- 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
- Overall Ease of Breed
- Home and Environment Considerations
- Physical Characteristics
Is the Pomeranian good with children?
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Does the Pomeranian shed a lot?
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How much does the Pomeranian bark? Does the Pomeranian bark too much?
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?
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How much does the Pomeranian tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Pomeranian?
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Does the Pomeranian try to run away?
Is the Pomeranian a healthy dog? The health of a Pomeranian should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. 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.
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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?
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