutzpah can be cute, it’s important to gently remind your Pomeranian who’s really the boss.
It’s advisable not to carry them around too much in case they get too comfortable with the situation.
Pomeranians are generally friendly and lively, but they can be aggressive to other dogs. Barking and yappy-ness can become annoying habits so early socialisation training is advisable.
Pomeranians are well suited to life in apartments and are among the more robust of the “toy” varieties.
The tiny pomeranians’ exercise needs are as simple as a 30-minute walk or a play in an enclosed space.
They will however need attention and enrichment to stop them getting bored. Discipline is important, particularly to keep on top of barking or aggressive behaviour.
Because they are so small, care needs to be taken in particular to avoid broken bones – either through rough handing or risk-taking by a pint-sized pooch that doesn’t realise how fragile it really is.
The lush coat will need grooming a couple of times a week to keep it at its best.
Pomeranians are known as one of the hardiest of the toy breeds but they are not without problems.
Loose knees, open skulls, low blood sugar, loss of teeth, and eye problems have all been reported. Dislocation and broken bones can be common.
Check the history of your puppy’s parents to make sure you are getting a sound puppy.
Pomeranians don’t have big appetites. They prefer to graze rather than have large regular meals.