Description: Believe it or not these little dogs were bred to herd and to be watchdogs, the latter of which suits their tendency to bark well. These alert, lively and boisterous dogs can sometimes be too brave as they are very loyal to their family/owners/handlers, but are not clingy.
Pomeranians shy away from too much attention from children or any other such hectic stimuli. Beware of these proud dogs tendency to manipulate and dominate.
Height: 8 - 11 inches
Weight: 3 - 7 lbs.
Colors: All colors, but free from black or white shadings; whole colors are white, black, brown, light or dark blue.
Coat: Long, straight and harsh with a soft, fluffy undercoat.
Temperament: Friendly, active, lively
With Children: He may not tolerate young children.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Companion and pet.
Watch-dog: Very High
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Training: Daily brushing of the long double coat is needed to prevent matting. Monthly bathing is recommended. Shedding is once or twice a year. Clean eyes, ears and teeth regularly. Does not need a large amount of exercise. Indoors at home or a romp in the park will suffice.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Very Low, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Indoor - Very High, Outdoor - Medium
Living Environment: Apartment or house, city or country, he thrives in a busy family atmosphere and loves to be pampered. Makes an excellent companion for the elderly.
Health Issues: Patella luxation, cesarean sections are possible if the female is small, will lose teeth if not well cared for.
Life Span: 15 Years
Litter Size: 1 - 3
Country of Origin: Germany
History: He is known to have existed around the eighteenth century in Germany. He resembles the much larger sled-pulling Spitz type dogs from the Arctic Circle, which he is said to have descended from. He was first introduced to Britain in the 19th century weighting around 30 lbs. After several appeals from different Pomeranian clubs, the breed Standard was reduced to 7lbs. It is said that Queen Victoria was much taken with the breed and had a number of the larger variety in her kennels.
First Registered by the AKC: 1887
AKC Group: Toy