Week 3: The Pomeranian

‘Whoever said Diamonds are a girl’s best friend never had a Pomeranian’ – Unknown.

Introduction:
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.

Interesting Facts:

  1. 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.
  2. Spitz is German for ‘Point’ (sharp point/pointedly).
  3. 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.
  4. Out of only three dogs to survive the Titanic sinking, two were Pomeranians.
  5. Pomeranians have among the smallest averaging litter size; with various sources giving between 1.9 and 2.7 puppies per litter.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


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