Big Dog in a Small Package: The Perky Pomeranian Breed

pomeranian breed information

You might think you’re the boss at home, but the always-smiling Pomeranian knows who’s really in charge. Some people describe Poms as having big-dog temperaments in a small-dog body. But who can argue with this always-smiling dog breed!?

Are you interested in adopting a Pomeranian into your family and have a few questions? Do Pomeranians make good house pets? Are they easy to train? What are their grooming requirements? Do Pomeranians bark a lot? Learn more about the Pomeranian dog breed.

Do Pomeranians Bark a Lot?

Of course all dogs bark; it’s their way of communicating with fellow canines, animals, and humans. Pomeranians, also called Poms, have a loud bark, but most Pomeranian parents refer to the bark as more of a yap than a bark. And, yes, a Pomeranian barking can get out of control. However, like any form of communication, when your pet vocalizes there’s a reason such as:

  • Playfulness/excitement
  • Boredom
  • Warning/alert
  • Frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Sick or in pain
  • In response to other animals
  • Seeking attention

You must understand why your dog is barking so much. Once you determine that your pet is physically okay and there’s no looming threat to you or your home, it’s time to curb the unwanted behavior with some training.

How to stop Pomeranians barking

To help ensure your dog training is successful you need to exercise your Pomeranian every day. A regular routine of both physical exercise and mental stimulation will leave him less likely to bark without good cause.

Pomeranian dog training takes patience, time and consistent corrections.

First, identify what triggers your Pomeranian to bark, and then try to eliminate them or distract your Pom. For example, your mail is typically delivered at the same time every day, right? If this is a trigger for your dog, take your pet for a walk during or before the mail arrives. This allows your Pom to be tired enough — or not at home — so he cares less about the mailman, strangers and visitors.

Also, use a train, treat, repeat technique for training your Pomeranian. Combine firm voice commands with the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool. Positive reinforcement tends to work better than negative corrections and punishments. So, give plenty of immediate praise and treats. If your Pom is prone to weight gain, give healthy treats as directed by your veterinarian.

Most importantly, everyone in your home should be on the same page about your Pom’s training techniques. Otherwise, if you’re the only one doing the positive reinforcement, you are the only one your dog will listen to. When he’s left with other family members or alone, he might revert to his annoying and unwanted behaviors.

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Facts About Pomeranians 

Ranked 23 on the AKC popular breed list, Pomeranians are little in stature and big in personality. This intelligent breed is friendly with humans and other pets, so they make a great family dog. However, it’s important to know because Pomeranians are so small, young children must be careful when playing with them. They’re active, love to play and will keep you on your toes. Poms tend to be finicky eaters, and usually don’t have any issues with obesity.

  • Size: The height range for Pomeranians is 6-7 inches and the weight range is 3-7 pounds.
  • Life expectancy: A healthy Pomeranian lives an average 12-16 years.
  • Coat: Pomarians have a long-haired double coat.
  • AKC group: Pomeranians belong to the AKC toy group.

Are Pomeranians Easy to Train?

Pomeranians are alert and fairly easy to train. Despite their size, they make good watchdogs. Poms enjoy learning tricks and master them quickly; however, leash training is necessary as they tend to escape whenever possible. As with other dogs, Pomeranians benefit from early puppy training and obedience training. If you’re new to training a dog, you might find a Pom stubborn and bossy and challenging to train. Pomeranians are picky about what they eat, so when you select training rewards make sure they are high-quality and something your dog enjoys. However, be careful how many treats you share, as Poms are easy to overfeed.

Does the Pomeranian Breed Need Grooming?

To help maintain a Pomeranian’s abundant coat, daily brushing is recommended. Brush your dog with a pin brush and a slicker brush, like the BarxBuddy Self-Cleaning Dog Brush, down to the skin at least once a week to prevent matting. It is also important to keep your Pomeranian’s nails trimmed either at home with the proper tools like the BarxBuddy nail clippers or with a visit to a groomer. The AKC recommends that Poms get a full-groom, bath, nail trims, ears cleaned and anal glands expressed every four to six weeks. Don’t forget to brush your pet’s teeth regularly for overall good health and well-being.

What If My Breed Is a Pomeranian Mix?

Pomeranian mixes can bring all kinds of uniqueness to your pet. Thanks to inheriting traits from both parents, your mix breed might retain the Pom small size and large personality. One thing’s for sure: Your Pomeranian mix is sure to delight and charm you.

Here are some popular Pomeranian breed mixes:

  • Aussie Pom — Pomeranian + Australian shepherd
  • Corgiranian — Pomeranian + Welsh corgi
  • Dameranian — Pomeranian + dachshund
  • German Pomeranian — Pomeranian + German shepherd
  • Multipom — Pomeranian + Maltese
  • Paperanian — Pomeranian + papillon
  • Pomapoo — Pomeranian + poodle
  • Pom-A-Pug — Pomeranian + pug
  • Pomchi — Pomeranian + Chihuahua
  • Pomsky — Pomeranian + Siberian husky
  • Shirianin — Pomeranian + Shih-tzu
  • Yoranian — Pomeranian + Yorkshire terrier