The PomeranianThe Pomeranian is also known as: Deutscher Zwergspitz, Toy German Spitz
|Group classification: Toy||Country of origin: Germany and Poland||Date of origin: 19th century|
|Weight (M): 3 - 7 lb||Height (M): 8 - 11"||Life expectancy: 14 - 16 years|
|Weight (F): 3 - 7 lb||Height (F): 8 - 11"|
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General Description of the Pomeranian
The Pomeranian is a dog that looks like it belongs in the lap of luxury. The dogís foxy little face and expressive eyes give this little spitz a look of intelligence and slyness. Its ears are small and pointy, resting high on the head. The dogís body is small and squarely proportioned, and its plumed tail is noticeably curved along its back, giving the dog a rather elegant appearance. The Pomeranianís coat is said to be its glory, though in fact is more accurate to say the dog has two coats: one is soft, fluffy, and thick while the other is long and coarse. The dogís coat can be of any color or pattern, though a fox red is probably the most popular color.
The cocky little Pomeranian has an unquenchable love for life, and carries itself with apparent disregard for its size. While the Pom is unquestionably a Toy breed, there is clear evidence of his larger spitz cousins in this little dogís demeanor. Ever ready to explore and play, the Pomeranian can keep a child or active adult happily entertained for hours; however, be warned that the dogís small size makes it an inappropriate playmate for very small children, who might accidentally cause the dog harm. The Pomeranian may be reserved toward other dogs and strangers, and will bark incessantly at an unannounced knock at the door or anything that gives it a start. Properly trained the Pom can be quite the little watchdog, though if left to its own devices, the dog will bark at just about anything. Pomeranians are not known for being the most affectionate of dogs, and may at times seem much more interested in themselves than anyone else in the house. Like in any breed, however, there is a distribution of personalities, and some Poms have been known to show unsurpassed levels of affection and devotion.
Caring for a Pomeranian
Pomeranians do not require very much exercise, and a short daily walk should be enough to keep your dog happy and healthy. It is very important to brush the coat weekly to keep it free from mats and looking beautiful. The usual ear and nail care is recommended, along with the occasional bath; however, take care not to bathe them too frequently because their skin is sensitive and can damage easily. Pomeranians tend to shed quite a bit; the males only shed once a year while the females shed after birthing a litter, while in heat and when they are stressed. These dogs are known to develop dental problems so itís a good idea to keep them clean and, ideally, brushed daily. The most serious health problem seen in this breed is patellar luxation. Lesser concerns include progressive retinal atrophy, entropion, hypoglycemia and open fontanel.
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