The Pomeranian is a small, fluffy spitz-type dog that originated in the Pomeran region of what is now Poland and Germany. It is thought they are related to the German Spitz dog and have been known in Europe as far back as the 1700s. Often called ‘Pom Pom’ dogs, they are known for their long, fluffy coats, fox-like faces, and playful and affectionate personalities. They typically stand between 15cm and 18cm tall at the shoulder and weigh between 1.4 and 3.2 kg. They were very fashionable companion dogs in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with Queen Victoria owning several Pomeranians, making them a popular fashion accessory in royal circles. The breed has retained its popularity for many decades and is consistently on the list of 50 of the most popular breeds in the world.
Pomeranians have a double coat, with a soft, dense undercoat and a long, harsh outer coat. They require regular brushing to keep their coats in good condition. They can be any colour, but the most common colours are combinations of red, orange, cream, and black. They are intelligent dogs, eager to please their owners, which makes them easy to train. Pomeranians can be trained for a variety of tasks, including support dogs, obedience, agility, and tricks. They are affectionate and loyal but can be stubborn and opinionated.
The small size of Pomeranians makes them prone to injury, so they should be handled with care, particularly by boisterous children. Pomeranians can suffer from ‘small dog syndrome’ which can make them snappy and aggressive towards other dogs when they feel the need to prove how tough they are. They bond strongly to one person in particular and can suffer separation anxiety if kept apart from their owner.
Most Australians can expect to pay between $20 and $60 a month for pet insurance. There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your dog, which is why it's important to compare pet insurance policies. Factors affecting the cost of your insurance include:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.