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Pomeranian

Pomeranian

Pomeranians are excellent companion or lap dogs — and they make great watch dogs, too. They tend to bark when strangers approach. In fact, woofing can become an issue and training is often required to prevent their barking from becoming incessant. Pom’s are fiercely protective and brave beyond their size. This little guy has no problem standing up to other animals if he needs to, no matter how big his foe. (They should be kept on a leash, so they don’t get themselves into trouble). A weak parent can be strong-pawed by this pint-sized pup. Are you up to the challenge?





Size:
3-7 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
Pomeranians have a ton of energy, but since they are small, it can easily be channeled through short walks and playing indoors. Don’t let them run loose, though, because they’re really fast and don’t understand the dangers of other animals—or traffic.
Mess Factor:
These doggies have a double coat of fur that sheds, but you can brush them often (and relatively quickly) to keep it under control.
Barking and Volume:
Yippy dog, thy breed is Pomeranian.
Training Requirements:
Pomeranians are extroverted, independent types that can often be a little temperamental. Most Poms are fairly easy to to train but others may take a little more effort. On the plus side, they’re also intelligent, so they will be able to learn through persistence and positive reinforcement. A puppy class is recommended.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: The breed is susceptible to patellar luxation (sliding knees), with other concerns being open fontanel, hypoglycemia, shoulder luxation, PRA, alopecia and entropion. *A responsible breeder can minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training. A puppy class will do.
Grooming Requirements:
These balls of fluff are fairly easy to groom. Their coats should be brushed twice a week to help remove loose hair and prevent matting. Keep their nails trimmed and bathe them every so often and you’re good to go. Tartar can build up on Poms’ teeth quickly, so it’s wise to have your vet clean them regularly and teach you how to do it at home between cleanings.
Kid Compatibility:
Pomeranians don’t like to be poked, so they’re not the best breed for toddlers. It’s a good idea to wait until your children are older before thinking about a Pom.
Longevity:
14 years.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
Although generally good with other animals, the Pomeranian has no clue of his small size and can try to assert themselves with other dogs. This brave little guy has no problem standing up to other animals if he needs to protect you, no matter how big the other guy is.
Friendliness: Towards People
This breed loves to be with their parents, but is usually pretty reserved around strangers. While that makes the Pom a good watchdog, it may also mean your friends might get the cold shoulder at first.
BE PREPARED FOR: A dog that may try to be the boss but will love spending time with you.






Links and resources:
Clubs
American Pomeranian Club
Rescues
Pomeranian and Small Breed Rescue
Most large cities have their own rescue organizations for the breed.
Video
Three Pomeranian’s 




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