Things to Know Before Owning a Pomeranian
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Pomeranians are typically very small dogs that display many of the characteristics of the ‘Spitz’ family of dogs such as small ears, a thick double coat, and a curled tail that is profusely covered with hair. Pomeranians are seen in the widest variety of colors of any dog breed. The colors include black, blue, brown, cream, orange, red, sable, and white. Color combinations might include merle, black mixed with cream or white, spotted, brindle or any combination of the colors mentioned. Pomeranian mixes such as the Pomchi and the Dameranian often retain some of these characteristics while others such as the Pomston and the Cockeranian tend to have a very different appearance. Pomeranians and Pomeranian mixes that that have inherited the thick, double coat will require frequent brushing.
Pomeranians were originally bred to be companion animals and this is still their only function. Most Pomeranians view the task of being a lap dog as their favorite activity! But that doesn’t mean they don’t need activity and mental stimulation. All dogs do! Like many toy dogs a Pomeranian’s exercise requirements can be met with a daily walk and some indoor play that involves interacting with people. But given their Spitz heritage they also enjoy a bit of a romp in an enclosed yard or garden.
Those who share their home with Pomeranians and Pomeranian mixes frequently describe them as bold and bouncy, playful and busy, and above all self-confident. These little gems can be quite independent and spirited and are normally not clingy like some small breed dogs. While some Poms might be reserved with strangers or aggressive with small dogs, most are always ready for fun and adventure with people they know. Let your Pom know that it’s acceptable to be the early warning system, to bark once or twice when visitors arrive or when they are concerned about outside sounds. But also teach them to immediately settle down when told to do so.
Pomeranians need to be taught that the person is the pack leader. This is a breed that is happiest when kept busy. They are very adept at learning tricks and interacting with humans. Don’t forget to give them some time to romp about independently. If this breed is given minimal exercise and mental stimulation along with basic training it makes a wonderful companion or family pet.
The Top 5 Reasons to Consider Adopting Over Buying a Pomeranian from a Pet Store or Pomeranian Breeder:
Adoption is More Affordable - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a Pomeranian dogs and puppies for sale at a pet store, or even a reputable Pomeranian breeder. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!
Near Purebreds & Healthy Mixes - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred, including Pomeranians. There are also Pomeranian rescue organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out only Pomeranians. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
Be a Hero - Selecting a Pomeranian rescue group or going to your local animal shelter means that you are saving a dog's life. In truth, you are also making room for another dog to enter the shelter; therefore, you are saving another! When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters often have already been in homes, and many have already be housebroken or have had obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
Finding the Right Match - Often rescue group and animal shelter staff and volunteers know the personalities of animals, meaning they will know the individual Pomeranian dogs and puppies in their care. They will be able to better match you up with a dog that fits your lifestyle and activities. This is one of many advantages to finding an adult Pomeranian dog for adoption, rather than for sale.
Pomeranian Focused Rescues
Below you'll find many Pomeranian focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Pomeranian focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!