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Look at them.
No, I mean, really look at them. Give a second look.
Tiny. Cartoonish. Absolutely Tiny. Like Ice Bear from We Bare Bears. Crushable. Cotton candy. Fluffball. These are the words that immediately come to my mind upon placing my eyes on this glorious animal.
Aren’t they just literally the CUTEST living things in the world (besides pandas). C’mon, just look at them. I’ve said that three times. They can make a fully-grown, bearded man want to punch a wall just by their sight to remind themselves of their masculinity. They are so bleedingly and dangerously cute, they inspire violent thoughts of mass destruction. I have to stay away from this animal. They are so cute it’s got to be a crime.
So, the million-dollar question is: Should you get one?
To help you answer this question for yourselves, here are some Interesting Facts and Tips to help you take care of your humble Teacup Pomeranian:
Interesting Fact #1: Tonnes of associated Dog Breed Names
Just as there are many sides to a diamond, there are many other names that are used in reference to the Teacup Pomeranian. By definition, the word ‘teacup’ already implies that it fits into a teacup. Yes, they do, except the fat ones. Teacup Pomeranians are also called:
- Toy Pomeranian
- Mini or Miniature Pomeranian
- Teddy Bear Pomeranian
- Pocket Pomeranian
- Dwarf Spitz
- Pom, etc.
Interesting Fact #2: They’re literally tiny but have an interesting pedigree.
A Teacup Pomeranian’s weight could range from 1.36 -1.81 kg, which fits under the Toy Dog Standard Classification. It is also interesting to note that Teacup Pomeranian’s ancestors were the Wolfspitz or Spitz-type dogs from the Arctic region that was used as working sled dogs. Don’t be fooled by their tiny size, they used to be hard manual workers. Used to.
Due to their small size and adaptability, Teacup Pomeranian dogs are suitable for apartment homes. Just ensure that your pet has undergone sociability training, and its barking is moderate. You don’t want your neighbors or worse, the police knocking on your door at 2 am in the morning to keep the volume down.
Interesting Fact #3: They’re popular with celebrities and royalty.
From Queens and princesses (Maria Antoinette, Josephine Beauharnais and Queen Charlotte of England, Queen Victoria of Britain) to modern day celebrities, the teacup Pomeranian has been a great hit. Who knew that our beloved media starlet, Paris Hilton spent US$25,000 on 2 teacup Pomeranians!! Alas, no one is immune to the simple charm of this outrageously adorable pet.
Interesting Fact #4: Not all breeds are equal.
The price to get your hands on a Pomeranian Teacup puppy or dog is between $500 to $4000. A common, reasonable range is about $600 to $1500. The specific type of dog breed will largely influence its price. For example, a purebred Pomeranian will fetch a high price, while a half or mixed breed has a lower price tag. It is also important to note that some puppies may cost more than they are worth. Other breeders may try to sell you a non-purebred puppy at an exorbitant price. Make sure that you buy your Pomeranian puppy from respected and trusted breeders only.
Interesting Fact #5: They are ‘old-school’
Although a Teacup Pomeranian may be absolutely palm-sized tiny, they can live up to 12 to 16 years. You can further extend their life through a good, well-balanced diet, sufficient exercise, treating its health issues and of course, love and attention.
Interesting Fact #6: Their bark is no larger than its bite
These teacup Pomeranians are exceptionally small, and their bark is almost like that of a high-pitched bird. Oh dear, cuteness overload again. However, due to its playful, lively, friendly and alert nature, it may have a habit of barking excessively. The dog’s intelligence allows it to respond to training successfully.
Now that we have a better grasp of the unique qualities of the Teacup Pomeranian, take note of the following tips BEFORE you get one for yourself or your loved ones:
Tip #1: Teacup Pomeranians are fragile so treat them with care.
Although dogs are usually considered as safe and acceptable pets for children, this may not always hold true for extremely small dogs like the teacup Pomeranian. Children below the ages of 12 may lack the maturity to understand that these dogs can be easily injured due to their size. They may carry them and drop them on the floor, unaware that this simple, seemingly innocent act could break the bones and even damage the internal organs of the pet. You might kill it if you sit or step on the poor doggy by accident! So, parents with children, you have been warned!! Be very careful!
Although teenagers and adolescents would be able to understand the necessity of treating their pet gently, it is still vital for you to provide some level of supervision especially when your pet is around children. Ensure that they do not climb up to high areas of the house (on top of the TV, closets, tables) to prevent any unnecessary falls and injuries.
Tip #2: Minimize environmental noise
Remember the last time you walked past a construction site with the constant jagged crunching of concrete incessantly piercing through your ears. I would bet it was definitely not a pleasant experience for you. Neither is it for your beloved teacup Pomeranian with its even more sensitive sense of smell and hearing. Pomeranians can feel overwhelmed and scared when they see quick movements, loud voices or any terrifying sound.
To prevent scaring your pet all the time and developing undesirable, try to keep loud noises minimal in your surroundings. If your children are too noisy, tell them to minimize their movements and lower their voices.
Tip #3: Don’t leave your pet alone for too long
Now that is a heavy word. It affects not only humans but animals too. Loneliness kills!
If you have a busy schedule requiring you to travel overseas a lot, or even just being away from home for more than 5 hours, a Teacup Pomeranian might not be a good dog for you. As Teacup Pomeranians are highly social, they sometimes experience separation anxiety when they are left alone in the house.
Separation anxiety can make your dog feel stressed. These feelings may cause the dog to scratch walls, chew up toys and scatter food all over the house. Just like a young baby, they need the constant attention of their parent, you.
how to counter this problem?
To counter this problem, you can check if there are dog-friendly stores, bars, and restaurants in your area that you can bring along your dog with. If you are overseas, please do hire a dog sitter to ensure your dog has sufficient food and attention.
Tip #4: Keep your Teacup Pomeranian healthy through exercise.
Do not be fooled by its small size. Pomeranian Teacups are hyperactive. Remember to go for daily walks with your dog before work and after work. Those tiny animals have lots of energy to release. Running around ensures that your dog’s cardiovascular and muscular system remains healthy, so it can enjoy a long and healthy life with you and your family.
Besides, it’s good for your health too! Get out to the nearest park and starting throwing some frisbees. Catch the sunshine and some fresh air!
Tip #5: Be informed of potential health issues that your Pomeranian may have
No one wants to see their dog suffer. Oh no, don’t remind me of Hachiko (poor fella). It will be useful to know what type of potential health issues your teacup Pomeranian may encounter, so that you are prepared for the situation when it arises. The more common and pressing health concerns include:
- Cryptorchidism – Only male Teacup Pomeranian dogs have this issue, where one or both of the dog’s testicles does not descend into the scrotum. Surgical removal of the retained testicles is the solution to this problem.
- Luxating patella – This issue occurs when the patellar groove in the dog’s knee is too shallow for the patella or is not properly secure. The result is that the patella jumps out sideways of the groove (luxate) which causes the leg to lock the foot. The dog does not feel or show any pain from this occurrence, but it will eventually be limping.
- Black skin disease – The combination of hyperpigmentation and alopecia (hair loss) seems to affect male Pomeranians more than females. There is a high chance this can occur during a dog’s puberty phase, but it can also occur at any age. Do not confuse this illness with chronic skin infections, reproductive hormone disorders, Cushing’s syndrome or hypothyroidism.
- Tracheal collapse – The windpipe of the dog often has tracheal rings weakening. When the weakening of the rings happens, the shape of the throat collapse and closes the dog’s
airway. Should you hear your Teacup Pomeranian dog having a cough that sounds like a goose honk, having fainting spells and has an intolerance to some exercises, then it is possible that it has a tracheal collapse.
Other health issues may also include:
mild or severe deafness, microphthalmia, increased intraocular pressure and ametropia. Skeletal, cardiac and reproductive abnormalities can also be part and parcel of health conditions. Ensure that your dog gets checked by the vet at least once every 6 months for optimal health.
The Teacup Pomeranian dog is truly a unique breed and on a class of its own. Like any baby, fragile and weak; yet with a cuddly and cheerful disposition which can brighten the mood in your house. If you are planning to get a Teacup Pomeranian, please do understand its behavior and needs better, and most importantly, treat this furry friend with your utmost love and attention.