What is a Pomeranian?

What is a Pomeranian?  A cute fluffy ball of fur.
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Aside from a cute fluffy ball of fur, what exactly is a Pomeranian dog? Well, if we want to get technical, then a Pomeranian is a breed of dog that is of the Spitz type. They are descendants from the German Spitz, which are a larger type of Spitz. Spitz dogs are northern dogs who usually have long, dense and fluffy coats. They also have pointy ears like wolves, and their tails curl over their backs like pigs. Cute right? 

Because Pomeranians are small and look like cute stuffed animals you would buy at toy stores, they are classified as a toy dog breed. However, don’t let their small size fool you. They don’t toy around, instead their big personalities will make you wonder how such a small dog can have a lot of bark. In fact, they are one of the world’s most popular toy breeds.

What were Pomeranian dogs bred for?

Pomeranians dogs were bred to pull sleds and herd animals. It’s almost impossible to believe now, because they are so tiny, however, Pomeranians were once almost the size of wolves. Their ancestors, the German Spitz could weigh an average of over 30 pounds.

The Pomeranian breed became a breed bred for companionship in the 1700s. It was introduced to the United Kingdom, in which the British Royal Family popularized the breed and promoted its breeding. Phoebe and Mercury, two Pomeranians brought to England by Queen Charlotte in 1767, became the start of Pomeranian popularization. It was Queen Victoria, Queen Charlotte’s granddaughter who favored small Pomeranians, establishing a large breeding kennel.

How much does a Pomeranian dog cost?

Pomeranians could cost anywhere from $300 up to $7000. However, on average, they are commonly priced around $1000 to $3000. Pomeranians can be expensive breeds, but that is because they are one of the most popular toy dog breeds in the world. The factors that affect their pricing are pedigree, quality, health, and the location of the breeder.

What do Pomeranians need?

What Pomeranians need the most is attention, love and affection. They have a vivacious personality. They are known to be friendly, intelligent, sociable, extroverted, playful, and active. When considering to buy a Pomeranian, make sure you have thought about the basic needs first. Owning a Pomeranian is like adding another child to your household. They will need good quality dog food, bedding, collar, leash, dog shampoo, tags, toys, and health care. Think about the environment of your home. Do you have enough space for your dog to roam around? If not, is there a park nearby where you can take your dog to play?

What is the lifespan of a Pomeranian dog?

Pomeranians have a life expectancy of 12-16 years. They have a height of 6-7 inches, and can weigh between 3-7 pounds. They are grouped in the toy dog group.