Pomeranians are attentive energetic, affectionate, lively, intelligent, curious, and playful dogs who know how to charm people.
If you have met a Pomeranian in the past, chances are you have noticed that they are overly confident
You may have heard of German Spitz dogs Keeshond, Grosspitz, Mittelspitz or Kleinspitz? The Pomeranians too belongs to this family.
In the USA, we are an established and popular breed. More recently, European countries have also seen an increased following. No wonder, because they are attentive, energetic, affectionate, lively, intelligent, curious, and playful dogs who know how to charm people.
Our devotion to humans means that we get frustrated if we are left to ourselves for a longer period. Therefore, it often takes a lot of training to ensure we do not suffer from separation anxiety. Training must start from an early age.
If you have met this dogbreed in the past, chances are you have noticed that they are overly confident. The smaller the dog, the louder the bark. They show little respect for dogs larger than ourselves. In other words: do not be fooled by our modest size.
By the way, we love to learn new things and are considered easy to raise.
As mentioned, we are affectionate towards our owners, but towards strangers, we can be skeptical. This quality makes us work well as guard dogs, without us being aggressive for that reason.
Since we are willing to learn and like to be active, we are naturals in agility training. Of course, we also need walks for exercise. But you do not need to have the most active lifestyle to own a Pomeranian due to our tiny legs. A small step for mankind is like sixteen steps for a Pomeranian.
Spitz dogs generally have a well-developed vocal apparatus capable of producing a lot of sounds. We are no exception- we sure know how to make a lot of noise! This is not necessarily a negative trait as it makes us suitable as watchdogs. Is there an unknown person near the home where I live? You can be sure that I will notify you.
Few people are interested in having a dog that barks all the time. Therefore, we depend on you from an early age to train us on when we should or shouldn't bark.
If you are consistent with bark control training, it is achievable to get a Pomeranian to bark only in certain situations. However, Getting a completely silent Pomeranian is unrealistic.
Pomeranian has a lot of fur and requires a lot of care
We have a lot of fur (double layer of hair) that requires a lot of care. We a fair bit, but this will not be a problem as long as our owners make sure to brush through the coat regularly. Preferably several times a week. During seasonal changes, the coat will be completely replaced, and daily care is necessary.
A healthy breed
Like most small dogs, we have a long life expectancy. It is not at all uncommon for us to live for 12-15 years.
Most of us are healthy and well. Nevertheless, there are a number of health problems that can affect us. Not uncommon for Pomeranians, is knee joint defects. Some individuals may also develop retinal problems or problems with coughing. Some also experience hair loss. Another condition that can affect the breed is Cryptorchidism, which is when one of the testicles is not in the scrotum.
Heart and kidney problems and water head are other examples of conditions that can occur.
Prioritize finding a serious breeder who focuses on health as opposed to aesthetics if you are considering getting this dog breed.
Q: Are Pomeranians good with children?
A: Yes, the breed can be good with children. However, as with any dog breed, it is important to supervise interactions between dogs and children to ensure everyone is safe. It is also important to teach children how to interact with dogs properly and to be gentle with them.
Q: How much exercise do they need?
A: They are a small breed and do not require as much exercise as larger dogs. However, they still need daily exercise to keep them healthy and happy. Short walks or play sessions indoors can be enough for them.
Q: Is this a hypoallergenic dog-breed?
A: No, they are not considered hypoallergenic. They do shed, and their double-layered fur can collect dander and other allergens.
Q: Can they live in apartments?
A: Yes, they can live in apartments. They are a small breed and do not require a lot of space. However, they still need daily exercise and mental stimulation, which can be provided through walks, play sessions, and training.
Q: Is this dogbreed easy to train?
A: Yes, they are generally considered easy to train. They are intelligent and eager to please, making them quick learners. However, as with any dog breed, early training and socialization are important for them to develop good behavior.
Q: Do Pomeranians bark a lot?
A: They are known for being a talkative breed and can bark a lot if not properly trained. Early bark control training can help them learn when it is appropriate to bark and when it is not.
Q: How often should I groom my Pomeranian?
A: They require regular grooming due to their double-layered fur. They should be brushed several times a week, and during seasonal changes, daily grooming is necessary. Bathing should be done every few months, or as needed.
Q: Do this breed have health issues?
A: Like any dog breed, they can be prone to certain health issues such as knee joint defects, retinal problems, coughing, hair loss, Cryptorchidism, heart and kidney problems, and water head. It is important to prioritize finding a reputable breeder who focuses on health when considering getting a Pomeranian. Regular check-ups with a veterinarian can also help prevent and detect any health issues early on.