The AKC Standard says the Pomeranian is "inquisitive by nature... cocky, commanding, and animated."
That he is. Vivacious and spirited, bold and brash, the typical Pomeranian thinks he's "hot stuff."
This sharp-eyed busybody likes to check out every sight, sound, and activity – and tell you what he thinks about it. He is delightfully alive and aware of everything going on around him.
Pomeranians are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. If you work all day and have close neighbors, Pomeranians are not a good choice for you. For the same reason, Pomeranians should NEVER be left outside in your yard, unsupervised. To make matters worse, some Poms have high-pitched barks that can set your teeth on edge.
Most Pomeranians are not submissive, eager to please dogs. They are very bright, but they have an independent mind of their own and can be manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. To teach your Pomeranian to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. Read more about Pomeranian Training.
The Pomeranian is intelligent, lively, and eager to learn. They are loyal to their owner and family, and they are very independent. They are bold, willful, and sometimes a bit temperamental. When raised with them from an early age, the Pomeranian usually gets along well with cats and other dogs. This breed has a tendency to be oblivious of its small size, and they will not hesitate to attack strange dogs that are much larger than they are. They have a propensity to be leery of strangers, and they will bark excessively at people they haven’t seen before. Proper training and socialization can help alleviate these traits. Unlike many other toy breeds, the Pomeranian is not clingy. They are alert, curious, and proud, and they are good at learning a variety of tricks. If spoiled or improperly trained, they will become demanding and willful. They aren’t recommended for young children, and too much attention can make these dogs become nervous. They get along well with older, considerate children. They are docile, even-tempered, and affectionate, and they appeal to many people who normally don’t care for toy dogs.
The Pomeranian is well-suited to life in a small household or apartment. They are a comparatively active breed indoors, and they are content to live without a yard. Because of their long-haired coat, they should be kept inside in hot weather to avoid overheating. If given regular opportunities to run around in a small yard, the Pomeranian is capable of getting enough exercise on its own. They also enjoy going for long walks.
Well, a definite pro is their absolute undying love they'll show to you 24/7. My parents have five poms and I have one, they are by far the most loyal breed I've ever known.
My pom Pixel is absolutely thrilled to be at my constant guard, and he would without a doubt follow me into Mordor. Pixel never takes his eyes off me and stands such loyal watch. My Mom's OG pom has gone mostly blind and deaf from her old age, but nonetheless still battles her arthritis to try and follow my mom wherever she goes. It's heartbreakingly sweet.
While this is definitely awesome if you love the love, eating too much sugar is bad for you. This could also be a con:
You better be expecting cuddle-time 24/7, 365 days a year with no bathroom breaks or private time. And good luck trying to explain it's not time to cuddle. I can't ever turn Pixel's love away.
They tend to love sharing your pillow at bedtime, and by "sharing" I mean commandeering. Welp, sure hope you weren't dead tired after working a 16 hour day. 3/4 of your pillow-happiness is now taken up by your pom and you have a mouth full of their fluff. Same goes with your bed. You might be a full-sized human with wants and needs, but you just surrendered your king sized bed to five pounds of fluff while you get to enjoy a small sliver of mattress edge.
It sure makes you feel guilty about a lot of the stupid stuff you do. When you're being constantly adored by a smiling pomeranian at all moments of your day, you can end up doing a lot of apologizing.
They can get away with anything and are masters of manipulation. Pixel has a trademark move that he uses to get out of trouble: we call it "the paw". You can go from hulk-smash mad to completely melted in lightning speed. They practice those looks, I swear to god.
As part of their relentless guard duty, they will ward away any intruder that is coming to steal you away from them. Whether your attacker is inanimate or animate; whether they are an oak leaf or an axe murderer, the incessant barking of your guardian pom will allow you to live another day. Whew!
Hair in your food. Hair in your mouth. Hair in your drink. Hair in your hair. Hair in your friend's hair. You can brush and de-shed your pom all you want, but it still manages to end up everywhere. It's an acquired taste.
In all seriousness though, the cons really aren't even that bad. I love the breed, or I wouldn't have a pom. Pixel is forever my baby and I love him to pieces. While he may be spoiled rotten to the core, I'm his human and he's without a doubt the best dog I've ever had.
I adopted my pom from a rescue. He's around 3-4 years old. Still very hyper and he is very vocal. He will tell us anytime he needs or wants us to know anything. I brush him about 2-3x a week. He trains extremely easy. And he loves to cuddle. Since I live in 100+ degree weather, he's exercise is usually fetch inside so he doesn't over heat.
The Pomeranian combines a tiny body (no more than seven pounds) and a commanding big-dog demeanor. The abundant double coat, with its frill extending over the chest and shoulders, comes in almost two dozen colors, and various patterns and markings, but is most commonly seen in orange or red.
Alert and intelligent, Pomeranians are easily trained and make fine watchdogs and perky pets for families with children old enough to know the difference between a toy dog and a toy. Poms are active but can be exercised with indoor play and short walks, so they are content in both the city and suburbs. They will master tricks and games with ease, though their favorite activity is providing laughs and companionship to their special human.
Appearance & Grooming of the Pomeranian Dog Breed: The average Pomeranian stands 7 to 12 inches high at the shoulders and weighs between 4 and 6 pounds. Their fluffy double coat needs to be brushed daily to prevent tangles and help to control their more than average shedding.
Pomeranians bark at everything and everybody and it can be difficult to train this tendency out of them. Socialization and proper exercise can help, but the consensus among Pom owners is that this is a yappy dog and patience is required to own one.
I love Pomeranian dogs.
There are no cons.
Pom is love. Pom is life.
Poms are the best, especially if you live in a smaller space or don't have a ton of time for walking a really large dog. They do need a good bit of brushing but I also have a long hair cat and he needs more than our Pomeranian. The only con I can think of is that they are not super quiet. If our Pom hears someone in the hall, or if my husband (his special human) gets up to do something, he barks. If you're the type who needs an extremely quiet environment at all times, this breed isn't a great fit for you.
I fell in love with the breed when I was 12 and my mom had taken me to a dog show. I saw the Poms going around the ring and each and every single one would, upon reaching the corner, instead of simply turning around the corner the way any other dog would, would make a 270° spin before heading off in the new direction.
It was so cute, and all the dogs did it. Right then I knew I had to have one. The fact they are tiny loving foxy cuddle fluffs is just a bounus.
I have three. Two females, one male. My females are sweet, loving, quiet and just the best dogs. My male is loyal, to me. To only me. He is loud, he can be jealous and spiteful (peed in my husbands shoe and on his foot seperate occasions because I wasn't paying attention to him) and has nipped at several children, despite always being around kids as a puppy. This is a problem now that I have a 9 month old baby.
Overall I love my poms. They each have different health issues and have cost me A LOT of money due to bad breeding. Two of the three have rotting teeth from bad genetics. They've suffered leg injuries from jumping on and off couches. They are 11,10 and 8 years old though.
Once they're all gone, I would get another pom (female) but not until I'm done having kids and they're older.