Where are Pomeranians From?
The Pomeranian originates from the European herding spitz dogs, which were a bit larger and fuller coated than the Poms we know today. Their ancestors came to England from Germany in the 18th century, when German-born Queen Charlotte married into the British royal family.
The spitz dog became a very popular Victorian breed by the 19th century, and were even painted multiple times by Thomas Gainsborough. In 1888, Queen Victoria visited Florence, Italy and fell in love with the breed, bringing four puppies home with her to England. The Queen’s dogs were about 12 – 18 pounds and were frequently exhibited in British conformation shows.
After Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, the breed continued to grow in popularity and shrink in size. Although they are named after their homeland, they are known to be an English breed because of Queen Victoria’s influence. Over the years, the breed has been dwarfed and the current average show weight is only 4 – 5 pounds. They journeyed to The States in 1892 and the American Pomeranian Club began showing in 1911.