The Pomeranian is one of they toy breeds and weighs between 3 and 7 pounds (there are larger poms, and although not to breed standard, they still make wonderful loving pets!). Intelligent and vivacious, these little dogs will steal your heart, but donít let them get away with too much as they must be properly trained or they will become too demanding. With proper care your Pom can live to about 15 years old.
Did you know Pomeranian was once a much larger dog that weighed around 35 pounds? A cousin to spitz type dogs, this pampered lap dog once called arctic home.
Bred down to itís tiny size over centuries, Pomeranian became popular in late 1800ís when Queen Victorian brought a 12 pound Pom back from Italy. This vivacious little dog soon became a favorite of European royalty and was bred to be even smaller until it reached average of 5 pounds.
Historically, Pomeranian has been fancied by many famous Europeans. Michelangelo had a little Pom that sat on a silk pillow and watched him while he painted Sistine Chapel. Martin Luther, great church leader had one of these little dogs that he mentioned often in his work. Mozart had a Pomeranian that he dedicated an Aria to and Chopin composed Valse des Petits Chiens for his girlfriends Pom.
Care and Grooming
Pomeranians are easy to care for but do need some special attention. They can be easily groomed in less than 1 hour a day, but I am sure you will want to spend much more time than that bonding with your pet!
Brushing your Pomeranian every day is a good way to bond with your pet as well as insure his coat is healthy and looks good. Poms have a double coat that can easily become matted so brushing is necessary. A once a week Ė or every couple of weeks Ė bath is a nice way to keep your Pom smelling and looking good! Donít forget to groom around his paws and tail area as well as clip his nails.