Pomeranians come in all kinds of colors and cuteness – and most often in tiny packages!
Adored for their small size, the poofy little bundles of joy can usually fit perfectly in their Pommy Mommy’s purse!
The standard size for a purebred Pomeranian, as designated by the American Kennel Club, is three to seven pounds, but there are plenty of Poms that are much larger than that. They even have a special name – they’re called “throwback” Pomeranians!
If you have a big Pom, you might have a throwback. A Pomeranian classified as a throwback is one who is a full-grown adult Pom that is not overweight and is bigger than 14 pounds. A Pom with partial throwback genes would be one who is an adult that is not overweight, but is more than 10 pounds. Throwbacks, and those with partial throwback genes, are still purebred Poms, they’re just bigger than standard Poms. Some throwbacks weigh in at 18 to 20 pounds – that’s one big Pom!
The term throwback harkens to the Pomeranian’s larger sled-pulling ancestors. These Spitz-type dogs weighed about 30 pounds and are related to the American Eskimo dog and the Siberian Husky. Genetic testing of dog breeds has found that many Spitz types are in the group closest to wolves and are presumed to be the oldest type of dogs. This might explain the Pom’s fiesty demeanor.
In the late 1800s, Queen Victoria fell in love with the Spitz breed, but wanted the dogs to be smaller, as it was popular for those of royalty to have tiny lap dogs. She took it upon herself to create a breeding program to reduce the size of the dogs, and so became the small Pomeranians that we know and love today. The queen is credited with not only advancing the trend toward smaller Poms, but also dramatically increasing the popularity of the breed.
But not all Pomeranians are teeny-tiny fluff puffs, and that’s where the throwbacks come in. While throwbacks aren’t very common, they appear randomly in litters. They also tend to occur more in the long-haired, flat-coated Poms, and some throwbacks have a longer, Fox-like nose rather than a shorter, teddy-bear type nose.
Throwbacks don’t deviate much from typical Poms when it comes to their behavior and temperament. The standard Pom already displays behavior that is throwback in nature, such as being alert and independent. Most Poms also love to travel and adapt well to new situations, which was typical behavior of their larger Spitz counterparts. Throwbacks are just as adorable, loving and sweet as any other Pomeranian.
Throwbacks aren’t thought to have any health problems due to their larger size. In fact, being bigger can be to their advantage. Whereas small Poms can get injured by jumping from heights, the stockier throwback isn’t as prone to such injuries and might enjoy more of certain activities like jumping.
I can attest to that because I am one of the many Pommy Mommies who is the proud owner of a throwback Pom! My throwback – and I use that term very affectionately – is a big boy! Bear-Bear is a purebred Pom who weighs in at 16-17 pounds, clearly putting him in the throwback category. He’s definitely a sturdy Pom and he also loves to jump a lot – classic throwback characteristics!
Bear-Bear is bigger than his brother Foxy, who weighs 11-12 pounds. Although Foxy could have partial throwback genes, he’s not considered a throwback Pom.
Coincidentally, the Pomeranian my family had when I was growing up, Sugar, was also a throwback! We didn’t know about throwback Poms at the time, but were surprised by how big she was for a Pomeranian. Sugar weighed about 16 to 18 pounds and was even bigger than Bear-Bear! Her daddy Pom was named Big Red, so maybe he was a throwback Pom, too!
It just proves that Pomeranian love comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes! I’m sure all of my fellow Pommy Mommies will agree that no matter how big or small, Pomeranians always manage to steal the show – and our hearts!
Peace, Love & Pomeranians,
Pom Mom Jaime Mowers
Jaime Mowers is the Pommy Mommy of Foxy and Bear-Bear.