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Toy Dog Breed: Pros and Cons of having a Toy Breed dog

Pomeranian Volpino


Toy Dog Breed: Pros and Cons of having a Toy Breed dog

The Pomeranian fox is a very famous and loved by all toy dogs. But, like so many other breeds, it has pros and cons. Let’s see what they are.

Volpino di Pomerania: pros and cons of this breed (Photo Pinterest)

Here is the Pomeranian fox: the breed of dogs known to attract many aristocrats and so popular that even Queen Victoria owned one. After a visit to Florence, Italy, the English queen was so impressed with this breed of dogs that she returned to Britain with several of these puppies in tow. It also appears that when the queen was on her death bed in 1901, her favorite Pomeranian fox, Turi, watched over the foot of the bed. If we are interested in learning more about this breed, it is essential to understand its strengths and weaknesses, before taking one.

The pros and cons of Pomeranian foxes

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The positive and negative aspects of the Pomeranian fox (Photo Pinterest)

There are several pros and cons to owning a Pomeranian fox, so the potential owners of these dogs should carefully consider them. Let’s face it though: being as cute as a stuffed animal, it is easy to forgive him all the “problems” that these little bundles of joy can entail.

But if some problems are not addressed as soon as possible, they can become more problematic, to the point of potentially leading to heartbreaking regrets and even considerations of relocating them to other homes. But it is better to know first what we are going to meet, then before we get excited for this breed, let’s learn more to live happily with our furry puppies.


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A wonderful puppy of this “toy” dog (Photo Pinterest)

The captivating look

The first thing that draws people to these dogs is obviously their beautiful appearance. These foxes are truly gorgeous with their adorable, smiling, fox-like faces, straight ears, dark almond-shaped eyes, thick fur and a heavily hairy tail. All these traits are evidence of the Nordic descent of this breed.

In fact, the “Pom” descends from the large sled dog breeds, but it is thanks to Queen Elizabeth, who bred them selectively to be smaller in size, that we can carry these dogs around and keep them on our knees. It all began when, in 1888, Queen Victoria stumbled upon Marco, a particularly small Pomeranian fox on his journey to Florence, Italy. Marco weighed only about 12 kilos, while most of the other dogs of this breed were usually closer to 20.

The comfortable size

Small dogs, after all, are all the rage in these past years. But how small are the hairs of this breed? In general, they weigh from 1.5 to 3.5 kg, a perfect size that is associated with many advantages.

Being small, they cost less in food, travel expenses, beauty treatments, and in general taking care of them. Because they require less food and water, Pomeranian fox owners don’t need to collect stacks of elephant-sized pupus, or to dry pee pools the size of a lake.

They are also easy to transport, and are sometimes allowed on planes in the cabin with the owners, and we can take them to places where larger dogs are usually not allowed. Mostly, a pomeranian fox will not drag us during a walk, will not harm the cat of the neighbors or terrorize the postman.

A happy companion

The owners of these dogs describe them as happy and lucky animals, to have fun with and to cheer up the day. They are energetic, but flexibly, become hyperactive mainly when exciting events occur, but calm down when nothing serious happens. Just make sure to meet the needs of this breed, to let loose and be a full-fledged “dog”, before expecting them to want to cuddle. We can make them play with a motorized ball to chase, or some noisy toy to awaken their hunter instinct.

These dogs like to receive attention and love to be with their families. Some pomeranian foxes, in particular, develop a strong attachment to a person. Another advantage is that these fluffy companions tend to get along well with other pets. It is not unusual for a group of these dogs to run and play together even among males, without much – or without – confusion. Some may be bossy, however, and they can make the big voice out to unknown dogs, regardless of their size. The owners of this breed describe their dogs as small, bright and lively bundles of joy, which bring the sun into their lives.

Smart and trainable

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These puppies are very intelligent. (Photo Flickr)

All dogs are ultimately trainable if we have patience and with some basic skills, but these dogs are particularly “brains”, which means that they are intelligent and we can teach them many things. When we have an intelligent dog, however, this can go back, which means that they will use their brains to get involved, but we can outsmart them, and make them do what we want.

If we do, our “Pom” will magically transform and will be eager to learn from us and also have fun in the process. In fact, many Pomerani have achieved high levels of honor in obedience, and they are dogs always ready to learn new tricks. Let’s just make sure to use the delicate training techniques with these little furs (as it should be with any dog, of any size, after all!).

A tough nut to crack

Although it is true that this breed can be quite fragile due to their size, there is a positive side: despite their soft appearance, they are rather “hard” dogs that are born with good general health. Some owners report seeing the vet just for vaccinations, and nothing more. Sure, there are exceptions, but it’s nice to see healthier dog breeds, compared to other breeds usually affected by a great deal of health problems.

Perhaps the biggest problem with this breed is the predisposition to dislocate the kneecaps. However, if we take one from a reputable breeder who performs health tests for these problems, we can reduce the chances of our furry buddy developing this condition.

Another common problem in small dogs is tracheal collapse. Let’s make sure to use a bib rather than a collar, to avoid this problem. These small dogs also tend to have crowded teeth closed in a small mouth, and require regular tooth brushing.

A long-lasting companion

One of the biggest positives of this breed is their long lifespan. The average lifespan of these dogs is around 15 years, but for some it is not strange to live up to 18 or even 20 years!


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The volpino also has negative sides. (Photo Facebook)

Watchdog syndrome

We must not be fooled by the softness of this breed and the reputation of being a cute little dog: the “Pom” are passionate guard dogs who take their job very seriously. We can literally see their ears stand up, even when they seem to have fallen asleep.

These dogs quickly sound the alarm at every suspicious encounter. This can make them a little problematic for those who live in condominiums and close quarters. However, we cannot blame them: if we look at their past history, these fluffy dogs have the legacy of the Spitz in their blood, and their ancestors pulled the sledges and sounded the alarm if intruders were detected.

Fortunately, this tendency to bark more can be eased slightly, for those who are willing to socialize their puppy dogs, and take some time to train them to ignore certain stimuli and to “hold the tongue in check”, so to speak.

Much determination

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A house full of Pomeranian foxes. (Pinterest photo)

Pomeranian foxes are intelligent and determined dogs. When they want something, they are very persistent and don’t give up easily. Often, however, this is due to the weakness of his human master, of not being able to say no to these cute faces and the adorable tactics that these dogs use to get what they want. These opportunistic puppies are therefore ready to take the lead if they sense weaknesses in their master’s ability to provide rules. Let’s just say they have an independent attitude.

If we are eating, for example, the “Pom” will look at us in adoration, or engage in circus stunts in the hope that we will give up sooner or later. But if we really give up, and give him a small piece of food, it’s over: he will turn into our companion at the table, for a lifetime. And if we don’t give them what they want because we decided to tighten our rules, they could intensify by continuing to touch us with the paw, barking at us, and trying to get a bite from other people or from different sides of the table.

Potential training problems

Small dogs can pose additional challenges when it comes to training for those in need. The biggest problem is that being so short and small, it is easy for them to simply sneak behind a sofa or table to make their needy. Small puddles can go unnoticed for hours, or even days if you are not careful. The unclean areas make our home a smelly dog ​​toilet, so we won’t be surprised if our “Pom” wants to get dirty over and over again in the same places.

Fortunately, there are several things we can do to increase our chances of success. First of all, we avoid scolding, putting the puppy’s nose in his mess or scolding him for having had accidents at home; this approach teaches dogs to hide in order to make their needy. Instead, we always monitor the fox, we learn to recognize the first signs with which we understand that our little dog needs to go “to the bathroom”, soon it will become easy to notice them. And when we notice one of these signs, we take the puppy to the designated area and praise him and reward him generously for going there.

When we can’t actively monitor your puppy, let’s keep him in a cage (for no longer than he can keep himself), or for longer absences, let’s put it in a designated indoor area (like a small bathroom, or a box) with an area covered with some hygienic mats, just in case he needs to do his needs.

In addition, we learn how to properly clean the needy. We use an enzyme-based cleaner to clean and neutralize odors, and we could also invest in a black light to find any old messes. And since we are there, every time we bring your puppy out for the needy, we try to teach the puppy to get them on command.

The fragility of the toy breeds

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Toy breeds often face health problems. (Photo Flickr)

The Pomeranian fox is classified in the group of toy dogs, which includes several breeds of small dogs raised in size for specific tasks or, more simply, in order to have a pet of adequate size. Although attractive, the small size of these dogs has a cost: greater fragility. This does not mean that they have to live in a bubble, it only means that we must be very attentive to the environment around them.

For example, we can seriously injure a Pomeranian puppy if we happen to accidentally sit on him, fall on him or drop him from our arms. A small or clumsy child can easily stumble on these small dogs, and their loud voices and unpredictable movements can cause long-term stress and fear.

With older children, these dogs tend to do well as long as they are old and mature enough to distinguish a stuffed animal from a live dog. Even on their own, the “Pom” are at risk of injury when they jump off high furniture. When we walk the dog, we must always be vigilant to make sure that no large dogs try to attack it. Even just a grip and a jolt is enough to potentially injure or even kill such a small dog.

Not the usual little dog

Many people imagine the Pomeranian foxes as the usual small dog who loves to be carried in a bag, and who will keep us warm for hours on end: well, that’s not really the case. They are different from small to medium sized dogs, considering that they descend from sled dogs and they have the Spitz legacy just like huskies, Alaskan Malamutes and Akitas.

The “Pom” are also not fragile dogs, have an independent nature and can even have fun chasing small animals. Given the choice, they prefer to roll into something disgusting, eat coarse things found on the ground, and dig, rather than sit on their laps, or even do everything in sequence with their master’s dismay.

Courtesy of their legacy, they are also quite energetic despite their size. Their piston legs push them at full speed around the house. We will have to find ways to keep these spheres of energy occupied: make sure we have many toys, food puzzles, and time to keep their brains and bodies occupied.

Hair care

The glorious pomeranian fur has a price: we will need a lot of time to care for their fur, if we want to avoid annoying knots and minimize hair loss, which can be particularly strong at certain times of the year. The good news is that all we have to do is brush their hair every day and take a bath every now and then; Occasional cutting may be necessary, but only if the groomer or vet recommends it.

Just because the “Pom” was loved by aristocratic women, it doesn’t mean they are a cross between a teddy bear and a dog. They roll in cow dung if given the opportunity, and they don’t mind the puddles, or the dirt that stains their luxurious coats. But seeing the positives, we may be surprised at how easy it is to clean their fur when they are wet and dirty, almost like a self-cleaning oven. A skin condition worthy of mention in this breed is black skin disease, a genetic skin condition known to darken the dog’s skin until it falls out.

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