The Pomeranian is a cocky and animated Nordic dog with great intelligence, making him a great family pet. His smiling, foxy face and vivacious personality makes him one of the world’s most popular toy breeds.
The Pomeranian is inquisitive, bold and lively.
The Pomeranian may have a tiny body, but he has a commanding, big-dog demeanor. They are alert and intelligent, making them great watchdogs. They're also easily trained, mastering tricks and games with ease.
As much as Pomeranians enjoy being lap dogs, they're also an active breed. For most, indoor play and short walks are sufficient, making them a great dog for either the city or the suburbs.
Poms are notorious for escaping through small crevices or gaps in fencing and even climbing over short fences.
Their intelligence, coupled with their energy, makes them great for activities like agility, rally and obedience. They also make excellent therapy dogs.
12 to 16 years
The Pomeranian’s coat comes in many colors including solid or combinations of beaver, black, blue, blue merle, chocolate, cream, orange, red and white. It’s most commonly seen in orange or red, however.
A Pomeranian’s double coat is one of its most distinguishing characteristics and requires frequent brushing. Despite their fluffy coat, they are not heavy shedders.
Pomeranians are generally healthy, but watch for signs of luxating patella (kneecaps that slip out of place), hypothyroidism, collapsing tracheas, congestive heart failure, seizure and alopecia X.
When it comes to choosing the best dog food for your Pomeranian, keep his unique breed traits in mind. Because Pomeranians are a toy breed, select a toy or small breed dog food formulated to maintain his ideal body condition.
These foods may include:
Remember puppies of all breeds have unique nutritional needs during their first year of life. Selecting a formula containing DHA will nourish brain and vision development and antioxidants support their developing immune system to ensure they thrive during this critical time.
The following foods meet the needs of a growing puppy:
The Pomeranian is a miniaturized relation of the powerful sled dogs of the Artic. The Pom, also known as the Zwergspitz, is the smallest of these sled or "spitz" dogs.
Queen Victoria was such a fan of the breed after bringing one back from Italy, she became a breeder of the tiny dog. She’s also credited with reducing the Pom’s size.
Other famous historical figures fond of Pomeranians include Marie Antoinette, Emile Zola and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.