The Pomeranian came from Germany and became popular when Queen Victoria allowed some of her Pomeranian’s to be shown at a conformation show.
They are the smallest of the Spitz family but nobody has told them that, they are a small dog with a big personality. They are independent and surprisingly bold, if you are looking for a great companion dog for your household, this could be the perfect breed.
They require less exercise than other breeds and would make a great flat/apartment dog. They will still enjoy a good daily walk especially, if they have no garden to run around. They are fairly playful dogs, so as long as they get some playtime, they will be happy.
A bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty of exercise to keep them out of trouble.
They love being with you and older kids. This is not a breed for young children, they will take no nonsense and will bite anybody messing about with them. They are fairly playful so, children who are experienced with dogs might enjoy them. This is more of a adult dog and a companion for you. There are much better breeds to choose if you want a child friendly one.
They do not cope well with being left alone and are prone to suffering from separation anxiety, they are not dogs for people who work full time.
They make for great watchdogs, in fact one the best breeds, they will alert to everything little thing going on. They can be a little barky so you will need to train them to be quiet on command. They are a little un-trusting of strangers and you will need to make sure they are socialised early on to combat this.
They should be fine with other dogs and cats if brought up with them. They may enjoy chasing the neighbours cats. Make sure your outside area is well enclosed and they can’t escape when giving chase. They can be slow to house-train.
They are intelligent dogs but can be very headstrong, you will need to discover their motivation reward early on to get the best out of them. You will need to use consistency and assert yourself as top dog early on to get them to listen to you, then you will have a lovely well trained companion for life.
They are quite heavy shedders, but as they are small it doesn’t seem as much as other breeds. They will shed more in Spring and Autumn, daily brushing will always help a great deal.
The Pomeranian is believed to have descended from the Wolf-Spitz type dogs that migrated to Pomerania from the north of Russia and Siberia. It shares common ancestry with other Arctic breeds such as the Samoyed and Keeshond. These early Spitz-type dogs were used as guard and sledge animals. At this stage of development, the breed weighed up to 14kg.
- Weight -4kg –8kg
- Size – 23cm – 30cm
- They live for 10-12 years