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About the Breed: Pomeranian


Pomeranians are active watchdogs and affectionate companions.


The Pomeranian is a miniaturized relation of the powerful spitz-type sled dogs of the Arctic. The breed is named for Pomerania, the area of northeastern Europe that is now part of Poland and western Germany.


This is a very intelligent breed which thrives on human companionship, and for this reason, they do not make good kennel dogs. Though they can be aloof with strangers, they are affectionate and devoted to their family and friends. They love being with you, whether for long walks in the country, visits with friends, or restful evenings curled up by a fire. Pomeranians are very sensitive little dogs; they sense and respond to your moods and feelings. They adapt to almost any lifestyle and most Pomeraians readily mix with other pets.


  • Incredibly loyal and loving

  • Playful and willing to please

  • Smart and independent


  • Can be barky and reactive to noise.

  • Difficult to housebreak.

  • Professional grooming highly recommended.

  • Must be leashed or exercised in a securely fenced yard. They can wander and it takes consistency to build a strong recall response.

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Best With

  • People who are home much of the time or have plenty of time to spend with their dog. For those who work, Pomeranians benefit from having another dog or cat companion.

  • People who are willing to consistently train with positive reinforcement.

  • People who like moderate grooming.

Not For

  • People who prefer a quieter household.

  • People who don't have the patience or willingness to manage housebreaking.

  • People who want a dog they can take off leash.




Height about 10 inches. Proportion: body slightly longer from the point of shoulder to root of tail than the height at withers. Weight: 9 to 15 pounds is ideal.




Energy Level:


Moderately active, but can get their exercise met running around the house and a yard. They like walks. Older dogs tend to be more mellow.

Life Expectancy:

On average, 12 to 15 years.



This breed does NOT do well with small children, and careful attention must be paid with any child under the age of 8. Because they are small, and can be easily injured if tripped over or fallen upon, care must be taken around all people.

Other Animals:


Friendly with other animals. Can be tentative with new dogs or cats, but once they know them, they become part of the pack.



Pomeranians love to please. Obedience, rally, agility, or other dog activities can appeal to them, but they tend to be a bit independent in their thinking. They respond well to positive reinforcement.



Needs deep brushing weekly and will “blow” their coat twice a year—this is when they could benefit from a professional grooming. Do NOT shave the coat, it provides natural protection from cold and heat.   Bathe every 1-2 months. Trim pads and nails regularly.


Pomeranians are prone to a few health issues such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Patellar Luxation and collapsing trachea.

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