I am partial to Pomeranians... they are nice little dogs that are very smart. The Pomeranian is a perfect breed for me, he goes on vacation with us and besides his grooming needs is very low maintenance (as far as long walks and trying to burn off excessive energy), right now Leo is curled up next to my computer sleeping. I love that I am his favorite person ... he really does prefer me over anyone else, but is still very friendly towards other people. He is a big dog in a little body, which makes my husband like him (he used to be so anti little dog, now Leo is his little buddy if I am not around). Like I said the Pomeranian is a great fit for ME and my family. I will admit that the Pomeranian is not perfect for everyone though... you have to take a firm top dog approach to training from the get go.. If you don't think you can establish being the top dog in your house then the Pomeranian is not the right dog for you.. As far as barking goes, we did not encourage any barking as a puppy, so Leo only barks if provoked (ex: one of the kids trying to get him going), or if someone is here.
I agree to first look at your local shelters/rescue groups to find a dog. Otherwise make sure you find a reputable breeder that is breeding to better the breed... a reputable breeder will have their animals health tested and BOTH of the parents will be involved in some type of show, agility or other k-9 activity. There are a lot of non reputable breeders out there that are in it for the money... they breed their animals back to back and are not breeding for healthy puppies or betterment of the breed.
Are there any breeds that you are leaning towards? If you have any questions about Pomeranians feel free to ask.
Last edited by Leo; 07-30-2008 at 01:25 AM.