Parker's Precious Pomeranians

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                      About Pomeranians

PETPOM.COM is a highly recommended website offering information about poms covering a wide range of topics including training, grooming, breed standard, teething, health concerns, showing, etc.....  

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There are over a dozen colors and more than two dozen color combinations that Pomeranians can have. We are a small hobby breeder home and although we love the exotic colors, some colors are very rare and hard to produce. Our primary concern is breeding physically healthy  and emotionally healthy dogs who meet AKC standards. Only then can we breed for coloring.  

For PICTURES of different Pomeranian Colors as presented through the Pomeranian Club website click HERE


Health Concerns

Pomeranians are prone to dislocated patella (knee-cap), slipped stifle, heart problems, eye infections, skin irritations and tooth decay and early loss. It is recommended that they are fed dry dog food or crunchy milk bones daily to help keep the teeth and gums in good condition. Newborn Pom puppies are very tiny and fragile. Three newborns can be held in the palm of ones hand. Dams on the smaller side often need to deliver by cesarean section. When the dog is old it may become molted with bald spots. 

The three most common health concerns are tooth decay, dislocated patella and hypoglycemia.

Tooth decay is common in many toy breeds, including the Pomeranian. This is however a very treatable and manageable condition. We recommend having a dental done by your vet every 12 mths throughout the life of your pomeranian. This combined with dry kibble and bones that encourage good dental health, nearly eliminates this problem.

Hypoglycemia occurs when a Pomeranian "runs out of calories" and doesn't have enough to support their bodily functions. This can happen when over exercising your Pom. Pomeranians don't carry a lot of body fat to sustain them, so you must ensure that they are consuming enough calories.

Dislocated patella, or slipped knee cap is very common in toy breeds, including the Pom. Treatment for severe cases includes surgery to stabilize the joint. Our breeding dogs are free from this defect, however we cannot guarantee that your puppy will never experience a problem with this.  

 

Physical Description

The Pomeranian is a small toy sized dog. The head is wedge-shaped and in proportion with the body. The short muzzle is straight and fine. The stop is well pronounced. The color of the nose varies with coat color. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The almond shaped eyes are dark and medium in size. The small, erect ears are set high. The feathered tail lies straight and flat over the back. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The Pom has a thick, double coat. The outer coat is long straight, and harsh in texture while the undercoat is soft, thick and short. The coat is longer around the neck and chest area. Comes in a variety of coat colors and patterns including red, orange, white, cream, blue, brown, black, black and tan, wolf sable, orange sable, brindle and parti-color, which is white with colored markings.

Personality and Temperment

The Pomeranian is a proud, lively little dog. Intelligent, eager to learn, very loyal to its handler and family. The Pom is a wonderful companion and show dog. The breed's docile temper and affectionate nature endear it to many. They are alert, inquisitive and active: one of the most independent of the Toy breeds, they need a firm, gentle hand. Its liveliness and spirit make it well-liked by persons who do not usually care for toy dogs. They may be picky eaters. If it is properly introduced they usually get along with other dogs and household animals without any problems. Poms make good little watch dogs. Teach this dog early that it may bark a couple of times when the doorbell rings or when there are visitors, but then to keep quiet. Be very consistent about this. Poms have a delightful nature and do not cling to their handlers. This happy pup is good at learning tricks. Pomeranians need to see their owners as boss or they will become very demanding. If you allow your dog to tell YOU when and where to do things than you have a potential problem on your hands and you may not even realize it.

Because of this breeds tiny size and it's adorable Ewok looking face, there are a very high percentage of Poms who fall victim to Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behaviors, where the dog believes he is pack leader to humans. This can cause many varying degrees of behavior problems, which are NOT Pomeranian traits, but behaviors brought on by the way they are treated by the humans around them. Behaviors include, but are not limited to separation anxiety, willful, nervous, bold and sometimes temperamental, not hesitating to attack much bigger dogs. Guarding behaviors, and excessive barking as they try and tell THEIR humans what THEY want them to do. However, if a Pom is given rules to follow, limits as to what they are allowed to do, daily pack walks and a calm, self-assured pack leader who displays confident assertion towards the dog, this can be a well rounded, mentally stable, trustworthy, wonderful family companion. Because of its size, it can make a good companion for an elderly person.

Grooming

The Pomeranian's very long, double coat should be brushed frequently. If you work from the head, parting the coat and brushing it forward, it will fall neatly back in place, so the task, although time-consuming, is relatively easy. The cottony undercoat is shed once or twice a year. Dry shampoo when necessary. Clean the eyes and ears daily and take the dog for regular dental checkups. The Pomeranian is a constant shedder.

Origin

The Pomeranian got it's name from the region of Pomerania, which is now the area of Germany and Poland, where it was developed from the ancient Spitz breeds. The original Pomeranians were much larger, weighing 30-40 pounds and they worked as sheep herders. Marie Antoinette, Emile Zola, Mozart and Queen Victoria all owned Pomeranians. In 1870 the Kennel Club in England first recognized them as a breed. In 1888 Queen Victoria began breeding and showing the dogs. It was she who started breeding them down in size, making the breed very popular in England. The Pomeranian was first recognized by the AKC in 1888. Some of the Pom's talents include: watchdog, agility and performing tricks. Poms make superior circus performers.