Pomeranians – The Irreverent Vet’s Opinion on the Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is the 13th most popular breed in the United States according to data of registered dog breeds provided by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Pomeranians are promoted as great lap dogs and good dog breed choice for seniors. They are very loyal and can be one-owner dogs.

The personalities in the Pomeranian line vary tremendously. Some are the sweetest little dogs you will ever see and others can be quite aggressive to strangers. For example, I'll see some Pomeranians in the exam room "strut" over to me in the cutest manner and want to be picked up and give "kisses". Others are scared to death – hiding in their owner's arms and are eager to snap when approached.

Most Pomeranians are good watchdogs and are eager to bark when someone new comes to the door or they hear strange noises. To some, this is a comfort. To others, it is an annoyance.

They are a great dogs for seniors and singles. They are not known to be particular good or patient with small children. Many Pomeranians can be stubborn and difficult to train.

The energy levels can vary from very energetic to generally being quite pleased with a nap, which can make them great lap dogs. They should have a variety of toys and dedicated playtime every day.

Pomeranians have long hair and do require dedication to their grooming. They also have a propensity for bad dental disease if their dental care is not maintained. Daily brushing of the hair and teeth is ideal. They can also be quite fragile and can be easily injured by jumping from furniture or the arms of their owners.

Pomeranians can be quite fussy and particular about their food (if you allow them).

Pomeranians are very loyal to their owners can be quite unfriendly to strangers and other pets. It is important to socialize them to other people and pets when they are young (8 weeks to 6 months) to create a well-adjusted dog.

Despite the very honest comments above, Pomeranians are a wonderful breed and give their dedicated and devoted owners a tremendous amount of unconditional love and devotion.


The Politically Incorrect Vet is a columnist that regularly contributes to PetPlace.com. The goal is to add a balanced and alternative view of some controversial pet issues. As happens with all of us, veterinarians can't say what they really think without offending some clients. This commentary allows vets to say what they think and give you, the pet owner, the opportunity to consider another view. All opinions are those of the Politically Incorrect Vet and not the views of PetPlace.com and are not endorsed by PetPlace.com.

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