Pomeranian Health Problems, Issues, Concerns & Symptoms
Pomeranian health problems are many. Pomeranians can be prone to a number of hereditary health issues and conditions. That is why choosing a responsible breeder from which to purchase your Pomeranian puppy is very important. Responsible Pomeranian breeders will be well educated about the breed. They will carefully screen their breeding dogs for disorders that can affect these wonderful small dogs.
Pomeranian health problems include, but are not limited to:
Special Teacup Pomeranian Health Problems
Pomeranians that are even smaller than the norm are referred to as “Teacup Pomeranians”. Unfortunately, it has become fashionable to own dogs that are very tiny. In the past, these dogs would have been considered “runts”. It is well-known that runts are not as healthy or strong as their litter-mates.
These so-called Teacup Pomeranians can have a ton of health problems. Hypoglycemia and neurological problems are most common, and can easily result in death. Teacup Pomeranians are also extremely delicate and can very easily be injured.
Recently there was some media attention on celebrity, Kelly Osborne, who lost not one, but two of her beloved ‘Teacup Pomeranians” to health problems. It is thought that these puppies were purchased from a “puppy store” in Pinellas Park, Florida, that was the subject of investigation for selling puppy mill puppies that were very sick. This allegation is supported by a “letter of reference” from Sharon Osborne that the puppy store had been displaying on their website.
We STRONGLY recommend against buying any Pomeranian puppy advertised as a Teacup, Mini, Micro-Mini, Miniature, etc. No reputable breeder of Pomeranians would intentionally breed smaller than normal Pomeranians in order to profit from a fashion trend. Usually, Teacup Pomeranians are sold at extremely high prices – often in boutique pet stores.
NEVER buy a puppy of any kind from a pet shop, puppy boutique or online puppy shop. Your only source for a Pomeranian puppy should be a highly responsible breeder who is a member of her local breed club. Chances are you will pay much less for a much healthier, happier and well-socialized Pomeranian puppy. You will also get the ongoing support of an expert in the breed.
A responsible Pomeranian dog breeder will be well educated about the problems that can occur in the Pomeranian dog breed. CERF eye test and OFA X-rays (knees/elbows) should be done on breeding dogs before breeding.
For further reading about Pomeranian health problems, here is a very informative web site dedicated to education about health concerns in the Pomeranian dog breed: