Hobby breeder Tami Huber talks about Pomeranians and her Pampered Pom Pom Babies Facebook page.
If you are looking for a puppy that is curious, brave and bubbly all wrapped up in a petite package of abundant fur, then a Pomeranian, or Pom Pom as they are nicknamed, might be just the pet for you.
Pomeranians’ miniature size — 4 to 7 pounds as adults — make them the perfect indoor companion for smaller homes, but don’t let that tiny stature fool you — they have a big-dog attitude. That’s not surprising since Pom ancestors, spitz-type dogs, pulled sleds and guarded homes and livestock. But the tiny versions of their ancestors, similar to today’s Pom Poms, were cherished as pets.
Tami Huber, creator of the Pampered Pom Pom Babies Facebook page and a Pomeranian breeder, fell in love with the breed when she had her first Pomeranian as a little girl. Huber loves the fact that no two Poms look alike. “You’ll always know which dog is yours,” she says. “Even their facial features are different.” The dogs are often described as fox faced, and they come in almost two dozen colors with a variety of patterns and markings.
Huber is a hobby breeder, which means she typically breeds one or two litters each year, as opposed to a commercial breeder, which breeds a larger number of dogs in a 12-month time frame. She has been breeding Pomeranians for more than 13 years and has an abundance of advice for anyone thinking about purchasing one.
“If you want a purebred Pomeranian, chose one that is AKC-registered and not CKC-registered,” Huber says. AKC is short for American Kennel Club, and they register purebred dogs only if the parents of the dog are AKC-registered. The Continental Kennel Club, or CKC, registers purebreds and mixed-breed dogs. “With CKC, you just don’t know if you are getting a true Pom. They don’t do DNA testing,” she says. Huber’s Poms are AKC-registered.
Huber says some things to look for in a purebred Pomeranian are a dense coat, petite ears and snout and almond-shaped eyes. The thick coat does require weekly brush outs to keep their fur healthy and free from mats. Huber also advises not to purchase a dog — a puppy for an adult — without its health history. Huber uses her Facebook page to educate Pom owners or potential Pom owners on the ins and outs of the breed.
With the upcoming holidays, it might be tempting to give a puppy to a loved one as a gift, but Huber doesn’t recommend it. “Having a dog should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision, no matter what kind of dog it is,” she says, adding that becoming a pet owner is a huge responsibility, not only from a time commitment standpoint, but also financially. “It is part of my process to weed out the bad-intentioned adopters,” she says.
For anyone who thinks they might like to own a Pomeranian, Huber encourages individuals to do their homework. Poms are active, and they do require frequent grooming. They also can have hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, a common problem with small breeds, so “having food handy is necessary.” Huber suggests opting to foster a rescue Pomeranian first before making a permanent commitment.
Visit the Pampered Pom Pom Babies
Huber encourages anyone who might want to purchase a Pomeranian from her to visit her Pampered Pom Pom Babies page to learn more about the breed. Find it at facebook.com/pamperedpompombabies/