The Pomeranian may be small in stature, but he likes to act like one of the big guys. Pomeranians are intelligent dogs making them easy to train, and they are good family pets. They can be taught to do tricks and will bond with household members quickly. This active dog is happy to exercise indoors or out, as long as he is getting some playtime and attention.
Everything You Need To Know About The Pomeranian:
1. Size And Appearance Of Dog
This toy dog is small and has a short back. He weighs anywhere from 3 to 7 pounds though the ideal weight is somewhere in the middle.
He has a double coat – a short, dense undercoat and a textured longer outer coat. He also sports a heavily plumed tail. His coat will form a ruff around his neck and frame his head.
2. Exercise Requirements
The Pomeranian has an abundance of energy and will need to be taken on walks. They enjoy being cuddly lapdogs but also benefit from some playtime and walks to keep in shape. Be careful when you are on walks with your Pom as they can be easily injured by larger breed dogs who may be aggressive toward little dogs.
3. Feeding Your Pomeranian
You should fee your Pomeranian high-quality dog food. Choose food that is appropriate for your dog’s age, so that he is getting the proper nutrients for his age. You can feed your dog commercial food or prepare your own if you prefer.
Pomeranians should not be given anything that contains refined flour, sugar, artificial colors, or preservatives. Usually, the treats you would buy at the store would include one or more of these ingredients, so it is a good idea to give your Pom homemade dog treats. That way, you can ensure your Pom is eating snacks made with wholesome and nutritious ingredients.
Pomeranians love boiled beef heart, liver, and kidney cut into small pieces. You can prepare this treat and keep it in the freezer for up to two months. Another favorite treat is small pieces of cheese.
Poms enjoy large beef bones to chew on as well. Get a bone from the local butcher and make sure it does not have any sharp edges. Chewing on large bones helps a Pom keep clean teeth and healthy gums.
Pomeranians may not realize that they are small dogs. They like to have the presence of a dog with attitude, maybe even somewhat cocky.
This active breed is intelligent and could do well in obedience competitions. As they age and start to lose their active streak, they are happy and content to be lap dogs and family companions. Pomeranians like to bark; they will definitely alert you if you have guests coming to the door.
Poms are good with people of all ages. Children should be warned that this breed is not sturdy like a large breed dog, and they need to be gentle with them. It is not a good idea to leave toddlers unattended with a dog this size.
6. Your Pomeranian With Other Pets
Many people like to have more than one pet in the house. They can keep each other company while the people are away. If a Pomeranian is well socialized, he will get along with different breeds of dogs. However, it is good to stick to small breeds and toy breeds to ensure that the dogs are safe together. A Toy Poodle, Maltese, Pug, Shih Tzu, or another Pomeranian would be a good companion dog.
Pomeranians will also get along with cats if they are raised together. The breed does well with other pets of the same size. You may need to protect them from larger animals, however.
7. Training Your Pomeranian
Pomeranians should be trained to walk on a leash. This will keep them safe when you are out for walks. It is vital to keep your Pom close to you to avoid any encounters that may cause injury. The Pomeranian is small in stature, which makes him vulnerable to injuries if he is stepped on. You will also need to teach him to come when called.
Poms can be a little more challenging to house train than some other breeds. You must be consistent and have patience.
You will also need to be vigilant about teaching him not to jump off of furniture. Pomeranians are small, making them fragile and can be easily injured.
If you work with your Pom, he can be trained for agility, obedience, or working as a therapy dog.
The Pomeranian has a double coat, which will need frequent brushing. A pin brush is best to start, and then a slicker brush that will go down to the skin. This will help prevent matting of the fur.
Pomeranians are active little balls of energy, so it is also essential to keep their nails trimmed.
A trip to a professional groomer every 4-6 weeks would help to keep your Pom looking and feeling great. He will get a bath, brush, ears cleaned, nails trimmed, and anal glands checked.
You can either brush his teeth at home as part of your weekly grooming regimen or have it done at the groomer. Poms are prone to dental problems, so once a week brushing is the best idea (even daily if possible).
In A Nutshell
A Pomeranian is a great miniature companion to have around. Start socializing him early, and he can do well with children, adults, and other dogs. It is an excellent breed to have in a smaller living area as long as you give him daily walks, so he gets some of his pent up energy out.
The Pomeranian is a popular breed loved by many for its regal stature and big attitude, all wrapped up in a tiny little body. If you want a small dog with a big dog attitude, the Pom is a perfect fit.
Stephanie was born and raised in Saskatchewan and currently lives in Alberta, Canada. She started her career as a school teacher twenty years ago and has taught English Language Arts to students in grades three through twelve. She is currently exploring her love of writing and exploring topics she is interested in while also learning more in her field of expertise. She is passionate about lifelong learning.