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How to Buy a Pomeranian Puppy

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This article is for those people looking to buy a Pomeranian puppy or buy a Pomeranian dog. I explain in detail the process of how to buy Pomeranian puppies. What to look for in a Pomeranian breeder and how to select a healthy Pomeranian puppy.

Your Pomeranian will be a member of your family for many years, so take great care to select the right Pomeranian puppy for your family.

Where to Buy a Pomeranian

To avoid many of the problems encountered by new puppy owners and save yourself a lot of heartaches do not impulsively purchase that cute puppy in the window of your local pet shop. Impulse buying has no place in pet ownership.

Where to buy Pomeranian dogs? Purchase your Pomeranian puppy from a reputable, registered SHOW Pomeranian breeder. It is extremely simple to select a committed breeder and avoid a registered backyarder.

Ask if either parent is a champion and how many Champions the breeder has bred. How many years the breeder has been showing their Pomeranians? This gives you the best chance of obtaining a companion who is a true representative of its breed.

Do not be fooled into purchasing a puppy from a registered backyard breeder. A good show breeder will have screened the parents for genetic problems and will be breeding Pomeranians who are true to the Breed Standard. Your puppy will have been given the best start in life by being reared in clean surroundings with lots of loving care.

I suggest that you should research the Pomeranian breed thoroughly, BEFORE purchase.

Questions you should ask the Pomeranian Breeder before purchasing:

Ask to visit and see the puppy and the parents in the Breeder's home. Ask to see both the parents, this will give you an idea of how the puppy will look as an adult.

Sometimes you may not be able to see the sire as the breeder may have used a sire from a different kennel but insist on seeing at least the mother.

Do not purchase a puppy from a breeder that refuses to allow you to visit and see the puppy and the puppy's parents. If the distance is a problem as for photos and to view the Pomeranian Breeder's website.

If you are buying over the internet ask to see photos. A safeguard to protect yourself from an internet scam is to ask for more photos of the puppy at different angles. Also, ask for photos of the parents to be forwarded to you.

Unfortunately, there are now scammers stealing photos from top Breeders' websites and representing the puppies in these stolen photos as their own. In some cases, the scammer has no puppies at all and will disappear as soon as you make payment.

How to Buy a Pomeranian Puppy
How to Buy a Pomeranian Puppy

The other type of scammer does have puppies for sale, but of very inferior quality. To make an easy sale this scammer also uses stolen photos to sell their puppies. To protect yourself ALWAYS ask for more photos of the puppy and photos of the parents.

Looking to Buy a Pomeranian Puppy Online?

If you intend to do Pomeranian puppy online shopping and buy a Pomeranian puppy online please do lots of homework prior to sending any money.

  • Check if the puppy appears to be happy, healthy, clean and well groomed Does the baby Pomeranian look happy in the photos?
  • Check the expression in the puppies eyes? Is he or she terrified? A happy, healthy, well reared puppy will take take most things in there stride and willingly pose for photos without being terrified. I have seen photos of puppies or sale on the internet, poor little mites, dressed up in beads, flowers and clothes but clearly absolutely terrifed. These puppies have clearly not been well reared.  
  • How big will the puppy grow? Ask about the size of both parents. Ask questions about the size of the puppy now. A good breeder will be able to tell you the puppies current weight. We also have a weight chart on this site.
  • Ask the breeder how much grooming and exercise your new Pomeranian will require?
  • Has the puppy been vet checked? Ask about any health problems?
  • Has the Puppy been wormed on a regular basis?
  • Has the puppy been vaccinated and will a vaccination certificate signed by a veterinarian be available with this puppy?
  • Has the puppy been micro chipped? A good breeder will have permanently identified the Pomeranian puppy with a microchip.
  • Are the parents of the puppy DNA profiled? A good breeder will DNA profile breeding stock.
  • Does the Breeder do Health testing? A good breeder will have screened the the parents for genetic problems.
  • Is the Pomeranian Breeder involved in exhibiting Poms? If you are buying for Show purposes only purchase from a breeder actively involved in exhibiting Pomeranians. A good Breeder will prove their Pomeranians in the show ring prior to breeding.
  • Is the breeder involved in Pomeranian rescue? Only purchase your new family member from a breeder who is dedicated to the breed.
  • Does the Pomeranian breeder belong to a Breed Club or Association? Is your puppy or kitten be registered by a controlling body and most reliable breeders are members of there breed club? In the U.S.A. your puppy should be registered with the A.K.C. ( American Kennel Club ). ONLY ACCEPT AKC registry puppies. The AKC registry has very strict rules of membership and requirements from there breeders. This simple rule is a major safeguard for a puppy buyer.
  • Does the breeder have a contract? A good breeder will have a contract that should spell out all conditions of sale.
  • Does the Breeder have a web site? Most good breeders will have web site.
  • Avoid breeders who offer credit card or other instant methods of payment online, including paypal.
  • Beware of any "Breeder" who is in a hurry to close the "deal". Pomeranian babies are very easy to sell.
  • Avoid "Breeders' who always have Pomeranian puppies available.
  • Does the Breeder supply a diet sheet? Good Breeders will expect you to have your new Pomeranian baby checked by your Veteranian with 48 to 72 hours of purchase and will offer to refund your purchase price if any health defect is found.
  • Avoid Pet Shop puppies. Most Pet Shop puppies come from Puppy Mills/Farms. These puppies are bred in horrible dirty conditions. A puppy bred in dirty surroundings will be very hard to house train. Most dogs like to be clean, but if the puppy has been reared in dirty surroundings it will be used to soiling it's own bed and living areas, and you will find it will take a lot longer to house train this puppy.
4 month Pomeranian puppy
4 month Pomeranian puppy

This is especially true of puppies bred in puppy mill/ puppy farm conditions. A lot of these poor little mites are brought into the world in appalling conditions. Their poor mothers are forced to whelp litter after litter before she is put to sleep after her productive life is over.

You may feel sorry for the poor little puppy in the pet shop window but by you purchasing this baby you will only be helping keep these puppy mill/farm operations in business.

Another type of breeder to avoid is often referred to as “registered backyarders”. These “registered backyarders” are registered with the kennel club and are breeding dogs with the main focus on producing quantity. Quality is rarely important in these situations.

Signs of a “Registered backyarder” are usually the quality of the Pomeranians produced and most are not actively exhibiting their Pomeranians.

Ask a few important questions of your Pom breeder: 

  • Is either parent a Champion ?
  • How many Champions have you bred?

If neither parent is titled ( a term for being a Champion) or if this breeder has not bred any Champions, keep searching for another breeder.

How to Buy a Healthy Pomeranian Puppy

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

8 week old Pomeranian puppies
8 week old Pomeranian puppies

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

  • 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.

Final Thoughts on Where to Buy a Pomeranian

If you are interested in purchasing a Pomeranian, be it an adult or a Puppy visit the Pomeranian Directory. The Pomeranian Directory only lists the very best Pomeranian Breeders. Reputable, Kennel Club, AKC  Pomeranian Breeders. Links to Pomeranian Rescue and Pomeranian Resource Links.

Good Luck and enjoy your new Pomeranian. 

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

The Pomeranian Handbook