The Pomeranian is a small, compact breed with a square proportion that belongs to the spitz family of canines. Its main asset is the distinct fluffy double coat and a fox-like head that features a wedge-shaped skull with small erect ears that are highly set, a nose with a foxy outline that comes in different colours depending on the coat colour (but never parti-coloured or flesh) and slightly oval, medium size eyes. The tail is also one characteristic of the breed, highly set and turned over the back, carried flat and straight with a profuse, long, harsh hair. The upper teeth closely overlap lower teeth and set square to the jaws. The strong, short neck gives enough support to the foxy head, well set into the shoulders. It has fine-boned, perfectly straight, well-feathered front legs and equally fine-boned hind legs, well set into a compact, deep-chested body. The limbs are supported by compact, cat-like feet. The double coat is made of soft, fluffy undercoat covered by a long, straight topcoat that is harsh in texture. It has profuse coating around the neck, shoulders and chest forming a frill that extends over the shoulders. The Pomeranian comes in all colours. However, the breed standard does not allow black or white shadings.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Pomeranian was named after the region of Pomerania of Historical Eastern Germany which forms part of northern Poland and part of eastern Germany today. It belongs to the spitz family and is the smallest of them all. There are no exact written evidences as to the origins when the Pomeranian was bred down in size but the most likely ancestor of this breed is the Deutscher spitz. The Pomeranian got its name when it was brought to England, but the ancestors of this modern breed that were brought there were generally white and weighed as much as 30 pounds. Queen Charlotte first introduced this breed to English nobility but the Pomeranian gained wide fame when her granddaughter Victoria brought a Pomeranian named Marco from her vacation in Florence, Italy. She became a breed fancier and started showing the dog. It is also believed that the queen had great influenced in the breed’s ultimate smaller size because she favoured smaller dogs. The Pomeranian was officially recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1870 and by the AKC in 1900. Today, this breed is primarily an affectionate friend and a gorgeous show dog.
The Pomeranian is a very active dog, friendly, and inquisitive but may not typically do well with small children because of its natural timidity and may become snappish. It is more suitable to a family with older, more considerate children. This breed is very intelligent and courageous which has the potential of being a good watchdog. It has a very loud, sharp bark and the Pomeranian has a reputation of being a constant barker. It is playful and quite smart but sometimes it can be too challenging to handle and may not readily obey commands. Tend to bark excessively at unfamiliar faces.
Training needs to be consistent and the Pomeranian must be trained who is the master or it will not obey. It must be trained early not to bark excessively or it will become a stressful companion to anyone who’s not accustomed to loud noises.
The low exercise requirement is offset by a high grooming requirement. The breed’s double coat should be brushed on a daily basis. The eyes and ears should also be checked daily. This constant shredder usually sheds off its undercoat once or twice a year.
The Pomeranian is generally a healthy breed and has an average life expectancy is between 13 to 16 years. It will be happy on a diet of fish or beef but not poultry, lamb, rice or soy.
However, like most dog breeds, it is not without certain medical predispositions. Some of the known health issues that can affect the Pomeranian include:
Hypoglycaemia – a pathological state caused by low amount of blood sugar (glucose).
It has a low exercise requirement. It will enjoy a long walk several times a week or a short walk once a day. The Pomeranian will be most happy playing around in a small, fenced-in yard. It is suitable for an apartment or condominium living because it is very active indoors and with such a small size, it will always find plenty of room to walk around.
The Pomeranian is a very active, friendly but not recommended with small children because of its natural timidity and may become snappish. It is more suitable with older, more considerate children, a loyal companion and a good pet to elderly people.
If can co-exist with other animals in the house (dogs, cats, and other small pets) quite well if introduced to them at an early age. It is also quite reserved with strangers.
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