Size: Toy

Height: 7 to 12 inches

Weight: 3 to 7 pounds

Coat: Long

Color: Any color or pattern

Hypoallergenic: No

Energy: Low

Activities: Obedience, Rally Obedience

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor

Suitable for Apartment: Yes

Suitable for Children: Yes

A cocky, animated dog of Nordic descent, the Pomeranian originally weighed nearly 30 pounds and served as a sheep herder. The breed was reduced in size in the historical region of Pomerania, which today is Germany and Poland. An extrovert with great intelligence and a vivacious spirit, the Pomeranian can be an excellent family dog. The breed’s protective demeanor makes him a good watchdog as well. The Pomeranian does not require much exercise, but his thick coat needs regular brushing.

Trivia: The popularity of the Pomeranian dramatically increased when Queen Victoria brought one back to England from Italy in 1888. A Pomeranian named “Turi” lay next to the Queen at her death.