May 6, 2010

Small Dog Breeds That Make Excellent House Dogs and Companions

Small dog breeds are becoming increasingly popular as companion dogs because they are extremely portable, adaptable to nearly any living environment, easier to take care of and cheaper to upkeep. With an overwhelming number of small dog breeds available, this may makes finding the perfect small companion a difficult task.

Breeds of small dogs have a reputation for being excellent companion pets for someone living alone or for an older couple. This is because these types of small house dogs are happy and energetic, making them a great pet for a family, but are also small enough to do well in a small apartment because they don’t require much exercise.

Another benefit of small dog breeds is that they have an average life expectancy of 14-16 years. While some are prone to ailments simply because of their size, many experience less health problems than large breeds that deal with hip dysplasia, arthritis, or joint problems. Before selecting a small dog breed, you will want to do some research regarding potential breed specific health issues.

Often small dogs, usually less than 15 pounds or so, are considered part of the "toy" or "miniature" group. Some small breeds like the Poodle, are actually a tiny version of the Standard Poodle. You may find some small dog breeds available in weighs as little as 4-6 pounds at full growth, while others will weigh closer to 14-16 pounds.

Although there are great benefits to owning a small dog, you will need to be especially careful with some of the smallest breeds outdoors in the cold, as well as around other large dogs, as they are more vulnerable to injury. If you live in a cold climate zone and are interested in a small dog, you might want to consider small fluffy dog breeds, like a Shih Tzu or a Pomeranian.

As well, just because these dogs are small does not always mean that they are instantly cute and sweet. Many small dog breeds, like the Chihuahua and Pomeranian, have a reputation for being temperamental, jealous and downright spoiled at times. Depending on the breed, some may also be difficult to train and housebreak, as they are often known for being headstrong to make up for their small stature. Before deciding on a small dog, you will also want to do some research, as some are better suited with children or other pets, while others may not be suited in these homes.

Their benefits as pets far outweigh any downfalls and this shows as they continue to rise in popularity. They are wonderful family dogs, as well as easy going companions that are usually content doing whatever their owners do. Most just enjoy snuggling up while their owners watch a movie and many are content with a little romp in the backyard.

Some of the most popular breeds of small dogs include…

Chihuahuas: This pup is known for being fiercely loyal, as well as having a big dog attitude. Although this works well for couples looking for a little watch dog, Chihuahuas may not do well with children because of this loyalty and attitude. Because of their short hair, they will do best in a warm climate zone or where they can be kept indoors unless they are of the long-haired variety.

Dachshunds: Most recognize the "wiener dog" right away and this has helped to make them one of the most popular small dog breeds in America. They are popular because of their fun and fearless attitude, a happy personality as well as being a great companion dog. Owners need to regularly exercise them and be careful of overfeeding because they are short and long.

Pomeranians: This breed loves to be spoiled, so will do well with a companion that wants to make their pet the center of attention. They don’t mind sitting on their companion’s lap all day long, although they are known for being jealous. Poms are one of the most popular small fluffy breeds that have more bite than its bark, making it a great watchdog.

Pugs: A sweet and lovable small dog with lots of energy, Pugs fit well with any type of family, although they will need regular exercise because of their tendency towards being overweight.

Shih Tzus: Often referred to as the little lion because of their lion face and big personality, this breed commands attention and respect. Surprisingly, although they are long-haired and require regular grooming, Shih Tzus are actually considered hypoallergenic.

Yorkshire Terriers: One of the smallest of the small breeds, Yorkies are actually pretty hardy and can stand up to a little rough housing. These dogs are extremely loyal companion dog that will usually pick their favorite owner, and have a tendency towards being jealous.

These are just a few of the many small dog breeds out there, and if chosen carefully, both you and your pup will benefit with years of love and companionship.

When Richard Livitski isn't busy digging up information about various dog breeds, he's working on his dog names website where dog names and puppy names in all shapes and sizes can be found.

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May 3, 2010

Celebrity Dog Names and Breeds

Because pop culture is so prevalent in our every day lives, we often look to celebrities for hints and ideas on how to live our lives. Perhaps it's the idea of living glamorously, or maybe for sheer lack of creativity , we often emulate our favorite actors, actresses, t.v. stars, musicians and even politicians. Choosing and naming our pets is no different! We've all seen them, out and about at the dog park or shopping out on the town , celebrities love their pets! Whether you're a pop culture buff or not, if you're considering getting a dog, you may be inspired by whom and what some well-known personalities call their 'best friends.'

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is 'best friends' with a German Shepherd named 'Atticus' and a Puggle named 'Boo Radley.'

'Bambi' is the Pit Bull that keeps tennis star Venus Williams safe at night.

Actress Sienna Miller keeps it simple with her mutts named 'Bess' and 'Porgi.'

Actress Minnie Driver loves her Black Labrador named 'Bubba.'

South African actress Charlize Theron owns two mutts named 'Delilah' and 'Denver.'

Actress (and daughter of Goldie Hawn) Kate Hudson pampers a Pomeranian named 'Clara Bo.'

Reese Witherspoon's two French Bulldogs each have a first name and a last. Meet 'Coco Chanel' and 'Frank Sinatra.'

Courtney Cox Arquette and her husband David Arquette have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named 'Harley' and 'Hopper.'

Actress Eva Longoria loves her little Maltese, also known as 'Jinxy.'

Hilary Duff has lots of (little) fun with her Chihuahua, 'Lola.'

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner named their Golden Retriever after the ultimate domestic diva: 'Martha Stewart.'

Talk show hostess and all-around star extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey has three Golden Retriever. She calls them 'Luke,' 'Layla,' and 'Gracie.'

Actor Adrien Brody has two Chihuahuas named 'Ceelo' and 'Lolly.'

Actress and wild child Lindsay Lohan has a Maltese named 'Chloe.'

Who can forget Ozzy Osbourne's wife Sharon Osbourne's tiny Pomeranian, 'Minnie?'

Jessica Alba named her two Pugs after the tragic couple , 'Sid' and 'Nancy.'

Joan Rivers, of most recent 'Celebrity Apprentice' fame owns a Pekingese she calls 'Max,' a Boston Terrier named 'Lulu' and a Yorkie named 'Veronica.'

Jimmy Buffet calls his Golden Retriever (what else?) 'Cheeseburger.'

Basketball star Ken Griffey Jr. has a Rottweiler named 'Akeiba.'

Mel Gibson's Australian Shepherd is named (simply) 'Patch.'

Who says small dogs aren't manly? Pro football player Bret Favre has a tiny Yorkshire Terrier named 'Jazzmin.'

Sir Paul McCartney's Sheepdog is named 'Martha.'

Author Stephen King keeps company with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named 'Marlowe.'

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and infamous for his stunts on 'Dancing with the Stars' has a Shar Pei named 'Coco Puff.'

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have tow Rottweilers, named 'Indo' and 'Zhaki.'

Actor and comedian Jim Carrey's best friend is a Great Dane named 'George.'

Matt Lauer, host of the Today Show on NBC has a Golden Retriever named 'Walden.'

Her Bull Mastiff, 'Koko', protects Singer Christina Aguilera.

Scarlett Johansen's miniature best friend is a Chihuahua named 'Maggie.'

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is often seen out walking her Black Lab, 'Holden.'

Mary Kate Olsen of Mary Kate and Ashley fame owns a Chocolate Lab named 'Luca.'

So if you are looking for that special pooch to call your own, consider the personalities of the celebrities listed above. Do you identify with any of them? If so, you may get along with the type of breed that your 'hero' or 'heroine' has. If you've recently adopted a dog and are stumped for a name, you may find a great idea from a great star.

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How old does a pomeranian have to be to be pregnant? How long does the pregnancy last?

My pomeranian is 1 year old and in perfect health. She is a dominant dog (which is probably irrelevant). Also, could you give me more information on pomeranian pregnancy? Please give me the most professional advice! Details, please


My most professional advice is to spay your little pet.

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April 30, 2010


i might get this dog tell me if u like it or not and why
and how are they with a 14 years old and shih-tzu dogs

I've had a Pomeranian for 15 years. They are sweet dogs but they are also very hyper and loves attention. As far as getting along with an existing dog, I didn't have trouble when she was introduced to my Brittany Spaniel, however, you can't tell how two dogs will get along until they have met. I recommend researching on how to introduce a new dog to your house with an existing dog to eliminate any type of hostile response. One more thing, Pomeranian has a high pitch yep when they bark and they do like to bark, so I would consider that before getting one.

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Keeping Your Pet Pomeranians Coat In Show Ring Condition

Whether you actively show your Pomeranian dog shows or just have them as a loving pet, keeping his coat in top-notch condition is key for his good health .s well as his good looks. Despite their fluffy appearance, Pomeranians do not require an excessive amount of grooming and keeping their coat in good condition is not a hard task and can be one that both you and your Pom look forward to.

The first step to having a healthy coat is to be sure that your dog is free of parasites and fed a healthy diet. external parasites such as fleas, ticks and even ear mites will cause your doctor scratch thus pulling out hair. some dogs may even be allergic to fleas which can cause unsightly skin disturbances. While it's obvious how external parasites affect the health of your dogs coat, internal parasites can also affect it as they rob your dog from a vital nutrients he needs to be healthy. That's keeping your dog free of parasites and feeding him a healthy diet will give him all the vitamins and minerals he needs to be healthy and have a vibrant coat.

It's important to know, that the Pomeranians coat will change drastically from puppy hood to adulthood. When you first get your Pom, he will have light fluffy fur but at around six months of age this will change and he or she will start to grow in his beautiful double coat that Pomeranians are known for. You will see another change, when the dog sheds its first coat. You'll be able to get a good indication of what you're puppy's coat may look like when he is an adult by looking at the code of his parents. If it is full and fluffy and this is probably what your puppies coat will look like and is another good reason to be able to view the parents before you pick out a puppy.

Grooming your Pomeranian is not the arduous task you might think it would be. They can easily become matted, especially around the backs of the legs, behind the ears, under the belly and the chest area so daily brushing is probably best to avoid this and is a fun way to bond with your dog. When your Pomeranian is shedding you should take care to remove all the dead hair so that new hair can grow in. A nylon brush is best for brushing your Pom and you should really dampen his coat before you brush him.

Bathing your Pomeranian is easily done due to their small size. You can put them in sync pretty easy and rinse them off with the sprayer. You don't need to bathe your Pom too often, once every six weeks or so and be sure to use in organic shampoo formulated for dogs that is free of chemicals and preservatives.

In the summer, you can trim your Pom's hair down if you like the look and you should always take care to do a little skinny trim under the tail has this long hair can become soiled.

Another area to pay particular attention to in the Pomeranian is his feet. This breed should have small little paws like a cat but they hate our can grow out quite rapidly and you'll need to keep the hair trimmed back in order to keep the feet looking good. This will also keep the hair out of your Pom's way and you should also trim in between the pads under the foot and make sure the nails are trimmed as well to keep the dainty look.

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April 27, 2010

Poms with a Broken Wheel!

Talia is pulling Chyna & Nyca in the wagon but the wheel falls out. So cute and Funny! A Team B moment!

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All The Amazing Secrets About Pomeranians

The Pomeranian is one of the most lovable toy dogs on the planet and have become hugely popular in America. The Pomeranian belongs to the family of dogs known as the Spitz who were first bred in the Pomerania region of Germany. This article will discuss everything there is to know about the Pomeranian so you can get to know this wonderful breed of dog more intimately.

The Origin of The Pomeranian

Believe it or not the Pomeranian actually originated from the sled dogs of Iceland. These dogs were eventually brought into Germany. Of course they were much larger dogs back then and were often used for work purposes like most animals in that day.

So when did the Pomeranian start taking the shape of the dogs we know so well today. Well, it was Queen Charlotte who first brought the Pomeranian into England and through trial and error, English breeders were able to bring this 20 pound dog down to the size of a healthy toy dog. It wasn't until the 19th century that the Pomeranian was first declared a modern breed of dog.

The Appearance of The Pomeranian

The average size of a typical Pomeranian is around 3 to 7lbs. The face of a Pomeranian closely resembles a fox, with a typical pointy snout and cat-like ears. Their tails are generally thick coated and usually only become this way once they reach maturity. The coat is orange with shades of black, white and grey. There are different types of Pomeranians such as the black and white Pomeranian whose color, like its name is only black and white in appearance.


The Pomeranian is a very active dog that enjoys a lot of action. This comes from the days when they were first used as sled dogs when being fit and active was highly necessary. As you might also suspect, they are very loyal and are one of the best companion dogs around. Due to their tiny framed bodies, they are usually not the best dogs to have with small children. There is a possibility when playing too hard with a Pomeranian, may cause it to snap and bite on occasions. Because of this many people like to compare them to the Chihuahua, but the only time a Pomeranian will become aggressive is when it feels it is being threatened. They are generally friendly dogs that enjoy as much play as possible as long as it doesn't become too rough!

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i want to convince my mom to get us a dog. is a pomeranian a good choice???

details on shedding, personality, attitude,etc

what about a yorkie/pom mix???
are they good??

Poms do shed, and the ones I know have great personalities. I had one with my ex and his daughter (they kept him) my brother has one (it is now 15 years old) my sister has 2. All are extremely friendly and mine jumps up on anyone's lap as long as they are willing to hold him and pet him. My brothers dog loves me, my sister and my Mom as well as my brother. So whoever said they were one person dogs is wrong. They do need brushing every single day or they get matted.

Long haired Chihuahuas are a good dog, they shed less than the short haired Chi. They too have a great personality, very devoted to their people.

Toy Poodles are excellent, no shedding but you do have to groom them often. I do my two myself. I give them the cute lamb cut only. Kept short they don't require a lot of brushing, longer and you will have to brush them. They are extremely attached to their owners. They usually pick one owner to be their human and will follow them like velcro.

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June 24, 2009

Pomeranian Health - Caring For Your Pomeranian

One of the major issues that affect owners of Pomeranian's is the Pomeranian health issue because they have a tendency to acquire a few different health problems. Many of these issues can be easily dealt with and with proper nutrition and care the tendency to suffer through health issues are greatly reduced. That being said however, there are a few things that you can look for when raising your dog that can make you aware of Pomeranian health issues and how to spot them at an early stage. With proper care and attention, your Pomeranian can live up to 16 years old, as these dogs are one of the very heartiest breeds available.

Pomeranian Health Watch

One of the most common problems of Pomeranian health is that they tend to lose their teeth early and in the same manner as humans get very sick by having unkempt teeth or rotting teeth, dogs are susceptible to acquiring diseases and other health disorders if the teeth are not properly maintained. In order to maintain Pomeranian health it is essential to brush the dog's teeth at least once a week with a small children's toothbrush. It is also very important to note that when brushing dog's teeth it is not recommended to use human toothpaste because it is very bad for the Pomeranian health.

Most people are also lacking in the knowledge that this particular breed of dog has been down bred from much larger dogs that are typically 15-20 pounds. Whenever this occurs within any breed of animal, it can cause health problems however in the particular Pomeranian health it also plays a significant role especially in birthing a litter because they typically need a C-section due to the fact that they have been bred down from a much larger dog.

Another common Pomeranian health issue is that the teeth often do not line up properly which can be caused by a variety of different reasons. This is sometimes confused with the dogs that have teeth out of line and this is a different issue than that because the Pomeranian's jaw has outgrown the other jaw and this causes a very big over or under bite. This can potentially damage the dog's career in the limelight however, aside from that it doesn't pose any huge threat for the Pomeranian health. This is even attributed to not having the puppy's retaining teeth removed and it forces the jaw to grow at different rates of speed and often ends up with this result.

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June 23, 2009

How do you know if a female pomeranian is breed quality when you purchase her?

I am looking to become a small hobby breeder because I love pomeranians and I want to share them with the world, but I do not want to chance their health and need to know what to look for when purchasing a female. I know about size and age and all that but no website I have been on has specified any characteristics on the female pomeranian that you should look for.

You need to get in contact with breeders of quality Pomeranian dogs and inquire about obtaining a show quality female. Most successful breeders will not give a novice a show quality puppy without co-ownership which is really no bad thing anyway — getting a breeder to mentor you is the single BEST thing you can do. If you are lucky enough to get a show quality puppy on a co-ownership basis your breeder will be there to guide you through every step of the way. If your female turns out to be show winning, has all her health checks in place and has a wonderful temperament, THEN she is breeding quality.

Best of luck!

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