This puffball of a pup is a great ball of fire! He’s a Spitz in miniature, with all the spirit, courage, and thirst for adventure his heritage suggests. His ancestors pulled sleds, guarded homesteads and even helped with the hunt.
More interesting things about the Pomeranian
- Pomeranians are part of the ancient Spitz family of dogs. Spitz have features to combat cold weather, including a thick coat, small ears, and a bushy tail to warm the nose when curled up sleeping.
- The Pomeranian may be confused with the American Eskimo Dog, but the Pomeranian is smaller than even the smallest Eskimo Dogs. It may also be confused with the Long Coat Chihuahua, Brussels Griffon, or Affenpinscher, but the Pomeranian has a puffy straight coat that stands off from the body, with short hair on the face.
- The Pomeranian comes from Pomerania, in what is now part of northern Poland and Germany.
- Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, owned several Poms.
- Michelangelo’s Pom lounged on a silk cushion while he painted the Sistine Chapel.
- Mozart dedicated one of his arias to his Pom, Pimperl. Chopin’s “Valse des Petits Chiens” was written about a Pom.
- Isaac Newton had a Pom named Diamond.
- Pomeranians were the first dogs to live in Buckingham Palace (then Buckingham House), when Queen Charlotte introduced the breed to England in 1761. Queen Victoria, Charlotte’s goddaughter, was a great dog lover and popularized the Pomeranian, which she focused on in her later years.
- Early Pomeranians were much larger, weighing around 30 pounds. In 1888, Queen Victoria changed the size of the breed by importing what was then a tiny Pomeranian named Marco, who weighed only 12 pounds. Marco was also a red sable, when most Poms were white, black, or black and white. But Marco changed the color and size preference!
- In the 1880s, the Maharajah of Kapurthala kept several Poms.
- Two Poms were among the survivors of the Titanic.
- By the 1930s, the Pom was one of the 10 most popular breeds in America.
- The Pomeranian is in the AKC Toy group. In most of Europe and many other places, it is in the Spitz and Primitive Breeds group.
- The Pomeranian is known as the Zwergspitz (dwarf Spitz) in its native Germany.
- Poms can come in solid colors, brindle, black and tan or parti-colored (spotted). Merle coloration is controversial and not allowed per the AKC standard.
- A Pomeranian named Prince Charming won Best in Show at Westminster in 1988.
- A Pom named Boo was dubbed The Cutest Dog in the World. He’s had two books published about him and more than 12 million likes on his Facebook page. Boo’s cuteness comes in part because his coat is trimmed short, making him look like a stuffed toy.
- Poms appear in the movies To Die For, Harlem Nights, Cadillac Man, Enemy of the State, Blade, Superman Returns, and Titanic.
- Celebrity owners include Michelangelo, Mozart, Isaac Newton, Martin Luther, Elvis Presley, Bill Cosby, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, Rihanna, Keanu Reeves, Kelly Osbourne, Kate Hudson, Fran Drescher, LeAnn Rimes, Maria Sharapova, P. Diddy, Carmen Electra, David Hasselhoff, Tammy Wynette, and Courtney Love.
- The Pomeranian is the 19th most popular AKC breed, down from 13th a decade ago.
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I have a pom called Eowyn. She is black and white. My last pom, Toby, was all black. Both were/are my psychiatric service dog. Toby died of menningitis when he was 7. Eowyn is 9 with multiple health problems, on a complicated regimine of food and meds, and despite it all, continues to work as my service dog. Both are on the large size, 7-9 pounds. They are wonderful for apartments as they have – at least where I live now – room to run. Due to my own physical as well as psych issues, I can’t always get out as much as I’d like. They are fine with people and even cats, but prefer to ignore other people and animals. Eowyn played with a baby squirrel when she was a pup so ignores squirrels. Two baby animals just saw a new friend, not a predator/prey. I don’t know what I’d do without her.
My little girl, barely a year old, full of surprises, and always a smiling face. It’s obvious that she smiles. It can be seen by others. My daughter calls her smiley. She’s yet to meet someone who didn’t wanna reach out immediatly wanting to stroke her. However, she’s always had an air of snob about her. Gives so much love, plays hard with biological brother, sleeps on her back. She’s lightning fast. And no problem in showing off. Smiling the whole time.
I’ve known of people that used to own poms. I thought to much fur. Yet to wash and dry isn’t an all day task as I once thought. I wouldn’t trade my 3 lb loving savannah for all the money in the world. To know her is to love her