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The beautiful, fluffy Pomeranian (also called the Pom or Pom Pom) is an intelligent, loyal, and very curious companion. In defiance of their small size (seven pounds or less), the Pom is also an effective watch dog. When deciding on which Pomeranian puppies for sale you want, you should understand that giving permission for a few barks at approaching strangers is welcomed. However, overdoing the watchdog role with long bouts of barking is probably not a good idea.
While the Pom has a long life expectancy of up to 15 years, they do have a few health issues to consider. Among the health issues seemingly common to the Pomeranian are heart and skin problems, eye infections, and a tendency to suffer a dislocated patella (kneecap). Another health issue that you can partially control is early tooth loss. Feeding your Pom dry dog food along with regular teeth brushing and cleaning will help prevent this problem.
Because of the Pomeranian's fluffy, thick fur, it's best to keep him/her rather quiet during very hot weather to avoid overheating and dehydration. Otherwise, your Pom requires only moderate exercise and should do well with apartment living. Finally, train your Pomeranian puppy with consistency, as they, like many others, are susceptible to “small dog syndrome.” If they believe that they, not you, are the pack leader, undesirable behavior may surface, including nervousness, separation anxiety, and, sometimes, a tendency to attack other dogs – regardless of how much larger they may be.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|