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Is A Pomeranian Puppy Right For You?

Aug 17, 2007
If you're thinking about getting a Pomeranian puppy, welcome to the joys of dog ownership.
Pomeranians are a breed of "toy" or small dogs that are renowned for their attractive double layer coats, sturdy build and friendly, inquisitive nature. The dogs are compact, with short backs, a short muzzle and a generally fox-like appearance, with small ears. Their tail curls up until the tip is parallel to the spine and a typical Pomeranian is between 3 and 7 pounds. Show-dog optimums are 4-6 pounds. Pomeranians come in a wide variety of colors with the most common being Black and Tan.

Pomeranians are very bright, active dogs as they mature. They're high energy and good companions for people in medium sized homes. They are very affectionate and are good at keeping their human owners active with a strong play regimen and their affinity for running.

Sadly, a Pomeranian puppy's high energy and inquisitive nature means that not all homes are ideal for them. If you cherish peace and quiet, a Pomeranian may put you to the test. Likewise, their intelligence means that "dog proofing" your home can be an exercise in frustration, particularly since Pomeranians can jump surprisingly high for a toy dog. Like most high energy dogs, expect to spend a lot of time playing with them and walking them as they go from puppyhood to adolescence to full maturity.

If you're looking to adopt a Pomeranian, you may find one through a local rescue agency or (rarely) through an animal shelter. You may want to try to contact a reputable breeder. Talk to the breeder and find out how many pups they sell in a year and if they participate in Pomeranian rescue. A good breeder will be asking you questions as well - he'll want to make sure the Pomeranian puppies are going to good homes.

Be sure to ask if the Pomeranian breeder has any dogs that have manifested genetic diseases c they shouldn't be breeding from those dogs. All of their breeding dogs should be registered with the American Kennel Club and the breeder should be well versed with the breed standards.

When meeting the puppies, look for a biddable personality and look for signs of intractability before taking him home. Following these steps will go a long way towards making a Pomeranian a welcome and active part of your home.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://www.pomeranian-pages.com where you can learn more about caring for and raising Pomeranian puppies.
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