Pomeranians pros and cons

helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on July 30, 2019
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Pomeranians are a Spitz dog with pros and con like most breeds.

These cute little customers were initially bred in the Pomerania region, which is located in northern Poland and Germany.

Initially around 30 inches in height, British monarch Queen Victoria is credited with breeding down Poms to their modern-day size.

Pomeranians come in a variety of different colors, although the fox red shade is the most common Pom color.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at the pros and cons of the breed with help from Instagram famous Pom Mocha.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Pomeranian breed.

Pros

Mocha the Pomeranian (Photo: @mochapom_ / Instagram)

Mocha the Pomeranian (Photo: @mochapom_ / Instagram)

Loving

Although Pomeranians were initially bigger dogs, a number British royals have been credited with breeding the Spitz pups to be much smaller. In fact, they’re the smallest of all the Spitz breeds. The American Kennel Club recognise Pomeranians as part of their Toy Group. Due to their small size, Poms are companion dogs. These lap dogs like nothing more than to be in the company of humans, especially their dog owners. They’re an attentive breed that can become what is sometimes called a ‘velcro dog’. Generally, Pomeranians will relish the chance to snuggle up to their humans.

Mocha the Pom explains a little bit more about the devotion:

They’re loving, cuddly and affectionate. They follow you absolutely everywhere and happy to do whatever you might be doing.

Apartment-sized

If you’re living in an apartment or a small condo, the odds are you’ll want a dog breed that is relatively compact in size. The good news is Pomeranians are usually between six and seven inches in height. The northern breed tend to weigh between three and seven pounds. Although Pomeranians are adaptable to small homes, you’ll need to ensure the breed have enough playtime to deplete their energy levels, whether that’s a daily walk or a trip to the dog park.

Happy personalities

They’ve got upbeat personalities that will put a smile on your face. They’ve got a pleasant demeanor with what is sometimes described as a ‘happy Pomeranian face’.

In fact, the American Kennel Club write on their website that Poms should have a ‘smiling, foxy face and vivacious personality’. Pomeranians tend to enjoy some playtime with their dog parents. It’s little wonder they’re one of the worlds most popular toy breeds.

Let’s hear what Mocha the Pom has to say:

They’re always happy and smiling when family members come home. Highlight of the day!

Watch dogs

Pomeranians tend to be alert and attentive. Clearly a Pom won’t make a good guard dog due to their petite size. However, they do make good watch dogs. Pomeranians are alert to strange noises or movements outside the home.

These Spitz dogs won’t be afraid to alert their dog owners if they think something is amiss. This could be a welcome trait but if allowed to get out of control, could quickly spiral into a noise nuisance. If you’re living in an apartment, perhaps you won’t want to encourage this behavior with neighbors in close proximity.

Smart dogs

Pomeranians are relatively smart dogs. They’re an inquisitive breed that can be quite expressive at times. Just like any breed, Poms will require consistent training from a young age in order to get the best out of this little breed. They’ll benefit from puppy classes and lots of socialisation.

Mocha the Pom offers an insight into the IQ of the Spitz breed:

They learn tricks pretty easily and quickly. They can definitely outsmart every living thing in the house!

Attractive appearance

One of the standout features of the Pomeranian is their undoubted good looks. With a fox-like face as well as some teddy bear features, it’s no surprise Pomeranians are popular dogs worldwide. Poms can come in a variety of different colors to give dog owners a lot of choice.

The American Kennel Club sets out that the breed can be a variety of different colors and shades, including but not limited to white, black, brown, red, orange, cream, blue, sable, black and tan, spotted, brindle and parti.

Cons

Mocha the Pomeranian (Photo: @mochapom_ / Instagram)

Mocha the Pomeranian (Photo: @mochapom_ / Instagram)

High energy

Although Pomeranians can happily live in an apartment or small dwelling, don’t be fooled by their petite size. These are high energy dogs that will need a daily opportunity to be both mentally and physically stimulated. Like a lot of Spitz breeds, Pomeranians are active dogs that require regular exercise. It’s recommended that a Pom gets around 40 minutes of exercise a day, whether that’s a walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the dog park. Alternatively, it could be some playtime with the family in the yard.

Fussy eaters

Like a lot of smaller breed, such as Alaskan Klee Kai, Pomeranians have a reputation for being fussy eaters. This can be both exasperating and worrying for dog owners who can’t fathom why their little dog isn’t eating. Poms can have sensitive stomachs so a slight change in diet can cause problems.

Some members of the breed won’t have any problems at dinner time but other Poms won’t eat unless their owner is in the room, won’t eat unless hand fed, will only eat treats, will only eat chicken and rice and so on. If your Pomeranian isn’t eating, you should contract your local vet immediately.

Mocha the Pom has encountered this problem:

Sometimes refuses to eat her dinner or doesn’t feel like eating what is given to her. I will have to play little games (eg food fetch) to get her to eat.

Separation anxiety

Separation anxiety is a condition that can affect any breed of dog when they’re left at home alone by the pet parents. My Alaskan Klee Kai have both suffered in this regard. The symptoms include excessive barking, howling or whining, destructive chewing or digging, urinating or defecating inside the home. Like Klee Kai, Pomeranians do have a reputation for being prone to suffering with this condition.

If you’re struggling to cope with your dog’s seperation anxiety and you’re worried about the welfare of your Pom, you should contact a dog behaviourist or trainer with experience in this area. Alternatively, seek advice or direction from an animal expert such as your vet.

High maintenance

Pomeranians don’t shed as much as some Spitz breeds but they aren’t considered hypoallergenic. Although these toy dogs might only be light to moderate shedders, their coats require a lot of maintenance. They’ll need to be brushed a couple of times a week to maintain the appearance and health of their coat. You may feel more comfortable taking your dog to a groomer, which will be a cost that you need to incorporate into your budget when deciding if you can afford a Pom.

Mocha the Pom offers an insight into the grooming requirements:

Their coats take a lot of maintenance. Need to do daily brushing, monthly trimming. Otherwise, knots can develop pretty easily. Also need to check their bum after they’ve gone to do number 2 just in case anything that may have been stuck on the fur.

Expensive

Pomeranians don’t come cheap! You should expect to pay between $500 and $1500 for a Pom puppy. The price can fluctuate depending on each individual breeder. The coat color can also inflate the price if you’re looking for a shade that is rare. Aside from the initial cost, you’ve got to keep in mind the continued costs throughout a dog’s life. You’ve got the initial vaccinations, yearly check ups, emergencies to consider. It’s a good idea to get pet insurance. Trips to the groomers will add up too.

Health problems

We recommend asking your breeder about the health of your pup’s parents before you bring your new arrival home. Pomeranians can suffer from a number of health problems. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the potential issues so you’ll be able to spot the symptoms if and when they appear.

Mocha the Pom lists two of the health concerns as:

There are also common health conditions with Pomeranians, including luxating patella and collapsed trachea.