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:
- 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?
- Which breed suits your household’s personality best?
- 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:
- 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.
- Observe the overall physical health: energy level, alertness, well-fed, attractive coat, good gait, no unusual discharges or breathing abnormalities.
- Check sight and hearing with claps, and a rolling ball.
- Watch the interaction of the puppies with their littermates.
- 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.
- Stand a distance away and encourage the puppy to approach and observe its reactions, (willingly approaches, tucked tail, fear, urinating or non-interest)?
- Check over-sensitivity to sights and sounds. What is their response when startled?
- Do they “guard” their food or their toys? Test this by giving them food or chew toy then approach and touch.
- 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.
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/choosing-puppy-litter (As of 12-1-13, 8:11 p.m. CST)