Characteristics of Pomeranians
Pomerania is a region in northern Poland near the Baltic sea. However, Pomeranian dogs are not the same as the ones that originate from this region. Pomeranians were brought to the Pomerania region from central Europe and Asia by fur traders.
The Pomsky breed is a combination of a purebred Siberian Husky and a purebred Pomeranian. The result is a Pomsky that is 50% Pomeranian and 50% Husky. Pomskies can range in size from 15 to 45 pounds, depending on the proportions of the Pomeranian and Husky genes inherited by the dog. Pomsky characteristics are a result of Pomsky’s Siberian Husky and Pomeranian heritage.
Poms come in a variety of colors: black, brown, cream, orange, white, and sable (a mix of all colors). They have no undercoat so they do not shed as much as other dogs. Poms are compact dogs with an average weight of 9-11 pounds and a height between 8-12 inches at the shoulder.
Pomeranian Temperament & Personality
Pomeranians are very intelligent and easily trained dogs that love to be around their family. Poms can be very loving towards their families but can also become very defensive if they feel their family is threatened. Pomeranians will bark at anything that they feel is a threat. Pomeranians are alert by nature which makes them good watchdogs. Pomeranians are very loyal to their family and love to play games with their families. Poms get along well with children but should not be left unattended around small children because of their tendency towards nipping or barking at strangers or other animals.
Pomeranian Health Issues
Pomeranians suffer from eye problems, sugar imbalances, spinal disc disease, skin allergies, knee problems, heart disease, collapsed trachea (lack of cartilage in the trachea), PFD (progressive fiber-optic degeneration – similar to retinitis pigmentosa in humans), von Willebrand’s Disease, PRA (progressive retinal atrophy – similar to blindness in humans), and calcium deficiencies. Poms are also prone to obesity, so you have to make sure they eat the right amount of food for their weight. Poms can live anywhere from 13-18 years if properly taken care of.
Pomeranians are very intelligent dogs that are easily trainable. Poms should be trained early on because it will prevent them from being a nuisance barker or nipper when they get older. Pomeranians who behave badly should not be overly disciplined but merely gently corrected. Poms respond well to positive reinforcement training techniques such as to treat rewards and praise rewards. Pomeranian training can prove challenging at times because Pomeranians can be very stubborn at times. Poms do not want to disappoint their owners, so they will do what they want unless they know it is wrong. Pomeranian obedience training should begin as early as possible to prevent them from becoming troublesome dogs when they get older. Poms love to spend time with their families and also enjoy playing games. Poms can learn tricks such as how to ring a bell hanging from the door when they need to go outside and other things that will make your life easier. Pomskies are highly energetic dogs, Pomskies have a high energy level and will need to be exercised every day. Pomskies are an active dog breed. Pomskies love to run around outside, play fetch, or play with stuffed animals or other toys that they can chew on.