Routine Care: Pomeranians are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions.
Grooming: Regular brushing and grooming is needed to keep coat beautiful.
Dental: Pomeranians often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
The Pomeranian is a loving and docile companion, but can be independent and willful. With early socialization and consistent leadership, she is a lively and loyal addition to any family.
Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic
Outgoing and friendly personality
Alert, curious, and busy
Protective of family: good watch dog
Highly trainable and eager to please
Sweet, gentle, and sensitive
Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble
May have a tendency to bark excessively
Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance
Can be difficult to housetrain
Fragile and easily injured because of her small size
Can be snappy with children
Whether you are considering adding a new Pomeranian to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Pomeranian will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Pomeranian you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.
Some health issues a Pomeranian could encounter:
Bone and Joint Problems
Spinal Cord Injuries
Water on the Brain
The Pomeranian originated in Germany during the 16th century as a large Spitz breed used for sheep herding. They were then bred down in size for companionship. The smaller Pomeranians became popular pets when Queen Victoria imported them to Britain in the late 19th century and established a breeding kennel. Poms enjoy close human companionship and bond quickly, but do not tend to be overly clingy. They demand to be the center of attention and enjoy entertaining with their comical tricks and vivacious outlook on life. The Pomeranian is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 15 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Pomeranian shows signs of the following:
Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid breathing at rest
Fatigue during exercise, coughing, or shortness of breath
Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest
Low heart rate, tiring easily or fainting when exercising
Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
Cloudiness to eye lens
Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting
Unwilling to jump, cries when moving head
Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine
Seizures, dull demeanor, spastic gait
Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth
Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain