As with any breed, it is important to research both the breed itself and the breeders who are whelping the puppies. After studying breed characteristics, health concerns, individual needs, and deciding a certain breed is right for you, a thorough search must be conducted to find just the right breeder. When you’ve decided that the Pomeranian is the perfect pet for you, it’s important to find a great breeder.
The best Pomeranian breeder should be an expert at all things Pom. The breeder will know about the health of their mating pair and their puppies, about behavioral and character traits, about socialization and training, about puppy development, about selecting the perfect family, and how to ethically practice breeding. The mother and father should be of optimal temperament and the breeder should have clean, adequate facilities for whelping puppies.
Breeders should be open to having potential families visit the facilities where the puppies are whelped, be able to answer questions about the parents and puppies, and also want to ask questions of the families who will be caring for their pups. These are all signs of a breeder who maintains high ethical standards and maintains healthy breed standards. A good breeder will provide lifetime support, not just conduct a business transaction.
Don’t be afraid to ask breeders about their breeding standards, records of breeding and pedigree, if they have references, what veterinarian they work with, to see puppies and parents on site, and what kind of health guarantee the breeder provides. Be careful not to buy puppies from puppy mills where breeders keep the dogs in cages and aren’t providing necessary hygiene, care, feeding, and exercise.
Overall, a great Pomeranian breeder should be just as concerned with finding their little ones a good home as you are about finding the perfect Pom. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and do plenty of research before deciding to buy. Pups are easily a ten to fifteen year commitment. Take advantage of Pomeranian resources online and seek out reviews of breeders that other buyers have done business with. Using registry sites like the AKC, CKC, ACA or Pomeranian specific registries often list established breeders with longstanding positive track records. Getting a puppy can be an exciting time and doing work on the front end will ensure a happy experience once your little one finally comes home!