Dogs of the Spitz type have long been utilized as sled dogs and sheepdogs, and while the Pomeranian is descended from these larger breeds it is purely a companion dog today. The popularity of Poms can be directly attributed to Queen Victoria who fell in love with a dog in Italy and later advanced the breed to the public.
Poms are very courageous, loyal and intelligent dogs. They need an owner who is dominant since they can be willful at times. They are very happy dogs and are not overly clingy to their owners. They are affectionate, however, and make great companions for senior citizens. They have a great, spunky personality and can learn tricks easily.
While they do make good watchdogs, this breed has been labeled "a barker." With proper, consistent training they can be taught when enough is enough.
Poms are not recommended in families with young children since if they get nervous they can snap at little fingers. They do ok with older children who know when to leave them alone.
Poms love walks but do not need a lot of exercise. They're great for apartments and will keep themselves in shape by running and playing indoors. They need to be watched in hot weather so they don't overheat.
Pomeranians do shed regularly; so daily brushing is a must. Make sure knots are pulled out quickly since they can become monster snags!
The Pomeranian was first registered with the AKC in 1888. For more information on this fascinating little breed visit the American Pomeranian Club
website or the American Kennel Club
. If you'd like to adopt a Pom in need of a good home, you can visit Pomeranian Rescue & Adoption
website or PetFinder.com
||11 inches tall
||3 to 7 pounds
||All colors and patterns are acceptable.
||Straight, long, coarse top coat with a thick, soft undercoat.
||Requires daily brushing. The coat is not cut.
||Iceland, Lapland and Germany
||AKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, UKC
||Looks like a tiny fox.