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Linda Lewis

     One of the top reasons Poms are turned into rescue is for housetraining problems. They are not impossible, but are difficult to housetrain. We do recommend to individuals to consider adopting an older Pomeranian if it's your first one. Housetraining is much simpler as the dogs are normally already trained. They bond quickly to their new owners. They seem to make the introduction to being owned by an Pom a bit easier on new owners.
     If you are interested in a non-rescue young adult and/or older Pom, many breeders do have nice altered animals waiting for good pet homes who for whatever reason have either not turned out for show, or have completed their championships and are looking for cushy couch homes.
     If you have children, here are some considerations. They are very gentle and loving with children, but are not good for very young or highly active children. Unsupervised small children with Poms is not advised. Very young children do not have the necessary coordination and respect to handle such small animals wisely. Ask the breeder of your pom for specific recommendations in this regard.
     Pomeranians are not outdoor dogs and cannot tolerate extreme temperatures, especially heat. They cannot tolerate hot summer days in the sun and must be kept indoors. Also, they are a family dog and feel abandoned if left alone in a yard. This can lead to nuisance barking. You will need to watch out for larger dogs, coyotes and flying predators like hawks, eagles, and owls who are looking for a meal. Also, there is a high demand for them, and they might be stolen so it is best to never leave them unattended outdoors if you are planning on leaving the premises.
     Pomeranians are great watch dogs and are unaware of their diminutive size. They have a "big dog" attitude. This is part of their charm, but it can also be their downfall. They will not hesitate to attack or chase a large dog of any breed if they feel the dog is intruding or if they feel you need protection. They will also leap fearlessly from your arms, the couch or other high places. This behavior can lead to broken legs. You have to be vigilant about protecting your dog from other dogs and from hurting himself by jumping off of high places.
     Poms love to do things with their humans and obedience training of Poms can be done. However, it is best to realize that this breed, while highly intelligent, is not going to obey every command. They are willing to work with you, but not for you. If you are interested an easy to train breed, this may not be the breed for you.
     As with other toy dogs, Pomeranians can be prone to trouble with the knees in their hind legs (patella luxation). Try to avoid this and possible broken legs by discouraging their jumping from extraordinary heights. This breed is also noted to have alopecia (abnormal hair loss) with unknown cause. Poms commonly are very long lived, frequently living from 14 to 20 years.  
     Temperaments are also equally important. Pomeranians should be outgoing and confident. It should be of utmost importance to the breeder you choose to have temperaments as a high priority. A timid Pomeranian is not typical of the breed.

Updated:  April 25, 2013   

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