The extroverted Pomeranian’s name hails from a region called Pomerania, which is located in parts of Germany and Poland. In the 1700s, Pomeranians were much larger than they are now, weighing close to 30 lbs., and were used for sheep herding. They were made popular in the 17th century when Queen Victoria owned a Pomeranian, and over the course of her reign, the breed decreased in size over 50%.
Today the Pomeranian tips the scales at a mere four to six lbs., so the idea that he used to be responsible for herding large flocks of sheep sounds a little silly! Instead, the Pomeranian enjoys being around its owners, leading a life of relative easy. The Pomeranian remains an active breed, and while they do not require very much exercise, they do require quite a bit of attention. They make excellent pets for most people, from families with children (provided the children are taught how to interact with a toy breed) to the elderly.
Although most live a relative easy life, Pomeranians are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pomeranians are prone to include heart conditions such as patent ductus arteriosis; developmental problems such as cryptorchidism; knee issues such as medial patellar luxation; respiratory problems such as tracheal collapse; and eye conditions such as entropion.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Pomeranian inherits more than just a royal disposition, you’re covered.