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WITH their thick, fluffy fur, and almond-shaped eyes, Pomeranians are very popular among dog lovers. Originating from the central European region of Pomerania, the Pomeranian is a direct descendant of the Spitz breed and was used in Europe primarily as a sheepherder.

Intelligent, easily trained, playful and active, they have a soft and fluffy coat, lending them an appearance of elegance. A Pomeranian's fur can be many different colors.

They're small dogs, very friendly and love to be around their owners.


Because of their size, Pomeranians do well in condominiums and apartments all the while being able to adapt to almost any situation or environment and very easy to manage.

As a toy breed, the Pomeranian is probably one of the most independent in this group and can even charm their way into the affections of people who normally don't like miniature dogs by displaying curiosity, alertness and performing any number of unsolicited tricks.


A standard Pomeranian dog has a wedge-shaped head and pointed erect ears. Some have faces that breeders liken to a fox.

All have bright, dark, almond-shaped eyes with an intelligent expression. The nose is either dark or the color of its coat. The teeth should meet in a scissor's bite.


Pomeranians also boast a distinctive fluffy tail that fans across their backs. When born, the tails of Pomeranians are straight or slightly curved. It usually takes a Pomeranian's tail one to three months to curve over its back.


There is an abundant ruff around the neck and chest area. The profuse stand-off double coat usually comes in solid colors including red, orange, white or cream, blue, brown or black.

Sometimes the coat is parti-colored (white with colored markings), black and tan, wolf or orange sable.

If you decide to welcome a Pomeranian into your home, be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time grooming him.


In the 1890s, Pomeranian weighed around 4.5 kilograms. Since then, the weight of the average dog has decreased to around 1.3kg to 3kg.

Character and behavior

Easily trained, Pomeranians are playful and are great with children and other animals. Pomeranians are somewhat extrovert and can develop the habit of barking excessively if they are not taken care of or depressed. Famous owners of Pomeranians include Marie Antoinette, Mozart, Emile Zola and Queen Victoria.

Originally these dogs were much bigger, but as years passed the size diminished mainly because people preferred the smaller version of the dog, following the lead of Queen Victoria.


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