This is the smallest member of the group of spitz dogs, distinguished by their curly tails and upright ears. It appears to have been developed in the German province of Pomerania, and attracted the attention of Queen Victoria, She exhibited the breed at the Crufts Show of 1891, and this immediately led to an upsurge of interest in these dogs. Originally, Pomeranians were much larger than they are today, weighing as much as 30 lb (13.6 kg), but now members of this breed are lighter than 8 lb (3.6 kg). Nevertheless, they have retained the typical temperament of a spitz dog, being lively and loyal, and generally prove easy to train. Pomeranian dogs are available in a wide range of colours, and will live quite contentedly in a home where there is a small garden, with a park in the neighbourhood for more prolonged periods of exercise.
Coat Type/Colour: Flowing; Wide Variety
Height: 12 Inch (30.5 cm)
Weight: 4 – 4.5 lb (1.8 – 2 kg)
Nature: Sturdy, Alert, Good-tempered
Grooming is more time consuming than with some breeds, as the Pomeranian has a dense undercoat and a long, straight outer coat. Trimming will also be necessary on occasion, to ensure that the coat remains immaculate. They are very alert dogs and will indicate the presence of strangers by yapping loudly. Although this can be advantageous under certain circumstances, you may need to dissuade a Pomeranian from barking unneccessarily at the slightest sound. Nevertheless, as small guard dogs they can give great reassurance, especially to elderly owners who are living on their own.