By James Leung

James - Managing Director

Country of Origin. Germany

The Pomeranian or Pom Pom is classified as a Spitz breed. It descended from the sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland and was bred down to its current size in Pomerania, which is located along the southern coastal area of the Baltic Sea. Poms Poms popularity can largely be attributed to Queen Victorias fondness of the breed. Being an owner and breeder she is believed to have encouraged the reduction in size from about 30 pounds to their current toy stature.

?Known to be animated with a vivacious spirit, the Pomeranian is very outgoing. These tiny dogs are typically friendly, playful, and make very loyal companions. They also make great watchdogs, playmates and lap dogs. Given their size they may not be suitable pets for very young children.

Pom Poms generally remain alert and aware of changes in their environment, often barking at new stimuli can sometimes develop into a habit of excessive barking in any given situation. Being somewhat defensive of their territory, they tend to bark when they encounter outside noise.

Height. 5.0-11 inches (13-28 cm)

Weight. 1.9-3.5 kilograms (4.2-7.7 lb)

They come in almost two dozen colors and various patterns and markings, but are most commonly seen in orange or red. The coat is rough and stands erect; a big ruff around the neck; longer hair on the chest legs and tail. The tail is curled over back and the ears prick up.

Poms make great indoor pets. Although active they can be thoroughly exercised with indoor play and short walks, making them suitable for both city and country side living. They frequently do well in certain dog sports, such as agility and tracking, ultimately they will take comfort in curling up on your lap. Pomeranians are intelligent dogs that respond well to training. Without training they can become quite aggressive and dominant.

Life expectancy is 12 to 16 years. A well-bred dog on a good diet with appropriate exercise should have few health problems. As with all popular pure breeds, inbreeding occurs so be sure to source from a reputable breeder