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Pom Health Issues Puppy Purchase Guide

A Guide to Selecting a Healthy Pomeranian Puppy

How to Buy a Healthy Pomeranian Puppy

To stack the odds in your favour purchase your puppy from a registered SHOW Pomeranian breeder. You are purchasing a Pomeranian and you deserve to buy a dog which will conform closely to the breed standard.

Most Show Pomeranian breeders will prove their dogs in the show ring prior to breeding, do health testing and will spend many hours planning breedings. In contrast puppy farmers and backyard breeders only concern is to produce pups with no interest in the health or quality of the litter.

Prospective puppy buyers are advised to stop searching for a puppy, but instead focus on finding a breeder. This breeder will be the one with a high standard of ethics and who breeds the type of Pomeranians you most admire.

Be prepared to wait for your puppy as Pomeranians do not have large litters. Avoid breeders who always have pups available and/or offer pups without kennel club registration. All pups should be registered on either limited or main kennel club registration. Below is a list of the basic and most essential things to look for when selecting your new puppy:

Tips on what to look for in a Healthy Pomeranian Pup

• A Pomeranian puppy should not be over fat, nor should the Pomeranian puppy be underweight. Avoid any puppy who appears thin and bony, but has a large belly as this is often a sign of worms.

• Look for a puppy with a well sprung ribcage and thick, chunky, straight, little legs. A small Pomeranian puppy does not need to be a weedy puppy with fragile bones.

• Check that the pup’s bottom is clean and not red and sore. A dirty, red bottom might be a sign of a tummy upset. A healthy puppy will pass firm stools. Loose stools may indicate serious illness • Check the puppy’s eyes. The eyes should be clear, bright and very alert. Avoid puppies with dirty, mucky eyes.

• Avoid a puppy that has any type of discharge from the nose.

• Check that the puppy has a correct bite. While checking the bite also check the color of the puppy’s gums. Puppy’s gums should be a healthy pink color.

• The puppy’s coat should have a healthy look and feel.

• Avoid puppies, that are dirty, smell, have matted coat, or patches of coat missing.

• Avoid puppies with fleas, run your hard through the coat, especially under the tail for evidence or fleas. • Avoid puppies infected with mites. Mites in puppies often look like very bad dandruff, again check under the tail area and tops of ears for mites.

• Check for ear mites. Look inside the puppy’s ears. if you notice any discharge, or if the inside of the ear is red and inflamed or filled with a black crumbly matter avoid this puppy and breeder.

• Most importantly the puppy should very active, inquisitive and interested in everything that is happening.

• Ask questions regarding the breeder’s sale contract and ask for a copy prior to the sale.

• All pups should come with a record of any Veterinary care and treatment they have received. This report should include a signed Veterinary Certificate stating what vaccinations the puppy has received prior to sale.

• Do not take possession of any puppy under 8 weeks of age.

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

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