Saturday, July 29, 2017

White Pomeranians Are In Demand

By Diane Foster

A Pomeranian is a toy dog of great charm; this breed is very popular. If you are interested in white Pomeranians, you should be aware that they are rare and hard to breed. Make sure the breeder is reputable, since there are people who are in the business for money rather than love of the animals. The true color is a result of careful selection, since just breeding two dogs of the same pale color doesn't work. As with any puppy, you should try to meet both parents to assess personality and quality.

Of course, any dog you want to adopt should be checked by a vet to ensure basic good health. This is especially important with this breed, because it's impossible not to fall in love with them. You don't want to have twelve to sixteen years of partnership with a dog who has genetic problems, if you can help it. Check out the breeder carefully and try to talk to people who have already bought puppies from the kennel.

The Pom was developed from Icelandic and Lapp Spitzes. These sled dogs were bred down in size in Pomerania, a country on the Baltic Sea that no longer exists. The region is now part of Germany and Poland. The breed was recognized by the Kennel Clubs in 1888.

People who know them say that they are wonderful dogs. Adjectives include intelligent, lively, inquisitive, active, playful, animated, spritely, extroverted, alert, vivacious, and bold. Did you hear about the Pom that saved its Labrador housemate from a bear? The ideal is 3 to 7 pounds, 6 or 7 inches high, with a fluffy coat, curly tail, and a bright, foxy face.

They are great watchdogs but will not be yappy if properly trained. Their natural aggression is tempered by socialization; they should be allowed to meet and greet people and other pets from an early age. Even if shy, they are not biters; they merely keep away from strangers by barking and retreating under the table. Puppies are hard to housebreak but adults usually do well if allowed outside at regular intervals.

The white color is hard to stabilize. Merely breeding white to white usually doesn't work, which is a good thing. Breeding for color alone will often produce dogs of inferior quality and health. There are different shades of white. The most prized is 'ice', while 'ivory' is a creamier shade. The show people don't want any lemon tinge to the coat. A white puppy may turn palely parti-colored as it matures.

The most successful cross is apparently wolf sable to cream sable, if that means anything to you. Expect to pay more for an 'ice' champion candidate. Unless you want to show and win at the highest levels, it might be best to find the perkiest, healthiest dog of any color and enjoy it. Be careful not to patronize breeders who are just in the game for the money and who may not give their animals a happy life, unconfined and with plenty of human companionship and interesting things to see and do.

The photos online are fun to look at. It is easy to see why these dogs are so popular; even in pictures they beckon to be part of your life. They need lots of love, regular grooming, and all the attention they can get.

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