When you look at your Pomeranian

When you look at your Pommy, you probably don’t picture it pulling a sled. The Pom’s small size doesn’t bring images of intense work and endurance. However, these pups are descendants of some seriously hard working dogs from Arctic climates. Pomeranian’s were bred from these working dogs as early as the mid-18th century for companionship. Can’t picture how your four-legged friend went from sled-pulling to lap-sitting? Fear not. This post will answer the question what were Pomeranian’s bred for?

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Believe it or not, Pomeranian’s are actually related to big, strong pups like Husky breeds, Alaskan Malamutes and Chow Chows. (The later of which is easiest to picture with all of that fluffy, thick hair!) This makes sense to many, as the Pom’s personality can oftentimes resemble that of a larger dog. All of these breeds and more belong to the Spitz family. “Spitz” is german for “pointed,” which refers to the distinguishable nose and muzzle of these fur babies.

 

The small dog that we now know as a Pomeranian started as a much larger dog, weighing an average as 30 pounds. The Pomeranian’s popularity increased in several stages, thanks to some British royalty who were serious Pom enthusiasts. In the mid-1700s, Queen Charlotte (wife of King George III of England) owned two large (by today’s standards) Pomeranian’s. It was not uncommon for royalty to include their pets in their portraits. Queen Charlotte had several paintings done of herself and her pups. Larger in size than the modern-day Pom, Queen Charlotte’s dogs still had very similar traits. Having these Poms in the paintings brought a greater awareness of these darling pups to the general public.

During this time, Pomeranian’s were bred for companionship in Europe. The breeding is thought to have taken place in a region called Pomerania, giving the familiar four-legged friend its name. This region stretched across part of Germany and part of Poland. It is here that the Pomeranian’s were bred down in size. But why make them smaller? We have another queen to thank for that idea.

A century or so after Queen Charlotte’s Pom portrait, her granddaughter Queen Victoria obtained her own Pomeranian. Her pup was tiny, like the Poms of today, and the people fell in love with this version of the Pomeranian. Queen Victoria was such a huge proponent of these pups that she established her own breeding kennel. The increasing popularity of Poms, and especially the miniature version, encouraged breeders to use only the smaller dogs for breeding. Queen Victoria also promoted Poms by importing and breeding different colours in her kennel. During her reign, the Pomeranian’s average size decreased by 50 percent.

 

The Pom’s weight range is three to seven pounds—much smaller than the original work dogs that they once were! It’s no wonder they gained their common European name, Zwergspitz, German for dwarf Spitz. Still, the Pomeranian maintains the pointed snout, long, thick fur and amicable personality of their Arctic ancestors.

How to control unnecessary barking

 

 

 If you want to stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly you need to remember that a Pomeranian’s bark is their voice.  Barking is your Poms way of talking to you… it should never be an annoyance. Their bark should be a welcomed communication and interaction with you. Barking is a way to alert you of a potential threat or tell you something is amiss. Just because you don’t see any threat or need for warning doesn’t necessarily mean that your Pomeranian is wrong. My Bernie barks whenever there is a knock at the door, loud noise or a stranger visiting the house. I personally embrace her barking because it is her voicing her opinion. Understanding where the vocalization is coming from is a great first step in addressing the issue. I may be biased but there is no better student than a Pomeranian. All they want to do is please their Pommy Mommy… really, that’s all. In my opinion there is no reason to train a Pomeranian not to bark… but there are ways to stop your Pomeranian barking incessantly.

Big Dog in a Small Body

There are many reasons why your Pomeranian will bark and the most important is to “protect” you.  If you are a first time Pommy Mommy you must know that all Pomeranians were breed down from the German Spitz which was an awesome guard dog… which makes your little fur ball an awesome watchdog. They really are “big” dogs in a small body. They are very alert to all of their surroundings and will let you know what’s happening… they should be commended not reprimanded for doing it. Every Pomeranian has delusions of grandeur and you have to understand this… they really do believe they are bigger than they are and will try to protect the humans they love… especially their Pommy Mommy.

Self Protection as an instinct

stop your pomeranian barkingCertain barking is about your Pomeranian’s “self protection”. It is not uncommon to watch a Pom claim their toys and guard them… which is absolutely O.K.. Dogs are not humans and don’t have to share… what’s their’s is their’s and let it be. Just make sure that you let them know that it is alright. If they have issues and bark when you are standing next to them when they eat… don’t stand over them. If your Pomeranian stood over you while you ate… it would be annoying. Let them eat in peace. Every meal should be a calm event, if there is a lot of noise or commotion while they are eating… they will automatically think that there is something wrong. Meal time is quiet time.

Boredom creates chaos

yoki-boredIt’s a known fact that pomeranians can get bored very easily. They are very intelligent so they need a lot of stimuli… if you leave them alone for a long while, like all day… they will want to create  a ruckus. Think about a teenager couped up in the house all day… they will create as much static as humanly possible. Well, so will your Pomeranian. When you come home, play with them… don’t make dinner, sort the clothes or call your friend… play with your Pomeranian. Socialization is a big part of helping your Pomeranian not bark… if they are socialized properly they will understand that there is no threat when the see other dogs… and you will be bark free.

 

A Crazy Household

Too much going on can rouse a Pomeranian’s barking… if there is a crazy energy in the house your Pomeranian will pick up on it and will have fun in the form of barking. Don’t condemn them… pick them up in a calm manner and let them join in the fun. If there is violence or a disturbance, get your Pom out of there to show them that you are the Alpha and you will always protect them… they will then, always trust you.

Coming Home Barking

I know this sounds crazy but you need to except that when you come home from a grueling day at work… your Pomeranian is going to bark when you come in. Remember they love you and can’t wait to be with you. The first thing before anything else is to pick up and hug, talk calmly and just love on your Pomeranian and they will know that their Alpha (Pommy Mommy) is home… and everything is all right. They may have had a hard day also… loud noises, cars backfiring, kids outside playing… it can wear a Pomeranian down.

 Attention Barking… Stop your Pomeranian barking

Most Pomeranians will bark when they need to go to the bathroom but when they see that you are attentive to them when they bark they will try to get your attention by barking for whatever they want… this is where you need to be diligent. If you are certain that they have gone to the bathroom and everything else is safe and sound, then… you need to ignore your furry baby. I know, it sounds counter intuitive but if you respect your sanity and love your furry baby, creating boundaries is a very important part of being an awesome Pommy Mommy. Stop your Pomeranian Barking

 

Make sure that your Pommy has plenty of water. Dehydration is a problem with these little ones and they will bark to tell you about how thirsty they are.  If they refuse to sleep make sure that there is a treat or two available and toys if they like them. After a while they will try to mimic your sleep patterns but you can’t give in to their playful wantings… I know it’s hard, but don’t.

10 Facts about Pomeranians

1. Good Watch Dog’s Barking
If someone comes into your home, let alone just passes by, Pomeranians will let you know! Pomeranians will never bark at nothing. When a Pom is barking, they are trying to alert their owner about something or someone. This makes them a great watch dog, as long as you have a Pomeranian around no one can sneak up on you!

2. Titanic Survivor
Of the nine dogs on board the Titanic, the two that were rescued were a Pomeranian and a Pekinese. It was reported that Margaret Hays (life boat #7) took her Pomeranian with her in a lifeboat the night the Titanic sank into the ocean. What a lucky Pomeranian!

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3. Long Lifespan
The average lifespan of a healthy and well cared for Pomeranian is anywhere from 12-16 years! Making sure to take good care of your Pomeranian by feeding healthy food and making sure to get regular grooming and vet check ups is very important. With the proper care your Pomeranian’s can live a long and happy life. Because all of the Pommy Mommy Pomeranians are rescues, I have to take extra special care of them. They have all suffered an abusive past, but are spoiled rotten, and living the good life now!

4. Small in Size
Pomeranian’s are very well known for their small size. This makes them very easy to take with you on outings or when traveling. I often take my Pomeranian’s with me to an outdoor mall. I have a dog stroller for them and they get to ride around in style!

Pomeranians are very popular with owners that live in the city or in a smaller apartments. However just because of their small size does not mean that they don’t require “play time” Pomeranian’s love to play and require lots of attention. This brings me to number five…

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5. Highly Intelligent and Extroverted.
Pomeranians crave a lot of attention and constant love from their owner. My Pomeranians love to cuddle up on my favorite chair with me an snuggle in my lap. They seem to be one-owner dogs and are very loyal. My Pomeranians think they need to “escort” me everywhere! (Sometimes even to the bathroom) If I get up from my office to go into the kitchen the entire “Pack of Pomeranians” follow me! It’s almost like having an extra shadow!

 

6. Very Popular
Pomeranians have been among the more popular dog breeds in the United States, featured consistently in the Top 15 of registered AKC dog breeds over the last 10 years. Today you see many celebrity actors with Pomeranians because of their cute face and ability to take them on set when it’s time for the Pommy Mommy to go to work. Most of the popularity I think really comes from the ability to take them anywhere. They crave human companionship, are extremely intelligent… and most of all, are any women’s best friend.

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7. Different Colors
Pomeranians come in many different sizes as well as COLOURS! Here’s a list of all the different colors a Pomeranian can come in.

Sable
Red
Orange
Cream
Brown and Black
Tan or White
Wolf Sable
Chocolate
Brindle
Merle
Lavender (Very Rare)
Blue Pomeranian (A blue Pomeranian is not the color of the sky. You will actually know your Pomeranian is blue color by looking at his nose. It’s fur will be a dull black color but his nose will have actual blue color on it. His eyes may also be blue. )

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8. Double Coat
Pomeranians have a thick double coat. Grooming is not hard to do however, it is recommend that brushing be done often because of the thickness of the coat and the constant shedding. The more you brush a Pomeranian the less it will shed. The outer coat is long, straight, and harsh in texture while the undercoat is soft, thick and short. The undercoat is shed twice a year. Keeping up on regular maintenance is very important.

9. Nicknames
Pomeranians have lots of nicknames! Here’s a list of just a few!

Pommy
PomPom
Pom
The Teddy Bear Dog
The Foxy Dog

10. Born to be Pampered
Pomeranians love having all of the attention focused on them. Most Pommy’s love going with their Pommy Mommy when they run errands or are traveling. Some Pomeranians enjoy getting dressed up and traveling in their “travel bag” .

Brushing your pomeranian teeth

It’s always a headache when you think about brushing your pomeranian teeth especially if they are not so amused about the procedure.Well its normal so that’s why we have to introduce the brushing from the early puppy stages so they can get use to it.

Bad breath is often an indicator of poor dental hygiene pomeranians  and many other toy breeds, are prone to dental problems and early tooth loss, but the good news is that much of it can be prevented by providing your Pomeranian with the proper care.

One of the most important things a Pommy Mommy can do to prevent and treat bad breath and other dental problems is to brush their Pom’s teeth every day.

Before you say, “There’s no way my Pom is going to let me do this,” trust me when I say it can be done – and it must be done for your Pom’s health.

It’s important to make teeth-brushing time a part of your Pom’s daily routine so he or she will get used to it. Starting when they’re still a puppy is ideal, but it’s never too late. Before you charge right in with a toothbrush, try running your finger over your Pommy teeth. Once they’re used to that, you can try putting a pea-sized amount of canine toothpaste on a finger toothbrush, which is a small, soft piece that fits over your finger but has brush-like bristles. If they adjust well to that, you can go for a doggie toothbrush with the doggie toothpaste. (Note: Never use your own toothpaste when brushing your dog’s teeth, as it contains toxins harmful to dogs.)

If your Pom’s mouth is simply too small or they haven’t warmed up to the toothbrushing – as was the case of  my Pom – try using a small washcloth or wrapping a piece of gauze around your finger to smear on the toothpaste and clean their teeth.

Another big help? They love the chicken-flavored canine toothpaste! My Pommy become to like the toothpaste as much that he sees it as a treat, and therefore the teeth-brushing routine has become much more enjoyable!

You can find several flavours of canine toothpaste at the pet store that will make toothbrushing much more delightful for your Poms. (If you want to skip the canine toothpaste, you can also just mix some baking soda with water.) And of course, remember to praise your Pom in the process of introducing them to the tooth brushing.

If you’ve tried and tried and brushing of any kind isn’t working, there’s also dental gels, sprays and wipes that can be used.

In addition to brushing/cleaning on a daily basis, it’s also crucial to get your Pom to the vet for a professional cleaning at least once a year. Daily brushings help remove plaque, but the professional cleaning will remove tarter build-up. It’s also a good chance for the vet to get a look at your Pom’s teeth and make sure no serious dental problems are surfacing.

Feeding your Pom dry dog food, along with dental bones and chew toys, can also help keep their teeth healthy.

Hopefully after all of this your Pommy no longer has bad breath. However, if you’ve tried all of these tactics and your Pom’s breath is still not so pleasant, it could be a sign of a more serious dental problem and you should see your vet immediately.

Happy brushing!

Peace, Love & Pomeranians,

 

How to groom a pomeranian at home

 

Pomeranian’s are best known for their “poof ball” like appearance.  Being a “Pommy Mommy” I know how important it is making sure they are well groomed on a regular basis. I take my boy to a professional dog groomer every five to six weeks to get a “bath and brush.”

In between grooming appointment’s I like to keep my Pomeranian’s looking their best. I’m going to share with you 5 important tips how to keep your fluffy baby always ready for the camera.

 

Maintain Pomeranian Grooming
Ears
To clean your Pomeranian’s ears, apply ear cleaning solution or a few drops of warmed rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball and wipe any build up or dirt away from the ear. When cleaning your Pomeranian’s ears make sure not to vigorously rub the cotton ball or go in to far to the ear. This can cause damage to the ear.

Eyes
Thankfully Pomeranian’s eyes are very easy to keep clean and tidy. I know it may sound a bit nasty, but in order to keep your dogs eyes looking beautiful you need to gently remove the eye boogies! Pomeranian’s can get a small brown eye booger buildup. The best way to remove these is to use warm water and a baby washcloth and simply remove the brown booger from the eye.

Brushing
In order to keep the fluffy appearance Pomeranian’s need to be brushed! The best tool that I found for the job is a Shedding Rake. I do a short brushing session (lasting no longer than 3-5 minutes) on the girls two to three times a week. The shedding rake significantly helps reduce everyday shedding.

Hair Bow or Scarf & Fragrances
It goes without saying that I love to dress up my Pomeranian’s! By always making sure to change out hair bow’s once a week your are ensuring that your little one will always be camera ready! It also prevents the elastic from the bow to not mat around her fur. If the hair has matted to much you may have to cut the bow out. This may leave a small bald spot that could have been avoided by changing the bow. For boy dogs there are many different colorful scarfs. Make sure to select a scarf that is the correct size to avoid injury. To top off your Poms look there are dog friendly fragrances that you can apply. They keep your dog smelling fresh and clean!

Teeth
Make sure to purchase dog toothpaste and clean your Pomeranian’s teeth on a regular basis. Dog toothpaste usually comes in poultry based flavors or a peanut butter. By brushing your dogs teeth you are not only making sure they have fresh breath, but you are also keeping them healthy by not allowing tarter to build up and needing expensive dentals done by your veterinarian.

By making sure to follow these five easy steps to maintain Pomeranian grooming and your Pomeranian will always look and feel amazing!

 

10 things not to feed your pomeranian

1. AVOCADO
Guacamole is one of my favorite things to make and bring to a gathering. It never fails when I’m in the kitchen my Pommy’s are never far behind. They are always begging for a bite of whatever I’m cooking. Avocados for years have been rumored to be toxic to dogs especially small breeds because they contain a substance called persin. It’s not necessarily toxic to dogs or cats but you do need to watch for signs of illness if your furry baby has ingested any Advocado. These include vomiting, diarrhea and lack of stool production.

The bigger risk to dogs and cats is a foreign body obstruction, which can occur if the dog swallowed the whole large, round avocado seed; due to size alone, this seed can get stuck in the esophagus, stomach or intestinal tract of dogs. Also, the rough green peel can be quite sharp going down.

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2. Candy and Gum
Time for my personal favorite… CANDY!!! I make sure to keep all candy and sweets out of my Pomeranian’s reach. Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods can be sweetened with Xylitol. Xylitol is known to cause an increase in the insulin circulating through your Pomeranian’s furry body. That can cause your Pommy’s blood sugar to drop and is also known to cause liver failure. Initial symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. Eventually, the dog may have seizures. Liver failure can occur within just a few days.

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3.Chocolate
The most famous thing that almost every Pomeranian owner knows not to give their Pommy is chocolate! If you didn’t know before, now you do! The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. This can even be found in white chocolate. The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baking chocolate. Just a small chocolate chip or licking a chocolate frosting spoon can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and be very thirsty. It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and sadly death.

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4. Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine
Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for your Pomeranian. Sadly there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding. Always make sure you Pommy does not have easy access to any caffeinated drink or food. In addition to tea and coffee – including coffee beans and grounds, caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, sodas, and everyone’s favorite drink to say awake: Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster, Five Hour Energy ect…. Caffeine may also be found in the medicine cabinet. Most likely in cold medicines and pain killers. If any kind of pill or medicine from the medicine cabinet acidently drops on the floor you snatch it up right away before your Pomeranian.

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5. Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins seem like a nice cold treat for your Pomeranian on a warm Summer day. However they are a BIG no-no. Research shows it isn’t clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, but just a small amount can make a dog ill. Symptoms of grape and raisin overload can include: repeated vomiting, within a day, the dog will become lethargic and depressed. The best prevention is to make sure grapes and raisins are kept for the humans only!

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6. Milk and Other Dairy Products
Milk and milk based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive issues. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be causing my little Pommy to be sick. (Not to mention cleaning up the “mess” a sick Pommy can make) Milk can also set up a food allergies for your Pomeranian if fed on a regular basis. The most common side affect for this kind of allergy is itchiness.

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8. Onions
Powdered, Raw, Cooked, or Dehydrated — Any format of an onion can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Because Pomeranian’s are considered a “toy breed” any amount, small or large of an onion may be fatal in your Pommy. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.

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9. Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums
The problem with these fruits are not the actual fruit itself, but it’s the pit and seeds. The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in your Pomeranian. They can also cause intestinal obstruction. Just think how uncomfortable you would be eating a watermelon whole! Also peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both you and your Pomeranian. Pomeranian’s are a very smart breed, however some Pommies don’t understand they can’t eat the pit of a fruit.