The Pomeranian is a proud, lively little dog. It is intelligent, eager to learn, very loyal to its handler and its family. The breed’s docile temper and affectionate nature endear it to many. It is alert, inquisitive and active: one of the most independent of the toy breeds.
Don’t let their fluffy cuteness fool you [so fluffy I wanna die]: Pomeranians are closely related to wolves. They are a spitz breed, meaning they have several wolf-like characteristics. Other breeds that fall into this category include 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.
POMERANIANS ARE ONE OF THE MOST COLORFUL DOG BREEDS
Some dog breeds come in only one coat color. Others have a few. Pomeranians boast one of the widest variety of color options in one breed. The American Kennel Club lists 23 accepted colors and combinations, including beaver, black, black and tan, blue, blue and tan, blue merle, blue sable, chocolate, chocolate and tan, cream, cream sable, orange, orange sable, red, red sable, tri-colored, white, wolf sable, beaver sable, black and brindle, blue brindle, chocolate merle and chocolate sable. Wow, that’s a lot to say.
[You’re so smart, puppy]
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 dogs were first bred down in size from larger Spitz breeds. The original Pomeranians weighed 20 to 30 pounds — much larger than the Pom that we know and love today.
The Pom’s great temperament and cuddly attitude make them great for interacting with children. They are also popular as therapy dogs.
One of the earliest known Pomeranian fanciers was Michelangelo
One of the earliest known Pomeranian fanciers was Michelangelo, the great Italian sculptor, painter and Renaissance man. Legend has is that while Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling, his Pomeranian sat relaxing on a silk pillow, watching the master at work. We can’t say that the Pom was Michelangelo’s muse or anything, but its charming presence certainly couldn’t have hurt.
Before 1888, Pomeranians were an obscure breed. But that was the year Queen Victoria took a trip to Italy, where she saw her first Pomeranian, named Marco, and fell in love with the breed. When the Queen of England becomes an advocate for a particular dog breed, people notice, and so the breed’s popularity exploded.
POMERANIANS ARE ONE OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE DOG BREEDS
According to the AKC’s registration statistics, Pomeranians are among America’s top 20 most popular breeds and have been for years. They’re currently ranked 19th. Out of 177 recognized and registered breeds, being 19th most popular is nothing to sneeze at.
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 Facebook and YouTube. Boo’s popularity eventually afforded him the chance to travel the world and even “write” a book.
Of the nine dogs on board the Titanic, the two that were rescued were a Pomeranian and a Pekinese. 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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