The Pomeranian is a spirited, loving, and loyal dog belonging to the AKC Toy Group. They are the most independent of the Toy breeds and get along well with other dogs and household pets. Due to their high intelligence and eagerness to learn, obedience training comes easy, however, they must know their owner is the boss. Affectionate by nature, Poms make nice pets for families without toddlers and are perfect lap dogs for the elderly.
Grooming: The shedding, glamorous coat of a Pom needs bi-weekly brushings and occassional clipping.
Social Skills: Poms get along fine with other dogs and household pets. Sometimes reserved with strangers.
Personality: A "big dog in a little dog's body", very devoted, playful, and affectionate. Gentle mannered, and make good watchdogs. Can be noisy. May require firmness when alerting strangers at the door.
Children: Not good with toddlers. May snap at teasing children. Very good with older, respectable children.
Housing: Very playful. Ideal for apartment and condo living. Make ideal pets for the elderly.
Exercise: Very low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily.
Health: Prone to early teeth loss, eye infections, and luxating patella. More information on Pomeranian inherited health disorders.
History: The Pomeranian origin is believed to have descended from wolf-spitz type dogs which at some early period migrated from north of Russia and Siberia to the German province of Pomerania. They share the same ancestry as other arctic breeds such as the Samoyed and Keeshond. Pomeranians were established as a breed in the eighteenth centry after they drew the interest of the English monarchy.