How Much Does a Pomeranian Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

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 notably Queen Victoria.  Since then, the Pomeranian has grown even more popular.

The cost of this breed will depend upon the age, the breeder, quality, its bloodline, what is included with the purchase and where you adopt.

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How much do pomeranian puppies cost?

Depending on the factors mentioned earlier, 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.  A teacup pomeranian, which weighs about four to five pounds, can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000.  The cost of a teacup pomeranian will depend on the size, color, markings, reputation and locations.  Other terms you may see or hear about — the toy, tiny toy, tiny teacup and micro tiny teacup — can be within the same price range.

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, that can cost more.

On the popular dog classified website,, listings for Pomeranian puppies, at the time of this writing, range anywhere from $500 to as much as $4,000.  However, the average listing is between $600 and $1,500.

The official AKC Marketplace listings were in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders will include all the necessary vaccinations, registration, vet exams, a health certificate and sometimes, a health guarantee.  If the dog is a purebred or a 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.

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 the vet bills, dog food, toys and accessories.  For a healthy dog, plan on budgeting at least $800 per year, but this price could be much higher if your dog were to come down with an illness and/or needed a major surgery.

Tips to know:

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.  However, if you see the term “toy” or “mini,” then the dog will be smaller than average and can weigh close to three to seven pounds.

Common coat colors can include brown, black, white, red, orange, blue, tan, brown and a small combination of these colors.

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.

The average lifespan 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 or specialty rescue groups.  Older dogs that are over the age of two can commonly be found here for less than $100.  Even if you’re not able to find a purebred Pomeranian, you may be able to find a mix that closely resembles a dog you’re looking for.

Don’t focus on the price.  If you see an AKC certified puppy for less than $300, then you have to question the breeder selling the dog.  Oftentimes, these dogs will have a history of health issues or the breeder may be trying to scam you online.  If at all possible, always try to visit the breeder in person to ask questions and personally see the dog.

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