Lifespan: 12–16 years Care: Intensive Suitable for Children: No Tendency to Bark: High Health Issues: Average Shedding Level: High Suitable for Apartment: Yes Tendency to Snore: Moderate Energy Level: Medium Adaptability: Medium Pet Friendly: Yes Drooling: Low Need for Exercise: Low Social Needs: Moderate Affection Level: High Trainability: Moderate
As unbelievable as it may seem, the Pomeranian (or Toy Pom) is descended from large Arctic sled dogs. The Pom is essentially a miniature version of the German Spitz, which originated (unsurprisingly, considering its name) in Germany. This breed was only recognized in England around the 18th century, after its beauty and grace caught the attention of English royalty.
Tips on What to Look for in a Healthy Pomeranian Puppy
- The Pomeranian puppy should not be overweight, nor should it be underweight. Avoid any puppy that looks skinny and bony but has a big belly, as this is often a sign of heartworms.
- Look for a puppy with a well-arched ribcage and thick, thick, straight, small legs. A Pomeranian puppy doesn’t have to be a skinny little dog with brittle bones.
- Make sure the puppy’s bottom is clean and not red and sore. A dirty, red bottom could be a sign of a stomach ache. A healthy puppy will pass firm stool. Loose stools can indicate serious illness • Check the puppy’s eyes. The eyes must be clear, bright and very alert. Avoid puppies with dirty, dirty eyes.
- Avoid a puppy that has any type of nasal discharge.
- Check that the puppy has a correct bite. When checking the bite, also check the color of the puppy’s gums. The puppy’s gums should be a healthy pink color.
- The puppy’s coat must have a healthy appearance.
- Avoid puppies, which are dirty, smell bad, have matted coat or missing coat patches.
- Avoid dogs with fleas, pass yours hard on the coat, especially under the tail in search of evidence or fleas.
- Avoid dogs infected with mites. Mites in puppies often look like really bad dandruff, double check under the tail area and top of the ears for mites.
- Check for ear mites. Look inside the dog’s ears. if you notice any discharge, or if the inside of the ear is red and inflamed or full of black brittle matter, avoid this puppy and breeder.
- The most important thing is that the puppy is very active, curious and interested in everything that is happening.
- Ask questions about the breeder’s sales contract and ask for a copy before the sale.
- All puppies must come with a record of all veterinary care and treatment received. This report must include a signed Veterinary Certificate stating which vaccinations the puppy received prior to sale.
- Do not take possession of any puppy less than 8 weeks old.
If you are interested in acquiring a Pomeranian, whether adult or puppy, access the Pomeranian Directory. The Pomeranian Directory lists only the best Pomeranian breeders. Reputable, Kennel Club, AKC Pomeranian Breeders. Links to Pomeranian Rescue and Pomeranian Resource Links.