The Pomeranian, also known as Poms or Zwergspitz, is a miniaturized dog breed of the larger and powerful Spitz-type dogs from the Arctic region.
The name of the breed was derived from Pomerania, an area in northeastern Europe which has become part of Poland and western Germany.
Poms are classified as toy dogs due to their miniature sizes. Their average height is approximately 6 to 7 inches and their weight is between 3 and 7 pounds. The original Pomeranians were large sled dogs and weighed 20 to 30 pounds.
The breed became famous when Queen Victoria brought several dogs into Great Britain after visiting Florence, Italy in 1888. It was during Queen Victoria’s time when the dogs were bred into their minuscule size and were featured in various dog shows all over the country.v
What to Expect?
This article will focus primarily on the cost of acquiring a Pomeranian which includes the cost of properly caring and keeping these lovable pets. Other related topics such as health, nutrition, exercise, training, and registration will be also be discussed.
One-Time Expenses for Having a Pomeranian
The cost of this breed will depend largely on the age, the breeder, quality, its bloodline, what is included with the purchase, and the season of the year.
According to PuppyFind.com, the Pomeranian price ranges from $425 to $5,500 (excluding the shipping cost). The expensive ones typically have champion bloodlines which mean that the dog’s ancestors previously held championship titles due to their outstanding traits and qualities. They can also be champion-sired, meaning that the father is a breed conformation champion.
Tiny Teacup Pomeranians which only weigh about 4 lbs. may cost even more. At TeaCups, Puppies & Boutique, these cute Poms cost $2,495 up to $5,995 or more.
You can purchase Poms from reputable breeders. It is the best choice since you are assured that you are getting a good and healthy dog.
Another option is adopting an adult dog from a rescue center. Usually, these adorable canines have already been well-trained, spayed/neutered, and vaccinated. Adopting a sheltered dog ranges from $100 to $500.
- Shelter Cost
These canines require a temporary, gated-off living space to confine them so that they cannot damage things, eat something undesirable, and prevent accidents. A good area is a kitchen where the dog is not isolated.
Make sure that hazardous items are removed, e.g. medicines, chemicals, and plants. It should include a comfortable bed, a bowl of fresh water, chew toys, and a doggy toilet. You will probably need some pet gates to block off some sections of your house to keep the dog safe. Pet gate prices range from $12.49 to $140.
Other dog owners use crates as shelters for puppies. Crates can also be used to train puppies and carry them to an outdoor toilet. The recommended dog crate size for most Poms is approximately 24 inches. Prices of these extra small crates start from $60.99.
- Shipping Cost
A few years ago, the practice of shipping dogs through airplanes without any escort was used by breeders. However, this method is rarely done today due to very strict regulations imposed by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
If you want to save money, you may buy your Pomeranian puppy locally and avoid shipping charges, plus you can observe the dog’s personality at firsthand. However, if you plan to purchase a puppy from other US states, you have to pay for the airplane ticket or shipping charges. You will also need a dog crate to carry the puppy.
If you plan to have your puppy hand delivered to you by a puppy nanny, it will cost you a lot of money. Delivery fees within the US range at $300 to $800. Buyers may have to pay other delivery expenses such as gas and toll fees, round-trip airfare, and hotel accommodation.
What are You Getting for the Price?
Complete vaccinations, registration, veterinary exams, a health certificate, or a health guarantee will be provided by reputable breeders. Breeders will also issue documents if dogs are purebred and have show quality.
If a dog is going to be shipped through an airplane, the breeders might include a dog crate. Some breeders may supply you with a small puppy pack that contains treats, coupons, and other dog-related materials.
Recurring Cost of Owning A Pomeranian
- Food Costs
The amount of food will vary according to the dog’s size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Puppies consume a lot of food but you have to see to it that they are not overfed which can make them obese. You should be able to feel but not see their ribs and they should have a visible waist when you look down at them.
From birth up to six months of age, they will need to eat two to four times as much as an adult dog. Puppy food must be high in protein and enriched with vitamins, minerals, and fats that are essential for growth. Pomeranians need a low-calorie diet which may help avoid hip dysplasia, an abnormal orthopedic condition.
For an adult dog, you have to feed it according to how it looks and not on how hungry it acts. A highly active dog will require more food, especially high protein diets, than a couch potato dog.
The recommended daily amount of food for adults is within 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food, divided into two meals which will be served at the same time. Avoid onions, garlic, grapes, and raisins since these can be toxic to your pet.
A nutritious diet consists of grains, vegetables, cooked eggs, cottage cheese, baked beans, and lentils. Furthermore, clean drinking water should always be available to your pet.
Quality dog food can either be commercially manufactured or it can be home-prepared as long as it is nourishing and clean. A high-quality dog food for small breeds will cost within $38 per 12-lb bag.
- Hygiene Costs
While Pomeranians are irresistibly cute and snuggly, they require proper training in order to become well-behaved pups. In training your puppy on how to urinate or defecate, you’ll need an indoor doggy toilet.
An excellent example is a litter box or a piece of old linoleum layered with turf as toilet material. This is applicable for rural/suburban pups that will eventually be trained to relieve themselves on earth or grass.
For urban puppies, you can use concrete tiles as toilet material and ultimately, they will be taught to eliminate at curbside. You can also take your dog outside if you have backyard toilet area. The price of a small puppy litter box starts at $15.99.
- Medical Costs
Pomeranians are relatively healthy. But like all breeds, they are also prone to certain health conditions. If you’re buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you the health clearances of the puppy’s parents. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.
Here are some unhealthy conditions of Poms:
- Allergies – include contact and food allergies
- Epilepsy – seizures
- Eye Problems – include cataracts, dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dryness of the cornea and the conjunctiva), and tear duct problems which can cause blindness
- Hip Dysplasia – a joint disease which results in the deformity of hips
- Legg-Perthes Disease – a joint disease affecting the hips where the blood supply to the head of the femur (the large rear leg bone) is decreased and the head of the femur that connects to the pelvis begins to disintegrate
- Patellar Luxation – a condition where the knee joint (often of a hind leg) slides in and out of place, causing pain
- Collapsed Trachea – a condition where the trachea, the passageway for air into the lungs, tends to collapse easily
- Dental Problems – include teeth and gum problems which leads to loss of teeth
Surgery and medicines are the best treatment for most of these diseases. Qualified vets can perform these operations but they can be costly. Affected Pomeranians usually are able to lead normal, healthy lives in spite of some diseases such as Hip Dysplasia and Patellar Luxation.
These lovable canines also need routine veterinary checkups. Vaccinations prevent them from getting sick. Puppies get three sets when they are 6 to 16 weeks old. Older dogs need fewer vaccines. On average, most owners pay not more than $131 to finish the vaccination series.
Male Poms also need neutering before their six month birthday to prevent territorial marking. Neutering or spaying cost around $89.
Pomeranians are very active and sociable canines. They love to play and can get bored easily. In order to remedy this, give them a variety of toys. It is recommended to change the old toys and swap them with new ones.
According to petpom.com, some of the best toys for Poms are mini tennis balls ($14.99), chew toys ($2.49 – $14.95), ‘stay busy’/interactive toys ($4.99 – $19.99), and companion toys ($29.99 – $39.95). Make sure that you get the appropriate size for your dog’s mouth.
What Dictates the Price of Pomeranians?
- Age is the leading factor affecting the purchase price of Pomeranians. Puppies from a reputable breeder will cost more than an older dog. The ideal age to buy a puppy is from six to eight weeks old. This is the best time to introduce the dog to its new home and surroundings.
They are also receptive to training and socialization with other people. Older dogs tend to be more affordable since they have already established their own habits and it can be difficult to change their ways. You can adopt older dogs starting at $200.
- Color is considered to be another price factor since rare and pure solid-colored Poms are prized for their fur and are sought-after by dog trainers. Slight blemishes reduce the price of the dog.
- Breed specifications also play in determining the price of the puppy. Purebred dogs that come from reputable breeders and have a long lineage are usually expensive. This is due to the selection process which retains the most desirable features of the ideal Pom, e.g. solid color, friendly temperament, good genes, etc.
Other Pomeranian crossbreeds such as “Teacups” and “Pomskies” (Pomeranians bred with Huskies) are also in demand and costly. Crossbreeds with Beagles or “Peagles,” Chihuahuas or “Pomchis,” and Boston Terriers or “Pomstons” are more affordable than purebreds.
- The location of the breeder also influences the purchase price. Since regulation and breeding fees vary from every state, the price of the Pom will also change. The breeder usually imposes the fees to its buyers. In addition to this cost, you also have to consider your transportation expenses or shipping fees if you want it to be hand-delivered to your address.
- Time of the Year or the season also dictates the price of Poms. Summer is the most expensive time to purchase these canines. Many buyers tend to acquire these adorable dogs during this period.
When the demand is high, the price of Poms also goes up. In contrast, when the cold season sets in, the demand and the selling price also go down. To ensure that puppies are sold at the right time, breeders adjust their prices.
- Registration also contributes to the selling price. Registered dogs can cost more than unregistered ones. Registration with a good organization such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Continental Kennel Club (CKC) means that the breeder has followed all rules and regulations on breeding Pomeranians. Registration is optional.
Sickness and emergency treatments are enormously expensive; therefore, it is good to acquire pet insurance and save hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of veterinary treatment.
Purchasing a puppy from a pet store is not advisable due to some undesirable reasons. Their prices are very expensive. The puppies from pet stores usually come from “puppy mills” where their living environments are very dirty and dogs receive minimal care from their owners. These horrific conditions result in very unhealthy puppies which may have shorter lifespans.
Pomeranian puppies are currently available by contacting established breeders on websites such as American Kennel Club Marketplace and PuppyFind.com.
Raising a Pomeranian can be a daunting task. It will entail a lot of hard work, time, and money because its life expectancy ranges from 12 to 16 years. So, if ever you decide in buying one, you must be prepared with the responsibilities that come with having a pet dog. It might not be easy but it can give you satisfaction, companionship, and happiness.