The Pros and Cons of Owning a Pomeranian

They are adorable, they are lovable, and they have a charming personalities. It should come as no surprise that the Pomeranian continues to be a well-liked breed among those who are enthusiastic about canines, given the lion-like mane that covers their heads.

If you still aren’t convinced, take a look at this: the American Kennel Club placed the breed 23rd out of 197 different kinds of dogs in their overall rankings.

That is quite an accomplishment for such a small dog! But hold on, there’s even more to it! We have more Pomeranian-related items, as well as information on what it’s like to own a Pom.

Continue reading to find out!

Pomeranian Quick Info

  • Energy Level: Very energetic
  • Exercise Requirements: 20-30 minutes/day
  • Social/Attention Needs: Low
  • Tendency to Drool: Low
  • Longevity Range: 12-16 yrs
  • Tendency to Snore: Low
  • Tendency to Dig: Low
  • Tendency to Bark: High

Coat:

  • Characteristics: Double coat, straight
  • Length: Medium
  • Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate
  • Colours: All colours and patterns allowed

Let’s Talk about the Pros of Owning a Pomeranian

Poms are Family Dogs

When raised in the right conditions, these toy dogs have the potential to become much-loved and much-enjoyed family pets. The American Kennel Club give the Pomeranian breed a five-star rating for being affectionate with the family but three out of five stars for being good with children.

Pomeranians, who are known to be affectionate dogs, take pleasure in both giving and receiving attention from all members of their families. Nevertheless, you need to keep a close eye on every interaction that takes place between your Pomeranian and children.

In addition, because of their small and delicate size, it is essential that children be taught how to properly handle and care for a Pomeranian.

Did you Know?

Poms are members of the family of dogs known as the Spitz.
It’s a little hard to believe that Pomeranians are related to large dogs used for mushing, but they are! The Pomeranian is the smallest breed of dog that belongs to the Spitz family.

They belong to the same category as breeds like the Samoyed and the Norwegian Elkhound as well as the Alaskan Malamute. They were reduced in size through selective breeding, which is the primary reason why they are still considered lap dogs today.

Poms are Apartment friendly

If you have a soft spot in your heart for canines but live in a cramped apartment and aren’t sure whether or not you have enough space for a pet, the Pomeranian is an excellent option to take into consideration.

They are a breed of dog that stays a small size throughout their life, in contrast to other Spitz breeds like Huskies and Malamutes, which can grow to be rather huge.

Because of their small size and moderately low activity requirements, Pomeranians are ideally suited to life in an apartment or condo.

Pomeranians will be content with two or three vigorous walks each day, an outing to the dog park, or even just some time spent playing with their owners at home.

After they have been mentally and physically stimulated, they will be content to stretch out on the couch next to their pet parents and take it easy for a while.

Poms can be formidable guard dogs( Tiny but terrible)


“Tiny but Terrible” describes Pomeranians perfectly. Despite their diminutive size, their barks are extremely loud.

This makes them a perfect pet for small households seeking both a toy dog and a watchdog. They can be trained to become true guard dogs, as they are continually on the lookout for intruders.

Poms come with long life!

The common belief is that smaller dog breeds have higher life expectancies than larger ones. There is no deviation in this regard with Pomeranians. Because they can live for up to 16 years, you will have a lot of time to get to know each other and make memories that are truly meaningful.

The Pomeranian named Coty holds the record for living the longest of any Pomeranian, having lived to the ripe old age of 21 years, 8 months, and 13 days.

The following piece of guidance was provided by Pomeranian.org in order to ensure that your Pomeranian has a long life:

“The single most important way of guaranteeing (as well as you can) that your Pom lives a healthy, happy, and long life is to make sure that his environment is as pet-friendly as possible.”

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The Pom specialists continued by stating that it is essential to ensure that your dog maintains a healthy weight, leads a clean lifestyle, participates in an activity routine that is balanced, is either spayed or neutered and receives proper dental treatment.

Portable size- So Travel Friendly

You will want a dog breed that does not require a lot of space if you are the type of person who enjoys going on adventures and travelling.

Pomeranians can make terrific travel companions. Because of their small size, they will not take up a significant amount of space in the vehicle; all you will need is a travel dog bed or a small dog box to transport them.

The Pomeranian is a breed that does well in car rides, although you will need to remember to stop frequently to let your dog potty and give it water.

Prospective owners of Pomeranians who want to undertake a lot of travelling with their dogs should think about socialising their puppies as much as possible at a young age so that they may become used to being around a variety of people and environments.

More About Pomeranian

Height rangeMale: 28cm
Female: 25cm
Weight rangeMale: 1-3 kg
Female: 1-3 kgs
FeaturesUpright ears (naturally)
Bred ForCompanionship
Club Recognition
AKC Classification: Toy
UKC Classification: Companion dog
Prevalence: Common
Pom Facts

Now the CONS of Owning a Pomeranian

Poms are known to be finicky eaters.


This breed of dog is known for its exceptional intelligence. When it comes to food, Pomeranians have a few peculiarities that set them apart.

When it comes to their diet, Poms are known to be somewhat finicky. Some of them barely touch their food, others try to hide it, others favour treats, still others want nothing more than chicken, and still others prefer to be hand-fed.

Studies suggests that Pomeranians set a few ‘traps’ for their owners in order to ensure that they are given the food that they have specifically requested. But when Poms find something they like to eat, they consume a great deal of it.

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Poms have Separation Anxiety

Canine separation anxiety is a chronic illness that can manifest in any dog, regardless of the breed or mix of their ancestry. Typically, this will take place either as the dog’s owner is getting ready to leave the house or as soon as the front door is closed.

Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety will exhibit behaviours such as barking, howling, whimpering, gnawing, digging, and in extreme cases, urinating or defecating when left alone.

Although every dog is different, there is a possibility that some Pomeranians will battle with separation anxiety.

Pomeranians are susceptible to Black Skin Disease.


As with humans, dogs are susceptible to skin diseases, particularly Pomeranians. Alopecia X, also known as Black Skin Disease, is a condition characterised by a foul odour, hair loss, and skin darkening in dogs.

The condition is prevalent among male Brits. Other dog breeds, including Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Chow Chows, Elkhounds, Toy Poodles, and Miniature Poodles, are also susceptible to the disease.

Poms are yappy

There is a common misconception that Pomeranians are noisy dogs. These small dogs are not going to be very good guard dogs, but because they are of the Spitz breed, they are quite attentive.

They will keep watch, and if they notice a person they do not recognise entering your property, you can anticipate that they will notify you immediately.

If you prefer the concept of having an extra set of eyes to monitor your home, this may not be a terrible thing for you.

However, if they are incessant barkers and you live in an apartment with neighbours close by, this may become an issue for you.

According to yet another POM Owner

They are, however, prone to making a lot of noise, which, depending on the apartment you live in, may annoy your neighbours who are sensitive to noise. They have a high level of intelligence and are simple to housebreak and train not to bark, among other things… However, if you are too lenient with them, they will try to take advantage of the situation and get into mischief.

Pom owner we spoke to…

Quite a Challenge to Potty train Poms

You have been contemplating the purchase of a Pomeranian for some time now, and you are curious as to whether or not there are any problems that a significant number of Pom owners have experienced. Throughout the course of our investigation into the breed, we came across numerous references to the challenge of housebreaking.

It would appear that Pomeranians have well-deserved notoriety for being famously challenging to housebreak.

They are sensitive to changes in temperature, especially to colder temperatures, given that they are a breed of the little dog. When it’s time to put your Pomeranian to bed and it’s raining outside, this won’t help you get them to go potty one last time before turning in.

Before getting your Pom, it is in your best interest to conduct some research on how to potty train dogs so that you are familiar with certain strategies that are shown to be successful.

Poms are Strong-willed Little cuties

Although Pomeranian may be intelligent, it is essential that you use this intelligence for the greater benefit. You will boost your chances of having a well-behaved Pomeranian in your home if you make the decision to begin training your Pomeranian while he or she is still a puppy.

This particular breed of Spitz is known for having a reputation for being headstrong canines who are fiercely independent.

They will attempt to out-think you and will even occasionally try to manipulate you. They are much too astute!

About Author:  Dr. Sara J at Hampton Vet Clinic. Dr. Sarah is passionate about pets and loves sharing her knowledge and research with you. At Pet Paws Hub, we strive to be the ultimate resource for learning everything about Owning & caring for your pet!