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The answer to this question is relative and purely subjective. A Pomeranian can cost you from US$1,000 to $6,500. For an average joe, this might look costly, but the devil is in the details. Pomeranian is a fancy breed, and fancy breeds are expensive. Its luxurious fur, feisty nature, and pretty face come at a price. The breeder spends painstakingly long hours (at least 8-10) to take care of them in their first four weeks. They are prone to diseases like glycemia and other infections during this time. He has to recover his investment in time and money from the buyer; otherwise, it’s not worth it.
A Pomeranian will also last for 10-15 years. You tend to spend more on smartphones, laptops that will not be with you for even half that term. Think of it as a long-term investment in your emotional happiness and well-being, and you will understand why they are expensive.
Origin of Pomeranian specie
Poms were once a large breed of dogs that used to pull sleds and herd sheep. It might be hard to believe now, but it’s a fact. Not until the nineteenth century they used to weigh around thirty pounds. They originally hailed from Iceland. As you know them today, Poms were bred into a small breed in Germany in the early part of the nineteenth century. It happened in the northeast region of Germany in a place called Pomerania. It also gave them the name from which they are known till today.
History and expansion
Pomeranians are very closely related to wolves. They belong to the spitz breed of dogs. It is a breed that has several wolf-like traits. More precisely, they are part of the five different types of dogs that make up the German Spitzen group, a sub-part of the spitz breed. Pomeranians are the smallest member of the 5-member German Spitzen group.
Queen Victoria was said to be bewitched by their charm and funny characteristics. She helped the species gain widespread popularity in her days. The process of breeding them to a smaller size also started in the late 1800s.
In the US, the Pomeranian fever started gripping the nation by the turn of the 20th century. It remains one of the most sought-after and loved companion dogs ever since in the country. It was officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1888.
Among the three dogs that survived the sinking of the Titanic, there were two Pomeranians. This fact also helped in getting more recognition for the species.
What can you do to save money buying a Pomeranian?
Like I explained at the beginning of the article breeding a Pomeranian is an expensive affair. It requires a lot of care in terms of medicines, nurturing, food, bedding, etc. Naturally, it all costs money, and a breeder tries to recover all his investment along with profit when he sells them. An approved, certified, accredited, and reputed breeder would always be expensive.
To save money, you should not turn to a Pomeranian expensive source. Instead, look for unofficial breeders, adoption agencies, and shelter homes for less costly Pomeranians. You can search for them online or ask your family and friends about them. Maybe they can recommend one or two cheap places for you. But a word of advice before you buy from any such site. Beware of the health of your pup. An unhealthy or sickly puppy would cost you dearly in vet visits. It will also cause you unnecessary emotional pain and heartbreak. It is unwise to spend little on a pup that will cost you medicines later in the long run. But if you want to buy a cheap puppy, this is the only way. Try getting an expert’s opinion on your pup’s health before you buy it.
How much should you pay for a puppy?
It depends on how much you love it or how much your budget is. But there are some considerations that you need to factor in before you buy a Pomeranian puppy.
Age: young puppies between the period of 8-12 weeks are the most expensive ones. As they grow older, the breeder reduces the price. After one year, the price drops considerably. Ask for the age of the puppy and then decide accordingly.
Color: Dogs with solid colors are generally more expensive. A black and white Pomeranians are the costliest among all the color varieties.
Gender: Girl pups are more in demand and therefore costlier than male pups.
Size: For Pomeranians, the smaller the size, the higher the price would be. Small-sized poms, sometimes also lovingly called teacups, are very expensive.
Location: Different countries, states, have different regulations and laws that govern dog breeders. If these laws result in more restrictions for the breeder, he will likely pass on the cost to the animals resulting in a higher price. So, avoid buying from Pomeranian expensive places.
Lineage: A pup from a higher pedigree will be more expensive than the one that does not come from an impressive bloodline.
Certifications: A breeder with all the required credentials will charge you more because obtaining all those documents means fulfilling requirements and ensuring everything is maintained in an orderly and prescribed manner.
So, depending on the above, you should be ready and willing to spend somewhere between US$1,000-5,000 for a Pomeranian puppy.
Why are Pomeranians so popular?
Apart from their pretty faces and fluffy appearance, Pomeranians have many attractive characteristics that endear them to dog-lovers. They are affectionate, friendly, energetic, intelligent, well-behaved, curious, and feisty animals. Their exercise requirements are also low as compared to other dogs. Their diminutive stature also makes them unique and easy to carry around. They are not very friendly to kids, so that might be a problem for a family with kids, but apart from that, they are a fur ball of a companion that will give you oodles of joy.
So, that was all about Pomeranians, their cost, and how much you should spend on them based on various factors. These factors can increase of decrease their price. You need to understand that raising a Pom is not easy. It takes the breeder’s time, energy, and of course money that he will inevitably add to the selling price.
In case you are wondering how much will it be to taking care of a pomeranian you can read this article I wrote about pomeranian care expenses and how to minimize them.