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The Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality. This compact little dog is an active toy breed with an alert character and fox-like expression. Today, the Pomeranian is a popular companion dog and competitive show dog. They can come in all colors, patterns, and variations although orange and red are the most popular.
A Look Back
The breed’s name originally came from the historical region of Pomerania (now present day Germany and Poland). Originally weighing nearly 30 pounds, the dog served as an able herder of sheep in its larger form. They were not well known until 1870, when the Kennel Club (England) recognized the so-called Spitz dog. In 1888, Queen Victoria fell in love with a Pomeranian in Florence, Italy, and brought the specimen back to England, influencing its popularity dramatically.
Is a Pomeranian the Right Breed for You?
Pomeranians are very intelligent dogs that love to please. Because of their outgoing temperaments, they can be very good family dogs with the right training. Due to their small size they don’t require much exercise, but are an energetic breed that needs attention from their people frequently. They possess a thick double coat, which needs to be brushed on a regular basis.
* Toy Group; AKC recognized in 1888.
* Ranging in size from 3 to 7 pounds, with the ideal weight for the show specimen being 4 to 6 pounds.
* Bred down from sled and herding dogs, companion.
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This community is for discussion about this wonderful breed. Everyone is welcome, whether you've had Poms for years or you are considering getting a Pom for the first time. Owners of Pom mixes are also welcome! Please feel free to ask questions, share stories and post photos. We only ask that larger photos (above 600x600) and multiple photos be placed behind a cut. Instructions for doing so can be found here.
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Here is a link to several Pomeranian rescue organizations. There are many wonderful Poms and Pom mixes who need homes. Please consider rescue when thinking of adding a new pet to your family. When you adopt a pet through a shelter or rescue, stop by your local PETCO store with your adoption info. PETCO supports adoption and rescue organizations through their Adoption Gift Book Program.
These great coupon books reward the adopter with over $150 in savings including free premium pet food and toys and savings on everything from a puppy's new crate to a kitty's new scratching post! All you have to do is bring in your adoption paperwork to your local PETCO store and you will receive your coupon book. It's a really nice gift for pet owners and their new furry family members!