The Pomeranian is both a fantastic companion and handsome show dog. They are known for their short, straight muzzle, warm almond shaped eyes and luxurious double coat. Despite their showy exterior, Pomeranian's are no Divas. They are highly intelligent, very inquisitive and charmingly affectionate. They are also surprisingly territorial and can display aggressive behaviors to strangers and other animals. This can be nurtured out of them, just as long as they aren’t over pampered.
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Stories From Real Life Pomeranian Owners
My Pomeranian Mika, my little dancing bear
Adoption of my Pomeranian
I had gone back and forth about what kind of dog I wanted for some time. I had never adopted a dog before and, as my first dog, the breed was important to me. After much research I settled on a Pomeranian and with a quick search and a few phone calls I was off to adopt from a local breeder. The breeder was a kind woman and I was able to meet both the mother and father of my puppy-to-be. Both were small golden Poms, which was what made the genetic selection of my Pomeranian who was all black but for white socks and a small chest patch so unique. I left with a fluffy black pure bred Pom in my arms that day and I couldn’t have been happier. As soon as we arrived home I decided on the name Mika.
House Training, Upkeep and Puppy Years
As my first dog and my first puppy there was quite a bit of trial and error with training my new Pomeranian. In temperament she was a delight, always happy to see me and ready to play with puppy kisses in abundance, but the concept of a potty pad was beyond her for quite a while. I learned that frequent trips outside were important, as was the designation of a special area in which to place the potty pads. Creating a space she recognized as “this is where I pee” helped quite a bit after lots of positive reinforcement. I did, however, go through an entire bottle of enzyme cleaner for my carpet in the mean time.
Chewing was also a problem. Not of large things, like shoes and furniture like with some larger breeds, but I lost smaller items made of natural materials like wood and fur. As she was so small all I had to do was make sure these things were out of her reach. She was just a puppy, after all! Like I said, it was a learned experience for both of us.
Overall the basic house training took a few months to get to be a habit for my little girl and some months longer before there were no more accidents inside or items that were left carelessly in her reach that fell to her teething jaws. After a year or two there were never any accidents on the carpet or wood floor, especially after making sure there’s always a clean potty pad in the designated spot.
A trait of Pomeranians is that they have a very thick double coat, similar to that of a Husky. This is due to their cold country of origin but does not serve the breed well in warmer climates such as my own. While it is important to maintain the coat of every dog it is especially important for a Pomeranian. Frequent brushing will keep the breeds’ long hair from becoming tangled if you choose to grow it out in the traditional style. I prefer to have her trimmed at a groomer so that her fur is a shorter, more manageable length. It is much cooler for her in the summer and I think it is a very becoming look as she resembles a cute little bear.
Tricks and Treats
One of the reasons I picked the Pomeranian breed was for their history as circus dogs and their ability to learn tricks. I have always loved performance art and the opportunity to play with my little furry companion by learning new tricks was very exciting for me. I began with very basic commands like sit and lie down, which she took to immediately. The right kind of treats were important of course, as little bits of turkey or other deli cuts are the most motivating. From there I began teaching her to stay while I walked out of the room, waited for a minute to test her patience, and then calling her to me.
With these basic ‘good dog’ commands down I figured it was time to move on to more fun things. Holding the treat just beyond her nose, I first taught her to stand up on her hind legs for a few moments before giving her the reward. I extended this time a bit longer and used the verbal command “Up, up!” so that she was standing for a full 15 seconds or so. After her little legs built up that strength I taught her to dance, which was such a joy. From standing on her hind legs (“Up, up!”) I would move the treat around her head in a circle so that she would follow it and walk herself after it.
After getting the hang of this movement I accompanied it with “Dance dance!” And she would raise up and dance around in a circle. Sometimes I would spin in a circle too so that we were both ‘dancing’ and it made it a kind of game for both of us. I did make an effort to get her to learn to jump through a hoop but I only got as far as to get her to jump over my arm. I think that even when she was young jumping was uncomfortable for her so that trick never really got off of the ground, so to speak.
Temperament and Getting Older
My Pomeranian has always been a joy. She is one of the happiest little dogs I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Unlike many small dogs she isn’t ‘yippy’ and only lets out a bark or two when someone is at the door, which I appreciate. She may be small but having a tiny guard dog to alert me is reassuring. She greets strangers with a friendly sniff and licks if they are kind and gentle. Children are too rough with her sometimes, as she is so small and they tend to treat her like a toy. The only time I have seen her snap at someone was when a little boy was being too rough with her. Other than respecting her size and space, she is very even tempered. She will come sit next to me on my favorite chair when I watch movies or make crafts or retire to her ‘office’ (her bed in the bathroom) when she wants her own quiet time to nap.
Mika will be twelve this year and she still has quite a bit of energy despite the greying of her muzzle. She enjoys lots of walks and time outside, though she has a tendency to wander so a leash or a tether to a tree is needed. There are a few health problems that have surfaced as she has aged that are more likely in Pomeranians. She has coughing fits from minor respiratory problems as well arthritis in her hips. Aside from these small issues she has been a very healthy and spry dog.
My little bear
I love my Pomeranian Mika and would recommend her breed to anyone who is looking for a small dog. While Poms do require extra upkeep with their coats, they are fun and perky companions who can learn many tricks with ease to the delight of both the owner and dog alike.