The intelligent and outgoing Pomeranian is a toy breed with a large personality. Looking like a little fox, its diminutive size makes it a good choice for apartment dwellers or those without a large yard.
The Pomeranian originally weighed 30 pounds and was used as a sled or herding dog. Through the years, it was bred down to the toy size, according to the American Kennel Club.
The full grown Pomeranian weighs between 3 and 7 pounds and stands 7 to 12 inches high. It is double coated, possessing a straight, long outer coat and a thicker, shorter and softer undercoat. The Pomeranian comes in all colors, with the most popular being red and orange.
Typical Pomeranian health issues include irritated skin, tooth deterioration, eye infections, dislocated kneecaps and heart problems. They can live up to 15 years.
The Pomeranian sheds. Frequent brushing is needed due to its double coat. This breed loves to please and demands a lot of attention from its owner.
Proper training and socialization is necessary or the Pomeranian can develop bad behavior patterns, such as biting strangers, excessive barking and separation anxiety, according to Dog Breed Info Center.