Pomeranian Behaviors

by Naomi Millburn
Keep frustrating tangles at bay by brushing his coat a lot.

Keep frustrating tangles at bay by brushing his coat a lot.

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Pomeranians, named after a region off the Baltic Sea within Poland and Germany, are fluffy little dogs who frequent people's laps all around the world. Although Pomeranian dogs might be diminutive in size, they aren't so small when it comes to personality, of which they have oodles.

Pomeranian Information

Tiny Pomeranians usually weigh 3 to 7 pounds, and stand 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder. Male and female Pomeranians are similar in size. Their extremely dense fur consists of two separate layers and is known as a double coat. Coat colors vary widely, but red and orange fur are particularly common. Poms are spitz dogs, kin to bigger dogs such as Norwegian elkhounds, Samoyeds and Alaskan malamutes. Longevity is a strong suit for many Pomeranians, and their typical life spans are between roughly 15 and 18 years.

Curiosity

Curious behavior is common in Pomeranians, and the clever little guys enjoy observing and learning new things. They are quick to take in new information. Pomeranians are chock full of energy and are almost always up for excitement, exploration and play. Mellow and low-key dogs they are not.

Self-Assured

Meekness is an unfamiliar concept to Pomeranians; individuals of this breed are often naturally self-assured animals -- sometimes to the point of jocular conceit, canine style. Poms flourish on attention, attention and more attention -- and sometimes even partake in silly antics to get some of it.

Neighborly

Pomeranians are neighborly dogs. You could be taking a Pomeranian for a leisurely stroll at the park only to notice that the cutie has shared numerous interactions not only with other dogs, but with people, too. Pomeranians always seem to have something to do or someone to see. Notwithstanding, specimens are tender, devoted and reliable pals to their owners.

Barking

Excessive barking behaviors sometimes are common in Pomeranians. If you own a Pom and notice that his barking seems to lack intent or purpose, act swiftly in deterring the behavior. Since Pomeranians are usually responsive to training, you should be able to make fast progress in nipping the immoderate barking in the bud. Pomeranians are innately protective dogs who often bark when anything seems amiss or when something unfamiliar is around.

With Other Dogs

When it comes to meetings with fellow dogs, Pomeranians can be a little sassy and defensive -- even to canines significantly bigger than they. This occasionally triggers fierce behaviors in them -- not fun or safe. Always keep a close eye on Pomeranians who are around other pets.

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About the Author

Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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