A nickname of ‘Pom Pom’? The Pomeranian sure has earned it. With a face almost obscured by an explosion of glorious fluff, this breed’s unmistakable look is created by the fusion of a soft undercoat and rougher outer coat. The Pomeranian’s inquisitive and independent attitude sets it apart from other dogs in the toy dog category. Here’s our whizz through its characteristics.
Breed Group: Toy
Coat length: Medium
Exercise: Up to 30 minutes per day
Grooming required?: Every day
The clue to the Pomeranian’s cold-weather-friendly fur coat lies in its heritage. It’s said to have descended from the Spitz family of dogs, which you’d have seen pulling sleds in the Arctic once upon a time. The region of Pomerania spanned modern-day Germany and Poland – this is where the Pomeranian was bred down to size.
Pomeranians tend to live for somewhere between 12 and 16 years.
This breed is prone to knee problems, heart problems, eye infections, skin irritations and tooth trouble. A diet of dry dog food can help prevent tooth decay and early tooth loss.
The “dainty little extrovert”
The folks over at The Kennel Club coined this phrase to describe the lively yet dignified Pomeranian. And to be honest, we couldn’t put it better ourselves.
Small Dog Syndrome
As with all toy dogs, this breed is at risk of developing behaviour problems if not adequately socialised. A firm but gentle hand will prevent yours from becoming overly demanding.
Pomeranians need daily exercise in the form of a short walk. Their double coat also needs some tender loving care, especially during periods of shedding.
Intelligence is a defining feature of the Pomeranian. This is good news for anyone who wants to teach their’s a trick or three, alongside a good dose of positive reinforcement training.
Pomeranians are relatively easy to housebreak.
Where to find Pom Poms
Fancy comparing fluff levels with fellow Pomeranian owners? Find a group below.
Adopt a Pomeranian
Want to adopt a Pomeranian in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Sold on the Pomeranian’s exquisite Pom Pom impression? Take a look at these Kennel Club Assured Breeders.