Affectionately known throughout the ages as the
‘little dog who thinks he can’ is a true testament
to this pint-sized bundle of fun.
Affectionately known throughout the ages as the ‘little dog who thinks he can’ is a true testament to this pint-sized bundle of fun. Pomeranians are wonderfully intelligent dogs who are very loyal and loving to those who invite this precious breed into their homes.
Pomeranian Facts and Information
Don’t be fooled by size or the need for training. Your wee pup will thrive in training and learning new and interesting things. Known for being a big dog in a little dog’s coat, Poms are not afraid to take on even the biggest of breeds. For this reason, training and early socialisation is a must. Expose your young dog to as much as possible, from other pets, dogs and children to as many sights and sounds as imaginable. Enrol in a good puppy-preschool that can allow your small pup to interact with other dogs in a safe environment. Once your puppy is full vaccinated you can move up to obedience group training. Your Pom will thrive working alongside you and learning all of the important manners that comes with responsible pet ownership.
Pomeranians do require grooming. If you do not have the time or money to invest in grooming you may need to consider a different breed of dog. They are known to be shedders and will drop their undercoat once a year, or possibly more, depending on sex and if your dog is neutered. They will need a good weekly grooming session to keep their coats in top condition. Many groomers recommend using a slicker brush alongside a metal comb. Many owners also trim their dogs around the ears and feet to keep them looking pristine. Nails will also require trimming. This is particularly important for little dogs that can have a tendency to jump up when excited. Get your pup used to this practice and ask your vet nurse to help if you are not confident clipping nails. Poms are also known for having bad teeth so it is worthwhile getting your pup used to a weekly teeth brush to help with dental health later down the track.
Your wee Pom does not require endless amounts of exercise. However, like all dog breeds will benefit from a stroll around the block on a daily basis. Exercise will not only keep your Pom in good health, it will also prevent boredom and keep them happily socialised. They are an energetic breed but due to their size a good play in the yard with the ones they love is enough to satisfy their desire to run. Care does need to be taken with other dogs. Poms do not realise that they are little dogs and can get into trouble chasing larger dogs around the park that they have deemed their territory. Keeping your Pom well socialised can help avoid any problems when it comes to other dogs.
Pomeranians are an intelligent breed who simply loves to be around their human companions. They thrive in training and obedience but like many breeds do not take well to being left alone for long periods of time. They are an easy breed to train and will love to learn new things. Keep them entertained with a host of new tricks and your Pom will be a willing participant. They simply love being the centre of your undivided attention!
Due to their size care does need to be taken in regard to small children and handling. However, Poms simply adore the busy family home and will adapt well to any household. Always supervise your children around your Pom and discourage them carrying your wee pup. Sitting down cuddles are always best for the safety of your dog. Poms make great apartment dogs, as long as they are correctly exercised and have enough outside time.
Your Pom will not tolerate the heat and care needs to be taken to avoid over-heating and heatstroke in summer. Providing adequate shade and shelter is a must. The Pom is a companion dog and will thrive in the company of others. They are very happy apartment dogs and are well suited to the indoor lifestyle.
It is very important to only source your new family member from a reputable breeding establishment, to ensure your puppy is healthy. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see mum and dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should have proof that they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments. It may take a little more time than a quick purchase, but it can save you and your family from unimaginable heartache and pain dealing with a sick puppy.