Breed of the Month: Pomeranian

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Breed of the Month: Pomeranian

Pomeranian

Appearance:
The Pomeranian is the smallest Finnish Spitz-type dog, standing at only 5-11 inches at the shoulder and weighing 3-7lbs.   This diminutive breed is most easily recognized by its profuse double coat which can come in any color or combination of colors.  This breed requires regular grooming and is often described as being fox-like in appearance.

Temperament:
An extremely outgoing and fearless dog, the Pomeranian is bright and alert with, generally, a friendly attitude.  Being a smaller dog, they are popular in urban environments and do well with other dogs and pets if socialized appropriately.  Like many toy dogs, they can bark more than desired but should not be “yappy” by nature.

Health Concerns:
Because they are small enough, hip dysplasia is not really a concern. However, this breed can suffer from luxating patellas or tracheal collapse. Poms with a merle colored coat are especially prone to deafness.

Fun Facts:

  • The Pomeranian is a descendant of Finnish sled dogs, which puts it in the Spitz family of dogs.
  • Queen Victoria brought Pomeranians to England and even had one beside her on her deathbed.
  • A popular city pet, the Pomeranian gained extra fame through one individual on social media and his likeness to a toy: Boo.