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Puppy Purchase Guide

Buy a Pomeranian Puppy

Where to Buy a Pomeranian Puppy ?

It is vital to acquire a Pomeranian puppy from a registered SHOW Pomeranian breeder and not via an individual who has invested no thought or planning into a breeding program whatsoever.

By purchasing a Pet Shop Pomeranian or Back yard Breeder who has available Pomeranian puppies, you are supporting someone who has two or more Poms of questionable heritage, who is breeding with the sole intent to profit from their dogs.

Health Testing, Planning Breedings, Proving Pomeranians Prior to Breeding

Where to find Pomeranian puppies for sale ?

Purchasing a Pom puppy from a Show Pomeranian breeder is supporting a lover of the Pom breed who has dedicated their life to improving the Pomeranian Breed, who does health testing and proves their dogs in the show ring prior to breeding.

Prospective Pomeranian owners should understand the huge difference in the quality between Pom puppies produced by a dedicated SHOW Pom breeder and Pet Shop Pomeranian or Backyard Breeder Poms.

The reason I place emphasis on the word SHOW? Anyone can easily join the kennel club and become a registered breeder. Would-be Pomeranian owners need to recognise and understand the real difference between Show breeders and backyarders.

A registered SHOW breeder will devote many hours planning a litter with dogs that are true to the Pomeranian Breed Standard, have been proven in the show ring and health tested. The objective of SHOW breeders is to contribute to the advancement of the breed by producing Pomeranians who are healthy in mind and body and are close as possible to the Breed Standard.

In the event you purchase via a back yard breeder (registered or otherwise), you may have little idea of the future.

That cute puppy you purchased at 8 weeks most likely will not resemble a Show type Pomeranian at all. More Information if you wish to purchase a pet Pomeranian puppy on why buying from a Show Pomeranian Breeder is the best option.

Without proving breeding Pomeranians in the show ring, breed type is quickly lost. 100 years ago, Pomeranian’s weighed around 20 kilos and looked much like a dog now called the German Spitz. These dogs had longer backs, flat open coats, lowset curled tails, long noses, and bigger ears.

It is understood that all dogs are beautiful. If choosing to buy a Pomeranian, that dog should mature to look it’s breed. A Pom puppy bred by a show Pom breeder will look like a true to type Pom dog. If you purchase a puppy originating from a NON SHOW POMERANIAN BREEDER your pup will in all probability, as an adult look considerably more like a German Spitz than the true to standard Pomeranian.

You are purchasing a Pomeranian and you have every right to expect your puppy to look true to breed standard at maturity. The purchase price of a Pomeranian is a minimal investment, compared to the emotional investment, or the vet bills, if you are unfortunate to purchase a poor quality or sickly dog from an unregistered breeder, registered backyarder or a pet shop puppy.

Pomeranian puppy from a Show Breeder versus Pet Shop Pomeranian or Backyard Breeder Pomeranian Puppy
Pomeranian puppy from a Show Breeder versus Pet Shop Pomeranian or Backyard Breeder Pomeranian Puppy

Pomeranians Adoption. Rescue Pomeranian 

In the event that pricing is a significant concern delay the purchase or consider the option of Pomeranian adoption. Pet Shelters and Pomeranian rescue frequently come to the aid of  Pet Shop Pomeranians and Pom dogs bred by backyarder breeders. There will be a minimal price for most rescue Pomeranians, as no such thing as adopt a Pomeranian puppy free exists. 

These unfortunate little dogs are usually rejected because of behavioural problems, health issues or just the sad fact the dream puppy did not turn out small and cute like the famous Pomeranian Boo . Registered Pomeranians bred by a SHOW breeder are rarely surrendered to an animal shelter.

What type of Pomeranian do you want?

Breeders will generally sort litters by quality. Companion/pet, a breeding dog and show potential. When it comes to “quality,” a show dog is regarded as the highest and a pet as the lowest. Despite this, if you purchase from a show breeder your puppy will definitely be high quality.

It’s often impossible to fully determine show quality until he becomes an adult. The higher the quality you want, the more time you’ll spend looking for him. A pet may be found in a couple of months but if you want a breeding-quality dog, you may wait a year before achieving success. Lastly, finding a great show dog might take you a few years.

Pet Pomeranian or Companion Quality

A pet Pom puppy generally has at least one trait that stops him from being a suitable show dog. He may have minor issues such as larger ears. He may have major “problems” including not having much of a coat or being too big. One common issue in the male Poms is when one or both testicles don’t fully descend.

There’s nothing wrong with the health of a pet-quality Pomeranian. He’ll still have a great temperament. Acting as a companion or pet is regarded as the most significant task a Pomeranian dog can fulfil so owners will regard this type as being of the utmost highest quality.

Better Kennel Club and  AKC Pomeranian breeders generally will sell puppies that are pet quality with the proviso that they be desexed or that their registration be limited. If your Pom ends up becoming a higher quality dog, the breeder can remove the limitation on the registration. However, reversing a desexing procedure can’t happen but such dogs can still compete in all forms of competition except for conformation showing. Some shows now have classes for neutered dogs.

Show Quality Pomeranians

Pomeranian Puppies
Pomeranian Puppies

As with all dogs, those of show quality need to be in good health with ideal temperaments. If you’re to have any chance at winning, the dog needs to demonstrate the qualities expected of a show dog. You’ll also pay a lot more money for a show dog.

It’s essential to note that breeders who never show their own dogs generally won’t produce show winning dogs. The dog’s pedigree needs to contain many champions. Expect to wait a long time for a show dog, as compared to a pet. The number of demands you have in place will affect the speed at which you’ll find a worthwhile show dog, usually a few months.

There are two reasons for the longer wait:

  •  Many factors will be affected by age. If you definitely want a good quality show puppy, you probably should wait and find an older puppy (that’s more expensive). The odds are greatly increased if you do wait.
  •  Pomeranians only have small litters (1-4 puppies at any one time) and only a few of these puppies are of show quality.

If You’re Sure a Show-Quality Pomeranian Dog is What You Desire, Think Of These Points:

As a puppy ages, flaws may start to appear. He may keep growing and end up too big or he may develop another issue which would make showing difficult. No dog is 100% perfect. Dog shows can be a lot of fun but they only represent a tiny amount of the overall time spent with your beloved dog.

Never let it upset you. Try to compete in one or more of the other categories your Pom is suitable for attempting.

Always be respectful of the breeder. If you do buy a good show dog, aim to compete in shows. Show breeders put in a huge amount of time and effort into producing quality show puppies. Their significant reward is the pride they feel when one of their puppies wins in a show.

It’s unwise to promise to show a dog and then just hide him away somewhere safe and out of the public eye. You must work hard to earn the respect and trust of a breeder. If you’re a novice at showing dogs, breeders may feel unsure whether to even trust a top notch puppy that’s ready for a show. One method to gain their trust is to win an obedience title with a different dog…maybe through the purchase of a pet dog.

Breeding Quality Pomeranian Dogs

Breeding-quality dogs should come from the highest backgrounds. Occasionally they may have a fault that stop them from being the best show dogs (for example, being slightly over size or having a curly tail). However, these dogs have other merits that counteract the negatives. Breeding dogs are always free from any serious genetic problems.

Checking Pedigrees

All kennel club registered dogs have a pedigree; a type of birth certificate. However, most pedigrees only list information from the last 3-4 generations. When you see the actual document regarding registration, on the left it will list the dog’s parents. Then the pedigree travels backwards, going from one generation to the one before, and so on. On the paperwork, it goes from left to right. The male (sire) is listed above his progeny’s name and the female dog (dam) is always listed below.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.

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