Everything You Need To Know Before Getting A
Pomeranian Puppy in Singapore.
Looking For A Pomeranian Puppy For Sale in Singapore?
Learn how to care for them in Singapore, and avoid these common mistakes!
Why Get A Pomeranian Puppy?
Pomeranians have a very distinctive look: small, proud and very fluffy!
They are blessed with the cutest face, making them look like soft toys which can instantly brighten anyone’s day. And if their looks are not enough to win you over, they also have the sweetest personality!
They are also extremely friendly and love receiving attention, making them the perfect family dog. They often have energy outbursts when they’re happy.
A benefit of their small size is that they are easy to bring out: Pomeranians can fit into a small portable dog carrier/bag and be brought around with their humans.
Even when full grown, their small size and adorable faces often tricks others into thinking that they are young puppies!
They are also relatively easy to care for, and don’t need to be walked every day as they can get a lot of exercise even indoor. Their fur, as majestic as it looks, is also straightforward to maintain (more on that below).
Is It a Good Idea To Bring Up A Pomeranian Puppy In Singapore?
Due to their small size, Pomeranians are very easy to bring up in Singapore, even in small living areas. They can be pee-trained in an indoor setup, and are a very clean breed.
Moreover, Pomeranians are HDB approved. Their bark is not very loud, and they do not howl, so you should be able to keep your neighbours happy!
Did you know that today’s adorable and fluffy Pomeranians once were big spitz-like dogs who were often used as sled dogs in the past? The ancestors of Pomeranians were artic sled dogs in the northern region of Finland and weighed around 15 – 20kg. They were imported from Finland to Pomerania, and the breeders in Pomerania focused on improving the coat of the breed to withstand the cold temperatures during winter as well as bringing the size of these dogs down.
Pomeranians are highly trainable as they are very eager to please and will enthusiastically attempt to understand what you are expecting from them. Poms are very intelligent and thrive on training and learning new commands/tricks. With patience and positive reinforcements, it is be a breeze to housetrain a Pomeranian. Here are some tips for potty training!
It is recommended to set up a small area with only a pee tray and their bed. They would tend to avoid soiling their sleeping areas and do their businesses on the pee pads. The reason why it is important to set up this way is to set them up for success. When they finish their business on the designated potty area, rewards and praises should be given to encourage the correct behaviour.
Any type of training requires a period of learning, and plenty of patience. Consistent training efforts are the key to success. Training sessions should also be kept short and end on a good note so that both the pup and the trainer will be looking forward to the next training session!
Like with every other dog, a healthy well-balanced diet is necessary to keep your dog healthy… except it is much cheaper to feed a Pomeranian as they eat a lot less than bigger dogs. A natural diet with as little processed food as possible is ideal, however an improperly balanced diet can cause more harm than good compared to a traditional kibble-based diet. If important nutrients are missing from their meals, your dog may develop health issues.
Each individual dog has different alimentary needs. There are many factors to be considered, like your dog’s gender, age, level of activity, weight, and overall health.
Obesity is a serious problem that must be avoided. As Pomeranians are meant to be small size, their legs and joints are not strong enough to withstand excessive weight, and this can cause joint related health issues on top of the other well known health issues that are linked to obesity. A common tell-tale sign that your dog is overweight is when you are unable to feel their ribcage.
Obesity in dogs often occur due to not having fixed eating schedules and instead, refilling the food bowl whenever it is empty. Doing this makes it extremely difficult to control the exact amount of food that your puppy is actually eating, and as a result, your dog will probably overeat and develop obesity.
How To Groom My Pomeranian?
There is no doubt that one of the Pomeranian’s most attractive traits are their full and luxurious coat. Pomeranians have a double coat, which means that they have a soft, fluffy and dense undercoat, and a topcoat that is made up of straight, coarse fur also known as guard hair. These guard hair are longer than the fur of the undercoat. The purpose of the undercoat is to keep the dog warm and the function of the topcoat is to protect the undercoat and the dog’s skin from rain, snow, and UV rays.
It is why it is important to never shave a Pomeranian as without their coat, they would not be able to regulate their own body temperature and would be exposed to the harmful UV rays from the sunlight.
Additionally, if the fur is shaved, it might not grow back anymore and even if it does, it would not grow back to be as soft and fluffy as before, and instead it will be coarse and rough. Pomeranians can develop post clipping alopecia due to shaving down their fur. Post clipping alopecia develops when a dense coat is clipped down, the fur that grows back may be thin, patchy and of a different texture and therefore, altering the dog’s natural heating and cooling system.
Showers & Brushing
Pomeranians should shower once every week or once every two weeks, and like every other dog, they should not be showered every day. Over bathing any dog would cause their skin to dry and become itchy and flaky, especially with Singapore’s humid climate. It also cause your dog’s skin to ‘overcompensate’ and produce more natural oils, resulting in your dog looking and feeling greasy. While showering your dog, make sure the dog shampoo actually reaches your dog skin for a thorough cleaning.
Brushing, on the other hand, should be done daily. As Poms are double coated, it is important to brush out their coat every day to rid the coat of the dead fur that has been shed as the dead fur stuck in the coat can easily tangle with the Pom’s coat and be matted.
Thorough brushing using a slicker brush should be done to prevent mats from forming. To properly brush a Pomeranian, dampen his fur with a conditioning spray meant for their coat and brush out the fur in sections. A slicker brush should be used instead of brushes with rubber tips as those would hurt the pup more as it can easily catch onto tangles and mats and get stuck during brushing, which can tug and pull on the tangles instead of untangling it.
The nails of the Pomeranian should be clipped near to the quick, which is the blood supply and nerve that nourishes the nail. Clipping their nails can be uncomfortable for them but it is not painful if the quick was untouched, just like human’s nails. It is important to clip their nails twice a month as short as possible, or bring the puppy to the groomers for professional services.
Brushing Your Pom's Teeth
It might be tricky to brush a Pomeranian’s teeth as their mouth are small and it is significantly harder to reach the back of their mouth. Small pieces of food can easily get stuck in the Pomeranian’s mouth and if neglected, it can cause tartar build up and the Pom will develop gingivitis, which is the early stages of periodontal gum disease. The gum disease will cause the dog’s teeth to rot and fall out if it is not treated early.
Pomeranian Known Health Issues
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Pomeranians are generally speaking a healthy breed…
But they might not be suitable for families with young children. Pomeranians are relatively fragile due to their small size and can easily get injured from things like dropping from a short height, being too rough with them or accidentally stepping or sitting on them, and these small accidents can lead to something more serious like their bones being fractured. Bone fractures are painful for Poms and require surgery that can be quite pricey and requires weeks or even months to fully heal.
A very common issue is a luxating patella, which refers to the propensity of their knee cap to pop out of place. To prevent this, we highly recommend to keep your puppy on an anti-slip surface from a young age. Indeed, walking on slippery surfaces forces their legs to spread open and puts unnecessary pressure on the knees, and speeds ups the development of luxating patellas.
Pomeranians are also prone to trachea collapse, which happens when the cartilage around the trachea collapses. For this reason, we strongly suggest you NEVER use a collar for your pomeranian, which can easily injure them even if you try to handle them gently. A harness is a much safer alternative.