- Full Name
- Alternate Names
- Pom, Pom-Pom, Deutscher Spitz, Zwergspitz, Dwarf Spitz
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- Life Span
- 15 years
- 3 - 7 pounds
One of the smallest dog breeds in the world, but not in personality. They not only have regular winners in the Westminster agility contest, but actually serve as decent guard dogs because of how attentive they are. Of course, they probably will have a hard time of warding off intruders because of their size, but they are intelligent, aware, and can quickly bark and let their owners know if someone is at the door.
Pomeranians are probably the dog that most resembles a stuffed animal, and oftentimes receive "wows" from people when they first see them- their cuteness is unmatched. They are extroverts, friendly with people, and very loyal to their family. They are independent, have a big personality, and can be good with children and strangers, but do need good socialization and some time. They are relatively easy to be trained, and excellent dogs for apartment living, not only due to their size, but they are fairly independent, and should be ok for someone who regularly works, as long as they get regular exercise and attention in the morning and evening.
The Pomeranian is a healthy dog, but do have certain health disorders that owners need to be careful with. They are oftentimes a "designer" breed- and some irresponsible breeders will try and over-emphasize certain characteristics, like small size, and the breed will suffer with health risks because of it. With that said, they are still one of the dogs with the longest life average of about 15 years.
- Bred For
- Family Considerations
- Child Friendly
- Stranger Friendly
- Dog Friendly
- Likes to Cuddle
- Service Dog Ability
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Ease for Novice
- Training Potential
- Amount of Shedding
- Ease of Grooming
- Exercise Need
- Amount of Barking
- Guard Dog Ability
- Tolerates Being Alone
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Good for Apartment Living
- Tolerates Heat
- Tolerates Cold
- Potential to Run Away
- Physical Characteristics
- General Health
- Energy Level
- Amount of Drooling
- Prey Drive
Is the Pomeranian good with children? Nearly all dogs enjoy playing with small children, but some can play too rough, or be a bit careless. In some cases dogs can get jealous of small children, or try and "herd" them due to their natural instincts.
Is the Pomeranian friendly with strangers? Getting a dog that is friendly with people really depends on what your lifestyle is. Dogs who are more cautious with strangers oftentimes make good guard dogs, which can be a great fit for some owners. If you are social, live in the city, or frequently have guests over, you may want to consider getting a stranger friendly dog.
Is the Pomeranian friendly with other dogs? Of course this is particularly important if you already have another dog at home. However, it's an important factor to consider as well if you plan on frequently going to the dog park. Otherwise, even a dog who is not automatically friendly with other dogs can be an excellent fit, as they can still be affectionate with their human family.
Does the Pomeranian like to cuddle? All dogs want love, but they have different boundaries when it comes to physical affection. If you plan on frequently having a dog on your lap or pushed up against you, then you should consider whether this breed enjoys that.
Does the Pomeranian like to play? All puppies are playful, but as adults certain dogs are more playful. If you have children, or otherwise want to keep your dog active with plenty of play, there are plenty of options of breeds who will be happy to play all day.
Does the Pomeranian make a good service dog? When looking to train a service dog it's important to consider how they were historically bred, and if their personality makes a good fit. A service dog must be smart, patient, and obsessed with pleasing their owner. Working dogs are a good fits since service dog 'work' gives them a feeling of accomplishment from doing a job.
Is the Pomeranian good for first time owners? Dogs that are good for first time owners are ones who are easy to train, and are eager to please their owner. Very large dogs, or dogs with very high energy may also not be the best for first time owners since it adds a layer of complexity.
How well can the Pomeranian be trained? This rating is about the training potential of the Pomeranian. Dogs with high training potential oftentimes are good service dogs, police dogs, and dog show competition dogs. This does not necessarily mean they are the easiest to train, since many will be very intelligent and demanding.
Does the Pomeranian shed a lot?
Is the Pomeranian easy to groom?
Does the Pomeranian need a lot of exercise?
How smart is the Pomeranian?
How much does the Pomeranian bark? Does the Pomeranian bark too much? It depends on your lifestyle, and where you live. Dogs use barking to communicate, keep guard, and alert. A strong bark can be a good characteristic for guard dogs, or flock guardian dogs who need to be vocal.In apartment living you should consider getting a dog who is less vocal.
Is the Pomeranian a good guard dog?
Is the Pomeranian good at staying alone? Is the Pomeranian independent?
Is the Pomeranian a good apartment dog? Can the Pomeranian live in an apartment without becoming frustrated or destructive? Typically people immediately consider the size of the dog, but energy level and historical habitat are also factors.
How big is the Pomeranian?
How much does the Pomeranian tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Pomeranian?
How much does the Pomeranian tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Pomeranian?
Does the Pomeranian try to run away? Some dogs have natural wanderlust and are escape artists... they will do everything to get out and explore.
Is the Pomeranian a healthy dog? The general health of a Pomeranian should be measured not just by how many years they live, but how often they have health issues during their lives. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.
How energetic is the Pomeranian? Is the Pomeranian too energetic for your lifestyle?
How much does the Pomeranian drool?
Does the Pomeranian have a large prey drive? Does the Pomeranian like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals? Prey drive can be bothersome at the park, but really an issue at home if you have small animals, since this comes as a natural instinct for dogs with high prey drive, to chase cats, birds, etc.
Is the Pomeranian atheltic? Is the Pomeranian fast and strong?
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