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Are Pomeranians Good With Kids?

Lots of families wonder if a Pomeranian is a good dog breed for a pet if they have children, particularly if they’re young children.  As a Pomeranian breeder,  I am often asked if are Pomeranians good with children and are Pomeranians good family dogs?

Pomeranian with kids
Pomeranian with kids

There are a few factors to consider:

Size is the first consideration. A Pomeranian dog is a good size for families who want a pet that isn’t intimidating. He can be picked up easily by the children. They can take him for walks without having him escape because he’s too strong for the children to handle.

These are all big pluses. However, small dogs can be fragile. You’ll need to teach your young children how to pick him up correctly, how to walk him, how to play with him without being rough and many other tasks that may potentially hurt your dog if not done properly. The Pom isn’t a dog breed you can wrestle with like you would with a bigger dog.

Tiny Pomeranian Puppies are Fragile

Are Pomeranians Good With Kids
Pomeranians and children

Because Poms are fragile, it’s not recommended that you get a baby puppy as a pet if young children are part of your family. Instead, consider an older Pomeranian puppy over the age of six months. Show breeders sometimes have older puppies available for good homes.

Are Pomeranians Good With Babies?

Toddlers are too young to understand the respect demanded by a pet Pom. If a pom’s toy is snatched from his grasp by a toddler, he may snap or bite as a defence action. If a toddler behaves roughly or pulls on the pom’s tail or fur, he may bite.

Pomeranians and Children

Children require supervision during interactions with small Pomeranian puppies. Young children should also be cautioned and reminded that these small dogs are not as robust as the bigger dog breeds.

Noisy young children may scare Pomeranians because they’re not used to being around children who move suddenly, make loud noises and generally have fun. If a Pom feels scared, he may run and hide somewhere and refuse to come out.

Young children must NEVER go near a Pomeranian puppy without being supervised by an adult and poms shouldn’t become annoyed by the behaviour of the child/children.

If your pet had a previous owner who mistreated him, it’s quite likely he’ll bite as a defence mechanism. That’s simply no good.

Small children should be careful at all times when they’re with the pom. Avoid picking him up because if done the wrong way, he may be dropped and the result could be a leg broken or more serious injuries.

Final Thoughts on Pomeranians and Children

While Pomeranians are terrific as pets, don’t get a puppy under 6 months as a pet if you have children under the age of ten years. 

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

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