First entering the consciousness of dog-lovers everywhere in 1888 when Queen Victoria fell in love with a Pomeranian while holidaying in Italy, this impossibly fluffy and full of life breed has been popular ever since. Pomeranians are descended from large sled dog breeds, and once weighed in at a hefty twenty to thirty pounds. The average present-day Pomeranian weighs less than seven pounds. Though they may be a shadow of their former size, the spunky Pomeranian personality can only have grown larger. This is a breed with smarts, confidence, and lots of energy to boot. With a Pomeranian around one thing is for sure; it'll never be boring.
Though the size of a toy/teacup breed, there's a reason you won't find celebrities carrying around a Pom in the latest designer handbag. The Pomeranian is adventurous and energetic, and doesn't take well to being carried around everywhere. Pomeranians like to use their four feet to explore; in much the same way as a larger dog. Though they are as fluffy as puppies their entire lives, small, and irresistible to cuddle, Pomeranians do not make for good lapdogs. They love their owners as much as any breed, and are partial to the odd snuggle every now again, but generally they are busy dogs and like to keep active throughout the day. Because of this they are suited to an owner looking for a small dog with a bigger dog's personality. Pomeranians' size means that they can be exercised adequately indoors; but they much prefer to go on long outdoor walks, chase leaves, and play with other dogs. Because of the high activity levels of the average Pomeranian, they are well suited to dog sports. They can be trained from being puppies to participate in sports such as agility, freestyle, obedience, rally, and tracking.
The Pomeranian is extremely social by nature; they just love meeting new people and their fellow canines. Socialising Pomeranian puppies from an early age is a must. Just be wary of your Pomeranian around big dogs. They have a tendency to believe they are much larger than they are, often challenging dogs three times their size. With their ample smarts and gregarious nature, Pomeranian puppies respond well to being taught tricks. To keep your Pomeranian adequately entertained and stimulated, teaching him a variety of tricks and playing with him on a regular basis is recommended. Pomeranians make great watch dogs. Alert by nature, they see themselves as the protector of their family and will bark at anything out of the ordinary. This trait could potentially be somewhat difficult as well as useful unless you train your Pomeranian to stop barking on command; training that he should respond well to.
Caring for your Pomeranian
A highly-independent breed, Pomeranians are probably one of the least time-consuming small dog breeds to care for. This combined with their small size which means they can be exercised indoors, makes them great for owners with a busy lifestyle and for those who live in apartments. Because of their small size they need to be watched carefully when outdoors, as they are vulnerable to becoming the prey of larger animals. They are also prone to overheating when out in the sun.
While the majority of Pomeranians live long and healthy lives, as a toy dog breed they are vulnerable to certain health problems, such as difficulty breathing and dental problems. To reduce your chances of getting a puppy with health problems, only look at Pomeranian puppies for sale from reputable and responsible dog breeders.
Pomeranians are blessed with a lovely thick double-coat of fur. The undercoat of the Pomeranian is soft and dense, while the outer coat is long and straight with a coarse texture. All you need to do to groom both layers of fur is use a medium to harsh slicker brush that will get down to the skin without hurting them. You should brush your Pomeranian at least one to two times a week to prevent mats and tangles in his fur. When looking at Pomeranian puppies, many people are under the misconception that the breed does not shed fur; this is completely false. Fortunately because of their tiny size the amount of fur that they shed is very little, and you can minimise this further by brushing them regularly and bathing them at least every two months.
Training your Pomeranian
The high intelligence, energy, and enthusiasm of Pomeranians has seen them excel at all levels of obedience training and dog sports. They are quick learners and ever willing participants. The ideal time to train your dog is when it is still a puppy which will ensure that a solid behavioural groundwork is set. Keep your dog training sessions short, intense and most of all fun! This is where you will build and strengthen the strong bond you and your Pomeranian puppy will enjoy. The Pomeranian is a sensitive breed that does not respond well to yelling or other harsh training tactics. Accidents and bad behaviour have more to do with bad training than a bad dog, so train the dog well and you will have a well-behaved companion.
Buying a Pomeranian For Sale
Finding Pomeranian puppies for sale is easy with so many breeders out there looking to sell them. While it may be tempting to simply choose the cutest picture you see online it is important, however, to ensure that you get your pup from a responsible breeder like Teacups.co.uk. A good breeder will match you with the right puppy for you and will have all the necessary health certifications to assure you that your puppy has no underlying health conditions. Good dog breeders will be more concerned about placing the pups in the right home than about making quick money from them, and should respond well to and encourage your questions.
Ideally puppies should be kept with their mothers (and therefore the breeders) until they are between eight and ten weeks of age. If a breeder tries to sell you a puppy that is much younger than this, this should raise a red flag. Puppies that are taken away from their mothers too early have a much higher chance of developing health problems. For assurances look for a breeder who is a member of the Kennel Club and has agreed to abide by the club code of ethics. Use your instinct when meeting a breeder, if you get the feeling that they aren't knowledgeable enough about the breed or seem overly interested in the monetary side of things, it may be best to find a another breeder.