Should You Adopt a Teacup Pomeranian?

I know you are looking for information about teacup Pomeranians, but please indulge me for a minute as I bring up the subject of adoption and Pomeranian rescue.

It is truly none of my business whether or not you choose to purchase a teacup pomeranian puppy versus adopting or rescuing a teacup Pomeranian.  I am not going to berate you, browbeat you or guilt trip you into anything.  I simply want you to allow me a quick second to make the pitch for adoption.

As you probably know, there are thousands of dogs all across America sitting in animal shelters.  Many of them will be put to sleep.  I know you want or are interested in a teacup Pomeranian and the odds of finding one at the shelter are slim.  And even if you did find one…can you really be sure it is truly a pure breed Pomeranian?

Probably not.

I get that you want a cute little puppy and that you want to raise one and make it part of your family.  I get it. I really do.

I just want you to reconsider for a moment that you can adopt a lovely animal who will love you unconditionally from a shelter, save tons of money and engage in a worthwhile and noble effort.

All I am asking is that you sincerely evaluate your motivations for buying a new puppy from a breeder and determine whether or not it is really worth it to you.  I know from speaking to dozens of pet owners that those who saved a puppy from euthanasia feel so incredibly rewarded by the experience and I truly believe that animals know when they have been “saved” or “rescued”.

Angel Eyes for Dogs: A Review of the Best Tear Stain Remover

Angel Eyes for dogs is easily considered the best dog tear stain remover product on the market and used by professional breeders, showers and owners of many different breeds. Quick note, the actual product name is called “Angel’s Eyes”, but the general public overwhelmingly refers to it as Angel Eyes.

We discussed dog tear stains in great detail previously so I will only briefly cover it here.

Dog tear stains appear when there is frequent and excessive tearing of the eyes. The tears contain iron and magnesium and when mixed with sunlight creates a reddish-brown discoloration. Please note that tear staining may also be signs of more significant health issues in some dogs and you may consider discussing the matter with your local veterinarian.

How Does Angel Eyes for Dogs Work?

Angel Eyes for dogs is an oral treatment regimen designed to prevent your dog from excessively tearing in the first place. The active ingredient, tylosin tartrate, is essentially an antibiotic that wards off bacterial infections that cause excessive tearing. The manufacturer states that the Angel’s Eyes formula binds with the porphyrin (iron/magnesium) pigments and prevents it from binding with the hair on your dog.

Since it is an oral regimen, there is no need to apply any ointment, paste or solution to the actual fur itself. In fact, the product doesn’t actually remove the stain that is present. What it does is prevent future staining. Consequently, it takes about 3-5 weeks for the new hair to grow out and replace the currently stained strands.

Pros & Cons of Angel Eyes for Dogs

We just alluded to one of the major cons of selecting Angel Eyes for dogs and that is the amount of time it takes to start seeing results. For many folks, 3-5 weeks may seem like an eternity. However, you are fundamentally solving the problem in the long run.

The other negative about this product is that you are giving your dog regular doses of an antibiotic. Some people have concerns about this because they fear that this might compromise the immune system of their animal in the long run. However, I have yet to see any scientific evidence that Angel’s Eyes has any deleterious impact on animals.

The major benefit of this product is that you are treating it at its root. Other products call for topical/external application of the medication. This can be a pain in the butt, messy and leave your pooch irritable. Especially, if you happen to accidentally get some of the product in their eye.

The major selling point of Angel Eyes for dogs is that the product is used by nearly everyone. Tens of thousands of people use it on a regular basis and report overwhelmingly positive reviews. At this moment, it has 2,232 reviews and a 4.4 star out of 5 rating. I didn’t even see another product with more than 50 reviews.

Angel Eyes Alternatives

There are some alternative products on the market to choose from. These include, but are not limited to:

Optimex, like Angel’s Eyes, is an oral supplement to be taken while your dog eats. Diamond Eye and Eye Envy are external topical solutions.

RECOMMENDATION: Angel Eyes for dogs is the best tear stain remover and should be your choice. If you aren’t too keen on the idea of waiting 3-5 weeks for it to work its magic, you may want to try an external treatment mentioned above.

Dog Tear Stains: Searching for a Tear Stain Remover

Many a dog owners have cursed the appearance of dog tear stains on the face of their pooch. These tear stains naturally draw the attention of the human eye away from their beautiful, shiny and glossy coat and towards this unsightly development.

White Pomeranian and white teacup Pomeranian owners can be especially pained by these tear stained faces since they usually pay a premium for the privilege of owning a pure white dog.

Before we get into tear stain remover options, let us first take a look at what tear stains are and why the discolor the fur around your dog’s eyes.

What Causes Dog Tear Stains?

Generally speaking, there are two primary ways in which discoloration will start to occur around the eyes of your dog. This coloring will normally appear reddish or brown and is obviously most prominently recognized on dogs with white or light colored hair.

Moisture from the eye will leak out and spill onto the fur of your dog. One of the best ways to prevent or at least minimize tear staining on your dog is to keep him well groomed and ensure that hairs are not growing long enough to touch the eye or tear duct area. When the hair is long like that it essentially wicks away the moisture inherently needed by the eye and it drips down long the hair and to the skin.

Some dogs may have eyes that get extra moist and teary from allergens, windy conditions or other environmental factors.

Also, some dogs can frequently show discoloration from water and feeding practices around their mouths. Over time, their hair is frequently bathed in their water dish when they drink and this repeated occurrence will discolor the coat.

If this sounds like your pooch, then the good news is that there are tear stain removers you can buy that will fix this problem and help return your dog’s coat back to its original color.

However, dog tear staining can occur due to genetic issues, along with diet and/or health issues that may need to be addressed with your veterinarian. This condition is known as epiphora. Epiphora is when there is excessive tear production or problems with your dog’s tear ducts preventing drainage. Our eyes naturally secrete excessive moisture when irritated as that is our mechanism to remove debris in our eyes. When epiphora occurs the dog continually produces tears. The tears have no place to go but onto the fur around the eyes.

The ongoing presence of this moisture creates a hospitable environment for bacteria to grow and irritate the skin. If your pooch shows signs of skin irritation by scratching or rubbing around the eyes, it is possible that your dog may need to see a veterinarian and seek guidance as to how to resolve the problem.

It may only require a thorough flushing done by a trained professional, antibiotics or at the more extreme end of the scale, various types of surgeries to correct the problem.

Tear Stain Remover Products

If you believe your pooch just needs a thorough cleaning around the eyes and that there is nothing wrong with their tear ducts, you can purchase various tear stain removers or try some home remedies.

There are four major tear stain remove products you may want to consider.

Angel’s Eyes is the most popular product by far and you can read literally thousands of positive reviews over at Amazon…or you can read our review of Angel Eyes for dogs.

Make no mistake, you will not see overnight success as it takes a while to get the stains out. It can take several weeks if you use the oral supplements (Angel’s Eyes and Optimex) and lots of effort if you go the external treatment route (Diamond Eye and Eye Envy).

There are a host of home remedies for dog tear stains you can find on the internet, but I do not feel comfortable recommending any of them. They require a significant amount of effort, trial and error and even some mention using bleach, etc.  Just seems like a lot of work and risk in the grand scheme of things when you can buy a product like Angel’s Eyes, which has thousands of glowing reviews on Amazon.

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: (As of 12-1-13, 8:11 p.m. CST)

Examining the Yorkie Pomeranian Mix

Though a puppy resulting from the mix of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian inherits genetics from each parent (and their own bloodlines), the likelihood of gaining certain attributes increases when both breeds are prone to similar characteristics. As you peruse the comparison chart at the bottom of this article, note any similarities, as well as their differences, for use in making your own predictions.

Nicknames for the Yorkie Pomeranian Mix

The Yorkie Pomeranian Mix is considered a designer dog breed. It has several common nicknames: “Yorkie Pom”, “Porkies”, “PomYorkie”, “Yoranian”. Here is our list of other Pomeranian mixes.

As with other breed mixes, each individual puppy is born with the characteristics of the most dominant genes from each parent. A hybrid, such as a Porkie, differs from a mutt in that their lineage is known, whereas a mutt has unknown lineage. Nevertheless, there are those who contest that hybrid breeding results in healthier genetic mix—and others that disagree as they continue to protect their lines of longstanding lineage.

Some of the interesting idiosyncrasies that can result with the mixing of a Yorkie and a Pom might be one who is a picky eater while shedding profusely, but can still smile about it (due to their animated charisma)!

The average size for a Porkie is around six pounds.   Their coats might be of the double or single variety. If they have the double coat, grooming needs to be a daily occurrence, if their coat is wiry, then weekly brushing is acceptable. Their coat coloring varies between black to black and tan, or a reddish brown to light fur blend. They also enjoy relatively good health and live from eleven to sixteen years or longer.

As you can see, fur types, facial features, personality traits, size, etc. all get thrown into one big melting pot from which there are so many adorable possibilities that come from it, the creative options are endless. Yet, though appearance and temperaments may vary, the value of their company and the presence they add within a household remains consistent and true.

No matter which dog you own, they most certainly add interest to our lives.

Official Recognition of the Yorkie Pomeranian Mix

The Yorkshire Terrier is recognized by the ACHC (American canine Hybrid Club), DDKC (Designers Dogs Kennel Club), ICDR (International Canine Designer Registry), DBR (Designer Breed Registry), DRA (Dog Registry of America).

Yorkshire Terrier
OriginNorthern Poland & Eastern GermanyYorkshire, England (19th Centurty)
Descendant of the German SpitzBred to catch rats in clothing mills/rat baiting
Star QualityApartment SizeHypoallergenic coat
Light shedding
DescriptionToy BreedTerrier
Top 20 Breed in U.S.Toy or campanion breed
Compact/sturdyGlossy/straight hair that is silky, long and fine
Double fur coatBorn with markings that fade in a few months: black, with tan spots around eyes, legs, feet, toes, muzzle, under tail and inside ears, as well as occasionally white stars
Top coat long/straight/wiryRegal appearance
Under coat soft/thick/short
Plumed Tail
Average Weight3-7 lbs.Approx. 7 lbs.
Height7-12 in.*
Life Span12-16 years13-16 years
Coloringwhite/brown/blackBlue/tan; Blue/gold
multi-color and varietiesBlack/tan; Black/gold
Personality StrengthsFriendly/playful/entertainingGood watchdogs, protective
Bonding/protective/intelligent/assertive/aware of surroundingsIntelligent, Easy to train
ExtrovertedCurious, loves attention
Personality WeaknessesCraves center of attentionNeeds to be kept busy
Prone to barkingCan be yappy
Stubborn/temperamentalHighly active, needs
Unreliable with small childrenA lot of stimulation
Aggressive/dominantNot good with children under 8
HealthFew Negative Health PredispositionsHigh maintenance coat
Delicate digestive system
Prone to cataracts, bronchitis


How did the Teddy Bear Pomeranian name come about?

Have you ever heard someone refer to a Pomeranian as a Teddy Bear Pomeranian and wondered what that meant?

The American Kennel Association (AKC) dictates that Pomeranians require a “fox shaped face” in order to most accurately reflect the external traits of their breed. Though they are not all officially registered by show Pomeranian breeders, three prominent facial structures dominate the Pomeranian market today: Fox, Teddy Bear and Baby Doll. Before delving into these differences, clarification should be made that there are no other physical discrepancies between them.

Pomeranians, nicknamed Pom-Poms, are descendant of the larger Spitz from the regions of Northern Poland and Eastern Germany today—once known as the Pomeria Region.

Though their ancestry is attributed to Germany, Pomeranians originate from the Wolfspitz (“sharp point” in German, referencing the formation of their nose and muzzle); large breed working dogs from the Arctic.

The first Pomeranians weighed between thirty and fifty pounds. As the breed increased in popularity, beginning as early as the seventeenth century with Queen Victoria’s “Windsor’s Marco” weighing in at only twelve pounds, breeders decreased this size by nearly fifty percent during her reign (1837-1901) to meet the supply and demand of the public.

Other well-known Pomeranian owners include Josephine, the wife of Napoleon the First, of France, and King George the Fourth, of England. They even traveled among the rich and famous aboard the Titanic (1912); two out of the three dogs rescued—one on boat number six, owned by Elizabeth Rothschild, and the other, on boat number seven, owned by Margaret Hays, were Pomeranians.

All of this leads to the present day norms for a breed that is anything but average. Though Pomeranians retain popularity throughout the world, consistently ranking among the Top 20 Most Popular Breeds in the United States, their sizes and appearance can vary significantly.

These three to seven pound, seven to twelve inch height toy breeds are both sturdy and compact. Their life spans from twelve to sixteen years, and they enjoy resistance from most diseases. There are also smaller versions of the Pomeranian, also known as teacup Pomeranians. They can weigh as little as two pounds.

Their personality is friendly, outgoing and lively; protective, ultra aware of their environment and highly intelligent. They are trainable, extroverted, and prefer to be the center of attention. Pomeranians also specialize in manipulation of any unsuspecting owner. If they maneuver into the dominant position of the household (alpha), they will eagerly take control over all they feel is theirs, including their owner.

With adequate training as a puppy and consistent discipline as an adult, assertive tendencies within the household should be minimal.

Because of the Pomeranian’s close bond to their humans, they are prone to separation anxiety and, at times, believed to be a nervous breed. However, they respond well to praise from their owners and territorial instincts make them into excellent watchdogs, as long as barking doesn’t become excessive.

Size is one of their most convenient attributes. Though they are not ideal housemates for young children, they are the perfect size for apartments, needing less space for both living and exercise.

Though these attention cravers adore their homes, many of them tout “big dog” attitudes without awareness of their size in comparison to other dogs, which leads to a wide variety of dilemmas. To avoid this situation, supervision and proper socialization as a puppy, is a “must”. Also, proactive prevention is key to keeping their active minds occupied, or owners will also add “mischievous” to any list of misgivings.

Pomeranians are lookers, though, sporting flashy double layer coats: long course outer coat with dense, short undercoat. The hair on their hindquarters feathers, as they proudly show off their plumed tail. Though they shed all year–similar to other breeds that live in the Arctic, they ring in seasonal changes with two predominant periods of shedding.

The three main variances in face shape evolve from irregularities within the Fox Faces of the breed. Pomeranians born with a shorter snout and eyes that appear closer to the nose and cheeks, are called Teddy Bear Pomeranians.  When they are paired with mates sharing this same appearance, consistency results. Baby Doll Pomeranians resemble the Teddy Bears, but they have a flatter snout, with eyes set higher back on the face.

Another reason why the Teddy Bear Pomeranian name caught on was due to what is known as the “Teddy Bear Trim”. Care needs to be taken, however, whenever their double coat is shaved down or guard hairs clipped. If trimming removes the outer coat, the under coat may changepermanently, making its grooming into a life-long commitment.

And so we come to the question: why would someone choose a Teddy Bear Pomeranian? Which leads to the next question: why not? The breed’s appeal stands on its own, yet, similar to choosing color or size over alternatives in other aspects of our lives, we enjoy choices–leading to a personal experience that embellish the seed of future relationship.

Regardless whether the shape of the Pomeranian’s face resembles a fox, a teddy bear, or a baby doll, these popular household companions include their own source of energy, frivolity and charisma. Though humanity sometimes kids itself into thinking that they open their doors simply to shelter an animal, seldom foreseen is the intertwining facets of each other’s lives from that point on: entertaining, healing, and building each other up into what often develops into long-term idyllic camaraderie.

References: (As of 12-1-13, 1:19 p.m. CST).  (As of 12-1-13, 1:23 p.m. CST).

Pomapoo – Pomeranian Poodle Mix

Each Pomeranian Poodle mix puppy receives inherent characteristics from each parent and their own sets of bloodlines. Though instinct tempts us to jump into the exciting aspect of this analogy, namely, exploring the scientific results behind breeding a Pomeranian to a Poodle, the wisest approach begins by examining the two individual breeds that make up the Pomeranian Poodle.

Please see our exhaustive comparison table below.

Nicknames for Pomeranian Poodle Mixes

This creative breed mix earns the nicknames: Pooranian, Poopom, Pomapoo.

Pomapoos can weigh anywhere from three to fourteen pounds and stand eight to twelve inches tall. They are labeled designer dogs, yet their description covers a wide range of physical and mental variety.

Their coats might be straight, wavy, or curly—their coloring—brown, black or white, (brown is the most common). Along with the hypo-allergenic coat of the Poodle, Pomapoos are considered ideal for people with fur allergies. Though they shed, it is much less than the average daily hair loss of most dogs.

Other outward variations might include the shape of the muzzle or the head—a long muzzle or a head that resembles the shape of a wedge—tails might ride high on their rump with a curl, or resemble the straight tail of the Poodle.

Though variances occur in the mixture of these two breeds, a few generalities can still be made. Pomapoos are not considered to be good watchdogs. They do not need a lot of living space or exercise, and their instincts are highly developed. All in all, Pomapoos mix the best of both worlds into an efficient, yet adorable, package: intelligence, good nature, ideal size for a compact environment, and relatively few health complications. They are an increasingly popular hybrid from the two of the most popular breeds.

Official Pomapoo Breed Recognition

The Pomapoo is currently recognized by: ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), DDKC (Designers Dogs Kennel Club), and the ICDR (International Canine Designer Registry).

OriginNorthern Poland & Eastern GermanyBegan as a German water dog ("Pudel hund" or "Puddle dog")
Descendant of the German SpitzStandardized in France (became national breed)
Toy breed developed in England, 18th Century
WW II military working dog
Star QualityApartment SizeConsidered to be the 2nd most intelligent dog breed
Easy to housebreak
Excels in dog sports & agility training
DescriptionToy BreedVariety of sizes
Top 20 Breed in U.S.Moisture proof coat that promotes swimming
Compact/sturdyhypoallergenic due to low shedding
Double fur coatSingle layer coat with dense curly fur that is high maintenance unless regularly clipped
Top coat long/straight/wiryMultiple coat clipping styles
Under coat soft/thick/short
Plumed Tail
Average Weight3-7 lbs.*
Height7-12 in.Standard: 15+ in.
Miniature: 11-15 in./Toy: 11- in.
Life Span12-16 yearsStandard: 12 year average
Miniature: 14 average
Toy: 14+ average
Coloringwhite/brown/blackSolids and varieties of
multi-color and varietieswhite/black/apricot/gray
Personality StrengthsFriendly/playful/entertainingGood natured/highly intelligent
Bonding/protective/intelligent/assertive/aware of surroundingsEnergetic
Personality WeaknessesCraves center of attentionNeeds frequent exercise
Prone to barkingEasily bored, mischievous
Unreliable with small children
HealthFew Negative Health PredispositionsProne to ear infections due to hair growth in ears


Pomchi – The Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix

No, this mix isn’t a new drink to be poured over ice or a catchy lingo for a chaotic bag of jellybeans. It’s a mixture resulting from two different dog breeds: one a Pomeranian and the other a Chihuahua—resulting in puppies that derive a genetic percentage from each parent, and their own bloodlines.

Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix Nicknames

Nicknames that highlight this designer dog breed are: Pomchi, Chi-Pom, Chiranian, Pomahuahua. If you know if any additional nicknames, please drop us an email to let us know. Here is our list of other Pomeranian mixes.

History and Origins of the Pomchi

This Pomeranian-Chihuahua hybrid originated in the United States of America, yet is a relatively new variety of Pomeranian mix. Its weighs anywhere from five to seven pounds and measures five to nine inches tall with a twelve to eighteen year lifespan. They come in a variety of colors: black, sable, blue merle, brown. Its coat may be a single or double coat, and long or short in length.

Some of the more consistent characteristics of Pomchis are their short, pointed muzzles, their intelligence and ease in social situations. Initially, though you might experience confusion in the pinpointing of the two breeds of parentage, one look into the distinct eyes of a Chihuahua should give you one half of a clue. In addition, if you are looking for a lap dog with some of the sweetest facial expressions, Pomchis most certainly have them.

Though supervision is always advisable, Pomchis socialize well with most children, especially older ones. They enjoy performing complicated tricks, and spend their happiest moments in the limelight, demonstrating intelligence and perky wit that leaves owners scratching their head at the Pomchi’s struggle with housetraining.

Yet, as is typical of many animals, a patient approach, with firm, kind discipline, is the one that produces the best results. Also, words of caution, but absolute necessities for every successful Pomchi-owner relationship: disciplinary consistency. Pomchis are especially susceptible to absorption of their owner’s emotions.        

The organizations that currently recognize the Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix are the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club), the DDKC (Designers Dogs Kennel Club), the ICDR (International Canine Designer Registry), and the DBR (Designer Breed Registry).

This table outlines the general information about each breed:

OriginNorthern Poland & Eastern GermanyNamed for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico
Descendant of the German SpitzPossible descendent of Techichi—Toltec civilization
Star QualityApartment SizeAware of surroundings
DescriptionToy BreedToy Breed
Top 20 Breed in U.S.Short or Long Coat
Compact /sturdyMay have “apple” or “deer” shaped head
Double fur coat,Only breed of dog to have “molleras” (soft spots) on heads
Top coat long /straight /wirydue to incomplete skull for fitting through birth canal.
Under coat soft /thick /short
Plumed Tail
Average Weight3-7 lbs.4-10 lbs.
Height7-12 in.6-10 in.
Life Span12-16 years15-20 years
ColoringWhite /brown /blackLarge variety of color
multi-color and varietiessplashes, marks, solids:
white, black, tan, brown, chocolate, cream, fawn, red
Personality StrengthsFriendly /playful /entertainingLoyal
Bonding /protective /intelligent Assertive /aware of surroundingsUltra-aware of their surroundings
Personality WeaknessesCraves center of attentionTemperament of owner
Prone to barkingaffects them
Stubborn /temperamentalCan be overprotective
Unreliable with small childrenLess tolerant of cold
Aggressive /dominantNot good with small children
Needs a calm environment
Do not always get along with other breeds of dogs
Prone to neurological disorders
HealthFew Negative Health PredispositionsEpilepsy /seizures
Trembles /shivers
When stressed /excited /cold



Beware of Ads for Free Pomeranian Puppies

The price of a Pomeranian puppy can be more than many families can reasonably afford and leads some to search for free Pomeranian puppies on the internet or in their local papers.

Persons seeking free puppies need to understand that they are really searching for a needle in a haystack when they go this route. Think about this logically.  Why would an individual who just paid several hundred dollars or even more than a $1,000 for a brand new purebred Pomeranian puppy turn around a couple weeks or months later and offer to give them up for free?  And if you think you are going to luck into a free teacup Pomeranian puppy then you need to reassess your expectations.

I am not saying it has never happened or that you will never find a free Pomeranian puppy, but the odds of doing so have to be incredibly low.

Again, I do not want to speak in absolutes because there are several situations where you could luck into a free Pomeranian puppy.

However, what is more likely the case is that any ad listing free Pomeranian puppies to a good home are really offering you the opportunity to take home a mutt.  The Pomeranian owned by the person posting the ad was probably impregnated by another breed.  Now they have a litter of mutts on their hands and need some folks to take these free puppies.

Now, if you are simply looking for a free adult Pomeranian dog then you should have considerably better success.  Obviously, over the course of a dog’s life, many things can happen that may result in an owner willing to part with their Pomeranian for free.

There may have been a job loss and they need to relocate to a place that doesn’t allow pets.  Maybe the owner died and a family member in charge of the estate needs to find an immediate owner.  The scenarios are endless.

The best place to find free Pomeranian puppies is by contacting a Pomeranian rescue organization and saving a dog.  Now, these dogs are not technically “free” because you are required to pay some fees and costs associated with the rescue and rehabilitation of the dog, but it is pretty darn close to free.  Adopting a Pomeranian, or any dog for that matter, is infinitely more rewarding and fulfilling than purchasing a new puppy from a puppy mill.

Here is a list of some Pomeranian rescue organizations.

Pomeranian Mix: List of Different Types of Designer Breeds

A Pomeranian mix is a generic description for any mixed breed pairing between the Pomeranian and another dog breed.  We have put together a list of different Pomeranian mixes below.

The Pomeranian is an incredibly popular dog throughout America and Europe and as you would expect the Pomeranian mix is similarly popular. This is partly attributable to its multi-dimensional appearance and fascinating array of colors of this breed.

Pomeranians were originally much larger than they are today weighing in at around thirty pounds and primarily white in color.  During the latter part of the 1800s, thanks to British royalty, they exploded in popularity and the Royal Family commenced a breeding program designed to miniaturize the breed.  Pretty unreal to see a dog breed shrink from an average of thirty pounds down to as little as two pounds today with the breeding of teacup Pomeranians.

The introduction of these various smaller breeds is what introduced the assortment of color offerings we enjoy today. And there are almost as many colors as the human mind can imagine or conjure up.  Here is an introduction to Pomeranian coat colors.



Here are some of the most common Pomeranian mix breed pairings:

Pomeranian American Eskimo Mix
Pomeranian Beagle Mix
Pomeranian Bichon Frise Mix
Pomeranian Boston Terrier Mix
Pomeranian Brussels Griffon Mix
Pomeranian Bulldog Mix
Pomeranian Cairn Terrier Mix
Pomeranian Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix
Pomeranian Chihuahua Mix (Pomchi)
Pomeranian Chinese Crested Mix
Pomeranian Chow Mix
Pomeranian Cocker Spaniel Mix
Pomeranian Corgie Mix
Pomeranian Coton de Teluar Mix
Pomeranian Dachshund Mix
Pomeranian Fox Terrier Mix
Pomeranian German Shepherd Mix
Pomeranian Golden Retriever Mix
Pomeranian Havanese Mix
Pomeranian Husky Mix
Pomeranian Jack Russell Terrier Mix
Pomeranian Labrador Mix
Pomeranian Lhasa Apso Mix
Pomeranian Maltese Mix
Pomeranian Miniature Pinscher Mix
Pomeranian Papillon Mix
Pomeranian Pekingese Mix
Pomeranian Pitbull Mix
Pomeranian Poodle Mix (Pomapoo)
Pomeranian Pug Mix
Pomeranian Rat Terrier Mix
Pomeranian Shetland Sheepdog Mix
Pomeranian Shiba Inu Mix
Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix
Pomeranian Silky Terrier Mix
Pomeranian Yorkshire Terrier Mix

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