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Pomeranian

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #222015: #212014: #20
Name Pomeranian
Other names Pom, Pom Pom, Deutsche Spitze, Zwergspitz, Spitz Nain, Spitz Enano, Zwers
Origin Germany Poland
Breed Group Toy (AKC:1888)Companion Breeds (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-16 years
Temperament ActiveExtrovertedFriendlyIntelligentLivelyPlayfulSociable
Height 7-12 inches (18-30 cm)
Weight 3-7 pounds (1-3 kg)
Colors BlackBlack & TanBlueBrownGrayOrangeRedWhite
Litter Size 2-5 puppies
Puppy Price Average $600 - $800 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 starsThe Pomeranian is good for apartment living. These dogs are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. Be careful they do not overheat in hot weather.
Barking Tendencies 4 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 5 stars
Child Friendly 2 starsNot Good with Kids: In isolation, this dog breed might not be the best option for kids. However, to mitigate the risks, have the puppy grow up with kids and provide it with plenty of pleasant and relaxed experiences with them. This breed is also friendly toward other pets and very friendly toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 2 starsPoms need a daily walk. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs that do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe, open area off lead, such as a large, fenced-in yard.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #23. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 3 starsModerately Easy Training: The intelligence of the Pomeranian makes training fairly easy. Pomeranians must be trained when young not to bark excessively. Pomeranians should also be trained not to linger at their owner’s feet, for risk of being stepped on and injured.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Cooper Daisy
02 Duke Sadie
03 Toby Chloe
04 Jack Layla
05 Tucker Zoey
06 Dexter Gracie
07 Oliver Sasha
08 Winston Abbie
09 Marley Molly
10 Zeus Callie
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Overview

The Pomeranian is a small, square-proportioned, miniature spitz with a cobby, rounded body. It shares the spitz characteristics of small ears, double coat and curled tail. It has an alert, foxlike expression. Its gait is smooth and free with good reach and drive. The soft thick undercoat combined with the longer harsh outer coat, standing off from the body, combine to give the dog a unique puffy appearance. This look is further accentuated by the thick ruff and a head carriage that is naturally up-gazing.

Bouncy, bold and busy, the Pomeranian makes the most of every day. It is curious, playful, self-confident (even cocky) and attentive, ever ready for a game or adventure. It is reserved toward strangers. Some can be aggressive toward other dogs. Some bark a lot.

History
The Pomeranian got its name from the region of Pomerania, which is now the area of Germany and Poland, where it was developed from the ancient Spitz breeds. The original Pomeranians were much larger, weighing up to 30 pounds, and worked as sheep herders. Marie Antoinette, Emile Zola, Mozart and Queen Victoria all owned Pomeranians. In 1870 the Kennel Club in England first recognized them as a breed. In 1888 Queen Victoria began breeding and showing the dogs. It was she who started breeding them down in size, making the breed very popular in England. The Pomeranian was first recognized by the AKC in 1888. Some of the Pom's talents include: watchdog, agility and performing tricks. Poms make superior circus performers.