Learn, Don't Return - Pomeranian Dog Breed

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Pomeranians are named have a European land mass bordering the Baltic Sea. 


But now Pomerania, the land mass, is partially in Germany and Poland.

Pomeranians started as large dogs - not a tremendous amount is know about the origins, but based on the region and the dogs in the area, it's believed it may have come from a spitz-type dog think Alaskan Malamute and Akita.

In the early days, they served on boats - protecting fur and keeping the crew company.  At home, they were herders and protectors with origins back before B.C.. 

Pomeranins were popularized in the 1700s England with Queen Charlotte - she got her Pomeranian from the Pomeranian region, which was the first entry of Pomeranians into Great Britain.  Her daughter, Queen Victoria, continued the legacy - increasing the Pomerania's popularity in the 1880s.

Pomeranian's have come a long way since their origins in the Baltics.  But they are still very well suited for harsh climates with their double coat, which also resists shedding, dirt, and water. 
And their eyes are still dark - from the times when they needed to see in snowy conditions.
Now, Pomeranians are cute spritely companion dogs.
Pomeranians are affectionately called Pom's and coincidently I always think of them as Pom Poms when I think of Pomeranians.
They are known for having a cocky attitude, "hey look at me"  - which makes them perfect for shows.
They are very nosy, too - always in your business or anybody's business they come into contact with.
Pomeranians are delicate dogs, not weak, you must know where they are since they have a small physical structure - they are not recommended for homes with small kids
Pomeranians are included in the Toy Group, think Toy Poodle, Pug and Shih Tzu's.
Pomeranian dogs originate from Pomeranian the land mass - present-day Germany and Poland, and bordering the Baltic Sea.  Their origins date back to before B.C. and were popularized in England by Queen Charlotte in the 1700's and Queen Victoria in the 1880's.
They have a double coat of fur from those early days in harsh winters, and it resists shedding, dirt, and water but does require plenty of combing - but these are small dogs so the effort is NOT strenuous. 
Pomeranians are small dogs between 3 and 7 pounds, but have a cocky - fun personality and are perfect for shows.
You'll want a 1-quart dog bowl, and feed a healthy diet to ensure a beautiful coat.
But because of their lines in herding and as a protector, you can have fun with them in Obedience, Agility, Herding, and Rally Events - they are a small but capable dog breed - very easy to get along with.
Pomeranians are "showboats" still they are also delicate dogs and because they are fragile, homes with young kids are discouraged.
But Pomeranians are suited well for everybody else, including those in Apartments; and since they only require short walks for exercise, busy people, and older folks are ideally suited for the Pomeranian lifestyle.
And all colors of Pomeranians are beautiful and permitted in conformation. 
  • Pomeranians were recognized by the AKC in 1888.
  • The American Pomeranian Club was founded in 1900.
  • In 1911 the first American Pomeranian Club specialty show was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
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