Dog Breed Guide: Pomeranian

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Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

About the Pomeranian

Height (to base of neck): 5-11″

Weight: 4-7.5 lbs

Color: Most common are orange, black and cream, but Poms have a wide variety of accepted colors, including white, black, brown, red, orange, cream, blue, sable, black and tan, spotted and brindled.

Origin: Pomerania region of Central Europe (today part of northern Poland and eastern Germany)

Coat: Abundant and textured with plumed tail and thick double coat, the top coat creates a mane around the neck.

Life Expectancy: 12-16 years

Energy level: Low to moderate

Exercise needs: Minimal

Is a Pomeranian the Right Dog Breed for You? 

Pomeranians are a playful and friendly breed. They bond closely with their owners and can be protective of them and prone to barking to defend their territory. They can verge on being stubborn, but are intelligent and can be easily trained, especially when started young. They are an ideal companion pet, however their small size makes exuberant young children a potential hazard. Their abundant coat actually requires little maintenance, generally daily to weekly brushing. Activity needs include regular light exercise, such as daily walks.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Pomeranian

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Ear Infection $228 $3,014
Skin Allergies $298 $2964
Inflammation and/or infection of the stomach, small intestine and colon $319 $1622
Retained Deciduous Teeth $194 $1,655
Periodontal Disease $401 $1,750
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