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The History Behind The Pomeranian Breed

Jun 19, 2008
Looking at the sturdy Spitz dogs that pull sleds though the deep winter snow of Lapland and Greenland, it's hard to believe that these dogs were the forefathers of the diminutive Pomeranian. It's true, though. The tiny Pomeranian was much a considerably larger dog, large enough to work herding sheep. It's not hard to imagine.

Pomeranians got their name because they were imported into Europe through Pomerania, a land on the southern Baltic coast where present day Germany and Poland now sit. In Pomerania, the dogs were bred down closer to their modern-day size.

Traces of the Pomeranian's lineage can be seen in the breed's coat and color, which are reminiscent of the wolf blood in the Spitz breed. One of the best known Pomeranian owners in history was Queen Victoria of England, who ruled between 1819 and 1901. Queen Victoria first saw the dog as a girl, when her mother, Queen Charlotte kept one as a pet. Queen Victoria got Marco, a Pomeranian of her own, in 1888.

The English royal family had then, and has now, a keen interest in breeding horses and dogs. Queen Victoria applied this enthusiasm for breeding to the Pomeranian, at one time keeping 35 Pomeranian dogs. The monarch is credited with further reducing the size of the Pomeranian through her efforts. Her show Pomeranians - Fluffy, Nino, Mino, Beppo, Gilda and Lulu, competed in many dog shows and won at least two championships. According to her biographers, in 1901, from her deathbed, the Queen asked for her pet Pomeranian Turi, who was brought to her and remained at her side until she died.

As one of the most beloved monarchs in British history, Queen Victoria's style had an enormous influence on popular culture, and the Pomeranian quickly became one of the most popular breeds in Great Britain. Her Majesty remained fond of the breed until her death. Indeed, her beloved Pomeranian Turi was at her side when she died.

Actresses love Pomeranians. Kate Hudson has one; Cindy Williams who will always be remembered as Shirley in "Laverne and Shirley," appeared in weight loss advertisements with her Pomeranian. And the best-known canine television star of the 1980s was Chester, who co-starred with his real-life owner Fran Drescher in "The Nanny."

The Pomeranian is a natural performer. Actress Cindy Williams, of "Laverne and Shirley" fame, appeared with her dog in commercials for a weight loss program. And then there's Chester, who belonged to actress Fran Drescher in real life, and co-starred with his owner in the hit TV show "The Nanny."

And who can forget Chester, actress Fran Drescher's Pomeranian, whom she made her co-star in the hit TV show "The Nanny." The Pomeranian is not just for royalty and celebrities. This delightful breed also loves to belong to everyday people like you and me.
About the Author
About the author: Rosie Allan is an avid lover of the Pomeranian and has a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Pomeranian. Among other topics there, you can also learn all about Pomeranian types plus a whole lot more.
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