Pomeranian – Beauty or Beast?

Pomeranian puppies are tiny in size, but high in demand. Right now in the UK you can expect to pay between £1,000 and £2,500 for one. Known both for their sprightly nature but also their tempers, could you be bringing a beauty or a beast into your life, if you decided to get one?

This is a question we hope to help you to answer through this blog post. First, here is a round-up of the Pomaranian (or Pom Husky) breed’s features.

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Pomeranian characteristics

A Pomeranian is classed as a ‘Toy’, but is actually descended from a line of arctic work dogs. It has a lot in common with the Siberian Husky and the Malamute. While it might be hard to imagine a little pom shifting sleighs, they were once quite a bit larger than they are now!

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Appearance: known to look ‘fox-like’ with erect ears, dark almond eyes, frilly and pronounced fur around the neck. It also has a distinctive curling tail.

Height (average): 17-12 inches

Weight (average): 3-7 pounds

Lifespan: 12-16 years

Activity needs: Moderate

Coat – Double / thick

Fur shedding: High moderate

Eating: 1/2 cup high quality dry food a day (divided into two settings)

Colours: Many including black, white, cream, orange, sable, red, brown, & blue.

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Pomeranian temperament

What is the secret of a Pom Husky’s popularity? Some might say it that it surely can’t be often excessive barking – often described as yappy. Others talk about a Pom’s adorable nature, high intelligence and self confidence that belies its stature.

Beauty

Pomeranans are jesty and playful – a bit like that diminutive kid in class who has a lot of attitude and isn’t phased or intimidated by his bigger peers. They are generally very affectionate with their owners.

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Here are some descriptive words you might hear or read about regarding Pomanerian puppies and adults.

Agile

Feisty

Compact

Cocky

Inquisitive

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An intelligent breed, a Pomeranian has a sense of self-worth, which means it is unlikely to take orders from anyone they think is lower down in the pecking order. This kind of dog can also be very persistent.

Pomeranians often like to be the centre of attention and are generally pretty extroverted, so when considering adding one to your family, consider if you are able to devote the attention a Pomanerian puppy needs.

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Beast

… because neglecting doing so will turn your adorable Pomeranian puppy into one!

The Pom Husky is likely to be affectionate to those in the family as well as OK with other dogs, but it can be unfriendly with other kids and strangers. Along with ts bark, this can make a small dog seem a bit beastly. 

On the plus side it also means these pups make good guard dogs / alarm systems. ,

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Pomanarian puppies are often not that easy to train, and experts often recommend crate training. However, they are very capable of learning commands. Obedience and socialisation activities should start early.

One of the first commands to teach could be – ‘Quiet!’ (or a similar word to show you want the barking to cease). Pomanerans can be pretty vocal, as well as difficult to control if they don’t get the right amount of early training and exposure to other places, people and animals.

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While it it is not uncommon for a Pomeranian to have a bit of a temper, early training and consistent attention and treatment can lessen the future possibility for one to transform into a poisoned dwarf

Separation anxiety

Although they adapt well to apartment living, a Pomanerian puppy won’t like being left alone – as this breed is prone to a high level of separation anxiety. One action you might want to take is giving a treat to your puppy as you are about to leave the door. This is so that he/she associates something good with you leaving. Hopefully when in the habit your pup will look forward to you going to work!

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Pomeranian background and history

A Pomeranian is classed as a ‘Toy’, but is actually descended from a line of artic work dogs, so has a lot in common with the Siberian Husky and the Malumite. While it might be hard to imagine a little pom shifting sleighs, they were once quite a bit larger than they are now!

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A type of Spitz dog, the Pomeranian has a rich background and history, including two who survived the sinking of the Titanic.

Its origins are in a place once called Pomeriania that existed on the borders of Poland and Germany on the Baltic coast. Its name actually derives from a Slavic word meaning ‘the sea’. That area has since been renamed Gdansk and is within Poland.

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However pampered a single Pomanerian may be today, it is worth considering that back in the early 19th century, many were trained for work, and under harsh conditions. William Taplin in the Sportsman’s Cabinet (as quoted on pomanerian.org) wrote,

As soon as the puppies are able to see, they are thrown into a dark pit, where they remain shut up till they are thought able to undergo a trial.

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Luckily, the Pom found favour with the monarchy. Queen Charlotte got her white ones from Germany. Her granddaughter Queen Victoria also took a personal interest in Pomeranians, as well as raised status for these dogs. She even had them ride in their own separate stage-carriage. What a great endorsement to the rest of the population this must have been.

Maybe this accounts for what many perceive to be Pom huskys’ sense of entitlement. What is apparent is that have long been tarred as low-caste working dogs. These pups are full of personality and fun.

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Final thoughts

A Pomeranian puppy is likely to be an affectionate addition to your household, but can be forceful and strong-willed, despite its size. However, as long a you give it time, attention, as well as firm training, you’re likely to see more of the beauty and less of the beast.

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