- Activity Level: moderate
- Grooming Level: high
- Trainability: high
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-16 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: very alert
Pomeranian Mix Breed Profile
A Pomeranian Mix is a cross between a Pomeranian and another dog breed. Because a mix can inherit any combination fo traits from their parents, you do want to ask the breeder about the other parent breed in the mix. If a Pomeranian Mix takes after their Pom parent, you can expect a small, fluffy companion that is affectionate, playful, and has a big personality.
Poms tend to be active little dogs that love their families and are affectionate with them. They tend to do well with children, other pets, and other dogs. They can be suspicious of strangers, but they love attention so will warm up quickly as long as they have been properly socialized.
Pomeranians are alert dogs that are prone to barking. If left unchecked, it can become an issue. By training your dog to stop barking early on, you can keep this from becoming a nuisance issue at home and also when out interacting with other people and dogs.
If the other parent breed is known for having a similar temperament, then you can expect something similar from a Pom Mix. You do want to ask the breeder about the other parent breed as they will likely have their own quirks.
You can also meet the mother in person to see what temperament she has and see the behavior she’s modeling for her puppies. Although the breeder should have started some socialization and training, it is up to you to continue to train and socialize a puppy once you get them home to help them grow into a well-rounded dog.
Pomeranians tend to be highly adaptable dogs. They do well in most climates, but are very sensitive to heat. They adapt well to apartments as well as larger homes and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
If the other parent breed is also highly adaptable, then you can expect the same from a Pomeranian Mix. However, you do still want to ask the breeder about the other parent breed as they are likely to introduce their own set of quirks and traits.
Although mixed breeds can sometimes be healthier than purebred dogs, it’s not a guarantee. Good, reputable breeding practices matter. And, just as a mix can inherit none of the conditions common to their parent breeds, they could also inherit all of them or some combination of them.
From the Pomeranian side, potential health concerns to be aware of in a Pom Mix include patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, eye problems, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, and heart issues. They can also be prone to having allergies. As a small dog breed, they are also prone to developing dental disease.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to make sure they aren’t passing issues to puppies. So, make sure you are asking about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. You can also ask about any health tests, clearances, or evaluations that have been done.
Pomeranians are intelligent and generally easy to train. Even though this also makes it easy to train them into bad habits and housetraining can be difficult, they tend to be a good fit for owners of all experience levels.
If the other parent breed is also highly trainable, you can expect something similar from a Pomeranian Mix. However, if the other parent breed has traits that make them more difficult to train, then you will need to be prepared for that possibility in a Pom Mix puppy.
A mixed-breed can end up with a coat that is just like one of their parents or a coat that is truly a mix of both. If a Pom Mix ends up with a Pom coat, they will be fluffy, shed a bit year-round, shed more as the seasons change, need daily brushing, and need a monthly bath. Professional grooming is also recommended every 4-6 weeks for a Pomeranian.
In addition to coat care and regardless of coat type, you will also need to take care of your Pomeranian Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting nails once or twice monthly keeps them from growing too long. Weekly ear checks with careful cleanings as needed helps prevent ear infections.
Daily brushing or daily use of an enzyme toothpaste paired with cleanings at the vet as needed are ideal dental care for dogs. Starting good dental care early and keeping up with it throughout your dog’s life can help prevent painful dental diseases.
Poms may be energetic little dogs, but they sit in a more moderate activity level. Daily walks plus some playtime are enough to keep these dogs happy and healthy. If the other parent breed has a similar activity level, then you can expect the same from a Pom Mix. If the other parent breed has a higher or lower activity level, then you will want to make sure you are prepared for that potential range.
Pomeranians are usually 8-11 inches tall and weigh 3-7 pounds. The other parent breed can have a big effect on this, especially if they are the mother. So, you want to make sure you ask the breeder about them. Although it’s not a guarantee, you can also meet the mother to see what size to expect in a fully-grown Pomeranian Mix.
A Pomeranian generally lives for 12-16 years. Although the other parent breed may affect this slightly, you should be able to expect a similar life span in a Pom Mix.