The Pomeranian is a gorgeous breed that has captured the hearts of thousands of people. Their fluffy body and foxy face are sure to bring everyone joy.
It’s a playful, spirited pup that has more personality than a dog three times their size. They are intelligent and devoted to their owners.
They are also a luxury breed. That stunning coat requires a fair amount of tender loving care! If you are interested in them but feel slightly daunted by the potential price tag, you are in the right place!
We are going to walk you through all the stages of buying and looking after your Pomeranian and talk you through the associated costs.
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- How Much Does A Pomeranian Cost?
- Factors That Impact The Cost Of A Pomeranian
- Long Term Ownership Costs
How Much Does A Pomeranian Cost?
Pomeranian Puppy Price
The price of a Pomeranian puppy is mainly affected by its pedigree.
A pedigree is the lineage of the dog and proves that it is a purebred Pom. The more superior the pedigree, the more expensive the puppy. Dogs that have come from show quality parents will be the most expensive.
The average price for a Pomeranian is between $500 and $1,500.
For this, you will be getting a pup from a good breeder with American Kennel Club registration. You won’t be getting a show quality pup, but that doesn’t matter as most people aren’t interested in showing them.
You will be buying a good quality puppy with the right paperwork and health checks.
Teacup varieties will cost even more due to the health risks associated with breeding.
If you are interested in showing your Pomeranian, then be prepared to pay much more. You will be looking at anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. This is for a puppy with an extremely good pedigree, show winning parents and a breeder who is incredibly experienced.
Pomeranian Dog Price
If you are not interested in a puppy, there is always the option of buying or adopting an older Pom.
Puppies are time consuming and expensive. They require a ton of attention as well as medical care and training. An adult dog is often much more self-sufficient and should already have had some basic training.
An adult Pomeranian is going to be less expensive than a puppy almost every time.
They find themselves in shelters for many reasons. Adoption fees are much cheaper than buying a dog (fees are usually between $50 to $250). Also the shelter will invest in neutering, vaccinations and health checks for the dog. They will be able to tell you honestly about their personality and whether the dog is suited to your lifestyle.
The only exception to the ‘older dogs being cheaper’ rule is if you are purchasing a show dog. An award-winning adult show dog is going to be super expensive.
Pomeranian Service Dog Price
You may think it’s quite unusual for Poms to be used as service dogs but there are some situations they are well suited for. They have been used as medical alert dogs for people with diabetes, asthma and heart conditions.
They have also been used as service dogs for deaf people. Their sharp, high pitched bark can be heard by many people with hearing problems. This bark is used to alert the owner to someone at the door or other situations. Pomeranians have been used as therapy dogs as well.
Training a service dog isn’t a small task – you will need professional assistance which doesn’t come cheap. You should expect them to cost upwards of $10,000.
Factors That Impact The Cost Of A Pomeranian
When it comes to picking your Pomeranian, there are many factors to consider. Some of these factors will make a substantial difference to the price of your pup.
We talked above about the difference between buying a puppy and an adult but you may even see a difference depending on how many weeks old a puppy is.
The most expensive time for buying a puppy is when they are between 8 and 12 weeks old. This is when their price will be highest.
As the puppies grow older, the breeder will begin to reduce their price. Once they reach a year old you will see a significant reduction.
With Pomeranians, all their coat colors look amazing.
It is hard not to look amazing with that stunning fluffball appearance.
There is however, a preference in the show dog world for solid colors. This often leads to dogs with solid coat colors being more expensive than those with multicolor coats or ‘blemishes’.
These dogs have small litters – only one to three puppies are usually born. There are normally more male puppies than female puppies too. Female Pomeranian puppies are preferred by breeders as show dogs and therefore are usually retained if the breeder is also showing their dogs.
Females are less commonly found for sale as pets. If breeders are selling their female pups, they sometimes inflate their price.
Lineage and Bloodlines
The more superior the pups’ pedigree, the more expensive they are going to be.
If they have parents and grandparents that have won awards and are able to trace back their lines many generations, you’re going to be paying a lot for this pup. If you are not interested in the pedigree, go for a dog without all the paperwork.
As long as you do your research into the breeder, you are sure to be buying a beautiful puppy.
Different states have different regulations when it comes to being a dog breeder.
These regulations can make it more expensive to breed pups, so these higher fees will be passed onto you when you buy a pup.
It’s worth checking out the state breeder fees in your location. Traveling to pick up your pooch might save you money. You should also consider the fuel price or plane tickets if you are going to travel a considerable distance to collect your pup.
The other thing you should take into consideration is the time of year. Pomeranians aren’t as popular in the fall and winter months except around Christmas. Purchasing a puppy outside this high demand times will save you some money.
Certification and Warranties
Once you establish what you want to do with your Pomeranian, you will know if certification papers are worth the money. If you want to show your dog, it’s always worth making sure you go to a breeder with all the right certifications.
If showing dogs is not your thing, it’s not as important.
Certification does show that the breeder has been held to a certain standard, which is excellent in terms of the dog’s health and welfare. Many breeders without certification still offer their pups excellent care.
You just have to do your homework to make sure they really are a good breeder.
Long Term Ownership Costs
Owning a dog is not a one time financial commitment. There will be a certain amount you will have to pay out every month and year as maintenance for your Pom. This includes insurance, food, grooming and vet check-ups.
There are also quite a few one-off purchases that have to be made. These will likely be training when they’re a puppy, and miscellaneous items like collars and leads.
You should make sure to treat them the same way you would treat a bigger dog or they may pick up some bad habits. If you are a confident dog trainer with previous experience, you may feel capable enough to tackle training without help.
Group training session or having individual training is probably your best bet for most people. Group sessions cost between $5 and $20 and individual sessions are anywhere from $20 to $150. You could also send your pup to daycare training, but this is an expensive option.
That beautiful coat will need caring for if you want them looking their best. You should be taking your Pomeranian to a professional groomer every two months. These sessions will be between $30 and $90 each time.
Your pup will generally be washed, cut and blow dried. They will come back to you smelling great and looking gorgeous. Nail trimming and teeth cleaning will be extra.
Health Care and Veterinary Bills
They are generally quite a healthy little dog as long as they are on a good diet and exercised well. Yearly vet check-ups are going to be important to ensure anything that does go wrong with them is caught early and managed. These check-ups will cost between $20 and $75.
- Being small pedigree dogs, there are certain conditions from which your Pom may suffer. One of these conditions is patellar luxation. To fix will be anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000.
- They are at risk from some heart conditions including patent ductus arteriosus. This can lead to heart failure later in life. The surgery for this condition will be between $2,500 and $5,000.
Pomeranians are also prone to dental problems due to their small muzzles. This can also cause a collapsed windpipe.
You might be feeling a little daunted by the health costs we just discussed and that is totally expected. The best way to combat these large expenses and to cover any surprises is to have pet insurance. For a Pomeranian, you should expect to pay between $30 to $70 a month for good cover.
Food and Treats
Luckily, this is one area in which they are definitely a budget breed. These are extremely small dogs weighing only between 4-8lb. They will only need around a cup of dry kibble a day. A good quality small dog kibble is best for Pomeranians as it should help with dental issues.
A 30lb bag of dog food should last you for almost 3 months and only be around $55.
Owners should spend whatever they would like to, or can afford, on the ‘fun’ things.
Collars, leads, harnesses, dog tags, toys, beds, bedding, crates and food/water bowls are generally purchased when you first bring your pup home.
Some of these items will need to be replaced, such as bigger collars or harnesses as your pup grows. You will likely want to spoil your pup with extra toys throughout their life. How much you spend on these items is a personal decision.
The Pomeranian is a gorgeous little dog that makes a wonderful companion. They are spirited, playful and love spending time with you.
These little dogs do have quite the price tag, but there are plenty of options to reduce the price, such as buying in the winter or going for a multicolored pup.
You want your pooch to have the best life possibly, so before committing to buying one, you should seriously consider all the costs that come with owning one of these dogs.
If you do decide to purchase one, you won’t be disappointed. They’re every bit as wonderful as you’ve heard.
Let us know in the comments section below if you decided to get a Pom…