Deciding to go for an adult pomeranian rather than a puppy is an exciting decision! But it’s also one with both advantages and disadvantages compared to picking a pom straight out of the litter (see our related post).
On one hand adults tend to be better behaved and may even be housetrained. On the other hand the adult pom already has habits—good or bad—ingrained and so these may be harder to change than if you started with a puppy.
In this article we’ll talk about questions you should ask the person you’re buying your adult dog from as well as what things to pay attention to when interacting with the pom.
Things to Ask
Regardless of whether you get your adult pom from a breeder, shelter, rescue organization, or other source (see our post Where to Buy a Pomeranian to learn more about each of these options), there are several things you should do and ask the person who’s providing you your pom:
- What is his history (retired show dog, temperament, training, etc.)
- What is his personality? (nervous, affectionate, shy, etc.)
- What is his typical living situation? (kennel, indoors, outdoors, tec.)
- What type of training has he had? (housetraining, show training, etc.)
- How does he get along with other dogs? (same breed, different breed, different sizes, etc)
- How does he get along with other pets?
- How does he get along with children?
- What are his best and worst characteristics?
- Can you take the dog home for a trial? (say, for a few days)
The last question might seem bold if you’ve never bought a dog before, but trust us–it’s worth asking. If nothing else, it’s a character test for the person as well as the pom! If the person you’re getting your pom from truly cares about the dog’s well being they will want to do everything they can to make sure your furry friend finds a good home.
Things to observe
Besides asking questions you’ll obviously want to interact with the pom and observe how he or she reacts! Some key things to look for include
- Is it outgoing or shy? One isn’t better than the other since it depends on your preference.
- What type of body language does he give when you first interact with him? He should be friendly, although he doesn’t need to be super excited. If he shows aggression this is a red flag.
- Pet him and signal him to follow you. Does he respond happily?
- Pick him up and take a closer look at his body parts (paws, mouth, ears) and see how he responds. If he’s nervous schedule another time to do this. If he’s still nervous the second time he might not be a good choice.
Comments and Related Articles
If you’ve bought an adult pom before we’d love to hear your experiences either by commenting or by emailing us directly. Or if you have other suggestions of things to add to this article we’d love to here those as well.