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Size: Small

Weight: 3 - 7 lbs.

Height: 8" - 11"

Life Span: 12 - 16 years

Health Problems: Undescended testicles; patellar luxation; tracheal collapse; patent ductus arteriosus; progressive retinal atrophy; hypoglycemia; tooth and gum disease. Be sure to obtain your Pomeranian from a reputable dealer.

Origin: Germany

Also Known As: Toy German Spiitz

Group: Northern Breed

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Pomeranian needs little exercise.

Grooming Needs

Pomeranians needs brushed several times per week, as well as trimmed about every 12 weeks.


Pomeranians are spunky dogs that tend to perform well in obedience classes. If not well-trained and socialized early, Pomeranians may be unfriendly to strangers, other dogs, and family members. This dog will bark to guard its property. This breed adapts well to apartment living and is well-suited for adult households.

Compatibility with Kids

Not good with children.


The Pomeranian is thought to be a descendant of the large German Spitz. Even though it is a small dog, the Pomeranian believes it is just as big as other dogs. The Pomeranian gained popularity after Queen Victoria brought one home from England.

Pet Facts

Often referred to as a "Pom" -- this breed is a miniature sled dog."