Personality:Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical "personality breed"

Coat & Grooming:The Pomeranian’s thick, fluffy double coat should be brushed twice a week to keep it camera-ready

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Pomeranians are playful and vivacious but also love to be lapdogs

Originally: Iceland

Nicknames: Poms

Size: Small

Meet the Pomeranian

​The Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality. These tiny dogs are extremely loyal to their owners, making them great watchdogs, playmates, and cuddly companions. They come in almost two dozen colors and various patterns and markings, but are most commonly seen in orange or red. Their puffy, “pom-pom” coat makes them appear larger than the 3 to 7 pounds they normally weigh, and their foxlike face exudes confidence.

What's Their Story?

​With an elegant appearance and a regal expression, you might say these dogs are “fit for a queen”—and you’d be right. The Pom’s popularity is largely due to Queen Victoria, who in the 1800s took a fondness to the breed, owning several and breeding them. Victoria is credited for reducing their size from about 30 pounds to their current toy stature. The queen loved her little dogs so much that she insisted her favorite remain in bed with her as she lay dying in 1901.

What are they Like?

​Spritely and intelligent, Pomeranians are easily trained and make for great family pets. (But because of their small stature, they may not be a good fit for families with very young children.) Poms are active, but can be thoroughly exercised with indoor play and short walks, so they’re happy both in the city and the suburbs. They will do well in certain dog sports, like agility and tracking, but at the end of the day, they’ll take comfort in curling up on your lap.

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