Becoming An Owner Of A Pomeranian: A Primer
So you want to get a dog but are not sure what type of pooch to select. Well, in this case, you must first decide if you want a mixed breed or a purebred. If you decide to go with a purebred dog, you have a lot of breeds to choose from. One of the most interesting choices is a Pomeranian. Here is a brief guide for anyone considering purchasing one of these fascinating animals as a pet.
Pomeranians get their names from Pomerania, a region in Nothern Europe that borders the Baltic Sea. At one time they were much larger than they are today, but the breed was bred down to a smaller size during the reign of Queen Victoria of England, who was a Pomerian enthusiast and preferred small dogs. Other figures from history who were fans of the breed include Marie Antionette and Wolfgang Mozart.
Pomeranians generally weigh from 3 to 7 pounds, with 4 to 6 pound being the ideal weight for show dogs, according to the American Kennel Club. They have a short back, a thick coat, and a plumed tail.
The breed comes in a wide range of colors with orange, black, and white being the most frequently seen. They are very intelligent dogs and have an extroverted temperament. Pomeranians are very protective of their owners and love being indoors, which makes them a great choice for those living in apartments or anyone who must spend most of the day inside.
A key point to keep in mind is that Pomeranians need much more grooming than other dogs due to their thick coat. Experts recommend that you brush puppies twice a week and adults at least three times a week. If you fail to do this, mats and tangles can develop in the dog's hair, so do not overlook this important task.
Do not brush the coat when it is dry. Use a coat spray. Also, make sure that you check for tangles and break them up before brushing.
To obtain a Pomeranian, check for breeders who have puppies for sale. A great way to get started is to approach breeders who are associated with the American Kennel Club, or AKC, a respected organization dedicated to purebred dogs. The AKC has breeder referral information on their website that may be helpful. As an alternative, you can contact a local kennel club and ask for information on purebred Pomeranian puppies for sale in your area.