The dog is named after the area of northeastern Europe Pomerania, part of western Germany now. Hundred years ago it was there, but ancestors bred them down into a much bigger size later. Pomeranian also is known as Pom or Zwergspitz is a miniature dog, and it is one of the smallest spitz breeds. Its elegant appearance makes them fit for queens, and it became more famous due to Queen Victoria who loves this breed.
Temperament, Exercise & Health Problems
These puppies are vivacious and smart, they like the company of new people. They mix well with kids and other pets, but their interaction should be checked as children can knock them down while playing which can make them aggressive. They make perfect watchdogs and bark to inform their owner if they find any suspicious activity inside its territory. Command training is crucial to stop their unwanted barking. Their disposition entirely depends upon their hereditary socialization and training.
They are relatively energetic and require adequate exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Take them for long walks, jogs and offer sufficient playtime to keep up with their health. Visiting Dogs Park once a week will not keep them fit, but also socializes them. These puppies have a thick and double undercoat and require three to four times brushing a week. Their nails, ears will need checking once a week brush their tooth twice a week keeps up with their oral health.
They are healthy breeds, but suffer from some health problems like other pets. However, not all pets suffer from these diseases but can be seen in most of them. But with random Veterinarian check-up will keep them in good health.
- Eye Problems
- Legg Perthes Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Collapsed Trachea
- Patellar Luxation
- Dental Problems
- Complete Body check up
- X-Ray of joints and Hip
- Blood Tests
- Eye Checkups
Training & Feeding
Training them is moderately easy as they are intelligent. They pick up tricks very quickly and require minimum repetitions. They should be trained not to bark, from an early age because they are excessive barkers. Commands training like, “Come,” “sit,” “No,” “Yes” etc. will enhance communication between the pet and the owner. Obedience and Socialization training from an early age will make the pet calmer and well behaved. However, if one is a first-time owner, one can opt for a professional trainer as they know the right tricks. Positive reinforcement will enhance the entire training system.
To keep up their energy level owners will need to provide 1 ½ cups to 2 cups of dry dog foods. Homemade food rich in protein will also be useful for them. Before opting for homemade recipes, one must know the right ingredients for them, as they tend to suffer from allergies and eating substances like flour, wheat or specific meat can trouble them. Meals should be divided into two or three halves for better digestion.