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13 Amazing Pomeranian Facts You May Not Have Known

Pomeranian Facts     By Dawn Greer     |Published 06-10-2020

Pomeranians are just the cutest little balls of fluff that you’ve likely ever laid your eyes upon, but what about their personality? What things don’t you know about them that you should know before you have one? We think that once you find out more about this dog, you’re going to want one more than you ever have before.

Red Pomeranian dog facing the camera.Pomeranian Facts

Aside from being small enough to live in any size home, their personality will blow you away, and you’ll find yourself dealing with quite a lot of dog, even if it comes in a very small package. Don’t forget to visit Pet Blogish for all of your animal curiosities. You have the questions, and they have the answers!

13 Amazing Pomeranian Facts

#1:  Poms Have Much Larger Ancestors

A large white Samoyed dog may be one of the ancient ancestors to the pom.Pomeranians' Larger Cousin, the Samoyed

This tiny dog is typically less than 7 pounds, and his body is buried under quite a plume of fur, but you may be shocked to find out that this little guy is actually the product of breeding very large sled dogs. This is likely why they have such huge personalities!

#2: Pomeranians or Poms for Short

Red pom standing in the grassPomeranian or Pom for short

Pomeranians got their name from the region from which they were created. It is in Northern Europe, and their thick coat is well-suited to that climate.

#3:  Queen Victoria's Influence

Queen VictoriaQueen Victoria via Wiki

They used to be much bigger than they are nowadays. The Pomeranian used to weigh around 30 pounds, but Queen Victoria wanted more of a tiny lapdog, and so the small Pomeranian was born! They rarely weigh more than 10 pounds now, typically averaging closer to 7 pounds.

#4:  A Famous Painter's Helper

A Pomeranian was at Michaelangelo’s side during the painting of the Sistine Chapel. It was his pet.

# 5:  A Famous Musician's Helper, Too

Mozart's musicMozart's music score

Mozart also had a pet Pomeranian, and he dedicated one of his famous musical pieces to his pet, named Pimperl.

#6:  No Sense of Size

Pomeranians do not seem to understand how small they are relative to larger dogs.

These dogs are known for believing they are much bigger and can have an attitude with other dogs. It’s very important to socialize them early on so that they don’t develop the bad habit of picking fights with bigger dogs that leave them in loads of trouble.

#7:  A Grooming Nightmare?

Pomeranian GroomingGrooming a Pomeranian is not as difficult as you might expect

You’d think all that fur would be a grooming nightmare, but they are actually not hard to keep looking nice at all. Regular brushing is typically all it takes to keep them looking great and reduce shedding - but they do shed. Just resign yourself to long strands of fur from time to time and brush them outside to help keep it mostly outdoors.

#8:  Poms Hate Heat

Pomeranian at the beachPomeranians prefer cooler environments

Since they have thick fur and were originated from a cooler climate, the Pomeranian doesn’t really do well in the heat. Keep an eye on them in the summer heat and bring them into air conditioning. Pomeranians don’t enjoy the heat, and they don’t often do well in it either.

#9:  Poms Hate Cold Too

Black PomeranianBlack Pomeranian

Surprisingly, they also don’t tolerate the cold very well, either. This is likely because they are so small. It’s harder for tiny animals to retain body heat and regulate their body temperature. Take measures to ensure that your Pom is also kept plenty warm in the winter months when snow is on the ground and temps are frigid.

Remember the Goldilock's Principle

(as it pertains to Pomeranians)

Not to Hot, not cold, but just right!

#10:  Remember Their Dental Health

Pomeranian having his teeth brushedPoms are known to have dental problems

They can be prone to teeth issues as they get older. Take steps to ensure they have clean teeth and give them proper chew toys to help them scrape tartar off on their own. You may need to also add some weekly teeth cleanings to your care routine to keep your Pom’s mouth happy and healthy for years to come.

#11:  Woes of Being Small:  Health Problems

Small Pomeranian puppy and stethoscopeHealth Problems of Pomeranians

They are so tiny that they can easily develop chronic issues related to weight. Don’t overfeed your Pomeranian because they can develop dog diabetes, back issues, and even other health issues that can shorten their little life.

#12:  A Breed of Many Colors

Four poms shown in different colorsPoms in different colors

Pomeranians are most often seen in their classic red color that may have cream highlights on their legs and belly with a mask of lighter cream or even black highlights on their muzzle. Pomeranians can also be black, orange, cream, sable, brown, blue. beaver, brindle, merle, parti, white, or have tan points.

#13:  The Life of the Party

White Pomeranian showing his teethPoms: Bold, curious and very smart

They are known for being playful, bold, curious, and intelligent. This dog loves to be the center of attention and will keep you entertained and laughing with his antics. He’s also quite happy to be near you or on your, receiving the proper doting of which he so deserves.

Final Thoughts

Pomeranians are wonderful pets but need proper socialization to ensure that they are good with children and tolerant of them. Socialize them with kids and other creatures to ensure that they are very well-rounded. Also, enroll them in an obedience class to ensure that they have knowledge of the basic skills of coming to you when called and sitting politely.

Don’t expect them to be obedience champions that wouldn’t suit their personality. They are too free-spirited to be burdened with a lot of down and stay sort of things. They’d much rather be playing and barking. This is a dog that will melt your cold heart and make you a dog lover for life, though. 



Author Bio

Dawn Greer is a former vet tech and dog trainer with more than twenty-four years of experience with pets. In recent years, her focus has been on writing about pet-related topics and living off-grid with her four dogs, three cats, and a small menagerie of farm animals. She is a regular author of petblogish.com

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About Janice (author and voice behind this site)

Having lived with dogs and cats most of her life, Janice served as a veterinary technician for ten years in Maryland and twelve years as a Shih Tzu dog breeder in Ohio.

Her education includes undergraduate degrees in Psychology with a minor in biology, Early Childhood Education, and Nursing, and a master's in Mental Health Counseling.

She is a lifelong learner, a dog lover, and passionate about the welfare of animals. Her favorite breed for over 50 years has been the Shih Tzu, but she has also lived with Poodles, Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, English Bulldogs, Carin Terriers, and a Cocker Spaniel.

When not writing, reading, and researching dog-related topics, she likes to spend time with her eight Shih Tzu dogs, husband, and family, as well as knitting and crocheting. She is also the voice behind Miracle Shih Tzu and Smart-Knit-Crocheting

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