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Teacup Pomeranian Prices


Before you run out and drop a non-refundable deposit on a new teacup Pomeranian offered for sale by a breeder or pet store, you may want to take a moment and fully grasp the true cost of purchasing that cute puppy. Because the teacup Pomeranian price tag is more than meets the eye. Puppy bling like this adds up!

First, we need to break the cost of owning a teacup Pomeranian into three distinct categories. Then we will take a look at each of those categories in more details.

The three primary factors you will need to think about before buying a fluffy new Pomeranian (teacup or otherwise) are:

  1. Purchase price (kind of obvious, but a lot goes into the pricing structure)
  2. Shipping and transportation costs
  3. Home preparation and average annual costs associated with feeding and caring for your pet

Purchase Price of a Teacup Pomeranian

If you have searched the internet far and wide like I have to look at breeder and pricing information you will quickly find that the prices vary substantially. I have seen them range from around a $1,000 to as high as $50,000.

Yes. You read that right. I said I have seen a “micro tiny teacup Pomeranian” listed for as high as $50,000 by a breeder. More often than not though, you are going to see teacup Poms priced in the $2,500-$5,000 range.

There are many factors that influence pricing and several different reasons why one puppy may be more expensive than another. They include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Size
  • Color and/or markings on the coat
  • Reputation of breeder and clientele
  • Location and size of breeder

Different Pomeranian Sizes

As you have probably already guessed, the smaller the Pomeranian the higher the price. I have seen one breeder break the sizes of Pomeranians into five different size classifications. Their classification start at the traditional Toy Pomeranian size and goes all the way down to “Micro Tiny Teacup”. One of the challenges in figuring out expected prices is that many breeders have different definitions and methods of classifying their puppies. Using the breeder just mentioned above, their scale is as follows:

  • Toy Pomeranian: greater than or equal to 6 lbs
  • Tiny Toy Pomeranian: 4.5 – 6.5 lbs
  • Teacup Pomeranian: 4 – 5 lbs
  • Tiny Teacup Pomeranian: 3.5 – 4 lbs
  • Micro Tiny Teacup Pomeranian: 1 – 3 lbs

You may wonder why there is some overlapping in weight bands. That is because in addition to using total weight of the Pomeranian itself, they also use the weight of the parents to help determine classification. For example, a teacup male and female weighing four pounds may produce a puppy that grows to weigh five pounds.

Color and Markings

This is pretty straight forward. We know that breeding white pomeranians is very difficult. It only follows that white teacup Pomeranians are going to be more expensive than other colors. Black pomeranians are similarly prized by a segment of the buying public and as such, black teacup Pomeranians may also command premiums. If a breeder specializes in a certain type of color or coat (e.g. merle), the odds are likely that they will charge a premium of some kind.

Reputation of Breeder and Clientele

Some breeders have been breeding dogs for a long time and earned a strong reputation. A strong reputation is obviously prized by the breeders themselves along with customers as it helps assuage concerns that they may be cheated out of their money or sold a teacup pomeranian puppy that has been misrepresented. If you are dropping $5,000 on a puppy, you want to feel 100% confident in that decision and not have any reservations that a year later your teacup Pomeranian turns out to be a full-sized regular old Pomeranian that you could have bought from a purebred breeder for $800, right?

Additionally, some breeders have acquired celebrity clientele customer lists. Of course, that is a valuable marketing commodity and suggests by association that they are more credible and legit than other breeders.

Breeder Size and Physical Location

This one can go either way and is far more difficult to analyze from the buying side of the equation.

Larger breeders may often be able to sell a puppy at a cheaper price because they have greater economies of scale. Their average costs per dog are lower. Additionally, as a larger operation they should have established sales channels and marketing programs that allow them to reach a wide audience of prospective buyers than a small breeder. However, a small-time breeder may also sale at very competitive prices because it is more of a hobby and less of a for-profit venture for them.

And of course, location of the breeder can factor into it. If they have an actual store or facility open to the public, that is going to be more expensive to operate. Also, geographic location make drive prices higher or lower. If you have a breeder in a rural area far from a large metropolitan area, odds are they will sale their puppies at a lower price simply because customers in their geographic proximity are not as plentiful nor do they have the same disposable income levels.

Shipping and Transportation Costs for Teacup Pomeranians

Each individual buyer’s situation is going to be unique and it is impossible to give you a hard and fast range or rule of thumb.

First and foremost, you will have to determine if your desired breeder even ships their puppies. Some do not. Some will only meet you within a certain number of miles of their location. Some will ship their puppies to you at a cost that varies significantly. Some will only fly the puppies out to you and only if they can personally accompany the animal.

If you have to drive out and pick up your new puppy, you will need to account for missed days from work, hotel stays, food and gas. If you elect to allow the breeder to ship the animal to you the price will vary based on the mode of transportation and the company used. You will also need to be mindful of the risks associated with shipping a puppy alone. Some breeders will require you to pay for their airline ticket and pay for their food and hotel costs in order to bring the puppy to you.

If you do not live within a half day’s drive of your breeder, you can roughly add a minimum of $500 to your purchase price and it is quite easy to see this cost go well north of $1,000 when you factor in the true costs of taking delivery of your puppy.

Home Preparation and Annual Maintenance Costs

Buying dog carriers, crates, playpens, toys and other supplies for a new puppy is expensive. And odds are, if you are buying a Teacup Pomeranian you are probably going to want to bling it out with one of these or something similar. You gotta have the designer clothes to match the designer dog, right?

Don’t forget the regular veterinarian care and urgent care visits add up, too. Some studies suggest that the average annual cost for maintaining and caring for your dog approach $1,000 a year.

Let us assume that your teacup Pomeranian lifespan will last about 12 years. You are probably looking at investing close to $20,000 into your dog child when all is said and done.

 

Pomeranian Puppies: A Quick Buyer’s Guide

Looking at a litter of Pomeranian puppies can be exhilarating and stressful at the same time. They are all so cute and adorable, so how do you find the specific Pomeranian puppy that is right for you?

Choosing the right puppy might seem like a pretty straightforward decision. First you decide if you want a boy or a girl and work your way down to the cutest one, right?

No, no, no. That is all wrong.

First and foremost, you have to take a good, hard look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself some key questions. Only then can you being to find the right Pomeranian puppy. In this light, let us walk through some questions that might help make our most informed decision:

  1. Are you prepared for the commitment, time, training, grooming, and general expenses incurred, not only by a puppy, but for the rest of the dog’s life?
  2. Which breed suits your household’s personality best?
  3. Do you want to adopt a puppy from a shelter, or purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder?

When looking for the “best puppy fit”, research is of highest priority from the beginning of this process to its end. If you wish to adopt a puppy, be sure to do your research thoroughly; if you wish to find a reputable breeder, use all available resources to give yourself and your new puppy the greatest chance of success with one another.

After the above questions are addressed, options begin to switch to preferentiality. Care must be taken, from this point forward, to remain as objective as possible.

Once the appointment is set to view the litter (or puppies), prepare for assessment—from the large picture down to the smaller—from the cleanliness of the premises, to the appearance of the parents and the care they receive, to the litter’s socialization, as well as the openness and general helpfulness of the breeder or facility.

Observe Pomeranian Puppies on Location

After this, the next step is to meet the puppies and get an idea of their temperament. Remember that both physical and behavioral health contributes to deciding the best choice for you and your family:

  1. Watch for extremes—in behavior, as well as health. Making a decision to purchase stemming from the wish to rescue and protect a frightened or unhealthy animal is not usually the wisest one for the average household.
  2. Observe the overall physical health: energy level, alertness, well-fed, attractive coat, good gait, no unusual discharges or breathing abnormalities.
  3. Check sight and hearing with claps, and a rolling ball.
  4. Watch the interaction of the puppies with their littermates.
  5. Are there any telltale signs of their social skills (dominant and submissive posturing, loner or in the company of others).

From this group, the top few choices should be separated and observed individually, both by a male and a female adult, and a child under ten years of age, if possible. Though most puppies are going to be curious and playful with any person they come in contact with, you want to see how your child interacts with a Pomeranian.

  1. Stand a distance away and encourage the puppy to approach and observe its reactions, (willingly approaches, tucked tail, fear, urinating or non-interest)?
  2. Check over-sensitivity to sights and sounds. What is their response when startled?
  3. Do they “guard” their food or their toys? Test this by giving them food or chew toy then approach and touch.
  4. How do they respond to body handling (relaxed, aggressive, or fearful)?

Though these considerations help in choosing the right puppy for you, from the moment that the new part of your family arrives home, there will be a period of adjustment, with delight and joy, hesitance and challenges, on both sides of the puppy-owner roller-coaster.

The key to smoothing out this adjustment period is creating stability, normalcy and consistency in the routine of your new puppy.

Enjoy the ride! We hope this quick primer helps you decipher which Pomeranian puppies are a good fit for your home and which ones are probably best left to another family.

Reference:

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/choosing-puppy-litter (As of 12-1-13, 8:11 p.m. CST)

White Pomeranian Puppy Scams

Earlier we discussed white Pomeranian puppies and briefly mentioned that you need to be especially wary of unethical breeders who will pass off dogs that are not really white Pomeranians as if they were true white Poms.

With the assistance of other resources online posted by various Pomeranian breeders, I am putting together a checklist of ways you can identify and protect yourself from falling victim to a white Pomeranian puppy scam:

Seek Guarantees in Writing

Humans are funny.  They can be told over and over that if “something sounds too good to be true that it probably is” and yet people continue to get snookered.  Our desire or greed to get what we want is so great that we consciously ignore safeguards and warnings.

At a minimum, negotiate some sort of written guarantee in any puppy purchase contract with the breeder so that is states something to the effect that you are purchasing a pure white Pomeranian puppy.  If the color of the dog changes within the first year of ownership, you the purchaser are entitled to a refund of X amount.

Just remember, even if you get it in writing, the time and costs associated with winning a civil judgment and collecting (if you ever do) will probably be more than the actual judgment itself and you will likely never receive any compensation unless the breeder has been doing this a long time and isn’t running a backyard fly-by-night breeding operation.

Personal Visit

I am not the type of guy who buys stuff online unless I am familiar with the product.  I am not buying a home, car or clothing unless I see it in person and can judge it with my own eyes.  Would you adopt a random child without ever getting to meet him or her first?

Before you commit to purchasing a puppy, try to see if you can locate a breeder within driving distance and arranging a visit.  A puppy is a huge investment of money, time and emotional energy.  Make sure you get a good vibe from the breeder and their operation.  You want to buy from someone who is passionate and professional, not just out to score a quick payday.

Scrub Behind the Ears

Did your mom ever inspect behind your ears to make sure you were really clean after a shower when you were a kid?  Well, one way to ensure you are getting a pure white Pomeranian or white teacup Pomeranian is to check the dog’s ears.

WhitePom has a great page with information about how you can protect yourself from being scammed.  She writes:

Carefully check the colour of hair behind the ears of the puppy.

This can be a very helpful guide to the adult color of most Pomeranian puppies.

Cream, very pale orange or lemon shadings behind the ears or in the hock region may mean that this puppy will be a cream or even a light orange Pomeranian adult not a White Pomeranian.

Very faint cream to very pale orange shadings or any patches on any other part of the Pomeranian puppy’s coat often indicates that the Pomeranian puppy is an orange and White Parti Color.

Owners who have purchased this type of Pomeranian Baby have told me they bought what was advertised as a white pomeranian and thought the very, very pale cream patches where just dirt.

One owner even told me how she had tried to remove the “dirty” marks with a damp facewasher, only to find as the months passed these pale patches darkened until her puppy was a parti color.

At 8 or 9 months of age this Pomeranian Puppy was a pale orange and white parti color.

PomskyHQ also has a solid checklist that is applicable to those interested in teacup Pomeranians and white Pomeranians on how to protect themselves when dealing with breeders:

  1. Are they generally receptive to questions?  If they are hostile or vague and evasive when answering your questions this is a warning sign.
  2. Do they have any sort of track record or list of referrals of previous customers?
  3. Have they sent you any pictures of the parents or the puppies (if they have been birthed) or did they resort to verbal descriptions and/or stock photos found on the internet?  It is 2013 and takes mere minutes to snap a couple of pictures, upload them and send them off via email.  If a “breeder” cannot be bothered to take a few minutes to send you this information while at the same time asking for a several hundred dollar down payment and a four figure purchase price, you need to take your business elsewhere.
  4. Method of payment – If a breeder demands cash, a money order or a cashier’s check, you need to take your business elsewhere.  As the purchaser of a large ticket item, you need to demand the right to a paper trail and full accounting of your purchase.
  5. License and registration please! Are the parents papered and registered with one of the major kennel clubs? Is the breeder licensed to conduct business in their jurisdiction?  Prospective owners should demand that their puppies are the offspring of purebred canines registered with a kennel and that the DNA test for the puppy confirms its lineage. Also, many (but, not all) government jurisdictions require businesses to have a license or to have jump through some bureaucratic hurdles.
  6. Ask questions and demand solid answers.  It is your money and you are in control.

Similar to the advice offered by PomskyHQ, WhitePom.com states that pictures of the actual parents will go a long way in helping you determine whether or not your white Pomeranian puppy will actually grow up to be a white Pomeranian dog!

White Pomeranians: Searching for the Unicorn?

If you were to research white Pomeranians on your own and speak to various breeders you would learn that producing a pure white coat is the most difficult color of them all to breed when attempting to breed show quality Pomeranians.

Because they are so difficult to breed there are relatively few out there available for purchase.  Also, with feverish demand by the public so high, white Pomeranians can command exceptionally high prices — and white teacup Pomeranians even more!

This can and does lead some unethical breeders to scam unwitting buyers out of their hard earned money by passing off a non-white Pomeranian as a real, honest-to-goodness White Pomeranian.  The truth is that many light and cream colored Poms start out as pure white puppies that eventually change color as they age.  This happens all the time when puppies begin to lose their puppy coat at around 4-8 months and the sellers are long gone with your money after you have handed it over – especially, if you are buying through a backyard breeder – which of course you should not do!

FACT: The earliest examples of the breed were white!

Buying a high-priced designer puppy online really takes a leap of faith.  You have no idea if the dog you are buying is really the same dog you see in the picture.  And when it comes to white Poms and white teacup Pomeranians, you need to be especially certain that the image has not been “photoshopped” to give the white Pomeranian puppy for sale that beautiful snow-like appearance.

You can’t just breed two white poms and call it a day.  What will quickly happen in this situation is that the coat and pigmentation attributes will degrade. In fact, in a couple of generations of breeding white Pomeranians together, the breed will revert back to its German Spitz roots.

Fortunately, for diversity sake, there are many shades of whites and blacks. Unfortunately, when it comes to breeding these various shades make it incredibly challenging to produce pure white and black Pomeranians. The constant struggle for professional Pomeranian breeders is finding that right balance between breeding out the other colors without losing the benefits these colors bring to the table.

The following passage from WhitePom illustrates this point:

Breeding out to the other colors like Orange improves type, but can cause lemon shadings, or what some people refer to as “ivory white” in the White Pomeranians. Lemon tones on your White Pomeranians, can be very difficult to breed out at a later stage.  A quote from the Pomeranian breed standard:

“Whites must be quite free from lemon or any other colour.”

Canton Pomeranians, another prominent Pomeranian breeder states that whites are incredibly difficult to breed and that you also have to watch out for other factors that may tint or color the dogs white coat as it matures.  He writes:

Puppies may be born white but as they grow older, the back of the ears, the saddle at the back of the body, and other parts, tend to become yellowish.  And so, they should be kept clean and washed all the time.  In our area wherein our water is from the deep well, the water has a lot of mineral including manganese, which turns the white coat to light cream/yellow; chlorinated water becomes necessary.  The dog cages has to be stainless…or risk the rust of an old cage to transform their white coat from yellow to light red; the play pen should be stainless steel.  Plus, they should be kept individually separate or risk their playful attitude…plus saliva to stain and redden their immaculate clean and white coats.  This discoloration is partly genetic but a lot of it has to do with care and maintenance. An additional big problem is the tear staining the many dogs have…and in the whites, one can easily be brought in despair.

Finding a true white Pomeranian can be an elusive task.  If you are genuinely and sincerely interested in purchasing a snow white Pom, please do your due diligence so that you do not become another victim.  There are so many horror stories about people trying to purchase a white Pomeranian or a teacup Pomeranian and getting scammed.