Pomeranian: Health Issues & Personality

The Pomeranian is curious, playful, self-confident, and attentive, ever ready for a game or adventure.  It can be reserved with strangers, and a few can be aggressive towards other dogs.  The Pom would have made our list of top 10 apartment dogs, if not for its high energy level and tendency to bark a lot.

The Pomeranian is prone to rapid buildup of tartar on its teeth and to frequent "weeping"; its eyes should be cleaned regularly.  Its thick coat needs only occasional bathing.  These dogs suffer risk of hereditary diseases, particularly hip dysplasia and dislocation of the patella, or kneecap.
Average Lifespan Of The Pomeranian: 12-16 years.
Average Weight: 3-7lbs.

Inherited Health Disorders:

Absent Tear Duct
Extra Lashes
Watery Eye
Deviated Eyelashes

Patella Luxation: Small dogs are more likely to inherit this disorder, the equivalent of a dislocated knee in humans.  It can be corrected with surgery.
Dislocation Of The Shoulder

Patent Ductus Arteriosus: A heart defect which can cause fluid build up in the lungs.
Windpipe (Tracheal) Collapse
Exercise Requirements: 1/5
Affection Level: 1/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 1/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:
Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
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