Pomeranian dog breeds ironically have ancestors that were larger, tough sledding dogs. Then at some point these dogs were purposely bred down in size and even reached a point of miniaturization. Dog historians are not exactly sure at what time period this breeding practice took place. However, we do know that the area was probably located in Pomerania, hence the name “Pomeranian”.
The original Pomeranian dog breed weighed as much as 30 pounds and typically came in the color of white, as opposed to the standard brownish color of today. To get an idea of what the earlier Pomeranian dogs looked like, you can easily compare them to the Japanese Spitz. This is the closest resemblance to their ancestors.
The Pomeranian dog breed was officially recognized by the English Kennel Club in the year 1870. As its popularity grew, the American Kennel Club (AKC) took notice and officially recognized Pomeranian dogs as a standard breed. From that point on, these dogs were continually bred to be smaller and smaller, as well as have darker shades of color come through, resulting into the light brown Pomeranian dogs that are mostly seen today.
Upkeep and Maintenance
These bold and dashing members of the toy group are extremely self-confident and always up for adventure. Pomeranian dogs need daily exercise but can get their requirements indoors due to their small size. However, like all dogs, Pomeranian dogs love to take a nice stroll with their owners or play games in a grassy field.
In terms of qualities, these dogs make excellent house pets and are extremely playful with high energy levels. Pomeranian dogs are not suited for outdoor living due to their need for human companionship and also their inability to withstand hot or cold temperatures. Besides, these cute dogs make excellent watchdogs so it is always a benefit to have them around the family inside the house as often as possible.
These dogs are probably the luckiest breeds in terms of potential health problems, or rather the lack thereof. The only major health concern connected with Pomeranian dogs is patellar luxation. Minor issues include shoulder luxation, open fontanel, PRA, hypoglycemia, and entropion.
Pomeranian dogs have a lifespan of up to 16 years when in good health. Veterinarians suggest that all Pomeranian dog owners have their pets specifically tested for eye problems, knee dysplasia, and possible cardiac issues.
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