POMERANIAN - Top Dog Facts About the POMERANIAN
The Pomeranian, belonging to the Spitz family, is one of the most popular toy dog breeds in the world. The breed’s ancestors were sled dogs common in the Arctic region for long. One of the breeds descended from these tough dogs was the German Spitz, which was bred for smaller size in the Pomerania region, in modern-day Germany and Poland. From here, the smaller dog was taken to England around the mid-1700s, where it was first called the Pomeranian. These dogs were still larger in size compared to the modern Pomeranian, and were almost always white or grey in color. Queen Charlotte, the queen-consort of King Edward III, and Queen Victoria, helped make the breed popular in England. Queen Victoria also encouraged a systematic breeding program that focused on developing smaller dogs of a wider range of colors. The first breed standard was written in England towards the end of the 1800s. The Pomeranian came to the US around the same time, and has remained popular as a pet and as a show dog.
Time for some Ruff Trivia:
- The Pomeranian is known as the Zwergspitz in some countries. What does ‘Zwerg’ mean?
o A: Happy
o B: Dwarf
o C: Home
What do you think, give it your best guess in the comments below before we get to the answer! Hang on tight and we’ll get back to this Ruff Trivia Question toward the end of the video.
The height of an adult Pomeranian is typically between 8 to 11 inches, and weight between 3 and 7 pounds. It has a thick, double coat, with a short dense undercoat and a profuse, harsh, long outer coat. The heavily plumed tail is set high and lies flat on the back. The most common colors are orange, black, cream or white, with less common colors being brown, red, blue, sable, tan, spotted, brindle, or combinations of any of these colors. Its ears are small; gait is smooth; and expression is alert and foxlike.
Grooming: Daily brushing is recommended to keep the Pomeranian’s thick coat clean and without matting, as well as to minimize shedding. Many owners prefer to trim the coat every 1 to 2 months. Regular brushing of teeth, trimming of nails and cleaning of ears are needed.
Environment: A Pomeranian is an extrovert by nature, loves being the center of attention and makes for an excellent family pet. It is very friendly with family members, loves to curl up in the lap of a grown up and is good with kids. It can get aggressive with other dogs and also tends to be very defensive when faced with new sounds or people. It is one of the more vocal breeds, particularly if not trained to stand down when instructed by the owner.
Training: The Pomeranian is known to be an intelligent dog that can be trained easily. Because of its small size, its exercise needs are easily met by moving around inside the house, or a moderate walk.
Health: The life expectancy of a Pomeranian is 12 to 16 years. Kneecap dislocation, tracheal collapse and severe hair loss are some common ailments. Cryptorchidism, a disorder in which one or both testicles do not descend, is a common issue, which can be easily treated through minor surgery. Merle-colored Pomeranians are prone to some additional genetic problems like deafness, ametropia, micropthalmia and colobomas.
An outgoing, high-energy dog, the Pomeranian is perfect for a small apartment. It is very intelligent and eager to learn, and if you can give it some daily time for training and play, it will keep you company and entertain you with its antics too.
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