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 foxlike 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.
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 they are an energetic breed that needs attention from their people frequently. They possess a thick double coat that 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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