Things You Should Know Before Buying A Pomeranian
The Pomeranian is *the* original cute, cuddly, teddy bear dog, but there is so much more to it than just looks alone! One of the smallest breed of dog, the Pomeranian is very popular for traveling with, as well as for those who live in apartments. However, it’s not all fun and games though when thinking of buying a Pomeranian, as they do have their fair share of problems. Therefore, let us look more closely at the Pomeranian breed to see if this particular breed is for you, because just being cute, and cuddly should definitely not be your sole reason for buying this breed.
There are many good points about this particular breed of dog, for instance, they may only be small in stature, but they have big plans for their home and owner just as you have big plans for them! Weighing in at only around 7lbs, the Pomeranian has almost as much energy as a large dog, but they do make great companions, and do very well at agility events. They are very bright, intelligent dogs and very alert, which makes them good warning dogs for when a visitor is at your door. If trained correctly they can easily work well with other pets and other people.
The average life span of a Pomeranian can be between 12 and 16 years, providing they are well looked after and are in good health. Keep in mind that they do crave a lot of attention, and don’t mind plenty of lap time, although they are just as happy to explore your whole apartment or house. Pomeranians are very popular with famous people too, for example actors who are often seen taking them on set, and getting selfies taken with their teddy bear dog. They come in many colours, like Sable, Orange, Cream, Brown and Black, Tan, White, Merle, Chocolate and more and there are even a couple of rare colours, like Blue or Lavender, but these are very rare indeed. Pomeranian dogs have a few nicknames with the most popular being ‘The Teddy Bear Dog’, Pom, PomPom, Pommy or ‘The Foxy Dog’.
Now that we have seen some of their better qualities, let us have a look at what problems you can expect from your Pommy. As with many Toy dogs, they can be very difficult to house train, because of their very small size it only takes a minute to take his potty break behind some furniture, and if you don’t see it, you can’t correct it. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you crate-train your Pom until their bladder control is working sufficiently for them to let you know that they need to go out.
Poms have a double thick coat so need grooming often, and because they have such a thick coat you will have the added extra problem of shedding, so a good vacuum will is essential. Moreover, it is imperative that you purchase your Pom from a very reliable breeder that can give you plenty of information regarding the litter and parents. Many people breed these dogs just for money, and many end up having problems being snappy, moody, nasty or being very nervous and having extreme fearfulness. That being said, find a good breeder who specializes in Pomeranian dogs only, and they will be more than willing to answer all your questions and even give you some excellent advice and information.
The Pomeranian breed do have a tendency to bark a lot, and some can even have a very high pitched bark that can set your teeth on edge, so please do consider this. They can actually be trained to keep their barking to a minimum, but they just love to bark – it’s almost as if they have to be verbal to make up for being so small! Before buying any breed of dog, it is always better to know the pros as well as the cons, especially if you’re a first time owner. Moreover, you should really research thoroughly so you make an informed decision, as it is a must to be a responsible owner, so both you and your Pom get the most out of this new relationship.
There are few health problems with the Pomeranian breed, and these are worth being aware of, especially the ones that are preventable. The first one is the tracheal collapse, which is caused by the tracheal rings weakening, leading to closure of the windpipe, this is why it is always recommended to use a harness rather than a collar because they are so fragile. The next one is luxating patella which is another health problem that can occur in this breed. This is a joint problem, and can occur between 4 to 6 months of age. Additionally, it is a congenital defect that may require surgery in some cases, so be aware of this and the associated costs. (And as with all Toy breeds, you should definitely consider getting the best Pet Insurance to protect you, which we can help you with if you email us and ask).
Purchasing any dog is quite a responsibility, and particularly so for a Pom, but once you know the bad as well as the good points, and what to look out for health-wise, you can go in with your eyes wide open. Moreover, once you make that commitment and know what you are getting into, you will enjoy your Pom for a long time to come. Finally, buying a Pomeranian can be a very rewarding experience, as long as you have the patience to train her or him well, and keep the diet healthy – then you will enjoy each other’s company for years to come!