Hmm, why are Pomeranians the worst dogs?
It sounds quite unfair to call one breed of dog the worst of them all, right? As a true dog lover, I am pre-ordained to love all dogs. I mean, yes, we can love and be fans of some dog breeds more than others, but this doesn’t have to mean that others are immediately bad.
All dog breeds have their pros and cons, and that is exactly what makes them unique and quite special. Some dog breeds and their personalities will suit you and your lifestyle more than others, so before you choose a certain dog, it is really important to do a full breed research.
This will help you understand all their highs and lows, and thus, be prepared for what you can expect in the future. There is no doubt that Pom-Poms are one of the most adorable dogs ever. I like to call them “little balls of fur” because, quite frankly, they are.
However, Pomeranians also have their bad side. There are some things about these pups that can make them undesirable to some people. Let’s see what they are, so you can judge for yourself whether they are the worst dogs or not.
9 Reasons Why Pomeranians Are The Worst Dogs
If you are planning to adopt a Pomeranian, please read these nine reasons in order to understand some Pom characteristics better, and get an overall better picture of Pomeranians as pets. If you already own a Pomeranian, please… no hard feelings.
We promise… we also love them.
1. Poms Can Be Really Sassy
Pomeranians are indeed small dogs; however, they come with a pretty huge personality. Some people might find it very amusing, but others can find it annoying. Generally, these dogs love to be in the center of attention, and they can be very manipulative.
Moreover, this is a very popular breed of dog, which also means there is a lot of breeding going around. The problem arises when people are breeding the dogs without much care for the quality and temperament of the puppies.
As a result, you get dogs with unstable temperaments and behavioral issues that can be a lot to deal with. If you are not willing to put some work into training your pet, this might not be the right breed for you.
Nonetheless, they are very smart and relatively easy to train, but they just have their quirks that you have to accept.
2. They Can Also Suffer From Separation Anxiety Disorder
Pomeranians are very affectionate, clingy, and often make a strong bond with their owner, which can also result in a severe case of separation anxiety disorder whenever they are left alone.
If you are someone who works from home, this is not something that should worry you; however, if you always work from 9 to 5 in an office, this might be a problem.
Separation anxiety results in mental and physical stress, which is not good for your pet. They might show signs of destructive behavior and emotional exhaustion as a result of this disorder.
Many Pomeranians cannot stand being left alone for more than two hours, and this is definitely something that you should take into consideration if you are planning to own one.
3. They’re Difficult To Housebreak
Although Pomeranians are highly intelligent and easy to train, as I have mentioned before, you still might encounter some problems with potty training. Usually, toy breeds such as Pomeranians have some problems with housebreaking.
Due to their toy size and small bladder, they will need to go potty more than some other dog breeds. Moreover, it’s often very easy for them to hide somewhere and “do their thing” without you even noticing.
If you don’t notice, you also won’t correct this negative behavior, which will only create a bad habit that is difficult to correct later on.
Read also: Puppy Potty Training Regression: Fixing What’s Broken
4. Poms Quite Often Have Bad Teeth
Unfortunately, when compared to some other breeds, Poms often have more dental issues. Due to their small frame and small jaws, they often suffer from overcrowding and bad teeth that are difficult to clean.
This can lead to many other health issues, such as tooth decay, plaque and tartar build-up, swollen gums, and teeth that fall out. Dental issues can significantly affect the dog’s lifespan if it is left untreated.
5. They Might Be Barking Excessively
Pomeranians are not exactly calm and quiet dogs. They are known for being vocal dogs that love to communicate a lot, and barking is the way to go.
If you live in a building with a lot of neighbors, this might be a problem for you. Pomeranians have a very high-pitched bark that can get on people’s nerves.
When your Pom is barking constantly and unnecessarily at everything, this can also be a sign of a behavioral issue that needs attention.
6. Poms Are High-Maintenance Dogs
If you are looking for an easy and low-maintenance dog, the Pomeranian is not the right choice. They are adorable, fluffy little dogs, but their double coat definitely needs a lot of grooming and taking care of.
Their coat type is prone to matting, so they require regular grooming sessions and trimming to keep their coat looking good and healthy.
Additionally, they shed a lot. They are probably one of the heaviest shedding dogs in the canine world, so you’ll have to deal with a lot of brushing and hair all over your house. Constant vacuuming sounds fun, right? Or, you could just live with the dog’s hair all over you… all the time.
Recommended reading: 7 Best Brushes For A Pomeranian’s Fluffy Coat
7. Poms Often Exhibit The Napoleon Complex
A lot of people choose Poms because they think: “Oh, look! They’re small, they must be so sweet and lovely as well.”
Yes, they’re small, and they are undoubtedly as cute as a button, but they also come with an attitude. Many small dogs exhibit the Napoleon Complex, or Small Dog Syndrome. This basically means small dogs that misbehave or think they are the boss.
This is often connected to many behavioral issues such as aggression, biting, nipping, growling, whining, not listening, and not following commands.
If it is left untreated, this can pose serious problems. Your Pomeranian might bite someone or charge at other dogs.
8. They Can Also Be Very Suspicious
Pomeranians can be quite suspicious and aloof with strangers. This kind of behavior can also trigger excessive barking, which we mentioned previously.
They are very loyal to their owner, and often think of themselves as guard dogs, which means they can also be very hard to live with. Therefore, they require a lot of socialization in order to make them more approachable and better companion dogs.
9. Poms Are Quite Fragile
If we think of their tough personalities, this statement that they’re quite fragile might seem ridiculous; however, toy dog breeds (including Pomeranians) are known for being incredibly fragile.
Their small size is to blame. Poms can get seriously injured very easily, such as if you step on them accidentally or if they fall somewhere. Playing with other bigger dogs can also be a problem for them, so they require constant surveillance and supervision.
It’s Not All Bad, After All
We’ve listed all the traits that make Pomeranians the worst dogs; however, not everything is as grim as it seems. Pomeranians also have a lot of good characteristics that should be mentioned.
For example, Poms are very easy to train. They are very smart, and will quickly learn all new tricks. Additionally, since they are very small, they are the perfect dogs for apartment living, and people who do not have a lot of space to offer.
You will also find that these pups get along very well with children, and can make great family dogs. Oh, and if you need to take them somewhere, traveling by plane will not be a problem since they easily fit in a travel bag allowed by plane regulations.
A lot of these “bad characteristics” can be prevented with proper training, socialization, and good ownership, so don’t let it be a stumbling block if you are dead set on getting one of these adorable pooches.