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A How-to Guide for Caring for a Pomeranian

Terrie lives on a farm. She's passionate about her family, including the animals she lives with. Her pom holds a special place in her heart.

Pomeranians are awesome—do you have what it takes to care for one?

Pomeranians are awesome—do you have what it takes to care for one?

Is a Pomeranian Right for You?

Pomeranian dogs are an amazing breed. Originally guard dogs and herding dogs, this breed originated in Pomerania, a region of Germany and Poland in Europe. The average purchasing cost of a Pomeranian ranges from $700 to $2,000.

Poms are known to shed, so they are not hypoallergenic. This means that if anyone in your household has allergies, this is not the dog for you. Poms are known for being smart and cute.

My dog, Foxy, also known as "Terrie's Foxy Lady" (her registered name), is a wonderful dog. Just beware that the barking can get to some people. She really is just doing her job. So, let's get to it! Here's everything I've learned from my life with a Pomeranian.

Foxy as a puppy! My dog foxy, not so long ago.

Foxy as a puppy! My dog foxy, not so long ago.

Pomeranian Traits

If these standard traits are okay with you, then consider owning a Pomeranian. Consider this list before you decide.

TraitDescription

Personality

Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical "personality breed"

Energy Level

Somewhat active; Pomeranians are playful and vivacious but also love to be lapdogs

Good With Children?

Better with supervision

Good With Other Dogs?

With supervision

Shedding

Seasonal

Grooming

Weekly

Trainability

Responds well, smart

Height

7 inches to 1 foot tall

Weight

3–8 pounds

Life Expectancy

12–16 years

Barking Level

Barks when necessary

Her first year—I fell in love with her right from the start.

Her first year—I fell in love with her right from the start.

Why You Should Get a Rescue Dog

Like many of our animals, Foxy was a rescue. When she was only two months old, I found her on an animal "buy and sell." I drove six hours just to see her. Her previous owner was allergic to her and couldn't keep her. I'm so glad we found her.

Foxy owned my heart from the first time I saw her. She immediately took to our home in her own bossy way. Be prepared—if you have other animals that Pomeranians can be dominant. Foxy continued to train well and demonstrated a high level of intelligence. She adapted to the household quickly. Even though Foxy is a purebred, there are countless resources available to rescue a Pomeranian. Rescuing over purchasing from a breeder is highly recommended.

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Grooming isn't easy—she loves running around in the grass after grooming.

Grooming isn't easy—she loves running around in the grass after grooming.

Important Tips for Pom Care

Foxy needs to be groomed on a regular basis. We live on a farm, so sometimes she gets groomed more often than normal. Here are some tips to help you care for your Pomeranian.

Tips I Gathered From Caring for My Pomeranian

  • I recommend grooming at least once a week.
  • We also always have her trimmed in the summertime (the heat is too much for her dense coat).
  • You can let the coat grow out come fall (we live in the north, so it gets cold, and she needs the coat grown out for winter months).
  • If you live where the seasons stay hot, you don't want to get this breed as they can have seizures from overheating.
  • When Foxy lays flat out on the floor, I know it's time for a trim. I clip her ears, tummy, and bum in between going to the groomer to keep her clean and free of mats.

What Your Pomeranian Will Need

It is important that you provide everything your dog needs. Below, I've made a list of essential items. Foxy is so attentive to me and my family's needs and gives all the loving in the world. The least I can do is provide for her in return.

Recommended Items for Your Pomeranian

  • Dishes for food
  • Grooming tools
  • Clippers for nails
  • A comb and a brush
  • Collar and leash for walking
  • A dish or container for water
  • An occasional treat
  • Dental cleaning materials (find dog-friendly toothpaste)
  • A regular trip to the vet
  • Time to run around and play
Isn't she cute?

Isn't she cute?

A Pomeranian Will Enrich Your Life

Even with the extra work and care, Foxy is a beautiful, loving dog. Foxy makes me smile even when I don't want to. Some days she practically bounces off the walls with anticipation waiting for the grandchildren to get home from school. She is one of the smartest dogs I know. My life wouldn't be the same without her. Clearly, anyone who says diamonds are a girl's best friend has never owned a pom!

She's older now and just as cute! She is almost six. I can't believe it's been that long.

She's older now and just as cute! She is almost six. I can't believe it's been that long.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2017 Terrie Lynn

Comments

Bev on August 31, 2020:

I've had 3 poms & their great dogs. I never had a shedding problem because I kept them in the puppy cut.

Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on September 29, 2017:

Hi, Yes sjhe sure is loved. And a very special dog. Thanks again.

Lynn on September 29, 2017:

Awe so sweet and beautiful. Looks like you are loved little girl. Thank you for the article on poms. I too love little dogs.

Terrie Lynn (author) from Canada on September 27, 2017:

Hi, Audrey. That is so sweet thank you. I am glad you like it. She really is an amazing dog.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 26, 2017:

Oh, Foxy. You are so adorable. How I would love to meet you. What a special mom you have. She has given great information on your breed. Be sure to let her know how much I've enjoyed this article. Take care little one.

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