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Poms and Small Dog Syndrome

Pomeranians are small, fluffy, and cute! They make you just want to hold them and cater to their every whim. How can you resist that teddy bear snout, that shaggy coat, that puffy tail?

But it’s exactly these qualities that make pom owners particularly vulnerable to small dog syndrome. In this post we’ll describe what small dog syndrome is and how you can prevent it!

What Is Small Dog Syndrome?

Small syndrome isn’t an official medical condition. Instead it’s a psychological state where your pomeranian thinks he or she is “head of the pack.” Your pom basically sees you as the pet and himself as the owner! As the owner, he sees it as HIS DUTY to ward off (i.e., bark and attack) strangers, keep you in line, eat what he wants, and do what he pleases.

Small dog syndrome is common to many toy dog breeds since Continue reading Poms and Small Dog Syndrome

Pomeranian Breed Standard

If you’re wondering what defines a pomeranian, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has a strict definition of the breed. The AKC breed standard probably contains more details than you’ll ever need or want to know, unless you plan to have your pom compete in competitions. If this is the case then you should study the breed standard very closely!

Here’s a short summary of the breed standard.

Body Size and Shape

Should You Buy A Show Pomeranian?

One of the decisions you have to make when you decide to look for a pomeranian is whether you want to find a show pom or a pet pom. What are the main things you need to think about? (Besides price, of course!)

  • How much do you want to spend? Show Poms will cost more, typically A LOT more.
  • How serious are you about training your dog to be a show pom?
  • How much research do you want to put into your dog’s lineage, intelligence, and physical looks?
  • Do you absolutely have to have a purebred pom?

Show Pomeranians

Show pomeranians are poms that are bred, trained, and groomed to fit the specifications of dog shows. Typically, this means that they need to: Continue reading Should You Buy A Show Pomeranian?

How Much Do Poms Cost?

One of the first questions you’ll have if you’re looking into getting a pomeranian is how much they cost.

The short answer is that they can range anywhere from almost free to thousands of dollars! How? Read on to learn more!

Free (Or Nearly Free) Poms

Free poms? How do I get one, you’re probably asking. Here are some cases where you might be able to get a pom for free:

  • you have a neighbor/friend/relative with poms who just had puppies and is willing to give you one for free
  • you find one at the pound or at a shelter and you get one for almost free
  • you find one from a rescue organization or on a rescue dog site like petfinder that is being offered for free or almost free

In all of these cases, you’re “rescuing” a pom that more or less wasn’t wanted by the previous owner. This is a great thing Continue reading How Much Do Poms Cost?

Pomeranians and the 5 Senses

Dogs don’t sense things like people do. For example, trying to teach a pom to tell the difference between a red scarf and a green scarf may be a lost cause because your little buddy doesn’t see colors well.

To understand how to best communicate with your pom this means you should understand how he senses the world.

Smell

pomeranian smelling kitten

Smell is a pom’s strongest sense. Poms use smell as their primary sense for understanding the world, which is why you often see two dogs sniffing each others’ butts as a “greeting.” Your pom Continue reading Pomeranians and the 5 Senses

Do Poms Get Along With Other Pets?

If you already own other pets such as cats, other dogs, hamsters, birds, etc. and are thinking of adding a pomeranian to your family, you might wonder how this will work out. We explore several cases that might occur and what you should be aware of for each one:

  • Adding a pom when you already own other dogs
  • Adding a pom when you own cats
  • Adding a pom when you own other pets (birds, exotic pets, etc)

Adding a pom when you already have another dog

Dogs are pack animals. Because of this, when two dogs meet there will always be a more dominant dog and a less dominant dog.You might encounter several different scenarios here:

Pros and Cons of Owning a Pomeranian

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!

A Short History of Pomeranians

Especially if you’re out of school, you might think you’re done with history lessons. But a history lesson on pomeranians very important because it lets you know how that furry guy or gal on your lap came to be. It explains why your pom behaves and views things they way he does. And in turn it’ll help you become better friends by understanding his quirks and habits.

Pomeranians are Descended from Arctic Working Dogs

That pom on your lap wasn’t always a small toy dog, mostly there to entertain us. In fact, it’s descended from working Spitz dogs living in Iceland and Lapland (hence it’s furry body!). These spitz dogs were used for many tasks, including sled pulling, sheep herding, hunting, and as warning dogs. The same qualities that these dogs had are in some form or another still in today’s modern pomeranians: athletic, devoted to their owners, and covered in thick double fur coats that protect them from the cold.

Spitz dogs eventually became popular in Germany around the 16th or 17th century. Five distinct types of spitzes emerged, and the pomeranian is a descendent of the smallest of these–the dwarf spitz (or zwergspitz). Dwarf spitzes, like today’s pomeranians, stood just under a foot tall. Continue reading A Short History of Pomeranians