Meet The Breeds: Pomeranian

Krysia Ng Meet The Breeds: Pomeranian

 

Pomeranian is an adorable toy dog breed that is small in size and loving in nature. The origin of this breed lies in Pomerania, located in Central Europe. It is a Spitz type of breed that is considered a descendant from the bigger Spitz-type dogs, particularly German Spitz. Pomeranians are famous for being active, capable, compact, and friendly. So, if you are searching for a dog with courage and obedience, then Pomeranian is just the right breed for you.

 

Pomeranian Dog breed information:

Pomeranians may seem like a cute little ball of fluff, but they don't always act like that. They might even try to challenge dogs larger in size, which makes them courageous among all the fellow breeds.

 

Here are some fun facts about Pomeranian for you to understand better about this breed. 

  • Breed Group: Toy Group
  • Height: 18-30 cm (Both male and female Pomeranian share almost the same height)
  • Weight: 1.4-3.2 kg for an adult (Both male and female are of almost the same weight)
  • Life Span: 12-16 years
  • Coat: Double-coat with soft, dense, short undercoat and long harsh-textured longer outer coat.
  • Color: Black, White, Tan, Orange, Grey-shaded, Brown, Cream.
  • Temperament: Sociable, Playful, Intelligent, Extroverted, Friendly, Active, Alert, Curious.
  • The difficulty level for first-time owners: On a scale of 1-10 paws, Pomeranian receives 3/10 paws Based on the feedback of numerous Pom owners. According to them, Pomeranian trainability is quite an easy task, and this breed has proven to be their best first-time dog.

 

Pomeranian History:

According to legends, the Pomeranian is a miniature-sized relative of the arctic's powerful spitz-type sled dogs. The breed was first developed in the province of Pomerania. Pomeranian has a considerable family, but their closest family members are the Schipperke, Norwegian Elkhound, German Spitz, Samoyed, and American Eskimo Dog.

 

Pomeranians have always been famous, even in their early days. Many popular people, including Martin Luther, Michelangelo, Isaac Newton, and Mozart, had Pomeranians. The popularity and demand for Poms increased in England when a 17-year-old princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and the English prince got married. She bought a pair of white dogs named Mercury and Phebe with her. Later on, Queen Victoria bred over 15 Pomeranian as she was very fond of Poms. Inspired by her passion for this breed, dog fanciers started producing smaller Pomeranians. They became a member of the American Kennel Club in 1909. Currently, Pomeranian ranks 14th best breed out of 155 breeds that are registered by the AKC.

 

What are the types of Pomeranian?

Numerous dogs have different types. For instance, poodles are of three kinds, and Labrador is of two, and so on. However, there are many names for Pomeranians, making people think that they all are different types. Poms do not have many types. However, there are various face types of Pomeranian available in the market which are:

  • Fox-Face
  • Teddy-Bear Face
  • Baby-Doll Face

 

Are Pomeranian good pets?

Pomeranian personality is characterized by being smart, energetic, and friendly. These qualities make them perfect pets for families. Generally, Poms love playing and spending time with their owners. Poms will do everything to be the center of attention of those who they love. However, they might not be a suitable pet for families with small children who don't know how to handle a Pom.

 

Are Pomeranian HDB approved?

Pomeranians are classified as a toy breed, they are approved by HDB to adopt as your pet in Singapore. In Singapore, HDB stands for Housing and Development Board. The Singaporean citizens are only allowed to keep small dogs as pets if they live in an HDB apartment. They cannot adopt large breeds as family pets. However, HDB is working on permitting large breeds with a height up to 60 cm and weigh up to 20 kg.

 

 

What health issues do Pomeranian face?

Even though they are healthy dogs, Poms are still prone to some diseases. All of them will not be affected by such health conditions, but thorough research and a detailed chat with the breeder are essential before deciding to bring this little guy into your lives. The following are some common diseases found in Pomeranian breeds:

  • Hip Dysplasia:

Pomeranian puppies tend to develop hip dysplasia, which may develop as it grows into an adult dog. In this condition, Pom's thigh bone cannot fit into its hip bone, that’s why their physical activities get affected. If you find your Pom facing discomfort in his movements, take it to the vet as soon as possible.

  • Patellar Luxation:

It is a widespread disease among Pomeranians. The word patella means kneecap. In this condition, the knee joint moves in and out of its original place, resulting in discomfort and pain. Even though it can be crippling, numerous Poms experiencing this issue throughout everyday lives. However, taking it to the vet and starting the necessary treatment is the best way to help these little creatures.

 

Are Pomeranian high maintenance?

Although they are easy to keep and train, Poms are considered a high maintenance breed. Their incredibly beautiful double coat requires multiple efforts to groom. They need regular grooming once or twice a week and regular brushing 2-3 times a week, which can be tiring and difficult for some people. Additionally, they are picky eaters. You have to keep track of their eating habits and their likes and dislikes to maintain their health.

 

Do Pomeranian bark a lot?

Yes, these little guys have a high tendency to bark, and despite their size, they bark loud. They get suspicious in the presence of strangers and start barking to alert their owners. But sometimes, they don't know when to stop. So, try to train them to stop barking on commands.

 

Are Pomeranian aggressive?

Yes, they can act aggressively at times. However, there are many reasons for their aggression, and you can control their behavior through proper training. Some Poms show aggressive attitudes to keep their family protected from any danger. Although they are usually a very well-behaved breed, they may show their anger for strangers or other animals.

 

Are Pomeranian hypoallergenic?

No, they are not hypoallergenic. Pomeranian shed quite heavily due to their double coat twice a year. But they do not possess hypoallergenic qualities, and with little care, they are proven good dogs for people with allergies.

 

What are popular mixed-breeds with Pomeranian?

There are numerous mix-breeds with poms, and some of them are described below:

  • Bichonaranian: Pomeranian/Bichon Frise.
  • Pomeagle: Pomeranian/Beagle
  • Chineranian: Pomeranian/Japanese Chin
  • Shiranian: Pomeranian/Shih Tzu
  • Pomchi: Pomeranian/Chihuahua

 

Conclusion

Pomeranians are a fantastic breed that is known for their protectiveness, intelligence, and beauty. They make great family dogs, but they should not be left alone with small kids as they are not much kid-friendly. If you think you can take good care of them, Poms will turn out to be your faithful and loving companion throughout their lives.




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