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The Pomeranian Dog Breed
by Lee Dobbins
The Pomeranian is a lively, intelligent little dog that always has a smile for his owner. Developed
in the Prussian region of Pomeranian these dogs were once quite large but now are one of the
smallest of the toy breeds. Queen Victoria made this breed quite popular in Lee 1800''s England
and many of the famous people of the day had Poms as pets.
A member of the American Kennel Club toy group, the Pomeranian was classified in the
miscellaneous group until 1892 when the AKC classified into the toy group. The Pomeranian is
very small weighing between three and 7 pounds and measuring seven to 12 inches. If cared for
properly, this dog can live to be 15 years old.
Many people fall in love with this little fluffy dog because of his beautiful smiling wedge-shaped
face. They have an intelligent expression with dark almond shaped eyes and dark noses. They
have a double coat which is very thick and long outer coat in a short, wooly undercoat. Details
stand forward on their backs and they have a large rough of the neck and chest. Typically solid
colored, they can occasionally be party colored and come in orange, red, white, blue, brown, black
The Pomeranian is vivacious and intelligent - eager and quick to learn any trick that his master
wants him to. They can be willful, and a bit difficult to house train but are very loyal to their
families. They can be aggressive barkers and do need to be trained firmly in this area. while they
are very smart and very quick to learn, you do need to let them know that you are the boss
otherwise they will quickly get the upper hand. They make a wonderful companion and great
show dog due to their docile and affectionate temperament.
Pomeranians can be prone to dislocated patella and slipped stifle as well as having heart and
skin problems and eye Infections. Another problem that Poms as well as other small dogs can be
prone to his having very bad teeth so you will have to exercise good dental care with this breed.
The Pomeranian is active in doors and doesn''t really need a yard to exercise than but like any
other dog will require daily walks. This is a great dog for apartment living as long as the barking
won''t annoy your neighbors.
The Pomeranian does need to have his beautiful long coat brushed daily. Brushing the coat
forward is recommended as this will keep it looking best. Take care to remove any mats from the
backs of the legs in the chest as these areas can get matted easily. You''ll also need to groom
the bottoms of his feet in between the pads quite frequently as well as his eyes and ears. The
eyes can get a build up of goop and need to be cleaned out at least once a week.
Lee Dobbins writes for Dog Breeds 123 where you can learn more about dog breeds and dog
care as well as see photos of your favorite breeds like the Pomeranian.