Deciding to own a pomeranian is a big decision, and one you shouldn’t take lightly. Oh sure, he’s super cute and fluffy, but that also means he knows he’s cute and fluffy and will demand your attention as well as shed hair all over your house. In this post we summarize some of the major pros and cons of owning a pomeranian. We think the pros much outweight the cons of course, but the cons are something you should think about deeply before you decide to take the pom plunge!

Pros

  • Pomeranians are CUTE CUTE CUTE, and are known as a “big personality in a little dog”
  • Pomeranians are small and easily meet size limitations for airplanes and hotels
  • Pomeranians are an active bunch and can easily get most of their exercise needs met just staying indoors. Of course you want to take him out for walks now and then, but it’s nice to know he won’t tend to get as fat as most other dog breeds
  • Pomeranians don’t need a lot of space and make great apartment dogs
  • Pomeranians are light, weighing 3-10 lbs, making them easy to carry around
  • Pomeranians are less prone to break items in your house because they’re small. They also leave smaller messes if they end up going while indoors.
  • Pomeranians don’t drag you around when you go for walks since they’re so light
  • Pomeranians are cheaper to feed, house, and medicate than larger breeds

Cons

  • Pomeranians are fragile and can be seriously injured or killed if they jump off small walls or if they’re stepped on
  • Because of their popularity, purebred pomeranians can be quite expensive to buy
  • Pomeranians can be injured by other animals, including some birds
  • They shed a lot and require daily grooming
  • Like many other small dog breeds, pomeranians can be prone to barking a lot
  • Pomeranians aren’t good for households with small children who may handle them roughly
  • Pomeranians, being descended from northern working dogs, are stubborn and smart so they can test your patience
  • Because pomeranians are small enough to go into small spaces and because their pee and poop stains are relatively small, they could hide these in nooks and crannies without you knowing. This can make housebreaking them more challenging.
  • Pomeranian owners can be prone to give in to “small dog syndrome,” where they pamper the small dog so much that he believes he is the head of the pack. Remember–dogs are pack animals so understanding this psychology is necessary for training them appropriately!
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