Meet the Breed: The Pomeranian
It's been said that people often choose pets that reflect their own personality and even their appearance. I found this to be true with my first exposure to the Pomeranian dog breed. I vividly remember a pretty, petite girl in my neighborhood with lots of honey-colored hair and brown eyes who lived in my neighborhood where I grew up. She had these beautiful little fluffy dogs that matched her hair color perfectly. They made a striking picture as they walked in the sun! Though the girl seemed quiet, I remember the dogs being rather outspoken for such small creatures!
Pomeranians are lively, small dogs with a profuse, long coat that comes in a variety of colors. They have a an inquisitive fox-like face and a fluffy tail that lays flat over the back. They are confident and agile.
Pomeranian ancestry originated in arctic regions; however, the breed came to be associated with the Pomeranian region, an area that was in the northern parts of Germany and Poland. The original breed was much larger (30 pounds) and was used for sheep herding. The breed became popular with European royalty. Marie Antoinette and Mozart both owned Poms. One apparently kept Michelangelo company as he painted the Sistine Chapel. Queen Victoria began showing and breeding Pomeranians down in size in the 1880s, making them a very popular companion in England.
Pomeranians are energetic small dogs with a big-dog personality. Poms are unaware that they are small and may be territorial and challenge larger dogs; therefore, care must be taken to prevent injuries from an altercation. As poms are often willful and headstrong, It is important to properly socialize them against Small Dog Syndrome with a strong, calm, kind human pack leader. They are eager to please, friendly, and playful. They are suitable for companionship, agility, and as a watchdog. Prone to barking, its best to teach them to limit this behavior when young.
Breed Club Links: http://www.americanpomeranianclub.org/
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