Pomeranian

BreedsAbout the Breed: Pomeranian

Pomeranians are active watchdogs and affectionate companions.

History

Please see the American Pomeranian Club for a detailed history.

Personality:

Pomeranians are alert, active, and are alarm barkers. They typically love people and are very affectionate, making them great companions. They are smart and easily trainable.

Best with:

  • Poms do best with people who are home much of the time or spend time with them. For those who work, they would benefit from having another dog or cat companion.
  • People who are willing to consistently train with positive reinforcement
  • People who like to groom or have a great groomer.

Not for:

  • Families with young children or who plan to have young children in the near future.
  • People who are not willing to take the time and money to train.
  • People who live in an apartment or have shared walls with others. Poms are alarm barkers.
  • People who need to leave their dog alone all day.

Pros:

  • Incredibly loyal and loving.
  • Playful and willing to please.
  • Extremely smart, quick learners.

Cons:

  • Can be difficult to housebreak.
  • Can be barky and reactive to noise.
  • Can be intolerant of young children
  • Professional grooming highly recommended

More Info:

www.akc.org

American Pomeranian Club

Characteristics

Size:

Females and Males are roughly similar sizes and weights. Poms coming through rescue are typically larger than the show Breed Standard. Most rescue Poms are from 8-14 lbs, are square in body and are normally around 10 inches tall.

Color:

The most common colors are Orange or Tan with or without Sabling (black tips and mask). Pom can also come in Cream, White, Dark Red, Black, Black and Tan, Tri or Parti. Merle or blue typically denotes mixed breeds or careless breeding which can come with health issues.

Energy Level:

Active, but can get their exercise met running around the house. They do like walks. Older dogs tend to be more mellow, but Poms will act like puppies until very old age.

Life Expectancy:

2 to 15 years.

Children:

Does well with older, dog savvy, respectful children. Due to the history most rescue Poms have had with children, we will not consider homes with children under 10 yrs old.

Other Animals:

Very friendly with other animals. Due to their diminutive size and the fact they think they are bigger than they are, Poms should be watched careful around animals bigger than them.

Abilities:

Poms love to please. Obedience, rally, agility, or other dog activities appeal to them.

Shedding/Grooming:

Poms have a very thick costs consisting of guard hairs with a thick undercoat. They should be brushed deeply weekly to remove shedding undercoat. They luxurious coat keeps them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The guard hairs, which is what is visible, should not be cut back or shaved. The undercoat will “blow” in the spring and fall. A professional groomer would be a big help during this time.

Health:

Poms are generally healthy little dogs, but will require either regular teeth brushing or dental cleanings. Common genetic issues seen in many rescue Poms include luxating patellas and collapsing trachea. Good breeders will screen for these issues prior to breeding.