Week 3: The Pomeranian
‘Whoever said Diamonds are a girl’s best friend never had a Pomeranian’ – Unknown.
The Pomeranian, originally from Germany is a descendant of the Spitz breed. Being the smallest of the Spitz family it is commonly called a Zwergspitz which means ‘Dwarf-Spitz.’ It is a member of the Toy group and has no working function; rather it was bred purposely to look beautiful for the rich and royal. In fact Queen Victoria was a key part of making the breed the toy dog that it is today. She owned, among her kennels, a very small red Pomeranian named Windsor’s Marco. As a result not only did the bred become more and more popular, the smaller size became in high demand. Just in her lifetime the Pomeranian's average size decreased by 50% as breeders would only bred with the smallest of the litter.
- Descended from larger arctic working dogs, the Pomeranian is primarily bred from the German Spitz. The FCI determined it to be part of the German Spitz breed.
- Spitz is German for ‘Point’ (sharp point/pointedly).
- Their name comes from ‘Pomerania’ – a place in Northern Poland and Eastern Germany along the Baltic Sea. Although not their origin, many of the breed was bred there.
- Out of only three dogs to survive the Titanic sinking, two were Pomeranians.
- Pomeranians have among the smallest averaging litter size; with various sources giving between 1.9 and 2.7 puppies per litter.
- Before Queen Victoria’s famous red Pomeranian the bred was mostly white and occasionally brown or black. Today we see the bred in a number of colours from sable to orange to brindle.
- Queen Charlotte brought two Pomeranians to England in 1767. As can be seen from paintings by Sir Thomas Gainsborough the bred was much bigger back then – resembling more the breed they come from, the German Spitz. Only over time did the Pomeranian become as small as we know it.
Top Tips and Recommendations:
Accessories: Such a beautiful little dog deserves beautiful accessories. The signature line* of baby pink and blue collars and leads look charming and would work well with the bright coat of the Pomeranian.
Grooming: Although the Pomeranians coat is thick and bushy, it keeps itself at a set length and most owners and breeder tend to keep that natural length. (Unless of course you are more prone to the teddy bear cut.) Therefore a good sleeker brush* will keep the coat in lovely condition.
Treats: The Perrito Chunkies* are an excellent choice as a treat for your Pomeranian. Being small they are easily eaten, and come in 100% meat Chicken or Duck flavour they are very tasty and popular
*All recommended products can be found in our Gloucester branch.