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11 Dog Breeds That Look Like Pomeranians

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Do you want a dog that looks like a Pomeranian but is larger, smaller, hardier or otherwise a bit different? Consider these 11 breeds with similar appearances.

Do you want a dog that looks like a Pomeranian but is larger, smaller, hardier or otherwise a bit different? Consider these 11 breeds with similar appearances.

Pomeranians Are a Playful, Popular Toy Breed

The Pomeranian is a small dog that's also called the Deutscher Spitz or Zwergspitz, which means Dwarf Spitz. This breed originated in northeastern Europe in an area that includes parts of Poland and western Germany today. The Pomeranian is an active, friendly, lively and playful dog that makes a good companion.

Pomeranians are one of the world's most popular toy breeds, and they've frequently been listed among the top 20 registered AKC dog breeds in America since 1998. Their popularity increased largely due to Queen Victoria, who owned a very small Pomeranian and increased the demand for smaller Poms.

Other Breeds That Resemble Pomeranians

There are many other dogs that look like Pomeranians, each with their own special features—some are larger, some shed less, and some are better adjusted to particular climates. If you're not sure that you want a Pom but love how they look, consider one of these 11 breeds instead.

  1. Keeshond
  2. Japanese Spitz
  3. Indian Spitz
  4. German Spitz Mittel
  5. American Eskimo Dog
  6. Volpino Italiano
  7. Finnish Spitz
  8. Finnish Lapphund
  9. Tibetan Spaniel
  10. Long-Haired Chihuahua
  11. Samoyed

1. Keeshond

Originating in Holland, the Keeshond is a medium-sized dog breed from the spitz category of dogs. It's a close relative to the German Spitz–type dogs, like the German Kleinspitz. This dog was developed in England in the 19th century from dogs that were imported from the Netherlands and Germany. The Keeshond has been recognized by the AKC since 1930. It's also known as the Dutch Barge Dog, Smiling Dutchman, German Spitz, Deutscher Wolfspitz and Wolfspitz.

Why Choose a Keeshond?

  • The Keeshond is a medium-sized dog that is larger and stronger than the Pomeranian.
  • This breed makes a good companion and watchdog.
The Pomeranian and Keeshond have several visual similarities, especially if the Pomeranian has a gray coat. Note that the Keeshond is substantially larger than the Pomeranian, though.

The Pomeranian and Keeshond have several visual similarities, especially if the Pomeranian has a gray coat. Note that the Keeshond is substantially larger than the Pomeranian, though.

Pomeranian vs. Keeshond

PomeranianKeeshond

Origin

Germany, Poland

Holland

Height

7–12 inches

16–19 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

15–20 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

12–14 years

2. Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is a wonderful companion dog that is very loyal and smart. As its name indicates, this breed comes from Japan. The full history of the Japanese Spitz breed is not available, but it's commonly believed that they descended from white German Spitz dogs. Despite their small size, they are very courageous, alert and devoted dogs that make great watchdogs. They are suitable for homes with kids and other household pets.

Why Choose a Japanese Spitz?

  • The Japanese Spitz is larger than the Pomeranian.
  • Japanese Spitzes are low-maintenance dogs, since dirt does not stick to their coat. Their coat is relatively dry compared to other spitz-type dogs.
The Japanese Spitz looks very similar to a white Pomeranian, though they're larger.

The Japanese Spitz looks very similar to a white Pomeranian, though they're larger.

Pomeranian vs. Japanese Spitz

PomeranianJapanese Spitz

Origin

Germany, Poland

Japan

Height

7–12 inches

12.0–14.5 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

5–10 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

10–16 years

3. Indian Spitz

The Indian Spitz is an ancient dog breed that's native to India. This dog is naturally healthy and needs less grooming and vet care than many breeds. It has adapted to the tropical climate of the Indian plains. The Indian Spitz is an intelligent, energetic, alert and active dog that makes a good companion and watchdog, but it does not get along well with other pets and dogs.

Why Choose an Indian Spitz?

  • The Indian Spitz is well-suited to hot and humid climates.
  • The Indian Spitz is a naturally healthy dog that needs less grooming and vet care.
The Indian Spitz is a white dog breed that looks similar to a white Pomeranian, though they fare better in hot climates and are larger as well.

The Indian Spitz is a white dog breed that looks similar to a white Pomeranian, though they fare better in hot climates and are larger as well.

Pomeranian vs. Indian Spitz

PomeranianIndian Spitz

Origin

Germany, Poland

India

Height

7–12 inches

‎8–18 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

5–12 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

10–14 years

German Spitz Mittel

German Spitz Mittel

4. German Spitz Mittel

The Mittel is a medium-sized dog in the spitz group. Among the five types of spitzes that come from Germany, the Mittel is the third largest. The German Spitz Mittel is very similar to a German Spitz or a Pomeranian, but it's less hairy than those two breeds.

Why Choose a German Spitz Mittel?

  • The German Spitz Mittel looks very similar to the Pomeranian and has similar characteristics, but it sheds less.
  • The Mittel also barks less than a Pomeranian.
The German Spitz Mittel is one of the breeds that most closely resembles the Pomeranian, and it has almost the same life span. The Mittel is taller and heavier than the Pom, however.

The German Spitz Mittel is one of the breeds that most closely resembles the Pomeranian, and it has almost the same life span. The Mittel is taller and heavier than the Pom, however.

Pomeranian vs. German Spitz Mittel

PomeranianGerman Spitz Mittel

Origin

Germany, Poland

Germany

Height

7–12 inches

12–15 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

7–11 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

13–15 years

American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dog

5. American Eskimo Dog

The American Eskimo Dog is native to America and available in three variants: standard, miniature and toy. It's a very energetic, alert, clever and playful dog that makes a good companion and watchdog. It ranks among the top scorers in obedience trials.

Why Choose an American Eskimo Dog?

  • American Eskimo Dogs are available in three sizes, so owners can choose a dog that is somewhat larger or even much larger than a Pom.
  • The American Eskimo Dog adapts well to cold weather.
Another white-furred breed, the American Eskimo Dog has a similar shape to a Pomeranian.

Another white-furred breed, the American Eskimo Dog has a similar shape to a Pomeranian.

Pomeranian vs. American Eskimo Dog

PomeranianAmerican Eskimo Dog

Origin

Germany, Poland

America

Height

7–12 inches

15–19 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

8.2–16 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

13–15 years

Volpino Italiano

Volpino Italiano

6. Volpino Italiano

The Volpino Italiano is a close relative of the Pomeranian, but it's slightly larger than a Pom. It's native to Italy, and the breed is also called the Volpino (plural: Volpini), Cane del Quirinale and Cane di Firenze. The Volpino Italiano looks like a small white fox, which is actually how it got its name; "volpino" is derived from the word "vulpes," meaning "fox." This breed is commonly confused with the white Pom and the miniature Alaskan Spitz.

Why Choose a Volpino Italiano?

  • Volpini are slightly larger than Poms.
  • The Volpino Italiano gets along well with other pets.
Volpini and Poms are frequently confused for one another, and with this much resemblance, you can see why. The Volpino Italiano is a bit larger, though.

Volpini and Poms are frequently confused for one another, and with this much resemblance, you can see why. The Volpino Italiano is a bit larger, though.

Pomeranian vs. Volpino Italiano

PomeranianVolpino Italiano

Origin

Germany, Poland

Italy

Height

7–12 inches

9.5–12 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

4.1–5.4 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

14–16 years

Finnish Spitz

Finnish Spitz

7. Finnish Spitz

The Finnish Spitz is the national dog breed of Finland. It was developed for hunting both small and large types of game—everything from squirrels to bears! It's an energetic, active and hardy dog, though it's known for barking. Despite the fact that this dog was bred to hunt, it's very friendly and devoted, and it's suitable for homes with children and other pets.

Why Choose a Finnish Spitz?

  • Finnish Spitzes are larger and more powerful than Poms.
  • This breed is suitable for farm and yard living.
The Finnish Spitz looks a bit like a larger, more powerful Pomeranian.

The Finnish Spitz looks a bit like a larger, more powerful Pomeranian.

Pomeranian vs. Finnish Spitz

PomeranianFinnish Spitz

Origin

Germany, Poland

Finland

Height

7–12 inches

‎15–20 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

7–13 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

12–14 years

Finnish Lapphund

Finnish Lapphund

8. Finnish Lapphund

The Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized dog in the spitz group. It's native to Finland, where it was used for herding reindeer and hunting. This dog breed was developed by the Sami tribes and is a hybrid of a wolf and a dog, which explains its talent as a hunting companion. It's also a good breed for families with children.

Why Choose a Finnish Lapphund?

  • The Finnish Lapphund is an energetic, athletic and sturdy dog that still looks like a Pomeranian.
  • This breed is larger and stronger than the Pomeranian and suitable for farm or yard living.
The Finnish Lapphund comes in a variety of coat colors, some of which are more similar to Pomeranians than others.

The Finnish Lapphund comes in a variety of coat colors, some of which are more similar to Pomeranians than others.

Pomeranian vs. Finnish Lapphund


PomeranianFinnish Lapphund

Origin

Germany, Poland

Finland

Height

7–12 inches

17–20 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

15–24 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

12–14 years

Tibetan Spaniel

Tibetan Spaniel

9. Tibetan Spaniel

The Tibetan Spaniel is a small companion and toy dog from Tibet. Despite its name, it's not actually a true spaniel; it's more like a Lhasa Apso than a spaniel. Although small in size, this is an energetic and very active and alert dog. Tibetan Spaniels are courageous and devoted, making them good watchdogs.

Why Choose a Tibetan Spaniel?

  • Tibetan Spaniels can adapt to extremely cold climates.
  • This breed is only a little taller than the Pomeranian, though it's heavier.
The Tibetan Spaniel has a similar body shape to the Pomeranian, though its face is markedly different.

The Tibetan Spaniel has a similar body shape to the Pomeranian, though its face is markedly different.

Pomeranian vs. Tibetan Spaniel

PomeranianTibetan Spaniel

Origin

Germany, Poland

Tibet

Height

7–12 inches

9–10 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

4.1–6.8 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

12–15 years

Long-Haired Chihuahua

Long-Haired Chihuahua

10. Long-Haired Chihuahua

The long-haired Chihuahua is a small, devoted and protective dog originating in Mexico. It's classified as a toy dog breed. Despite its small size, the long-haired Chihuahua is very courageous and protective of its family and owner, and it's reserved and aloof with strangers. These dogs are extremely intelligent and can be trained well, but they are easily provoked and not suitable for homes with small children.

Why Choose a Long-Haired Chihuahua?

  • The Chihuahua is the only toy dog that is slightly smaller than the Pom.
  • Chihuahuas can adapt to a warm and humid climate.
A long-haired Chihuahua bears a striking resemblance to a Pomeranian. Unlike the other breeds on this list, the Chihuahua is actually a bit smaller than the Pom!

A long-haired Chihuahua bears a striking resemblance to a Pomeranian. Unlike the other breeds on this list, the Chihuahua is actually a bit smaller than the Pom!

Pomeranian vs. Long-Haired Chihuahua

PomeranianLong-Haired Chihuahua

Origin

Germany, Poland

Mexico

Height

7–12 inches

6–10 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

1.8–2.7 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

12–20 years

Samoyed

Samoyed

11. Samoyed

The Samoyed is a medium- to large-sized dog that is a member of the spitz group. It's a herding dog that comes from the Siberian region of Russia. This is a strong, hardy, intelligent dog that makes an excellent companion and working dog. The Samoyed got its name from the Samoyedic peoples of Siberia, who groomed the breed to help them herd reindeer.

Why Choose a Samoyed?

  • The Samoyed is a large herding dog that still resembles a Pomeranian since they're both spitz-type dogs.
  • The Samoyed is a strong and independent dog that can survive extremely cold weather.
Despite the resemblance from their shared spitz roots, the Samoyed is quite a bit bigger than the Pom.

Despite the resemblance from their shared spitz roots, the Samoyed is quite a bit bigger than the Pom.

Pomeranian vs. Samoyed

PomeranianSamoyed

Origin

Germany, Poland

Russia, Siberia

Height

7–12 inches

19–24 inches

Weight

1.9–3.5 kg

23–29 kg

Life Span

12–16 years

12–14 years

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 ARADHYA

Comments

ARADHYA (author) on September 02, 2020:

Dear Dog lover,

Your experience is more of an unfortunate experience than an experience with a Pomeranian, I believe its nothing to do with the dog breed.

And hope you still love your Pom?

Dog lover on September 02, 2020:

I didn’t know there were so many dogs that look like a Pomeranian! Good choice for an article.

Someone gave me a Pomeranian when I was living off campus sharing a duplex with a married couple who were also students. They gave the dog away because it was an incessant barker at strangers or guests. She would run under the couch and people would Say why is your couch barking at me.

This dog would sneak into my roommates’ bedroom and steal his wife’s bras and under pants, bring them into my bedroom and put them under my bed.

I never knew this until my girlfriend decided to clean up my bedroom and found a bras and panties under my bed!

I was at a loss for words to convince her I knew nothing about them when my roomate’s wife came in the room and declared that they were hers and she’d been wondering where they went.

Not long after that I gave the dog to someone else. A beautiful dog but just too much the diva for me.

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