AKC PuppyFinder: Pomeranian Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical "personality breed"
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Pomeranians are playful and vivacious but also love to be lapdogs
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 6-7 inches
- Weight: 3-7 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Your Pomeranian puppy packs a lot of personality into that tiny body. Intelligent, outgoing, loyal and lively, he's a great playmate as well as a popular show dog. Bold and inquisitive by nature, with an alert foxlike face, he has the confidence of the larger herding dogs who were his ancestors. While he won't expect vigorous long walks, he'll be happiest with lots of active playtime and attention from his people.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1888
Breed History & Job Description: With an elegant appearance and a regal expression, you might say these dogs are “fit for a queen”—and you’d be right. The Pom’s popularity is largely due to Queen Victoria, who in the 1800s took a fondness to the breed, owning several and breeding them. Victoria is credited for reducing their size from about 30 pounds to their current toy stature. The queen loved her little dogs so much that she insisted her favorite remain in bed with her as she lay dying in 1901.
Pomeranians are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. As with other toy dogs, Pomeranians can be prone to trouble with the knees in their hind legs (patella luxation). Try to avoid this and possible broken legs by discouraging their jumping from extraordinary heights. For Poms, this can mean jumping off the couch. Understanding the toy dog physical limitations and psychology will be essential to your successful house training. This breed is also noted to have alopecia (abnormal hair loss) with unknown cause. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Pomeranians are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Patella Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: American Pomeranian Club
- Breed Club Rescue Email: Rescue@AmericanPomeranianClub.org
- Breed Club Rescue Phone: 707.541.6907 Linda Lewis
- Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.americanpomeranianclub.org/rescue_contacts.htm
Click here to see all Pomeranian Rescue Groups.