Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Pomeranian breed is descended from great sleddogs. Today, the breed is a Toy breed, bred smaller and smaller over centuries of city living, and generally thought a good candidate for apartment dwellers.
The Pomeranian's Behavior
Recommended for: pet
The Pomeranian dog breed is descended from sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland. The dogs were later bred to be smaller and to be housepets. So, though a toy breed, Pomeranians are also inclined to be energetic and active. Nonetheless, thanks to their small size, they can still live in an aprtment. They have a sharp bark which they tend to let loose while acting as guard dogs. Due to the breed's small size, contact with small children should be supervised to keep the dogs from getting hurt.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The Pomeranian's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Pomeranian breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: 3-7 pounds
* Coat: long, straight, harsh overcoat over soft, dense undercoat
* Color: black and tan, brindle, parti-color, and others
* Eyes: dark, medium-sized, almond-shaped
* Ears: small, high-set, standing straight up
* Muzzle: short, straight
* Nose: black
* Tail: covered with long, harsh, straight hairs
The Pomeranian's Origins and History
Country/Region of Origin: Pomerania, in present day Poland and Germany
Original purpose: pet, showdog; descended from sled dog breeds
Name: nicknamed "Pom."
Historical notes: The Pomeranian breed is actually descended from sled dogs. The breed's closest relatives are the much larger Norwegian Elkhound, Samoyed, and Spitzes. In Pomerania the dogs were bred to a housepet. Later, in England, the breed was further bred smaller to its present Toy status.