Pomeranians are popular dogs for their small size and big personalities. These dogs are popular with people residing in apartments, senior citizens, and families with kids alike. Anyone thinking of getting one of these dogs will need to consider a few things.
How much does a Pomeranian cost?
A Pomeranian, also known as a Pom, averages between $600 and $1500 to acquire from a breeder. Some show Pomeranians, especially those with unusual coat colors, can easily cost $6,000 or more.
This video highlights the costs involved with buying a Pomeranian, as well as some info on the breed’s background. Read on to learn more about some of the factors to consider.
What Does It Cost the First Year of Your Pomeranian’s Life?
According to My First Pomeranian, the first year is the most expensive because of the extra expenses involved with puppy supplies.
When a puppy comes from a breeder who lives outside your area, you will need to consider transportation costs.
If you do not plan on driving to pick up the puppy, you will need a transporter who brings the puppy to you or to buy a plane ticket.
Basic household items you’ll need include food and water bowls, a bed, and a crate. These items will average about $90. There are many brands spanning different price points that you can shop when searching for these items.
Puppies should have two collars, in case of breakage, a leash, and possibly a harness. An ID tag with your phone number is an important addition to the rabies tag from your vet’s office. These items will cost $60-$70 altogether.
Pee pads will help you housebreak your Pom, and also come in handy during inclement weather. A box of poop bags and pooper scooper will help you keep your yard clean and clean up after your dog on walks. You should expect to pay about $100 for these.
For grooming, you will want a consider a quality brush and shampoo, a dental care kit, and toenail clippers. Brushes and shampoo designed for longhaired dogs are ideal for Pomeranians. These items usually cost around $45.
Toys are a great investment, and you can find some excellent choices for $10 to $50. A basic first aid kit is helpful for dogs, and the supplies will cost between $15 and $50. Stain and odor removal sprays cost about $5 to $20.
How Does a Pomeranian’s Pedigree or Other Circumstances Affect Its Price?
Ben Team highlights many factors being in a play that can affect a Pom price. One of the biggest factors is the dog’s pedigree.
A majority of breeders breed their dogs for quality, regardless of the price. However, some breeders are more selective about breeding for certain traits, depending on whether their Pomeranians have been bred as pets or show dogs.
These dogs have different coat colors that are accepted as part of the breed standard. Solid colors, such as black, are somewhat rare and solid-colored dogs will often have a higher price tag.
Poms that are crossbred, such as Pomskis, a cross between Pomeranians and Huskies, and Pomchis, a cross between a Pomeranian and Chihuahua, may have unusual color patterns. Designer crosses, as these dogs are known, may take after either breed.
Crossbred dogs that are considered designer breeds often have a higher price tag. Even though these crosses are not recognized breeds, their relative rarity increases the cost. Such dogs are often seen as being rare, which increases the demand.
Pomeranians may cost more in areas where the breed is somewhat rare. For example, these dogs are well-represented in urban areas because of their small size. However, in rural areas that mostly have hunting or working dogs, these dogs may have a higher price.
Breeders may differ in the ages of the Poms that they offer. Puppies have high demand, and it is most likely that breeders will have puppies for purchase. However, different circumstances may mean that the puppies do not sell as quickly.
Puppies older than 16 weeks will usually cost less than their younger counterparts. Sometimes, breeders will also have adults for sale. Many buyers prefer adults because they require less intensive training and are calmer than puppies.
Some breeders sell Pomeranians that the owner does not want to breed spayed or neutered. The cost for having the dog altered will likely be included in the purchase price. Sometimes older puppies or adults might be sold altered.
What is the Difference Between Pet and Show-Quality Pomeranians?
Prospective owners will need to consider whether they want a pup with registration papers. If the owner opts for registration papers, they will need to decide whether they want a pet or a show-quality dog.
All About Poms highlights the primary difference between show and pet Poms. The simplest explanation is that show Pomeranians meet the breed standard set by the AKC.
The primary intention of a breed standard is to provide a blueprint showing what an ideal dog from this breed looks and behaves like. Such dogs exemplify the traits that people who own Pomeranians enjoy the most about the breed.
There are two differences that people should consider. One of these important differences in which type of dogs you get is the price. The other difference is whether a show or pet-quality dog is best for your lifestyle.
Dogs that are show-quality are most for breeding more often than pet-quality dogs. These dogs not only fit the breed standard but likely descend from dogs that have won important show titles. Such dogs are likely to have better overall health.
Pet-quality Pomeranians do not meet the criteria for the show ring or have the necessary papers. However, these dogs are not any less likely to be excellent companions. Such dogs may also include Pms crossed with other breeds.
Is Considering a Rescue Pomeranian Worth the Effort?
Rescues can be a great way to acquire any breed, including Poms. Second Chance Poms, Inc. describes rescue as a way to help dogs that have been treated as throwaways.
Although some believe that dogs that end up abandoned are inferior, this is not true. Many dogs that end up abandoned have owners who were not properly prepared to have a dog. Moving, unexpected veterinary costs, and family emergencies are common reasons.
Many rescues with Poms specialize in the breed or breeds of a similar size. The fosters who care for these dogs until adopted are usually familiar with the breed and its needs. These dogs are ready to take their place in perfect forever homes.
Although rescues require a lot of expenses to place their dogs, rescue dogs usually cost less than dogs from breeders. Rescue dogs that are old enough have received all their shots and been spayed or neutered.
The costs for adopting from a rescue depend on factors that include local veterinary costs and the vets’ willingness to offer discounted services. Many rescues also pay for food while dogs are being fostered. Adoption fees help recover these costs.
Fees for adopting a dog from a rescue may range from $100 to $200. Rescues that adopt outside their area may charge extra to help cover transfer costs. Regardless of the fees, most rescues have a similar application process.
Prospective owners will need to answer questions about their home and family, as well as provide references. Most rescues also perform home checks to ensure that the adopters are providing the type of home they claim to be offering.
What Are Some Lifetime Pomeranian Costs?
Dog Breed List considers Pomeranians one of the most expensive small breeds. The breed’s size gives it unique needs that many don’t initially think about.
Overheating is a problem that these dogs may experience because of their long, thick coats. Regular grooming that includes clipping may be necessary, especially in warmer climates. Groomers may charge $50 or more per session.
Because Poms are a sociable breed, they do less well in settings where they are alone much of the time. Dog daycare may be an option worth considering for owners with busy work schedules. Many facilities charge $15 to $50 or more per day.
Pomeranians are a small breed and they seemingly have little awareness of their size. One of these dogs can get injured playing with a bigger dog easily. For example, a dog as small as a Dachshund could hurt a Pom easily.
Pomeranians, like all toy breeds, have small bones that can become severely fractured fairly easily. Rough play with a child or bigger dog can cause injuries. These dogs can get injured jumping on or off furniture as well.
Many owners recommend having insurance for these dogs. Depending on the policy, it may offer reimbursement or full coverage. Insurance policies for dogs range from $10 to $50 a month.
Pomeranians are a somewhat expensive breed, but they are well-beloved. To a Pom owner, the enjoyment their dogs provide outweighs the costs. If you are thinking about getting one of these dogs, considering the costs is a wise decision.