Adding a second dog to the household can bring plenty of love and joy to the entire family as well as being a wonderful companion to your existing Pomeranian, especially while you’re at work and there are no people home during the day. However, you may be concerned are Pomeranians good with other dogs and will put up with not being the only dog in the household.
The Pomeranian With Other Dogs
Let’s look at the breeds of dogs that may be well-suited to introducing to your Pomeranian. If your Pom is well-socialized, he’s likely to enjoy the company of all breeds. In some circumstances even a German Shepherd and Pomeranian get along well together.
However, Pomeranians are tiny, so it’s advisable to choose another toy breed such as a: Pug, Toy Poodle, Maltese, Shih Tzu or even another Pomeranian.
You may be asking yourself this…do Pomeranians get along with other dogs?
Why is it that some Poms won’t get along with other dogs and what’s the best method for introducing a new dog to your Pom? Read on to learn more.
Why Don’t Some Pomeranians Get Along When Introduced to Other Breeds?
There are dogs with such a friendly nature that they get along with any dog they meet and you don’t need to make any effort. Sadly, Pomeranians traits and Pomeranian behaviour can often include being bossy, aggressive and dominant, meaning they won’t always play with others without causing trouble.
Never think a tiny Pomeranian can’t possibly be a problem because, despite being small, he doesn’t know that. This means he’ll have no hesitation in challenging a dog three times his size. Imagine him facing off against a Labrador or German Shepherd, just to give you an image.
If it wasn’t so serious, it would come across as being lubricious. Inside a Pomeranian’s small body, a powerful spirit is trapped so a larger dog can certainly harm him, even if it’s unintentionally. This is one good reason for ensuring your Pom is close to you when you go walking.
There are five distinct reasons why your Pomeranian may act like a bully when faced with another dog.
1. Poor Pomeranian Socialization
It’s not in their nature to be friendly to other dogs so it’s vital that, while they’re young, they need to spend as much time as possible around other dogs so they’re comfortable. Pom puppies are naturally impressionable. If they spend time around other canines and it’s a positive experience, they won’t be as defensive or suspicious as adults.
Take your Pom puppy for walks in the local dog park and/or enroll him in obedience school because these are fantastic methods of helping your puppy get used to other dogs. Invite friends who own dogs to meet up and you can introduce all the dogs to each other. Making that a regular event will help your puppy get used to seeing some others more than once.
2. Traumatic Event
One negative experience that happens while you’re socializing your Pomeranian may have an enormous impact on his future behavior. If he’s attacked or bullied by another dog, the effect could be enough to make him permanently suspicious and wary of all dogs he might come across from then on.
Some dogs get extremely enthusiastic about making new friends and, if the dog is enormous in comparison to your Pomeranian, then he may be accidentally injured.
This is one major reason why socialization needs to be positive at all times. You must be close to your Pomeranian whenever you’re near other dogs so you can protect him from harm.
3. He is NOT the Leader of the Pack
Your Pomeranian regards himself as the pack leader and, because of this mentality, he may clash with other dogs who believe they’re the leaders of their respective packs. Your Pom views the other dog as an intruder in his pack and territory and will certainly be on the defensive. To stop this behavior, YOU must establish yourself as the pack leader because that frees your Pom to make friends with other dogs.
4. Your Pomeranian is Scared
The idea of bringing another dog into the home is good – in theory. However, your Pomeranian may feel stressed because he dislikes any changes. He might also view the other dog as a competitor for your affection, attention, toys and food. This can make him feel scared and anxious and can cause him to guard the resources (hiding toys and food, etc for later).
5. Your Pomeranian Hasn’t Been Neutered
If you haven’t desexed your Pomeranian, it makes them more aggressive when faced with other dogs as they view all dogs as competition. A good recommendation by animal specialists is that, when choosing your second dog, it must be the opposite sex to minimize problems. If you have no plans to breed your Pomeranian, then the best option is to fix him/her.
Do Pomeranians Get Along With Other Dogs?
Many dog owners believe it’s easy to bring a second dog into the home because they’ll quickly become friends. However, that’s far from being the case. There are certain steps to follow to ensure your Pomeranian makes friends with the new dog.
Generally speaking, Pomeranians will build a strong bond with owners and want 100% of their attention. Poms that are bossy or spoiled will quite likely bully or fight any new dog introduced to the household. So, before getting a second dog, you need to test yours to determine how comfortable he feels when there are other dogs in the vicinity.
A good place for this is the local dog park. If he’s relaxed, happy and doesn’t appear aggressive, it’s likely that he’ll behave and welcome a second dog into the home.
2. The Nose Knows
Another way you can make your dog welcome a newcomer is by using the new dog’s scent. Using a cloth, rub it over the new dog’s body for a couple of minutes. Then take that cloth home and give it to your Pomeranian to snuffle for a while. Another option is a blanket and you can lay it where the new dog will sleep.
3. Introduce the Dogs On Neutral Territory
It’s not wise to bring the new dog into your home to meet your current Pomeranian because he feels that it’s his territory and he may think the new dog is an intruder and show some aggression. It’s much better to choose somewhere neutral as it will avoid any issues with territory. Ask a friend to help you with the process and make sure both dogs are on leashes.
4. Allow Both Dogs to Greet Each Other
At their own pace. let both dogs move closer to each other. Don’t make them move closer as that can trigger aggression. After that initial greeting, separate them and either play a game with them or do some obedience training. Then repeat the first action of letting them move closer together. Repeat the process several times and while they’re interacting, offer them treats.
If you sense aggression or your Pomeranian is tense, separate the dogs and, after a few minutes, try again. Repeat the whole process as many times as you feel are necessary until both dogs are relaxed and calm. Once that’s over, take them both for a short walk and then take them home again.
5. Make Sure You Keep Both Dogs Separate
Regardless of how well both dogs behave while being introduced, you must keep them separate for a while. Keep them in different rooms or make use of a playpen.
Allow both dogs to see one another through baby gates, as it helps them feel more comfortable around each other. Always supervise them when they play and step in if there appears to be any aggression. Never leave them alone; this is critical if the other dog is a lot bigger than your Pomeranian.
6. Give Them Time
You need a lot of patience. It will take a fair amount of time for your Pomeranian to become completely comfortable with the new dog and for your second dog to get used to your Pomeranian AND adjust to his new home.
Always feed each dog separately and take away anything that may cause conflict during meal time.
The most important thing is to spend quality time with both dogs so one doesn’t feel like you’re ignoring him.
Pomeranian With Other Dogs Safety and Training Tips
If you want to know what breeds of dogs Pomeranians might be comfortable around, you might also like to know whether you can actually teach your Pom to put up with various other dogs…and the good news is that – YES, you can!
These are the steps to follow:
- Choose a neutral space where you can introduce your Pomeranian to various other dogs.
- Place a harness on your Pom so it’s easy to pull him back if needed.
- Always have loads of treats at all times.
- Slowly lead your Pom to another dog and watch his reactions.
- If he begins to behave aggressively or bark a lot, pull him back and ignore other dogs.
Once he is calm, take him back to the other dog.
If he is good, both are given a treat. If not, ignore them.
Finish the session in a positive way, after 10 minutes.
This is a terrific exercise to repeat as often as needed, so you can create a positive connection between other dogs and treats.
Owning one or more dogs isn’t easy and it requires plenty of patience, time and dedication. But the goal of ensuring your Pomeranian is comfortable around other dogs is achieved through consistency. If, however, you don’t have much luck, consider talking to a professional dog trainer about the problem and asking how you could fix it.
However, providing your Pomeranian doesn’t have deep problems with aggression, and you’ll need bucketloads full of patience, you should (given enough time), be able to teach your Pomeranian to get on well with almost every dog.
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References and Further Reading:
 Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
 English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard, 2017.
 Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.
 Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
 Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
 William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
 E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
 Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.