PomeranianFri, June 22, 2012,
The Pomeranian, named for the Pomerania region of Central Europe, is descended from the German Spitz breed. They gained in popularity throughout the 17th century, as many royals became Pom-owners. Possibly the most influential owner of a Pomeranian was Queen Victoria, whose little Pom was so popular that the whole breed was bred smaller and the size of the breed decreased by 50%.
While Poms do not usually have any behavioral issues, they are definitely social dogs. With friendly, lively attitudes they love to be around their owners and have been known to suffer from separation anxiety. Leaving them alone for long periods of time is not advised and they need lots of attention. They can be defensive of their territory and can be prone to barking at new stimuli but the good news is that they respond well to proper training.
When it comes to health problems the Pomeranian is actually a rather sturdy breed of dog, but there are a few things to keep in mind. As a small dog the Pom doesn’t need to eat much food, so overfeeding is common and can lead to obesity. They also can often have problems with their teeth as their mouth is too small. The overcrowding of the teeth can lead to tooth and gum problems. Brushing your dog’s teeth every day is advised and giving them dental biscuits or toys is also a good idea.
It’s easy to see why Pomeranians are one of the most popular dogs in the United States. They’re endearing, gorgeous dogs that make a welcome addition to any home.
Recently Boo, the Teacup Pomeranian, has become an internet phenomenon. You can visit Boo's Facebook page here.
Photo courtesy of Boo's Facebook page.