To go along with the cute White Pomeranian puppy photo that I posted this morning, I thought it would be fun to share 10 cool facts about Pom-Poms.
Here’s another adorable White Pomeranian puppy to melt your heart.
1. #15 Most Popular Dog
Pomeranians – affectionately known as “Poms” or “Pom Poms” – are one of the most popular dog breeds. According to AKC Dog Registration Statistics, they ranked 15 in most popular in 2010.
(Just in case you are wondering, the Shih Tzu ranked #10. The Labrador Retriever was #1, and has been #1 for the past decade.)
2. Every Pom Has a Unique Look
No two Pomeranian will ever look alike.
They come in every color and color combinations you can think of. Poms can be solid – like orange, white, and black. They can also come in more than one color (parti-color).
Some of the colors of Pomeranians include red, orange, cream, sable, black, brown, blue, tan, white, wolf sable, brindle, and merle. (And combinations of those colors.)
3. Poms are Related to Huskies
Although Pom Poms don’t get very large (7 pounds at the max), they are a member of the German Spitz family. This makes them related to the Chow Chow, American Eskimo dog, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and Samoyed.
Before Pomeranians were bred down to their current miniature size, they used to pull sleds and herd reindeer. (Can you imagine today’s Pom Poms pulling sleds? The idea makes me bark with laughter.)
4. They’re a Titanic Survivor
In 1912, when the Titanic sank, one lucky Pomeranian survived with her owner (a woman named Margaret Hays) on a lifeboat.
5. The Awkward Pom-Pom Teenager
Up to 80 percent of Pomeranians go through an awkward “teenage stage,” when their “puppy coat” falls out and is replaced by their “adult coat.” During this stage (called the “Puppy uglies”), your Pom puppy can look very weird with random bald spots and fur sticking out.
6. They Change Colors
Pomeranians change colors as they age. It’s very rare for a Pom puppy to have the same exact color as an adult dog. Sometimes, cream-colored Pomeranians can change into a brown and white parti as an adult. A brown Pom can become cream, and the cream Pom Poms can become bright orange. Pretty cool, huh?
7. Blame Queen Victoria for their Small Size
During Queen Victoria’s long reign, she owned a very small Pom Pom. Back then, Poms weren’t as small as they are now. But because of Queen Victoria’s popular small Pom, the size of the breed decreased by 50 percent.
8. Seriously Expensive to Buy
To buy a purebred AKC Pomeranian puppy from a reputable breeder, you should expect to pay between $700 and $1,200!
9. “Throwback Pomeranians”
Most Pomeranians are small, but occasionally a Pom can end up being huge (up to 20 pounds) due to a weird gene anomaly. Some people call these “throwback Poms.” Basically, this special Pomeranian has the appearance (and even personality) of its descendants – the larger sled-pulling Poms of centuries ago.
A Pom who is not overweight, but is larger than 14 pounds is considered a Throwback Pomeranian.
10. Pom-Poms Have Long Lives
Pomeranians are a generally healthy dog breed. Their average life span is 12 to 16 years. With proper care, high quality food, regular exercise, they can live a long and wonderful life.