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Meet the breed: Pomeranian

Virginia Chavez is a Phoenix-based freelance writer covering pets and lifestyle in the Southwest. In addition to regular contributions both online and in-print, Virginia locally owns and operates two pet care and supply businesses. For t...

Pomeranian

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for a compact companion to add to your pack, find out everything you need to know about the Pomeranian.
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Breed

  • checkLong lifespan
  • checkPleasant temperament
  • checkActive lifestyle
  • checkHigh-maintenance grooming
  • checkEnvironmentally versatile

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Overview

Ancestry plays a large part in this small breed's big personality. As descendants of larger breeds including Siberian Huskies, among others, Pomeranians originally weighed in at 30 pounds and were always white. Today, Pomeranians are seen in a variety of colors and make excellent lap dogs, weighing in at 3 to 7 pounds. Known for having a lot of energy, Pomeranians require daily exercise and playtime to stay happy and entertained. These little guys are known for having a lot to bark about, so pet owners looking for a quiet companion might want to opt for a different breed.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Toy Dog
  • UKC group: Companion Dog
  • Average lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Average size:  4 - 6 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Harsh, thick, dense
  • Coloration: Varies
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Other identifiers: Compact, square body frame; tiny pointed ears stand erect; high-set feathered tail
  • Possible alterations: None

Is this breed right for you?

Pomeranians make excellent companions for all households. Due to the size and frame of Pomeranians, it's important to watch this breed around young children to ensure they are handled properly. Owners of this energetic breed must be able to provide time for daily exercise and playtime. Their pocket-size frames make Pomeranians very suitable for apartment dwellers provided they can get their pets out for frequent walks. Potential owners should be ready to love being surrounded by luscious locks of Pomeranian fur, as this breed is very prone to shedding.

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A dream day in the life of a Pomeranian

The adorable Pom knows its own cuteness and demands constant pampering and attention, but one look at that face and you'll be happy to oblige. These petite partners are known for big, full and spunky hair, fit to match their equally boisterous personalities. Pampering a Pomeranian with weekly brushings and frequent trips to the groomer is a must to keep them happy. This happy-go-lucky pup loves socializing as much as she loves curling up on a warm lap, and a day of play and cuddles would make for time well spent.

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