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Dogs 101: Pomeranian Top 10 Facts Most Popular Dog Breeds – Animal Facts
The Pomeranian is a proud, lively little dog. He’s intelligent, eager to learn, and very loyal to his family. His docile temper and affectionate nature endear him to many. He is alert, inquisitive and active: one of the most independent of the toy breeds. Let’s get to know him.
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10. Don’t let his fluffy cuteness fool you. The Pomeranian is closely related to wolves. He is a Spitz breed, meaning he has several wolf-like characteristics. Other breeds that fall into this category include the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute, the Akita,
and the Norwegian Elkhound.
Spitz breeds typically have thick and dense fur, pointed ears and muzzles, and puffy tails that curl up and over their rears.
9. The Pomeranian is one of the most colorful dog breeds.
Some dog breeds come in only one coat color. Others have a few. The Pomeranian boasts one of the widest variety of color options in one breed.
The American Kennel Club lists 23 accepted colors and combinations.
8. Obedient dogs can be hard to come by, but the Pomeranian breed is inherently obedient and very intelligent!
This makes this pup easier to train than more stubborn breeds such as the Pekingese.
7. The Pomeranian takes his name from Pomerania, a region of Northern Europe on the coast of the Baltic Sea. It’s believed that this was where the Pom was first bred down in size from larger Spitz breeds. The original Pomeranian weighed 20 to 30 pounds, much larger than the Pom that we know and love today.
6. The Pom’s great temperament and cuddly attitude make him great for interacting with children. He is also popular as a therapy dog.
5. One of the earliest known Pomeranian fanciers was Michelangelo, …ehem… the Italian sculptor, painter and Renaissance man. Legend has it that while Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling, his Pomeranian sat relaxing on a silk pillow, watching the master at work.
I can’t say that the Pom was Michelangelo’s muse or anything, but his charming presence certainly couldn’t have hurt.
4. Before 1888, the Pomeranian was rather obscure. But that was the year Queen Victoria took a trip to Italy, where she saw her first Pomeranian, named Marco. Of course, the Queen was quite fond of dogs in general, as avid viewers of Animal Facts know. But, she fell in love with the Pomeranian.
When the Queen of England becomes an advocate for a dog breed, people notice, so the breed’s popularity exploded.
3. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has awarded the Best in Show title to over 100 dogs during its long history. Eleven of those winners have been from the toy group, but only one of those was a Pomeranian.
Great Elms Prince Charming II was “the smallest dog in the ring” at 4.5 pounds, but apparently, his presence was much larger than his size.
According to the New York Times, the small Pom “was the choice of not only the judge but also of the majority of the 7,500 spectators. Every time he was gaited … the crowd roared its approval.”
2. More recently, Boo, the self-proclaimed “World’s Cutest Dog,” is arguably the most famous Pomeranian of all time.
With his unique, short haircut and plushy-cute face, Boo took the Internet by storm in the early 2010s on several fronts, particularly on Facebook and YouTube.
Currently 12 years old he’s certainly no puppy, but Boo’s Facebook page has over 16 million followers. If only I were a cute doggy.
Boo’s popularity eventually afforded him the chance to travel the world and even “write” a book.
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1. Of the nine dogs on board the RMS Titanic, the two that were rescued were a Pomeranian and a Pekingese. It was reported that Margaret Hays on lifeboat number 7 took her Pomeranian with her the night that the Titanic sank into the ocean.
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