The Pomeranian is the smallest of the Spitz-type dogs that exudes intelligence and vivaciousness. This foxy-faced dog weighs 3 to 7 pounds, and stands 13 to 28 centimetres at the withers. Its head and nose have a foxy outline with a slightly flat skull and small erect ears. Its eyes are dark and almond-shaped, and its nose can be dark or take the same colour of their coat.
The Pom is renowned for its thick double coat comprised of a long, straight and harsh outer coat with soft and fluffy undercoat. Hair is thicker around the neck, shoulders and chest with feathering around the forequarters, thighs and hind legs. According to the Kennel Club, all colours are permissible but there should be no black or white shadings. Common colours include black, white, brown, and blue. Merle is considered a fault.
Keeping a Pomeranian’s coat in top shape requires time and effort. Since it is long and fine, brushing a few times daily is important to prevent matting and tangles, and keep shedding at bay. Certain areas need to be regularly trimmed like the face, ears, backside, and feet. Bathing should be done at least once or twice a month especially when they spend time outdoors. Taking them to a professional groomer four to five times a year basically keeps its coat tidy and manageable.
The Pomeranian’s coat may take up most of your time, but other grooming needs must also be met. Dental hygiene for one is a super important part of dog care since Pomeranians are prone to dental problems. Make sure to brush the teeth at least twice or three times a week. Don’t forget to trim nails and inspect other areas for tick, fleas, redness and other signs of inflammation. Careful grooming and weekly exam will help in the early detection of potential health problems.