Many times, people refer Pomeranian as a Teddy Bear Pomeranian; do you ever think why they use this name?

Pomeranians are commonly known as Poms-Poms. According to the American Kennel Association (AKC), a ‘fox-shaped face’ is the external trait that distinguishes a Pomeranian breed. There are many different face types in Pomeranian but not all are registered officially. The most famous facial features of Pomeranian are:

  • Fox
  • Teddy Bear
  • Baby Doll

There is nothing different other than these features in Pomeranians.


Their ancestors are much larger and renowned as Spitz, they belong to a Pomerania region (former name), which is now the area where Northern Poland and Eastern Germany is present. Pomeranian is the descendants of the Wolfspitz which are the Arctic working dogs.

History of Reduction in Weight

The weight of Pomeranian was thirty to fifty pounds in the initial times.

In the early seventeenth century, the breed gained much popularity as the Queen Victoria’s Windsor’s Marco came into existence. It weighed only 12 pounds which is more than half reduction of its initial weight. This breed received much acceptance from the public.

In our history, some more popular people who owned Pomeranian were:

  • Wife of Napoleon the first Josephine
  • King George the Fourth

Pomeranians also traveled in Titanic in the year 1912. There were three dogs on board and two were rescued. One owned by Elizabeth Rothschild made to the boat number six and another to the boat number seven and its owner was Margaret Hays.

Present Day Pomeranian

Pomeranian ranks among the Top 20 Most Popular Breeds in the United States. Their place in this ranking is constant and they are highly loved. There is much difference in the weight and size of Pomeranians.

Weight Variation: Their weight may vary from three to seven pounds. However, there are much smaller Pomeranians also known as teacup Pomeranians that have a weight of only 2-pounds.

Height Variation: Height of Pomeranians may vary from seven inches to twelve inches.


Although Pomeranians are smaller in size they are very healthy. They own a strong resistive power against many diseases. When cared properly, Pomeranians have a life expectancy of twelve to sixteen years.



Pomeranian is a lively and friendly dog that is very intelligent and has good knowledge of its surroundings. It always wants to take everyone’s attention and when trained well, this dog knows how to get all the attention.

Pomeranian loves to be dominant. It likes to own things and considers itself as a master. If it is left like that, it can become very hard to tackle. When it is trained properly, it can be a very discipline adult.

Pomeranian is a very sensitive dog. It loves its owner a lot and gets emotionally involved. When due to any reason it gets separated from its owner it might get separation anxiety.

It is a nervous breed that likes praises. This dog is very sensible and can become a good watchdog. As it has territorial instincts, it keeps the intruder away by constant barking.

Their size is ideal for house and apartments. Its small size means less space is required for their living and exercise.

Although it has a small size, we know it but Pomeranian doesn’t. It acts like it is a big dog which may lead it to trouble. It is very necessary that it learns to be social from a very young age so it doesn’t get itself in a mess. It is very necessary that owners keep their mind busy and occupied.


Pomeranians have flashy double-layer coats. They have short undercoat along with the dense and long outer coat. There is no stopping in shedding for the whole year but as they lived in the Arctic, they have two major shedding seasons.

Face Shapes:

As stated earlier, Pomeranians have three different face shapes.


Which is obviously like a fox face.

Teddy Bear:

Eyes closer to the cheeks and nose and a shorter snout means the Pomeranian is known as Teddy Bear Pomeranian. One reason to get this name is because of the famous “Teddy Bear Trim”. Care is highly essential when shaving down the hairs as the one-time trimming of the outer coat can lead to permanent changes in the inner coat.  

Baby Doll:

Baby doll Pomeranian looks very much alike to Teddy bear Pomeranian, but they have flat snout with eyes on the far away cheek side.

Now if anyone asks which Pomeranian is better? The answer is whichever you like! Every dog just needs proper training to be a perfect pet and which breed or variation in a breed you select is up to your own choice. If you like teddy bear Pomeranian then you can select it and if you like any other face shape more, you can go ahead to buy it without any hesitation.


Many families really want to own their own Pomeranian puppy but are unable to afford it as it is very expensive. This turns the families towards the search of finding a free Pomeranian puppy by ads in local newspapers or the internet.

Getting a free Pomeranian is not that easy:

If you think you can get a free Pomeranian puppy with ease then you should first focus on these pointers and ask yourself whether it is real or just a hoax:

  • Why would anyone want to give away a Pomeranian for free? They must have spent a pretty good amount to get it. Why would they give it away freely rather than getting the money back?
  • They could have even spent $1000 or more for the puppy. It is not likely that they will give it away when it starts to grow a little older.
  • Finally, if they have even decided to give it away, offering it free has a hard chance since they must have spent more money on caretaking.

So overall it is not a very good idea to think that a person might be giving you a Pomeranian puppy for nothing in return.

Why anyone gives a Pomeranian for free?

Although the facts are clear, it should be noted that it is not always true. You can find a free Pomeranian puppy somewhere but the chance is very low. There are many situations that can lead a person to just give away his Pomeranian puppy for free but it rarely happens.

You can find many ads online about people giving away their Pomeranian puppies for free. We said before that it happens very rarely so what is the catch here. Well, these puppies are actually cross breeds of Pomeranian breed and some other dog, making them mutts. People have plenty of these kinds of puppies so they might try to trick you into thinking it is a pure breed but in reality, it is not.

You desire for a free Pomeranian puppy might never be fulfilled but if you are searching for an adult Pomeranian dog for free then there is a better chance that you can get it. Again, there can be many situations that can cause the owner to give away his Pomeranian.

  • The owner could have lost his job and can’t afford to take care of his dog anymore.
  • The owner could have been moving to a new place which doesn’t allow pets.
  • The owner has died and the family members don’t want to keep the dog.

The situations can be limitless.

Now, where can you find such a Pomeranian adult of a puppy? The answer is simple by contacting a Pomeranian rescue organization or any other dog saving organization. These organizations give away homeless dogs. You can find the right dog for you here or in this case a Pomeranian. Although these dogs are not completely free as you are required to pay some fee which is too low and very close to free. So, if you are searching for a Pomeranian dog or any other breed it is better that you visit these organizations rather than spending your money on a new one.


General Information

Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix is a mixture of breeds between a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian which was first formed in the United States of America. As compared with other mixes, it is a new kind.

Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix Nicknames

Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix is a designer breed and is renowned with many nicknames like Pomchi, Pomahuahua, Chiranian, and Chi-Pom.

General Features:

  • Weight and Height: Its weight could be anywhere between 5 to 7lbs and height could be anywhere between five 5 to 9 inches.
  • Lifespan: When cared properly, it could live up to 12 to 18 years.
  • Coat color: Its coat could be of long or short length and could have single to double coats. Its coat could be black, blue merle, sable, and brown.
  • The face features: Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix is known for its pointy and short muzzle. It is a small pampered dog which has the most charming facial expressions.

Pomeranian-Chihuahua MixGeneral Characteristics:

Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix is a dog which could live easily in humans. It is an intelligent dog with a great sense of ‘how to get love from its owner’. It uses its intelligence to get socialized.

Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix is a playful dog so it should be kept under supervision like any other dog. It likes to hang out with children of older age. It loves doing difficult tricks and gets very happy when in the presence of people. It is the dog that likes to be in the spotlight always.

Pomeranian-Chihuahua is a dog of two different breeds, so it has calm, lovely disciplined and compact nature. Also, a thing to be kept in mind is that in order to have a great relationship with this dog it is necessary to keep penalizing uniformity. It is a dog which is vulnerable to feelings of its owner. It absorbs emotions that may harm it when the emotions are negative.


Pomeranian-Chihuahua is presently known by the

  • ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club)
  • DBR (Designer Breed Registry)
  • ICDR (International Canine Designer Registry)
  • DDKC (Designers Dogs Kennel Club)

This table outlines the general information about each breed:

Comparisons Pomeranian Chihuahua
Origin Northern Poland & Eastern Germany Named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico
A descendant of the German Spitz The possible descendant of Techichi—Toltec civilization
Star Quality Apartment Size Aware of surroundings
Description Toy Breed Toy Breed
Top 20 Breed in the U.S. Short or Long Coat
Compact /sturdy May have apple or deer” shaped head
Double fur coat, The only breed of dog to have “polleras” (soft spots) on heads
Topcoat long /straight /wiry due to the incomplete skull for fitting through the birth canal.
Undercoat soft /thick /short
Plumed Tail
Average Weight 3-7 lbs. 4-10 lbs.
Height 7-12 in. 6-10 in.
Life Span 12-16 years 15-20 years
Coloring White /brown /black A large variety of color
multi-color and varieties splashes, marks, solids:
white, black, tan, brown, chocolate, cream, fawn, red
Personality Strengths Friendly /playful /entertaining Loyal
Bonding /protective /intelligent Assertive /aware of surroundings Ultra-aware of their surroundings
Personality Weaknesses Craves center of attention Temperament of owner
Prone to barking affects them
Stubborn /temperamental Can be overprotective
Unreliable with small children Less tolerant of cold
Aggressive /dominant Not good with small children
Needs a calm environment
Do not always get along with other breeds of dogs
Prone to neurological disorders
Health Few Negative Health Predispositions Epilepsy /seizures
Trembles /shivers
When stressed /excited /cold


When you invite a canine companion into your life, one of the downsides you need to prepare for is that you will almost certainly outlive your dog and go through a grieving process when they die. But trying to prepare for this by asking “What is the average life expectancy of a dog?” is a bit like enquiring “How long is a piece of string?”, and the answer is the same in both cases: “It depends”. In fact, it depends on a long list of factors, but the good news for owners of Pomeranians is that smaller breeds of dogs tend to live longer. Pomeranians can expect to live for between 12 and 16 years, but in exceptional cases they can live for 20 years or more.


The length of a Pomeranian’s life is determined both by issues which affect dogs in general and by concerns which affect Pomeranians in particular.

The factors controlling the life span of all dogs include:

  • Size
  • Gender
  • Heredity
  • Health care and vaccinations
  • Neutering
  • Environment
  • Diet
  • Exercise

The factors controlling the lifespan of a Pomeranian in particular include:

  • Possibility of unethical breeding for miniaturization (‘Teacup Pomeranian’)
  • Poor dental health


The average dog, if there were such a thing, can expect to live for 12.8 years. But the truth of the matter is that dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and the bigger they are, the shorter their life is likely to be. In fact, smaller breeds, like the Pomeranian, have a life span that is 50% longer than that of larger dogs. Really enormous dogs, like the Great Dane, fare even worse – their life expectancy of 6 to 8 years is only half that of the Pomeranian.

No-one is really sure why this is so, but educated guesses suggest that it may be because a large dog’s organs must work much harder than those of a small one. A Great Dane’s heart, for example, has to pump blood around a body that weighs about 150 pounds, compared with the Pomeranian’s 3 to 7 pound frame.


Female human beings live longer than males, on average, and the same situation occurs in the world of Pomeranians, with females usually living up to two years longer than their male counterparts.


Experienced and competent breeders take no chances when it comes to genetics. In order to avoid the likelihood of producing a litter of Pomeranian pups with an inherited defect that triggers a serious disease, they will subject both prospective parents to health screening as well as checking their pedigree. Disease cannot always be avoided and will inevitably shorten a dog’s life, but trying to eliminate the role of heredity in inducing disease is a good start.


Conscientious owners of Pomeranian puppies will not shirk their duty when it comes to ensuring that their beloved pet receives its full range of vaccinations at the appropriate times. Nor will they neglect the important regular veterinary check-ups and any intermediate visits if their dog show signs of illness or injury. Put simply, Pomeranians whose health is carefully monitored will be likely to live longer.


If your Pomeranian is a pet rather than a breeding animal, you should seriously consider having him (or her) neutered or spayed. You may believe you are being kind in leaving a dog’s reproductive organs intact, but in fact you are exposing your pet to unnecessary risks of cancer and other diseases.


Dogs have to cope with a variety of environmental stresses in much the same way as human beings do, but they have little personal control over their surroundings. It seems like nothing more than common sense to suggest that a home which offers a balanced combination of activity and rest, socializing and solitude, is more likely to be conducive to a long life than one in which pandemonium reigns and pets are left isolated or neglected, never enjoying the physical demonstration of affection in the form of a loving hand stroking their head. Neglected animals in a chaotic, unhappy, smoke-filled environment do not live as long as those in a loving, peaceful home with suitable opportunities for controlled physical activity and fresh air.


“You are what you eat” applies to Pomeranians as well as to humans. Give your dog fresh food, free of preservatives and artificial coloring. Don’t feed him table scraps, either as a convenience or as a treat. Give him the correct quantity of food for his age and weight. He will reward you by staying healthy and living longer.


Yet again, it is necessary to compare humans and Pomeranians. The correct balance of exercise is vital for both species, and will tend to foster longevity. For a Pomeranian, this means a 20-40 minute daily walk (once past puppyhood) and some active playtime, such as a game of ‘fetch’ with a stick or ball. Neglect this activity and your Pomeranian will lose muscle tone and gain weight, possibly putting a strain on his heart.


Pomeranians are already classified as a Toy breed, a particularly small dog. Stick the word ‘Miniature’ or ‘Teacup’ in front of their name, however, and you may be looking at an animal which has been deliberately bred to stay below a normal healthy weight. This can lead to health complications like diabetes, thyroid disease, low bone density, underdeveloped organs and a poor immune system, making infections more likely. It’s not surprising that these ‘mini-Pomeranians’ do not live as long as ones that are correctly bred.


Pomeranians are particularly susceptible to the build-up of plaque and subsequent mouth infections. Avoid this by brushing your dog’s teeth regularly, or having his teeth cleaned at the veterinary clinic. Healthy teeth throughout his adult life will enable him to continue eating healthily, avoid infection and live longer.

Let’s assume you have ticked all the boxes for a healthy, long-lived Pomeranian. When you welcome your puppy into your family at six to eight weeks of age he is no longer a sleepy, toothless bundle but a mischievous youngster ready to explore the world. By the time he is nine months old he is house-trained, but still alternately hyperactive and sleepy. His distinctive personality is beginning to emerge. Your glossy-coated, well-behaved companion at three years of age will all too quickly decline into a quieter, more restrained senior who needs less exercise and more rest. Every stage in the Pomeranian’s life span is precious.  Consider yourself privileged to share it.


Petite Pomeranians pack a ton of personality into their three to seven pound frame. They are descended from the much larger German Spitz, but generations of selective breeding to reduce their physical magnitude has in no way diminished the size of their character. Their renowned stubbornness and bossiness, traits which seem as if they should belong to a much larger animal, are particularly noticeable, but sometimes this may be just a manifestation of ‘small dog syndrome’: inappropriate aggression which should not be tolerated merely because a Pomeranian is tiny and can do little harm.

Understanding the Pomeranian temperament is the key to the happy co-existence of humans and their Pomeranian companions.


One of the effects of selective breeding is that certain traits are reinforced by being present in both parents, generation after generation, even though the resulting offspring are not inbred. For this reason it is quite realistic to put forward the idea of a typical temperament to which all Pomeranians are genetically predisposed, even though each individual animal will have his or her own individual personality.

Pomeranians are alert and inquisitive. They are smart, stubborn and bossy, and this can make them difficult to train. Some Pomeranians have a hard time socializing with anyone but their own family. Since they are agile bundles of energy, they need quite a lot of activity and stimulation in spite of their diminutive stature. Possessive attention-seekers, they prefer a strict routine with themselves at the center. At the same time they are eager to please, loving and loyal. In other words, they are a package of apparently contradictory characteristics which can turn out very successfully with firm training.


Pomeranians are naturally inquisitive. If something is happening, they want to know about it and be a part of it. Their curiosity, and often their bark, is aroused by something as simple as someone walking past their home while they are keeping a lookout on the windowsill.


Intelligence left unexercised will often find an outlet in mischief, and Pomeranians are no exception to this rule. Lots of playtime and attention to training will exercise your Pom’s brain cells in the right way, but you will still need to take care that your clever pet does not manipulate you in order to get exactly what he wants rather than what you know is best for him.


These two aspects of the Pomeranian temperament need to be discussed together, because they combine to make training a Pomeranian a difficult task unless you are prepared to take a firm stance. Use a gentle but resolved approach, be consistent, use food as a motivational tool and practice positive reinforcement techniques by being lavish with praise when deserved. Never forget that the human owner is the alpha animal and therefore the boss, no matter how loveable your pet is.


Early socialization is important and should begin when your pet is still a puppy. A Pomeranian’s typical aloofness in the presence of strangers can deteriorate into anxiety and aggression if not kept in check. Walking your Pomeranian on a lead rather than indulging in over-protective carrying is recommended, to encourage correct social behavior around new people and animals. Even well-trained Poms may continue to bark at strangers.

Pomeranians can get along with other pets quite well if properly introduced, but their relative fragility means they are not suited to rough play with larger breeds of dog. If your Pomeranian is going to live in a multi-dog household, it would be better if the other canine members were miniature breeds as well.


Agility training is a perfect form of physical and mental exercise for a Pomeranian, and they often do well in the agility trials at dog shows. Participating in agility training is a particularly good way for dogs to bond with their owners.


The favorable combination of compactness and energy means that Pomeranians are equally at home in small apartments, large, rambling homes and even farmhouses. Daily walks, coupled with running around playing fetch at least once a week, should be enough to steer their stamina into manageable channels.


A Pomeranian’s desire to be the center of attention at all times is not a problem if the owner has both the time and the desire to gratify their pet’s wishes in this regard. They make an ideal companion  for seniors prepared to devote themselves to their pet, but in spite of their appealing size they can be less suitable for a household with small children. In this latter situation a Pomeranian can quickly become jealous of the attention given to the children, seeing them as competitors rather than as members of the alpha group. They may nip or even bite children who do not realize that it is never a good idea to take away a dog’s food or toys.


You may be surprised to discover that your Pomeranian appears to know exactly what time it is. This is because he prefers routine and will thrive on a fairly strict schedule. Do try to have fixed times daily for eating, exercise and sleeping, and even extend this to a weekly schedule incorporating grooming, teeth cleaning and nail clipping. If your dog knows what is coming next, and his expectations are fulfilled, he is less likely to become upset and find an outlet for his frustration in unacceptable behavior.


Pomeranians appear to be blessed with more than their fair share of canine devotion to their owners. This may even extend to wanting to share your bed, and many pet lovers are perfectly comfortable with this practice. Letting puppies sleep with you is not recommended however, since they are so tiny it would be very easy to roll over while asleep and accidentally squash or suffocate them. Also bear in mind that once this habit has begun you will find it very difficult to persuade your pet to abandon your bed in favor of his own bed or basket.

Anyone looking for a truly loyal companion with an entertaining mix of inquisitiveness and energy delivered in a compact package should seriously consider adopting one of these diminutive dogs with a plus-sized personality.

Pomeranian Shaving: The Lion Cut

An adult Pomeranian is a gorgeous, fluffy ball of fur, sometimes likened to a powder puff. This ‘fur meets feathers’ appearance is created by two coats. An undercoat of short, thick hair is topped with an outer covering which has longer, thicker, coarser hairs. A Pomeranian’s coat is its most distinctive physical characteristic after its pint-sized body, and it seems unthinkable that anyone who has deliberately chosen a Pomeranian as a pet would want to interfere with its unique appearance. One might as well express dissatisfaction with the fact that it normally only grows to a maximum of seven pounds, and try to alter that as well. However, it is a sad fact that some owners have most of their Pomeranian’s precious hair shaved off.

What is the Lion Cut?

The fact that these unfortunate Pomeranian shaving styles are given ridiculous names is an indication that they are based on passing fashion rather than any sound motive related to health or other sensible issues. One of the current favorites is the so-called ‘Lion Cut’, where the dog’s body hair is shaved close to the skin, leaving only a ‘mane’ around the head and chest and a clump of hair at the end of the tail, to mimic the appearance of a lion in miniature.

Why the Lion Cut is a bad idea

The idea of shaving a Pomeranian probably had its origin when someone looked at a poodle with a coat sculpted into bizarre shapes and decided it was a cute notion that could be extended to Pomeranians. But whereas a poodle regularly needs at least a basic clip, for the sake of good grooming, a Pomeranian’s hair does not need to be cut at all unless it has been allowed to become hopelessly matted.

When you have probably paid top dollar for your very special purebred Pomeranian, the idea of having it shaved so that it no longer looks at all like a Pomeranian is frankly baffling. But there are far more compelling reasons for not shaving. Deep shaving techniques required to produce a look like the Lion Cut will actually slice into the undercoat, causing enduring damage that will prevent the Pom’s coat from ever growing back properly. A Lion Cut on a puppy will end the chances of him ever having a proper adult coat.

Some professional canine groomers insist that this kind of shaving does not permanently affect the coat, but the consensus among sensible and caring owners is that it does. There are may accounts of post-Lion-Cut coat trauma published on the internet, with details of fur growing back in unusual-looking patches rather than the normal allover fluffiness.

A close shave can even cause physical discomfort for your beloved pet by exposing the skin on previously covered areas to the hardness of a floor or the irritation of a carpet, causing sores and allergies. Some owners also attest to noticing emotional stress, anxiety and nervousness in their pets when their comfortable coat, an integral part of their makeup, is removed. Occasionally these same owners also suffer emotional stress, anxiety and guilt themselves, when they realize what they have done to their once gorgeously fluffy Pom.

Pomeranian shaving by breeders

Some Pomeranian breeders will deliberately shave adult dogs kept for breeding purposes only and not intended for the pet or show market. They do this so that they can devote more time to caring for both parents and their offspring, without needing to groom as many as ten adult dogs. If they have insufficient time left to groom the adult dogs their coats might become tangled and matted through neglect. There is a further downside to the shaving practice, however. Intending purchasers of puppies will often wish to view the parents, or at least see photographs, in order to get an idea of what their chosen pup will look like when it grows. The shaven parents do not give them a true impression of the future long and glorious coat their own Pomeranian might expect to have, and are a poor advertisement for the breed.

Limited shaving or clipping for health and hygiene

Although shaving your Pom’s entire coat is not recommended, you not only can but in fact should trim some areas. The area around the anus for example, needs to be kept short, down to a length of about half an inch. This is because traces of feces can get trapped in the hair, which is unhealthy for the dog and unpleasant for his human family.

Additionally, remove any long hairs growing inside the ears by plucking them with tweezers, to avoid attracting mites and fleas and to speed up the drying process after bathing as well as inhibiting ear infections.

If any long hairs are visibly growing underneath your Pomeranian’s paws – actually hanging down below the pads – these should be clipped. Hairs under the paw pads can be very uncomfortable for your pet because they can snag on the surface he is walking on.

Deliberate allover shaving

As well as those misguided Pomeranian owners who choose the Lion Cut for their pets because it looks cute or because they want to follow the latest fad, there are others who do it because they have been badly advised by a grooming salon or misinformed by other owners. They may have been told that the only way to remove matted balls and tangles of fur is to shave off the entire coat and effectively start again. This is the worst kind of advice, since there are many techniques for overcoming matted and tangled hair.

Other owners may have been misled into thinking that shaving a Pomeranian’s coat is necessary for the sake of comfort in summer weather in places where temperatures are high in July and August. Again, this is a misconception, since a Pom’s double coat promotes comfort in all climatic conditions. In any case, most Pomeranian’s spend the greater part of their time indoors, where the temperature is fairly consistent all year round.

Pomeranian Grooming

How to groom properly without resorting to allover shaving

There is nothing wrong with carefully trimming any long, stray hairs in your Pomeranian’s coat so that they are the same length as all the surrounding hairs. This will contribute to maintaining the fluffy look that is so very properly admired. Just don’t get carried away and perform a complete nose to tail haircut.

Regular grooming with a brush with long bristles and a wide-toothed comb should prevent any matting in the coat. If tangles do ever form, patient and gentle untangling, hair by hair, while your dog’s hair is still damp after bathing with dog shampoo and applying dog hair conditioner, should do the trick.

The moral of this story is simple: a Pomeranian should never be shaved, except possibly around the anus, although merely trimming should be sufficient even there. Love your Pomeranian for its personality, its loving nature, its daintiness and its fluffiness, but not because you can play pointless and potentially harmful games with its appearance.