POMERANIAN

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.

POMERANIAN HISTORY

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.

LIFE SPAN

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.

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Nature:

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.

POMERANIAN COAT

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.

Fox:

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.

POMERANIAN SHEDDING & GROOMING

If you are attracted to the idea of adopting a Pomeranian puppy, and letting it grow into your life and your heart, there is one thing you need to be crystal clear about before you begin. Pomeranians shed their hair. They shed quite a lot. They shed when they are puppies, and they shed when they are adults. They shed more at some times of year than they do at others, and females can tend to shed more than males, but they all shed, nearly all of the time.

Now that this less-than-surprising revelation is out of the way, it’s time to get down to practicalities: understanding why and how Pomeranians shed, and how best to handle it, as well as considering some of the problems associated with unusual shedding patterns.

WHY POMERANIANS SHED

Pomeranian shedding is influenced, to some extent at least, by fluctuations in natural light. In the summer months, when there are more daylight hours, Pomeranians lose more of their hair. This natural phenomenon is disrupted by the fact that Pomeranians  in modern times spend their lives in homes where artificial lighting is used. This causes them to continue their shedding throughout the year, but it is still more noticeable in spring and also in fall, when they are preparing to grow their winter coat.. This heavy seasonal shedding may last from two to four months, and then normal, lighter shedding will resume.

Female Pomeranians shed more hair during their season or heat cycle and for a short time after it has finished. They also shed a great deal immediately after delivering a litter of puppies, sometimes resulting in an almost bald appearance.

HOW POMERANIANS SHED

A Pomeranian actually has two coats, an undercoat which is shorter and thicker and an outer coat of coarser, thicker hair. Shedding comes from the undercoat, not the outer coat (except for a few hairs here and there) but you may not actually be able to spot the difference between the two coats.

The shedding pattern of Pomeranians varies depending on the stage they are at in their life cycle. When your pet is four to five months old, you will notice hair falling out along the ridge of his back, more or less in a straight line. The shedding spreads and continues until the puppy coat is gone, but the adult coat is growing at the same time, with stiffer bristles called ‘guard’ hair sticking out through the softer puppy coat. So, although there may be bare patches, your puppy should never be completely hairless.

This puppy coat shedding, often referred to as the ‘Puppy Uglies’, can be quite distressing for unprepared owners, who might worry that their pet has caught a disease, or that this scraggy-looking creature is not quite the purebred animal they were promised. Fear not. This is just a normal developmental stage for Pomeranians, and by the time they are nine or ten months old they have developed their fluffy adult appearance.

HOW TO HANDLE POMERANIAN SHEDDING

How much of a problem Pomeranian shedding is for you will depend on your housekeeping standards and your susceptibility to allergens. Enthusiastic pet lovers tend to be less fussy about having a few dog hairs decorating their floors, furniture and clothes, and are probably less prone to allergies, but Pomeranian shedding is at times so excessive that you really must do something about it.

It is possible to buy vacuum cleaners that claim to be able to pick up pet hair without becoming clogged, but before committing to a purchase it would be a good idea to get a true idea of how efficient they really are from someone who already owns one of these machines. Other people use a product called StickySheets, large sheets of transparent plastic with a light adhesive backing, to remove pet hair from the couch or car seat.

The need to take action is first and foremost for your pet’s sake. Sometimes the hair that has been shed does not fall, but gets tangled up and matted in your Pomeranian’s coat. During the most intense periods of shedding it’s best take your dog outside for twice-weekly grooming with a long-bristled brush and a wide-toothed comb. Using dog hair conditioner may help, but if matted hair forms into balls that just won’t brush out you may need to have your pet’s hair clipped before it gets any worse.

Regular shampooing and trimming can help to keep shedding in check as well as promoting healthy hair growth. When trimming, pay particular attention to hair around the anus and between the foot pads in order to discourage infections.

UNUSUAL SHEDDING PATTERNS

As already discussed, it is normal for a Pomeranian puppy to lose so much hair during the ‘Puppy Uglies’ stage that he has bare patches of skin showing, but such a degree of shedding is not normal in adult Pomeranians. If you can see patches of your adult Pomeranian’s skin, he should be taken to a vet immediately for a check-up and a series of health tests. These bare patches could be caused by thyroid imbalance, or a disease called Red Mange, or could just be the result of an allergy. Your vet will give you the advice you need.

If your adult dog’s tail hair starts to become very thin, and bare patches appear on his back legs, this also warrants a speedy visit to the vet, because he may be coming down with the dreaded Black Skin Disease (also known as BSD or Alopecia X). Fortunately this is a relatively rare condition, but those Pomeranians who suffer from it lose a great deal of their coat, and the exposed skin may turn black. It can happen to animals  at any stage of their life, from puppies to geriatrics.

Sadly, there is no known cure for BSD, but it appears that it is not accompanied by any discomfort or itching. Near-bald BSD sufferers will need some clothing though, to help regulate their body temperature and protect them from sunburn. A sunscreen can be used in the summer months. Your vet may recommend spaying or neutering to eliminate one possible cause, a sex hormone imbalance. Alternative treatments include more regular washing, a change of diet and melatonin supplement tablets.

If you have previously owned a shedding dog, this information about Pomeranian shedding will not have deterred you from your plan to welcome one of these gorgeous dogs into your life. But if you find the idea of dealing with shedding too off-putting, there are plenty of breeds who shed very little hair, such as a dachshund, poodle or miniature schnauzer. With or without shedding, somewhere there is a pet that is just right for you.