Blue Merle Pomeranian
All about the Blue Merle Pomeranian
The Blue Merle Pomeranian is a popular breed, both for its unique coat and for the dog’s complicated temperament. Owners of Pomeranians tend to be very passionate about their dogs. One look at them can make you see why.
Before you run out to get one, however you should learn a bit more about the Pomeranian’s needs and disposition to make sure they match your personality and lifestyle.
The Blue Merle Pomeranian
The Pomeranian is a small dog with feathery tufts of hair about the neck and tail. Blue merle refers to the mix of black and white hairs that are common on its coat. Blue Merle Pomeranians have brownish black long snouts and lively, grayish-blue eyes. In short, they are striking looking small dogs.
Pomeranians are very, very loyal. They bond closely to their main human caretakers. In fact, they are often accused of being overly protective of their human companions.
They tend to be very energetic dogs who love to play and get human attention.
One of the main difficulties owners encounter with Pomeranians is their tendency toward separation anxiety. Pomeranians are very loving but they tend to lack an independent spirit.
If you work a great deal or are often gone, you may find that your Pomeranian may develop intense behavior problems. Human caretakers of neglected Pomeranians often return home to find their favorite shoes gnawed to shreds or their pillows peed on.
Although most apartment managers allow small dogs like the Pomeranian, this breed is not well suited to being left alone during day because they are hypersensitive to noises encroaching on their territories. If you leave your Pomeranian alone during the day while you go to work, you are likely to receive complaints from your neighbors that your dog barked all day during your absence.
Pomeranians also tend not to get along with children. Children’s sudden movements make Pomeranians nervous and a sudden grab may lead the Pomeranian to snip at what the Pom may see as the intruding child.
A Brief Historical Tidbit
The Pomeranian was not always a small toy dog. The Pomeranian has its origin in Eastern Europe in an area once known as Pomerania, where it is in the Spitz family of dogs. These dogs are some of the oldest domesticated dogs and believed to be directly related to wolves. When Pomeranians were brought to England, Queen Victoria took a liking to the breed, but showed a marked preference for the smaller specimens. Followers of royal fashion soon followed suit, and so we have today’s Pomeranians. Why she liked smaller dogs has remained Victoria’s secret.
Pomeranians are high maintenance dogs when it comes to grooming as well. Their long, hot coats need daily combing or they can easily become a tangled mess.
Their long coats also mean that they tend to get very hot and because of their miniature nasal passages and mouths, they have difficulty panting off excess heat. In hot weather, you will clearly notice their difficulty breathing and that they will tend to lie on cool tiles in an attempt to cool off. A summer cut and keeping them indoors during the day may help with the heat.
Like many toy breeds, Pomeranians have a series of problems that originate from his miniature size. The most common problem is patellar luxation, a condition where the kneecap falls out of place producing discomfort, pain, and occasional limping. The main cause is genetic abnormality.
Pomeranians also have series of breathing and eating disorders common to most toy breeds. Similar to its knee problem is dislodgement of the trachea, where the dog’s throat falls out of place. The main sign for this condition is a change in the bark of the Pomeranian that makes him sound like quacking duck.
If you are willing to cope with these difficulties then the Blue Merle Pomeranian may be the dog for you.