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A Pomeranian Is Truly Man’s Best Friend

The Pomeranian is possibly the bubbliest pet you could find. They are quite extroverted in nature, inquisitive and animated, and therefore make for excellent companions, especially for the elderly and older children. These vivacious pets are also quite confident and easily excitable. You will be hard-pressed to find them simply lying around the place as they like tuning in to all the sights and sounds of their local environment. They’re quite loyal, happy in most homes and climatic conditions rarely bother them, if at all. Popularly referred to as the Chi, you won’t find a smaller dog. While they’re origin is disputed by some, most people agree that they originated from a place called Chihuahua in Mexico. The Aztecs used them for sacrificial purposes. Their popularity in North America only began to rise after 1850 and especially when Xavier Cugat, a famous musician, was seen with a Chihuahua constantly.

History

Pomeranians are descendants of sledding dogs. The Deutscher Spitz is widely regarded as its most direct antecedent. The striking contrast between the two of course is the weight difference (the Deutscher Spitz having weighed around 30 pounds) and the history books are uncertain with regard to when Pomeranian breeding impacted their size and led to the smaller-sized breed. Their popularity grew leaps and bounds when Queen Victoria was first seen with one, and have since been famous as pets and show dogs.
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pomeranian Varieties

Poms, as they are sometimes called, are bred in many different varieties. The most distinct aspect is their size, although they are generally quite small in stature these days like the Teacup Pomeranians and Toy Pomeranians. They are also available with significantly different hair lengths and colors. The most common Pom is a longhaired, brownish-red Pomeranian.

Characteristics

If you’re looking for a playful and curious dog, you can’t go wrong with a Pomeranian. While they may be shy amidst strangers (humans and dogs alike), they will be quite outgoing in the presence of your family. They’re not the quietest of pets, as they tend to bark whenever they are excited or intrigued, and hence may not be the best choice if you have small children. Their diminutive stature makes them temperamental in unfamiliar surroundings. Their excitable nature and eagerness to bark makes them good candidates as watchdogs.
Caring for your Pomeranian

pomeranian Ideally, Pomeranians prefer being kept in homes and love companionship. They’re not a good idea if there’s nobody at home for extended periods of time on a regular basis. While barking is a common phenomenon among them, it can be reduced if they are trained well. You might want to consider your neighbors, especially if you live in an apartment building. They love activity and you will need to spend a bit of time taking them for short walks and playing with them daily, or they can get quite restless and bored.
Shedding hair is a common phenomenon among Poms and therefore may not be ideal pets, especially for those with related allergies. As they shed hair often, it is important to groom them at least a couple of times each week, if not more often. It is important to take them to a veterinarian for regular dental check-ups, as they are prone to tooth loss. Regular cleaning can also help reduce the incidence of this problem. Another important way to reduce dental issues is to feed them dry food. This helps the teeth and gums.
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As far as health concerns go, the most common problem among Poms is progressive retinal atrophy. Cataracts are not uncommon either in addition to low blood sugar, entroplon, allergies and collapsing trachea.

Lastly, Poms are a popular choice because of their trainability. They can learn very quickly and are fairly responsive to firm training commands. They are great with obedience training and during these exercises, their barking can be controlled too. It is important to work on their barking from the get-go, especially if you would prefer that they be quiet. Pomeranians are full of life and will make you appreciate life even more with their enthusiasm.
They generally live for 15-18 years, which is on average longer than the lifespan of most other dogs. Among their health concerns are wheezing, luxating patella and snoring. Dental problems can sometimes take center-stage too. You need to be very careful with them, especially because of their delicate nature, and this is why they are generally not the choice when there are young kids around.

 

 

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