When a person is preparing to bring a Pomeranian into his or her home, there are lots of things to consider beforehand. How much time will be needed for grooming and general care? Will the Pom be a good fit for the living space? Will the furry baby be receptive to the whole family? This is definitely a good question to ask when a household has kids especially, small children. And one I had pondered long and hard when my little baby boy Gio came into this world. Pomeranians and small children can be a match made in heaven. But, they can also mix as poorly as oil and water. It really depends on the details of the individual’s situation. Here are some things to consider when deciding if a Pommy is the right furry friend for your kids.
Pomeranians and Small Children
First, let it be said that Pomeranians are loving and loyal dogs. They love to cuddle and spend time with their human family members. In many cases, if a Pom doesn’t seem to get along well with kids, it’s because of how the Pom was raised. There are some dog breeders who are uneducated when it comes to breeding a good-tempered dog. A good breeder will raise a dog who can adjust to a variety of social situations. Know your breeder before taking home one of their pups. A well-bred Pom will have a cool, respectful personality, and will not get overwhelmed by having children around. Another tip? Choose a puppy. Starting young with a Pommy will give you the chance to socialize it in your family. This way, both Pommy and child can get used to each other.
Even if you’re certain that your Pom is well socialized, you’re not off the hook yet. Consider your children’s behavior. Are they good at following directions? Can they play gently? Since Pommys are toy dogs, their small size and adorable face seem to make them perfect for young ones. However, that same tiny build makes them very fragile. If your child likes to wrestle, race or is extremely high energy, a Pomeranian is probably not the right fit. Poms do love to play, both inside and out, but handling them too roughly can seriously injure them. Rough play can also frighten a Pommy, and thus inspire hostility, which can lead to barking, growling or even biting. Before bringing a Pommy home, make sure your kids are willing to respect the pup’s gentle nature.
From another point of view, these hazards could help to teach both the pup and the kids lessons about respecting one another. Niko has a way of telling Gio he is getting to close or doesn’t want to be bothered with play by letting him know with a little bark that he is not interested. Gio being a little smarty pants knows exactly what that bark means and does a nice 180. When Niko wants to play he gives Gio a little nudge and Gio will pet him and play. It’s so cute I get a little teary eyed sometimes.
Children with pets are able to learn about care and responsibility. The best case scenario for Pomeranians and small children is to have a home where both can receive proper supervision. Watch to ensure that they are playing nicely together. If you notice that your Pommy is beginning to feel uncomfortable, it’s a great time to point this out to your child. In this instance, they may learn a valuable lesson: that other people—and pups!—have feelings too. If these things are all in place, then Pomeranians and small children may both grow up to be best friends.
For more Pomeranian tips checkout my book: A Pommy Mommy’s Guide… to being owned by a Pomeranian.