In the late 1800s, Queen Victoria of England owned a Pomeranian, resulting in a growth in popularity of the breed. It is believed that this is when the Pomeranian started being bred down to a smaller size.
The Pomeranian gained popularity in the United States around the turn of the 20th century and remains a popular dog breed today.
About the Breed:
The Pomeranian, or "Pom," has a long, thick, double hair coat that requires somewhat frequent grooming - specifically hair brushing every few days. Some owners prefer to have their dogs receive occasional haircuts.
Because of the Pom's sometimes feisty nature, strict training is a must. These tough little dogs can try to take on an alpha role if they are not shown who is boss - a trait common amongst many Toy breeds. Poms also have a fairly high energy level, so routine exercise is highly recommended.
With proper training, the Pom can make an excellent companion, though this dog is not for everyone. Families with young children may not be ideal home for a Pom, but the breed often gets along well with older, calmer children. If a faithful, upbeat lap dog is what you are looking for, a Pom might be the right match for you!
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