Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 11 in (27.5cm) maximum
Weight: 3-7 lb (1.5-3kg)
Coat: Long, straight, and harsh, with a soft, fluffy undercoat
Color: All colors permissible, but free from black or white shadings; whole colors are white, bla

This small dog is a member of the spitz family, and like other spitz, originated in the Arctic Circle. The Pomeranian derives from white spitz that existed in Pomerania, northern Germany, from about 1700. They were much larger dogs and were bred down after being imported into Britain about a hundred years ago. Queen Victoria was much taken with the breed, which helped to make it very popular. The Pomeranian seems to have gained the reputation of being an old lady's lapdog. While it is certainly ideal for that role, adoring lots of attention, it is also a lively, robust little dog that would walk its owners off their feet if given the chance. This affectionate and faithful dog is good with children and makes a delightful pet. It is also a fine show dog for those with plenty of time on their hands to care for its double coat, which must be groomed with a stiff brush every day and regularly trimmed.
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