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Do Pomeranians really smile?

So how much should you feed your Pomeranian? Your veterinarian should always be your first resource for answering this question, as the amount will vary based on age, weight, and other factors. However, a general rule of thumb is about ½ cup of high quality kibble per pound of weight. This will be your total for the day, so it should be spaced between feedings.

Dogs smile at other dogs

Humans smile at other humans as a way of communicating happiness or kindness.

Sometimes we greet people with a smile to be friendly.

Bringing home the happiest dog

9 years ago, Tina Denlinger and her husband lost their Golden Retriever. They wanted another dog so their Corgi mix could still have a mate, and they saw that Chevy was looking for a new home. The Pomeranian puppy was living with a bunch of Dachshunds who didn’t get along with him, so the Denlingers brought him home.

The Kettering, Ohio couple knew right away that their new dog was special. He had the sweetest expression that always seemed to be smiling, especially when he was doing something he loved. Soon, he became known for his precious smile.


  1. Hunter, J. Observations tending to show that the Wolf, the Jackal and the Dog are all of the Same Species. (sic) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1787, Vol. 77, pp. 253 – 266. On JSTOR or Google Books for free access.
  2. Behavioral phenotypes can be normal—physiological or derived from abnormal—pathological genetics. The genotype is the genetic part.
  3. Mayr, E. Systematics and the Origin of Species. Columbia University Press, NY, NY, 1942.
  4. Kane E. History Today. 23.1.19. Discuss more examples from the wolfdog scientist network. Online at:
  5. gainborough-r-a-1727-1788/ Also, Gainsborough dog by Mary Robinson, mistress of George IV, at robinson-1758-1800 is a sketchier but similar composition of a Pomeranian smile.
  7. Cuaya L V, Hernández-Pérez R, Concha L. Our faces in the dog brain: functional imaging reveals activation of the temporal cortex during the perception of human faces. PLoS One. 2016; 11(3): e0149431.
  8. Prichard A, Cook PF, Spivak M, et al. Awake fMRI reveals brain regions for new word detection in dogs. Front. Neurosci., October 15, 2018. We feel that involvement of the amygdala of the dog brain suggests a wolf-like arousal during the recognition response – comparatively, this is not common in basic human word recognition. We also observed that a pattern of brain activation of the anterior cingulate center hedonia (pleasure) of the human type was not found, but this was, again, only a small sample. Still, scanning twelve alert dogs was no easy feat. Don’t miss this group photo of all the subjects with experimental pet toy objects!
  9. Queen Victoria had Italian-born Pomeranians named Turi https : // (Thuringia — Prince Albert’s childhood home) and Marco, in the 1890s, curiously between the Hallets and Teddy in size and features. Victoria had a great time with young Albert in Coburg, formerly Thuringia, where she raved about beer and sausages. Albert’s home, Rosenau, remains sublime. Turi was white, Victoria’s carriage companion, and with her at her request when she died. (Timms E J. White dogs tend to be the smallest of unmarked litters with gentle demeanor.
  10. Whitley W T. Thomas Gainsborough, London 1915, p 363. Also, at Text by Terry Riggs, Feb 1998.
  11. Manuscript in Durham Cathedral library in the name of Gottfried Finger, by current consensus pseudonym. While not a great composition, it’s flashy and fun to play on original instruments. Abel’s fame was turning brilliantly upside down, which JC Bach and Dr. Charles Burney found it «surprising». (From Knape W, Charters MR in Abel entry, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, (Ed. Sadie S), Macmillan, London, 1980, Vol 1, pp. 11-14.).
  12. Bach’s son anglicized his name to John, living and working in London for twenty years, where his upbringing was a major influence on the young Mozart.
  13. Lady Whichcote’s dogs, Abel and Hallets were of the Spitz type (peak nose/ear ) Pomeranians.
  14. Accessed October 2021. A well-referenced review.
  15. Analysis and arguments by Malaysian lawyer Yusrin Faidz Yussof.
  16. A 2006 lecture by the late B. Herold Griffith.
  17. There were five other children from Redcar fishing families in the author’s Zetland primary school class, similarly related to Cook through his sister. This is not included out of snobbery – Cook’s sister’s fishing family fell on hard times after Cook died in Hawaii and Banks kindly paid them £10.00. We found a record that their lawyer still took ten percent.

STEPHEN MARTIN is a retired hybrid doctor, smiling and affable, an endangered species.

Toy Poodle

Described by the American Kennel Club as “proud, active and very intelligent”, the Poodle – in this case the Toy size – is full of surprises. Upon initially meeting one, the Toy Poodle may seem like just another pretty face, but they rank right up there with Border Collies and German Shepherds in the brain department.

But let’s be honest, nothing says «posh» quite like a Poodle, possibly because we’ve all had years of being conditioned by cartoons to associate Poodles with high-class women and fancy haircuts. So don’t be surprised if your neighbors tend to behave around you. With a Poodle by your side, you can’t blame people for thinking you need to be impressed.