I'm not so sure that Pomeranians should be included in the toy group of dog breeds.
A Pomeranian puppy is a little pocket dynamo!
Pomeranians are a fantastic blend of cheeky high energy playfulness and loving affectionate companion dog. One minute your Pomie will be charging through the house playing the fool and the next he/she will be happily snuggled up on your lap in front of the TV.
Pomeranian puppies are a great all-round dog breed, they are just as happy living in an inner city apartment as they are out in the country. As long as you include your Pomeranian puppy in all family activities, you'll have a happy and cheerful housemate. Apart from being stunning to look at, Pomeranians are also highly intelligent and make excellent little watchdogs - it's no wonder that the popularity of Pomeranian puppies continues to grow right around the world.
It is essential for the health and wellbeing of your Pomeranian puppy that you provide early puppy socialization and at the very least some basic Pomeranian obedience training - more information listed below Training A Pomeranian Puppy.
By the middle of the 19th century Pomeranians had made their way into Europe and more specifically Britain. This is when they were bred down into a smaller package which was more suited to living indoors as a companion dog.
Pomeranians are compact, well balanced and sturdy little dogs. They have a handsome "fox like" head with small ears that stand erect and ever alert. Pomies have those attractive dark almond shaped eyes and carry a seemingly happy expression. Their most distinctive feature is the tail which is set high but lays flat against the line of the back.
The other striking feature of a Pomeranian puppy which is immediately apparent is their luxurious plush coat. This is a beautiful double coat with a dense and fluffy undercoat and a long and coarse outer-coat. The coat comes in many color variations but most common are various shades of orange or red. It's a good idea to give your Pomie a brush every couple of days to prevent matting and the build up of dry skin. Male Pomeranians shed once a year and females when in season.
A healthy, fully grown Pomeranian puppy stands at a muscular 7 to 12 inches tall at the shoulder and tips the scales at between 3 to 7 pounds (so called "teacup pomeranians" are often smaller than this).
The temperament and behavior habits of your Pomeranian puppy are largely determined by where you purchase your puppy from, the early socialization you provide and the obedience training you do together (nutrition also plays a role). I can't stress enough the importance of purchasing your puppy from a well respected and reputable Pomeranian puppy breeder. If you do not purchase your puppy from a good Pomeranian breeder you run the risk of bringing a dog with all kinds of mental and physical problems into your life. A good Pomeranian puppy breeder has the best interests of the breed at heart and will only breed from high quality (and screened for disease) stock.
Some general points regarding the temperament of a Pomeranian:
Your Pomeranian puppy breeder or Veterinarian are the best people to consult for specific health care advice. Below is a list of the common health issues encountered by Pomeranians:
Pomeranian puppies can also be stubborn and willful - they can be a real handful. For this reason it is essential that you establish a few boundaries and provide some clear and consistent guidelines for your Pomie to follow. The best way to achieve this is through Pomeranian obedience training. Training will help to establish good behavior habits early on and make it clear to your Pomeranian puppy that you are the boss in this relationship (not in a forceful or violent way).
Training your Pomeranian puppy is vital in order to shape your puppy into a well respected and trusted member of your neighbourhood. These are a few training issues especially relevant to Pomies:
Keep your dog training sessions short, intense and most of all fun! This is where you will build and strengthen the strong bond you and your Pomeranian puppy will enjoy. If you're looking to raise and train your Pomerainian puppy at home I suggest you follow comprehensive dog ownership package The Pomeranian Manual.
Some other pages you may be interested in:
Extensive list of popular dog breeds.
How to select a puppy from a litter.
Please consult the services of a Professional Dog Trainer, Behaviorist or Veterinarian before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.