The pomeranian dog is full of energy and vigor. This small dog breed is thought to have descended from breeds such as the Samoyed, Alaskan Malamute, Keeshond, and the Siberian Husky. Other possible ancestors are the Norwegian Elkhound, and the Chow chow.
Pom's as this dog breed is often called were once about 7 times their current size. They were originally bred in north Eastern Europe for herding, and as sled dogs, and initially their coats would have been white. Now days Pomeranian dogs are the smallest member of the Spitz family.
The breed became a personal favorite of Queen Victoria, who is credited with developing, and downsizing the breed over the years to it's current size today.
Pom's are bold, curious, energetic, always alert, and very playful. Being so alert they can actually make for a good watch dog. This is a intelligent dog breed as well, who likes to be involved in all surrounding activities. Being intelligent they are also great at learning new tricks, and play time is a joy for all Pom's. They can do well with children but being as they are quite small they are may do better in a home without young children.
Males: 7-12 Inches Tall (cm)
Females: 7-12 Inches (cm)
Males: 3-7 lbs. (kg)
Females: 3-7lbs. (kg)
Lifespan is usually between 12-16 years approximately. The major health concerns for the pom are generally Patellar Luxation, PRA, Hypothyroidism, and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA).
As pomeranians age a high quality diet is essential for good health and longevity. Their coats will need regular brushing, at least a light brushing 2 times a week. With the Pom's high energy level short walks and or regular play sessions are essential. Keeping their eyes clean, as well as their teeth is also advised for this dog breed.
Germany, more specifically the province of Pomerania is believed to be the Pom's country of origin.
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