Have you ever just looked at a Pomeranian and just thought to yourself: “Man, that little ball of floof is just majestic?” We certainly have, and with good reason. They may be small in stature, but their personalities more than make up for what they lack in size, making them one of the best dog breeds in South Africa.
The Pomeranian, also known as the Pom or Pom Pom, is named after Pomerania, a region in Central Europe. Pom Poms are a toy breed, most commonly appearing with cream or white, black, orange, and brown colours all over their fur. However, their unique genetic markers also mean that their colours may vary further, with some rare cases even including shades of blue! Fun fact: Queen Victoria absolutely loved Pomeranians so much so that Pom breeding grew. This emergence of certain recessive genes led to the variety of colours, but because of their cuteness, those colour variations were never bred out,
Pomeranians are loyal companions that are very friendly, playful, and energetic. They are also highly protective of their owners, and love being around them. Pom Poms are an intelligent breed, which means that they respond well to training. It is their natural charisma, trainability and desire to please their owners that make them one of the most popular breeds on a global scale.
Pom Poms have a wedge-like face and pointed erect ears. In some cases, their appearance has been compared to that of a fox. Other Pom Poms have softer, baby-doll like features. They have bright, dark, almond-shaped eyes that give them a sense of curiosity, especially when they tilt their heads to the side. Pomeranians also boast a distinct feathered tail that fans out at the end and a dense plume of fur around the neck and chest, which can look as though they have a lion-like mane.
Grooming needs: High maintenance, as they shed. Also be on the lookout for tear stains, and any debris
that may get caught in their fur
Size: Toy: 13 – 28cm in height; 1.9 – 3.5kg in weight
Life expectancy: 10 – 16 years
Temperament: Alert, cheerful, friendly, playful, independent, intelligent, loyal, social & lively
Suggested Tests: Cardiac, eyes, knees
Litter Size: Up to 5 puppies
Because of their unwavering loyalty, Poms are great with children, but their size also means that they are perfect for smaller homes, and even apartment life. You’ll adore their cute little waddle and certainly enjoy the soft touch of their fur.
There are so many reasons to love Pomeranians! What are yours? Let us know in the comments!