Blue Merle Pomeranian
Dog Guide: Blue Merle Pomeranian
If you’ve been hearing a lot of fuss over the blue merle Pomeranian, then you might be wondering what the big deal is. –More so if you’re looking to add a dog to the family and you think that this breed might be a good contender. If you are indeed wondering if the Pomeranian could be a good choice for you (and your family) then there are a few things that you should learn about this breed before making your decision. Keep reading to learn about the history of the blue merle Pomeranian, its personality and temperament, trainability, and care requirements.
About the Blue Merle Pomeranian
Contrary to what dog breeders might try to tell an unwitting potential buyer, the blue merle Pomeranian is not a fantastic genetic mishap in this breed and in fact, it’s not even a pureblooded Pomeranian. This beautiful dog is the result of cross-breeding a purebred Pomeranian with another breed of dog that exhibits the “blue merle” coat color, such as an Australian shepherd or the blue merle Shetland sheepdog. This particular cross-breeding is fairly new with the Pomeranian breed. Essential, what this means is that a blue merle Pomeranian will never be eligible for AKC registration, nor would it be eligible to be a contestant in a dog show for purebreds. –But think of it this way, a blue merle Pom isn’t any different from other intentional crossbreeds such as the labradoodle (Labrador retriever x poodle) or Shorkie (shih tzu x Yorkshire terrier). Papers aren’t everything and if you don’t have any intentions to enter your pet into a dog show, and you love the varying tones of blue, grey, white, and black that are unique to a blue merle, then this Pomeranian crossbreed may be a very good addition to your family.
The Pomeranian is long-lived and full of spirit. He has a natural curiosity and loves to pop his nose into whatever is going on around him. They love to watch people and other animals. In fact, one should not be surprised to find their little Pomeranian perched in a comfy area near a window or to see him take several trips to a window throughout the day so that he can absorb the sights and sounds going on in the world. Don’t let this serene image fool you—this little guy will not hesitate to let off a few barks whenever he sees a passerby, but overall he won’t be doing this with aggression (as long as he is socialized from an early age). He simply likes to let you know that people or other animals are nearby.
This breed is very loyal to his owner/family and craves attention from them. If neglected, a Pomeranian might start to engage in naughty behavior in order to grab his owner’s attention. There is quite a lot of energy in the little Pomeranian package, but for the most part he can expend this energy within the confines of the house. A short, brisk daily walk certainly wouldn’t go amiss with this breed, though. If you have a lot of time to devote to your potential pet, or if you spend a lot of time at home, then a blue merle Pomeranian, or any Pomeranian for that matter, would likely be a good pet for you.
Temperament and Trainability
If you are considering a blue merle Pomeranian then you not only have to consider the temperament of the Pomeranian, but also of the possible breeds that would have been introduced into your pom’s bloodlines in order to achieve the lovely blue dappled fur. The most likely varieties would be the Australian shepherd or the Shetland sheepdog. Both of these are active, highly intelligent breeds with a bred-in need to not only work but to be of use—an active and helpful contributor to the family. Do not be surprised if your blue merle Pomeranian exhibits this kind of behavior. In order to prevent such a smart dog from becoming bored, and therefore destructive, you would need to engage his mind and his body in fun games around the house or in the back yard. Games of catch or “hide and seek” work well, as does training him new tricks.
The Pomeranian breed is intelligent and is also notorious for being stubborn during the training process. Poms feel the need to be in control and will often challenge their owners in the early stage of their life. –They want to be the alpha of your family. Eliminate this behavior early on or you could end up with a bossy, slightly aggressive pet. Because this breed is so smart, you will have to be careful not to allow him to manipulate you into getting what he wants. A gentle but firm hand in training is required in order to show this dog that you’re in control. Food is extremely motivating for Pomeranians. It would also be important to socialize this breed with other dogs and people from a very young age. If you have other types of animals in the house, such as cats, be sure to expose your Pomeranian to the cats as soon as possible and deter any aggressive or rough play between the species right away.
Pomeranians require very little extra care. They do have long fur that can be prone to matting if it is not brushed daily. This breed is also somewhat fearless and these dogs have been known to leap from tall furniture without a second thought, only to end up with an injury. This is a toy breed which means that their bones are much more fragile than other sturdy breeds of dog. A jump or fall from furniture could result in a broken bone or worse. Regular trips to the veterinarian as well as the occasional trip to a dog groomer are always a good idea.