Pomeranians hail from the now-defunct Baltic province of Pomerania, which was bordered by Germany and Poland. They were used as guard dogs and herd dogs and were often seen on local trading boats.
Pomeranians first entered Great Britain thanks to Queen Charlotte, who in the 1700s received a larger-sized one from Pomerania. However, it was her granddaughter, Queen Victoria, who bought the Breed into fashion in the 1880s.
Types and Breed mix of Pomeranian
There is only one official type of Pomeranian, though they are sometimes distinguished between fox-faced and baby-doll-faced.
Here are the following breeds mixed with the Pomeranian:
Pomchi (Pomeranian + Chihuahua)
Dameranian (Dachshund + Pomeranian)
Pomsky (Pomeranian + Husky)
Pomapoo (Pomeranian + Poodle)
Pomeranians come in a variety of colors yet usually sport just one all-over color. They include orange, white, cream, gray, brown, black, and some shades in between.
They are extra-small dogs, most weighing 4-6 lbs and standing around 9-11 inches tall. The Pomeranians have a lifespan of about 12-16 years.
How to groom a Pomeranian
Grooming a Pomeranian show standards can be fairly demanding, as that ball of fluff can be a tough look to achieve. Despite its preponderance of hair, the Pomeranian sheds very little, and it needs frequent brushing To keep its coat healthy.
Are Pomeranians good with Kids and Families?
Pomeranians are outgoing, friendly, energetic dogs, but they are also more delicate than their confidence belies. They get along well with children, but children must be taught to be very gentle with them because they are susceptible to head and neck injuries. As with any breed, it is advised that your child is always supervised when interacting with your Pomeranian to keep both the child and dog safe.
Also, Pomeranians make fantastic family pets, as they thrive on the attention and companionship of both humans and other Pomeranians. They’re especially a great choice for families with older kids who might be more considerate of their fragile physicality.
Despite their puny size, Pomeranians have a fairly sturdy construction and are subject to relatively few major health problems.
Pomeranians are prone to certain diseases, which are:
- Alopecia X: There is a very rare genetic disorder that has led to some Pomeranians having Alopecia X, which turns their skin black and results in their hair falling out.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes: This is a condition that causes the head of the femur (located in a dog’s hind leg) to spontaneously deteriorate. Over time, this will lead to erosion of the hip joint and arthritis. A Pomeranian suffering from Legg-Calve-Perthes will become lame limps while walking and experience pain when moving the hip joint. Surgery is the most effective treatment for the disorder.
Patellar location: patella luxation is a common problem in many dog breeds. It occurs when slight abnormalities cause the knee joint to slide in and out of place. This can cause pain and occasional lameness.
Special attention should be made to grooming their teeth, ears, and eyes to avoid other diseases such as allergies, epilepsy, gum disease, early tooth loss, and eye problems.