Don't be fooled by their size.
You may have heard of German Spitz dogs Keeshond, Grosspitz, Mittelspitz or Kleinspitz? The Pomeranian 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 Pomeranians 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 a Pomeranian in the past, chances are you have noticed that they are overly confident. The smaller the dog, the louder the bark. Pomeranians show little respect for dogs larger than ourselves. In other words: do not be fooled by our modest size.
By the way, Pomeranians 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. Pomeranians 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
Pomeranians 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 Pomeranian, 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 a Pomeranian.