Educate yourself before buying your Pomeranian from a dog breeder
Buying a purebred dog is not something to be taken lightly and not all breeders are created equal. To make sure you get a good quality dog that is healthy and happy, you need to do a little research and shop around.
The Pomeranian breed standard is to weigh no more than seven pounds, but there are many Poms that weigh 12 or even 20 pounds! While these can make great dogs and good pets, they are not up to standard and you shouldn’t pay full price for a dog that will grow to this size. But how do you know how big a puppy will be?
One way to get a good idea of how big your puppy might grow is to see the parents. Are the parents small or large or the right size? Most likely, your puppy is the same size as the parents. If all the Pomeranians the breeder has should breed in a standard and healthy way, then this is a good sign that your puppy will be, too. If the breeder does not show the parents, then this is a red flag and you should keep looking for another breeder.
But how do you find a good Pomeranian breeder?
One way to find a good Pomeranian breeder is to get in touch with people who already own a pom pom. Maybe someone you know already has one? Get as much information as you can about the breed. If you go to a pet store, talk to people. Pet owners love to talk about their pets. If you see a Pomeranian that is exactly what you want, find out which breeder you bought it from and check it for potential candidates.
When buying a dog, you need to be armed with all the information you can get. Research Pomeranians on the internet and in books. Know that it is important to become an informed consumer BEFORE purchasing your dog from a breeder.
When talking to breeders, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Honest dog breeders will be more than happy to talk to you and answer all of your questions. Take into account the condition of the dog’s environment. Are the dog pens clean? Are the puppies well cared for? Can you see the parents? What kind of puppy food are they being fed? Have the puppies received their vaccinations? Reputable breeders love their animals and go out of their way to provide a suitable “homey” environment. Puppies are products of their environment. A good and clean environment will surely be reflected in the joy of a dog.
Stay away from breeders who are only interested in making money. They generally don’t pay much attention to your dog’s emotional needs and health concerns. Also, they can breed their Pomeranians and this can lead to serious health problems. AVOID THESE BREEDERS! Reputable breeders will be more concerned with the welfare of the puppies than money and will likely question you about your home environment and the ability to care for the dog.
Some breeders may offer a 72 hour guarantee. This allows time to take your Pomeranian puppy to a vet for inspection. If any health problems are identified, contact the breeder and get your questions answered.
Good and honest Pomeranian breeders take care of their dogs and it shows in their environment. There are no guarantees that you will always have a normal, perfect puppy, but you greatly increase the odds when you do your homework first!