|Barked: Mon Mar 18, '13 4:11pm PST |
|Cam is right. Luxating patella is the main concern with Pomeranians and jumping. Sweeney has it (grade two - as in his kneecap pops out and won't pop back in on his own, worse than grade one but nowhere near bad enough to require surgery) and can't do much jumping. He still tries, bless him, and if the jump isn't high at all, I let him. I do NOT let him jump on couches, beds, chairs, or anything of the like. He is not allowed to climb up the steps (but will bounce down without a problem) and before he's taken outside on leash, he jumps on our short coffee table to make it easier for me to put the leash on him (less bending on my part, as I have bad knees, too). We lift him up to put him on most furniture. He won't do much jumping on his own, anyway.
Ninja, my sister's pomeranian, does not have luxating patellas and is just fine jumping. It's never seemed to bother him at all. So, it all boils down to whether your dog seems to have any joint problems. If you notice any, I'd stop letting him jump. If you don't and never do, I wouldn't worry too much about it. As long as the jumps he's making can't cause him to hurt himself just from the fall.
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