Pomeranian

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Germany
AKC Group:Toy Group
UKC Group:Companion
Use today:Companion
Life Span:15 to 18 years
Color:Any color or combination of colors is acceptable.
Coat:Thick double coat that stands away from the body.
Grooming:Occasional grooming. Brush two times a week.
Size:Small Dog Breed
Height:Taller than long
Weight:3 to 7 pounds

An inquisitive extrovert, the Pomeranian makes friends wherever it goes. It's the smallest member of the spitz family of dogs, with the characteristic prick ears, a pointed muzzle and a plumed tail carried over the back. The breed takes its name from Pomerania, once a part of Germany. Exported to Britain during Queen Victoria's reign, the first specimens weighed up to 30 pounds and were not an instant success. However, after a few generations of selective breeding, English breeders succeeded in miniaturizing the Pom and producing replicas of the original. They weighed from 3 to 7 pounds and came in a wide variety of colors. Pomeranians became and remain one of the most popular toy breeds. This is a dainty, profusely coated little dog that needs gentle daily brushing to keep it mat-free. The Pom makes an ideal house pet and watchdog for adults who must spend a lot of time indoors and can give the dog the attention it loves.

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