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Tuesday, 16 January 2007
08:42:15 PM (GMT)
History:
The Pomeranian was originally descended from the ancient Spitz breeds of the far
north which were brought to Europe and used to herd sheep. The Pom ancestors weighed
up to 30 pounds. Marie Antoinette, Emile Zola and Mozart all owned Pomeranians. In
the late 1800's, Queen Victoria became a Pomeranian fancier, and established her own
kennel for their breeding. She showed her dogs, with some success, making the breed
very popular in England. Because Queen Victoria preferred smaller dogs, many breeders
began selecting for small size. Now the Pomeranian has been bred down from his
original size to a customary 4-5 pounds. The Pomeranian's intelligence and talent for
showmanship have also made him a superior circus performer. Today's Pomeranian is
primarily a loving companion and beautiful show dog. 

Description:
A tiny fluffy dog with a wedge-shaped head and small pointed erect ears. Some have
faces that breeders liken to a fox, others have baby-doll or "pansy" faces. The skull
is a bit rounded, but not domed. All have bright, dark, almond-shaped eyes and a dark
or self-colored (matching the coat) nose and eye rims. The teeth should meet in a
scissors bite. Poms also boast a distinctive feathered tail that fans forward over
the back. There is an abundant ruff around the neck and chest area. The body is
slightly shorter than it is tall, and the brisket reaches to the elbows. The profuse
stand-off double coat usually comes in solid colors. Any solid color is allowed, but
the most common are red, orange, white or cream, blue, brown or black. Sometimes the
coat is parti-colored (white with colored markings), black-and-tan, or wolf or orange
sable. The outer coat is long, straight, and harsh, and the undercoat is soft and
dense. The ideal weight is 4-6 lbs.

Notes:
Not recommended for young children. May be snappish. Good companion for elderly
people. Generally good with other pets if properly introduced. One of the most
independant of the Toys. Newborn pups are very tiny and fragile. Small females often
need Cesarean section deliveries. Pomeranians may be picky eaters, but most tend to
overeat and become fat. Some bloodlines are prone to slipped stifle, dislocated
patella (knee-cap), heart and skin problems, and eye infections. Since Pomeranians
are prone to early tooth loss, feeding dry food is recommended to help keep teeth and
gums in good condition. Be sure the veterinarian also keeps the dog's teeth clean.
Keep the dog quiet in hot weather to avoid overheating. The Pomeranian is very
popular, so many inferior animals are bred to satisfy the demand. Purchase only from
a reputable breeder. 

Personality:
Willful, bold, loving, temperamental. An extroverted, lively little dog who thinks
he's big. Excellent watchdog with a resonant bark. Proud and happy. Alert, curious
and busy. Rather sharp tempered. Can be aggressive with other animals--introduce the
Pomeranian and other pets slowly and with supervision. Intelligent, but needs a firm
hand in training. Good at learning tricks. The Pomeranian must know the owner is the
boss, or he will not listen. This breed may become too demanding if the owner allows
it!

Behavior:
Children: Best with older, considerate children. 
Friendliness: Reserved with strangers.
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train.
Independence: Fairly independent.
Dominance: High.
Other Pets: Generally good with other pets.
Combativeness: Tends to be fairly dog-aggressive.
Noise: Likes to bark.


Grooming and Physical Needs:
Grooming: Regular grooming needed. 
Trimming & Stripping: Some trimming or stripping (little skill required).
Coat: Fluffy coat.
Shedding: Constant shedder.
Exercise: Very little exercise needed.
Jogging: A poor jogging companion.
Indoors: Very active indoors.
Apartments: Good for apartment living.
Outdoor Space: Does all right without a yard.
Climate: Prefers cool climates.
Owner: Good for novice owners.
Longevity: Short (under 10 years).

Talents:
watchdog, agility, and performing tricks. 
 
 History:
There seem to be two different stories about the Yorkshire Terrier's origins. The
first states that the breed was brought to Yorkshire, England by Scottish weavers
emigrating to England in the mid-nineteenth century. The second states that the
Yorkshire Terrier was developed by English miners in the 1800's to help control the
rat population in mine shafts. According to the second story, the Yorkie probably
resulted from crosses between the Dandie Dinmont, Skye Terrier, black and tan toy
terrier and the Maltese. The new breed was originally called the Scotch Terrier. This
game little dog was also pitted against rats for the miners' entertainment. Later he
became a favorite companion of well- to-do women who carried the tiny dogs in their
bags or under their arms. Though 19th century terrier aficionados thought the breed's
future was dim, the Yorkie has become one of the most popular breeds. Today this
spunky little dog is both a lively companion and a glamorous show dog.

Description:
A vigorous small dog with a long, profuse silky, steel blue and gold coat. Puppies
are born black with tan points and generally come into their adult coat after about
one year. The full adult coat is parted down the middle of the spine and hangs down
long enough to touch the ground. The delicate head is flat, with a medium length
muzzle topped by a cute black button nose. The eyes are bright and dark with dark
rims. The ears are small, erect and triangular. Hair on the ears is dark. The tail is
docked at 3 to 5 days to half its original length.

Notes:
Show dogs need constant and extensive grooming. Can be difficult to housebreak. Avoid
puppy mill and pet shop Yorkies, as these animals may be misproportioned. Sensitive
to cold. Bitches often have trouble delivering. Have a veterinarian on stand-by for
each birth. Do not over-protect this little dog, or he can become neurotic. The very
tiny "teacup" Yorkies often have serious health and behavior problems. Prone to
slipped stifle and eye infections. The soft teeth tend to be prone to decay and
weakness. Inspect and clean the teeth regularly. Be sure to feed Yorkies dry food
(canned food may be added) to help keep their teeth strong and clean.

Personality:
Spirited and willful. Self-confident. Affectionate and very lovable. Highly energetic
and bustling. Brave and clever. Doesn't get along well with other animals. Demanding
and dependant. Needs companionship. Can be snappish if frightened, surprised or
over-teased.

Behavior:
Children: Best with older, considerate children.
Friendliness: Reserved with strangers.
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train.
Independence: Needs people a lot.
Dominance: Moderate.
Other Pets: Generally good with other dogs; do not trust with non-canine pets.
Combativeness: Very dog-aggressive.
Noise: Likes to bark.


Grooming and Physical Needs:
Grooming: Regular grooming needed. 
Trimming & Stripping: Some trimming or stripping (little skill required).
Coat: Long coat.
Shedding: Very light.
Docking: The tail is customarily docked. 
Exercise: Very little exercise needed.
Jogging: A fair jogging companion.
Indoors: Very active indoors.
Apartments: Good for apartment living.
Outdoor Space: Does all right without a yard.
Climate: Prefers warm climates.
Owner: Good for novice owners.
Longevity: Moderately long lived (12 to 15 years).

Talents:
watchdog. 

If there are any other dogs you'll wanna know about let me know....

                                         ~Your Friend,Breonna N.


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