Are You a Pomeranian Person?

Pomeranians are happy dogs with big personalities.

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At dog shows, the ringside is enchanted by the Pom; in the park, at the shopping center, on Main Street, the Pom always draws a crowd. The very countenance of the Pom shouts out, Hey, look me over! Look at ME! That is what a Pom should be. He should never be spooky, snippy, meek or shy. The correct temperament of the breed is that of stage-center star, looking for the spotlight, smiling at the camera and enjoying the sighs of an admiring, applauding public.

For certain, your Pom will become your child, and you will soon refer to your dog as such. That said, owners with young children must be forewarned. If you have children in your home, or as regular visitors, you may want to think twice about owning a Pom, certainly while the children are small. This has nothing to do with the Poms dislike for little people; in fact, Poms prefer fellow Lilliputians, but these are small dogs, very small dogs. Not until a Pom is eight or nine months of age can the dog be safe around toddlers. As a caring owner, you must keep this in mind. The responsibility of caring for a tiny breed is a huge one.

Children, even fairly well-behaved ones, might just treat a Pomeranian as they would a toy, and this can have disastrous consequences. Likewise, Pom puppies are fast and can be wiggly, and will leap from a childs arms in an instant, possibly injuring themselves. Of course, if you are the proud mother or father of very gentle children and you have brought them up to respect everything they touch, then you may find that Poms fit in with your lifestyle, providing that the children and dogs are always under your close supervision.

If you are an owner of other animals, you will also have to consider very carefully whether or not a Pom will be suitable to join your family. How you introduce your pets will be an important part of that decision, but the personalities involved will have to be taken into consideration. You'll be glad to know that when a Pom does decide he's found a new doggie friend, or even a feline one, he will almost certainly build up a long-lasting and devoted relationship. Poms are not scrappy, in general, and get along well with other dogs. Perhaps a little clannish, they prefer the company of other Poms. A minor squabble between two males, or words over a favorite toy, is an occasional occurrence, but for the most part Poms prefer a relaxed, laid-back home routine for themselves and their furry and human kin.

As we've said, the Pom is not a spooky type and is fairly fearless, unlike some of his fellow toys, who quake in the coolness of their own shadow. Poms will not recoil at the approach of a stranger and they will not back away from an encounter. Although the Pom is not a guard dog per se, it is an excellent watchdog and alarm dog. The authors home, protected by the eyes, ears and barks of a dozen Poms, is surely well protected.

When selecting any breed of dog, there is much to consider. If you think very carefully before making the decision to buy a Pomeranian, having weighed all the pros and cons, you can look forward to many years of happiness togetheras well as lots of fun and games.

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Reprinted from Breeder's Best: Pomeranian © 2005 Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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lana   Hot Springs, AR

9/18/2011 2:41:51 PM

I own a Pom and Love him,have had him about 1 1/2 years,was told he was 0ne and half when i got him,but found out from my vet he was about 3 he is a real sweety but he barks very little verry skidish a very pickey eater almost half to hand fee him,sneeks up to his food dish,o so scaired of thumder,don't know what to do for him,would not give him up for any thang he is the sweetist dog i have ever had,just wished i knew what to do to make him feel safer,

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janet   bethlehem, PA

7/28/2010 4:25:48 AM

great information, thank you very much

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

8/18/2009 1:50:34 PM

I have a Pom, and I couldn't ask for a better dog! I think as long as you socialize them (if you can) at an early age, they can be as friendly to people and pets as any other dog. Good article-thanks!

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janet   bethlehem, PA

7/19/2009 5:53:54 AM

good article thanks

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