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The Pomeranian is a happy, perky pup that comes in a small package. They make a great companion that requires little exercise.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 7in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 3-7lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 16 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need2/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance2/5
  • Apartment-Friendly5/5

Pomeranian Information

Spritely, spirited, and sometimes cocky, the Pomeranian packs a lot of personality into his compact little body. He is the 20th most popular dog in the United States, and it’s not hard to see why with his adorable fox-like face and fluffy, cuddly fur.

The Pomeranian descends from the Spitz family of dogs and gets his name from the historical region of Pomerania, near present-day Germany and Poland. With the proper training, the Pomeranian can be an excellent family dog. You just have to let him know who the boss is!

Pomeranian Training and Temperament

The Pomeranian is an energetic and playful dog who loves to be around people. He is intelligent and tends to be a bit stubborn at times. While this can make Pomeranian training difficult, it also means that you must be firm and consistent to train him properly.

Poms do not like being left alone for long periods; they will suffer from separation anxiety when left home alone all day long without human interaction or attention from their owners.


Poms don’t need much exercise, but a little movement keeps them healthy. You will need to take your Pomeranian on daily walks or some indoor play for him to exercise appropriately. This keeps his mind engaged as well as his body!


Pomeranians are fairly easy to care for. Their coats require moderate maintenance and occasional brushing. If you want to brush your Pomeranian’s coat, you should do so as soon as possible after a bath or a romp outside. This will prevent any tangles from forming in their fur. It is also important that you brush your Pom’s coat regularly in order to prevent any mats from forming in the fur. If your Pomeranian’s coat is prone to mats, it is best that you visit a groomer at least once every one to three months for a professional grooming. This will help keep your Pom looking his best!

In addition to brushing and combing, it is also important that you trim their nails and brush their teeth during their weekly grooming.

Sources: AKC, Wikipedia

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Pomeranians be apartment dogs?

The Pomeranian is an excellent apartment dog. They don't need as much space for activity and will be happy in a condo or apartment.

Can Pomeranians be left alone?

Pomeranians are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are Pomeranians good with kids?

Pomeranians can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Pomeranians friendly with strangers?

Although Pomeranians can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Pomeranians get along with other dogs?

Pomeranians aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Pomeranians bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Pomeranians bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Pomeranians shed a lot?

Pomeranians shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Pomeranians need a lot of grooming?

Although Pomeranians require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Pomeranians need a lot of exercise?

Pomeranians don't need a ton of exercise. You'll just need to provide some basic activity to keep them healthy.

Are Pomeranians easy to train?

Although Pomeranians can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Pomeranians handle cold weather?

Pomeranians do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can Pomeranians handle hot weather?

Be careful with Pomeranians in the heat. They don't do well in hot climates for long periods.

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