How Much Does a Pomeranian Cost?
A Pomeranian, also known as a Pom Pom, is a toy dog that does not normally weigh more than seven pounds. Standing as tall as 11 inches high, this breed has a top coat with a ruff of hair around the neck and back. It was made popular by a number of royal owners, most notable Queen Victoria. Since then, the Pomeranian has grown even more popular. The cost of this breed will depend upon the age, the breeder, what is included with the purchase, and other factors.
How much is it?
- Depending on the breed and the age of the dog, the costs of a Pomeranian will be anywhere from $400 to as much as $1,500. It is not too uncommon to see purebred Pomeranians that are show material fetch prices as high as $3,000. The average price, however, will be between the price range mentioned above.
- You will often find that the higher priced dogs tend to have exotic colors. The most common Pomeranians are a mix of tan and white, but there are other colors such as mixes of dark brown and black.
- On the website PuppyFind.com, a popular online puppy classified website, listings for Pomeranian puppies range in price from $500 to as much as $4,000. However, the average listing is between $600 and $1,500.
What is going to be included?
- A Pomeranian can weigh anywhere from four to seven pounds and can stand five to 11 inches tall. Although it is a small dog, it is quite sturdy for its size and is not weak.
- Common coat colors can include brown, black, white, red, orange, blue, tan, brown and a small combination of these colors.
- Reputable breeders will include all the necessary vaccinations, registration, vet exams, a health certificate and sometimes, a health guarantee. If the dog is purebred and show quality, the breeder will include the papers that show the quality of the breed.
- If the dog is going to be shipped through the air, a dog crate will be more than likely included.
- Some breeders may include a small puppy pack that includes treats, coupons and other dog related materials that can help you along the way.
- The Pomeranian is a very lively and friendly breed of dog. They typically stay close by the side of their owners and seem to be quite protective of them. Pomeranians are quite intelligent and can be trained very easily. However, they can be very territorial and will therefore bark when they encounter anything new. This barking is sometimes a deterrent for people considering a Pomeranian.
What are the extra costs?
- The coat of a Pomeranian tends to be thick, and because of this thick coat, it is recommended that they are groomed monthly. Failing to groom can lead to tangled hair when the undercoat starts shedding. SEE: “How much does dog grooming cost?“
- If the dog has to be shipped, plan on spending $200 to $400 to have it shipped through an airline.
- As with any dog, do not forget the general maintenance that occurs from month to month, such as vet bills, dog food, toys, shelter, etc.
Tips to know:
- The average life span of a Pomeranian is 12 to 16 years. As long as kept healthy, like other dogs, there should be very low chances of the dog suffering from health problems. One of the most common health problems for this breed, however, is hip dysplasia. This is a result of their light weight.
- To plan for unexpected medical bills, consider a pet insurance policy. Similar to what humans have, you can potentially save hundreds or thousands on unexpected surgeries or medical procedures.
- Know the dog’s bloodline and be sure to ask many questions about the parents. The last thing that you want to do is adopt a pom that has health problems. Never be afraid to ask for paperwork when making this large of an investment.
How can I save money?
- This is a very common dog that can be found in just about any state. If you can, try to visit the breeder in person to take a look at the dog. By adopting the dog in person, you will be able to bypass shipping fees and get a good idea of what the dog’s personality is like.
- What you are going to find is that some breeders will be strict with the buyers and may even do background checks before selling to them. You, however, should do the same to the breeder to make sure he is reputable. Ask them how they breed, how long they have been doing it, etc. You do not want to simply adopt from the first breeder you come across.
- Check out your local shelter. Older dogs that are over the age of two can commonly be found here for less than $100.