Every dog lover knows how adorable and charming Pomeranians can be, especially during their early life stages. Before officially becoming adult dogs at 12 months old, they undergo several growth spurts and rapidly change their appearance and size. In only 6 months, most Pomeranian dogs reach their adult sizes, while at birth, they weigh only a few ounces. Watching this change in your dog is a wonderful experience.
Pomeranians are around 6 to 7 inches tall and 3 and 7 pounds after they are fully grown. Check out the growth chart for Pomeranians below, which will help you compare your dog’s weight and growth with the recommended sizes.
Facts About Pomeranians
Pomeranians are known for their adorable, petite appearance and are suitable for smaller homes and even apartments. Due to their tiny bodies, they are classified as toy dogs. Their regular size is between 6 to 7 inches tall for adults, while they weigh between 3 and 7 pounds. Pomeranians competing in dog shows and exhibitions must be between 4 and 6 pounds.
While a Pomeranian is a much smaller dog breed comparatively, its size can also vary from one dog to another. Depending on the puppy’s size, the dog will grow proportionally. The general build of the Pomeranians appears square because of their short backs. The usual length-to-width ratio is 1 to 1.
Their coat is incredibly thick, with a double layer that protects them from harsh conditions, appearing in dozens of different colors and patterns.
Pomeranian Size and Growth Chart
Since Pomeranians are generally quite small—not taller than 11 inches—their size shouldn’t vary drastically between individual dogs. At birth, most Pomeranian newborns can fit on the palm of your hand, weighing only a few ounces, while they will quickly hit a growth spurt, already reaching a pound in their 3rd month.
|1 week||3.75–11 oz|
|2 weeks||5–16 oz|
|4 weeks||7–24 oz|
|6 weeks||9–32 oz|
|8 weeks||11–39 oz|
|3 months||1–3.56 lbs|
|4 months||1.3–4.5 lbs|
|4.5 months||1.43–4.8 lbs|
|5 months||1.5–5.25 lbs|
|6 months||1.6–5.6 lbs|
|Adult (12 months)||2–7 lbs|
When Does a Pomeranian Stop Growing?
Most Pomeranians will rapidly grow between 2 and 12 months. Pomeranians usually reach their adult size once they are a year old. While this is usually the standard, there are occasions when a Pomeranian continues to grow until 18 months old. After a year is also when a Pomeranian is no longer considered a puppy but becomes an adult dog. This dog will hit several growth spurts before they turn one, while sometimes it may seem like they are not advancing in size, which is entirely normal. By the time your Pomeranian is 6 months old, it will probably already reach a size close to its adult size.
Factors Affecting the Size of Pomeranian
Several crucial factors will determine the final adult size of your Pomeranian. The first factor that will influence the dog’s size is its parent’s size. If the parents are larger or smaller than usual, genetics will likely be at play, causing the puppy to appear the same way.
Depending on the diet you’ll offer your Pomeranian, its size can also be significantly affected by the nutrition. Its growth can be stunted if it lacks the nutrients required for healthy bone, organs, and muscle development.
Ideal Diet for Maintaining a Healthy Weight
A healthy Pomeranian size will mostly depend on its weight. It is crucial to maintain a healthy and balanced diet to avoid any future medical complications. For a balanced diet, they need to receive plenty of proteins, fiber, and healthy fats. Depending on your dog’s age, metabolism, and daily activity, you’ll be able to calculate the ideal amount of food to provide them. Look for food high in healthy proteins such as high-quality meat. Chicken, lamb, turkey, and beef are all ideal sources of quality animal protein.
How to Measure Your Pomeranian
To closely monitor the growth of your Pomeranian, you need to learn how to measure it properly. Since it is always good to have a frame of reference for the general Pomeranian size, measuring your dog will give you an insight into standard sizes for their age group.
Once learning about your Pomeranian’s ideal size and weight, you should be able to monitor their growth accurately. These dogs are classified as a toy breed, meaning their weight doesn’t significantly vary, and they only reach around 7 pounds typically.
Hopefully, learning how to measure your dog properly and understanding the recommended weight for
particular age groups will help you maintain a healthy weight and size for your dog.
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