If you’ve ever seen a Pomeranian, you probably know that they are hard to forget. These tiny balls of fur and energy have their own brand of spirit, playfulness and intelligence that makes them one of the most desirable dog breeds, especially for urban dwellers.
While they are very small dogs – weighing 5-7 lbs and under a foot in height and 3-4 lbs with around 8 inches in height for the micro teacup ones. Pomeranians make up for their size with confident and fearless personalities. Despite being so small, they also come with a significant price tag.
How much do Pomeranian puppies cost?
In general, the price range can vary for Pomeranians, as it can for any purebred dog. The typical cost of a Pomeranian puppy can vary from an average of $600 to $1,500. However, the price can go as high as $10,000 for a certified champion bloodline.
Should you get a purebred Pomeranian?
Many people feel that they should get a purebred puppy when they are looking for a new companion. After all, it sounds like a better and more prestigious option.
The biggest factor to consider when buying a pure-bred dog is the price: it will be significantly higher.
If you’re looking for a show dog, then a purebred Pomeranian is a must. Purebreds will represent the pinnacle of the breed’s standards according to organizations like the American Kennel Club (AKC).
If you’re just looking for a good family dog, this is unnecessary and will cost you a lot more. Note that while purebred dogs often have a more distinguished and beautiful look to them, mixed breeds can be just as charming. Keep in mind that a mix will have traits from all the breeds that went into it.
Getting the best deal on a Pomeranian
Other factors to consider when looking for the best price on a Pomeranian are where the dog is from, which might entail certain fees depending on the state or province. This is especially relevant for purebred dogs.
Then there are the shipping costs if any. Buying your dog locally won’t entail any shipping or transport of the dog (other than your own car) but remember to factor in that cost if you’re buying a Pomeranian from somewhere far away.
Just keep in mind that the loveliest Pomeranians are foreign.
Pomeranians’ dog prices are also seasonal. Winter months typically see the lowest demand, which means breeders often lower their prices. This might not be the case in areas with milder (or no) winters, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re looking for your Pomeranian in a temperate climate.
Breeders will often register their dogs with the AKC or CKC (American or Canadian Kennel Clubs) to certify their quality, background, and upbringing. Keep in mind that there are plenty of unregistered dogs that are still great animals that have been cared for properly.
Red flags when shopping for a Pomeranian
Be wary of extremely high or low prices for the dog you’re looking to buy. Extremely low prices might signal that something is wrong with the dog and that the seller it trying to get rid of it quickly. This is a red flag that might indicate it was from a puppy mill – which is definitely something you want to avoid.
Exceptionally high prices aren’t necessarily a scam, but there’s a good chance they are. Don’t believe everything the seller says about a dog being the descendant of some British Queen’s pets!
As with any transaction, make sure you read the fine print of the deal offered by a breeder or seller.
Caring for your Pomeranian
Of course, the cost of owning a Pomeranian doesn’t stop at the initial price. Pomeranians need maintenance, and regular grooming is recommended. Their fluffy coats need special attention to prevent them from getting dirty and matted.
This is in addition to the standard costs for proper food and trips to the vet that would be required with any dog.
Pomeranians are a great choice if you’re looking for very loyal and protective puppy.