Any breed of dog will be a member of your family for many years. You must take great care in selecting a breed that is suitable for your family, your home and your life. Impulse buying can cause great heartache and we recommend 'homework' is undertaken prior to any decision being made.
A good book for prospective pomeranian owners to purchase is 'Living With A Pomeranian' by Averil Cawthera (available on Amazon). This books provides 'first-class, up-to-date advice on all aspects of caring for the Pomeranian. There is a fund of information on healthcare, feeding, training, grooming, socialisation - everything you need to know in order to raise a loved and loving companian with a good temperament. But there's plenty of pleasure and fun to be had along the way as this book takes you on a journey through modern dog ownership'.
The Pomeranian Club highly recommends that prospective owners only purchase from a reputable pomeranian breeder. The majority of reputable breeders will be a member of at least one of the UK pomeranian breed clubs. There is a list of The Pomeranian Club members with poms available for sale on one of the tabs above.
You should always request to visit the breeders home to view the puppies and it's parents. On occasion, the breeder may have used a sire from a different kennel therefore meeting the father may not always be possible however you should insist on seeing the mother. It would be advisable not to purchase from any breeder who refuses to allow you to visit their kennel.
The Pomeranian Club does not recommend the use of websites such as 'pets4homes', 'preloved' or 'epupz'. All pomeranian puppies look cute however on websites such as these, it is highly unlikely that you will be purchasing a pomeranian that is a true representative of the breed once it has matured. You should also be wary of 'breeders' who always appear to have puppies available.
Another regular occurance is the request for a 'miniature' or 'teacup' pomeranian - there is no such thing. The pomeranian breed standard states that males should weigh 4-4.5lbs and bitches 5-5.5lbs. Responsible pomeranian breeders will aim to breed dogs to this standard.
The Pomeranian Club does not recommend purchasing a puppy based on photographs alone. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people who 'steal' photographs of top breeders puppies and advertise them as their own. On occasion, there are also those who advertise puppies for sale but who then swiftly disappear once any payment has been made. Scamming such as this is, sadly, becoming more of a regular occurance.
Suggested questions to ask
Will my puppy be Kennel Club registered?
What is the minimum age I should expect to purchase my Pomeranian?
How big will my puppy grow, what approximate weight?
How much grooming is required, how often and what are the best tools?
Ask for advice about feeding habits and recommended food.
Are the vaccinations up to date?
Will I be required to sign a contract (terms & conditions of sale)?
Once you have made the important decision to get a puppy would you know where to go to find a responsible breeder and a puppy who will be credit to both you and the breeder?
As a prospective new owner it is understandable to want some kind of reassurance that you are purchasing a pedigree puppy from someone whose priority is the health and welfare of the puppies that they breed. Someone who will provide you with a quality, supportive and informative service both before and after you take your puppy home. One way to do this is to contact a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. The scheme promotes good breeding practices, giving prospective owners the best opportunity to bring home a healthy, well adjusted puppy. As a puppy buyer there is now some kind of benchmark to help you in your search to find a responsible breeder.
While the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is a good starting point for people wanting to find their way in the sometimes tricky process of choosing a puppy, it is not the only route to finding a suitable breeder as the Breed Clubs and Societies are also an excellent resource.
Scheme requirements and recommendations.
Assured Breeders are required to:
- Ensure that all breeding stock is Kennel Club registered
- Hand over the dog's registration certificate at time of sale if available, or forward it to the new owner as soon as possible. Explain any endorsements that might pertain and obtain written and signed confirmation from the new owner, at or before the date on which the dog is physically transferred, that the new owner is aware of the endorsement(s), regardless of whether or not the endorsed registration certificate is available
- Follow Kennel Club policy regarding maximum age and number/frequency of litters
- Permanently identify breeding stock by DNA profile, microchip, or tattoo
- Make use of health screening schemes, relevant to their breed, on all breeding stock. These schemes include DNA testing, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and inherited eye conditions. Current health requirements under the ABS.
- Socialise the puppies and provide written advice, in the Puppy Sales Wallet, on continuation of socialisation, exercise and future training
- Provide written advice, in the scheme Puppy Sales Wallet, on feeding and worming programmes
- Provide a written record, in the Puppy Sales Wallet, on the immunisation measures taken
- Provide reasonable post-sales telephone advice
- Inform buyers of the requirements and the recommendations that apply to Kennel Club Assured Breeders as well as the existence of the complaints procedure
- Draw up a contract of sale for each puppy and provide a copy in the Puppy Sales Wallet
In addition there are a number of recommendations that Assured Breeders should follow:
- Make sure that whelping facilities accord with requirements for good practice
- Ensure that contract of sale clearly lays out to the buyer the nature and details of any guarantee given (e.g. time limit) and/or any provisions for refund or return and replacement of puppy. If endorsements are being used the contract should also explain why these have been placed and under what circumstances they would be removed (if any). The contract should be signed and dated by both breeder and purchaser, showing that both have agreed to these terms
- Commit to help, if necessary, with the re-homing of a dog, for whatever reason, throughout the dog's lifetime
- Follow relevant breed health screening recommendations