So you want to get a Pomeranian? Well, considering their cute faces, tiny bodies, and friendly demeanors, that’s totally understandable. In fact, Poms are so likable that they’re the 23rd most popular dog breed registered in the American Kennel Club. Throughout history, notable personalities like Queen Victoria, Mozart, Theodore Roosevelt, and Sir Isaac Newton were all avid fans. That said, while Poms are cute, popular, generally amiable, and relatively easy to care for, there are still some important things that potential Pom owners need to understand.
Poms Have Genetic Health Issues
Generally, Pomeranians are a pretty healthy breed that has a lifespan of about 15 years. However there are genetic deformities and sensitivities that Poms are predisposed to. Some examples listed in our post “Common Genetic Deformities in Pomeranians” include patella luxation, tracheal collapse, heart disease, and eye issues. Some of these like the patella luxation and eye issues can happen suddenly due to their build, like when their kneecaps slip or their eyelids roll inwards. Others like organ problems happen internally because of factors like their dental health causing bacteria to drop down or congenital blood vessel problems. While significant concerns don’t happen to all Poms, their commonality in this breed still means you’ll always have to be actively preventing them.
Vet Visits Can Get Costly
Just like any pet, Poms are not immune to pet visits. But, as we stated above, Poms have the arguable disadvantage of being physically smaller and genetically predisposed to certain diseases. This means that frequent pet visits may be a costly reality for you and your pooch. So that vet costs don’t become financially draining, a smart investment may be to look into pet insurance. According to Sound Dollar’s guide to pet insurance coverage, different policies and premiums influence what coverage you should get. Generally, though, most pet insurance plans cover accidents, injuries, testing, illnesses, medications, and — most critically for Poms — hereditary conditions. Though some policies usually only make reimbursements or partial payments, it’s better than just fully shouldering fees or compromising your Poms’ vet visits.
Poms Are Quite Intelligent
Many people mistakenly think that Pomeranians are just silly. In reality, though, Poms are considered the 26th smartest canine breed. In some cases, their intelligence can even result in being a little too inquisitive or stubborn. Some Poms are known for even getting themselves into some mischief if they’ve found something interesting. Thankfully, because Poms are smart, they can also be trained to be more obedient. Because of their naturally brainy nature, these pups can easily pick up new commands and skills. Just make sure to be gentle and patient so as to not accidentally hurt or scare the Pom.
Poms Are Very Vocal Companions
Like many “toy” dogs, Poms are known for their loud and frequent barking. This is something that can be upsetting to pet parents who have noise sensitivities, young kids, or neighbors who might get annoyed by the constant yapping. That said, it’s important to understand that Pomeranians don’t meant to be annoying. Rather, Daily Paws’ introduction to Pomeranians explains that most Poms bark because they’re active and proud dogs. Descended from great Arctic sled dogs like the Spitz, American Eskimo, and Samoyed, Poms are protective and brave. If they feel like you’re being threatened, there are strangers, or there are unfamiliar things going on, many Poms are compelled to bark. Fortunately, you can remedy this by nicely socializing them at an early age. This way, they’re less likely to get triggered and start barking unnecessarily.
Poms Need Regular Grooming
All pets need grooming no matter how short or long their coats are. However, for particularly furry pooches like Poms, the need for grooming is of paramount importance. Without the right grooming Pomeranians can develop issues with their coats and their skin. As explained in The Nest’s article on Pomeranian skincare, their coats can be prone to parasites which can lead to sores or lumps if left untreated. In addition, a disease called Black Skin disease is especially prominent in Poms. This condition particular condition results in them not develop their adult coat after shedding their puppy one. The exposed hairless skin can become rough and even prone to sun damage. In later life, even a healthy Pomeranian can develop rough skin as their epidermis becomes increasingly dry. For pet parents, this means that grooming should be regular, thorough, and attuned to the dog’s ever-changing needs. Pomeranians are one of the most beloved breeds for a reason. But just like any pet, there are some special things that owners must understand beforehand to prevent any issues. After all, a well-prepared pet owner is only ensuring a happy, healthy, and loving future with their new Pom.
Written exclusively for Ocpomrescue.com
by Athena Cash