How Much Does a Pomeranian Cost?

Last Updated on February 22, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Pomeranians are one of the most popular small dog breeds, known for their fox-like faces, plush coats, and lively personalities. But before bringing one of these furry companions home, it’s important to understand the costs involved with owning a Pomeranian.

This article will break down the various expenses to factor in, from the initial purchase price to ongoing care and supplies. Read on to learn what’s involved financially in adding a Pom to your family!

How Much Does a Pomeranian Cost?

The first major expense for a Pomeranian is the original purchase price. There are two main options for obtaining a Pom – buying from a breeder or adopting from a shelter or rescue.

Buying from a breeder is typically more expensive upfront. Breeder prices commonly range from $600 to $1500 for a pet quality puppy. Show prospects or rare coat colors can cost $2000 to $6000 or even more. Factors impacting the price include bloodlines, pedigree, parents’ show records, location, and breeder reputation.

Adopting an adult Pomeranian through a shelter or rescue is often less than $300, sometimes as low as $50 to $100. While more affordable initially, adopted dogs may have unknown backgrounds or preexisting health issues requiring care.

K9 of Mine states that the average price of a Pomeranian ranges between about $500 and $1,500. However, “show quality” Pomeranians may cost much more, with some breeders charging $4,000 or more for animals from award-winning gene pools.

PetPom.com indicates that the cost of a Pomeranian puppy is typically between $800 and $2,000. For some Pomeranians with championship bloodlines, the price may be as high as $3,500.

Pomeranian.org mentions that the cost of a Pomeranian puppy could be as low as $500 and as high as $6,000. The price varies depending on factors such as health, location of purchase, age, gender, and coat color.

A-Z Animals reports that Pomeranian puppies from breeders cost $2,000-$3,000 on average, with some exceptions. The article also discusses the lifetime expenses associated with owning a Pomeranian.

Additional Acquisition Costs:

  • Transportation – Travel expenses to visit and pick up your puppy. Could be gas money or airfare for longer distances.
  • Deposits – Some breeders require deposits to hold a puppy. Typically non-refundable deposits of $200-500.
  • Shipping – If unable to pick up, most breeders can arrange pet shipping for $300-500.

Initial Setup Costs

Once you have your Pom, there are some essential supplies needed right away to get started. These include:

  • Collar + Leash – Important for walks and identification. $10-30.
  • Crate – For indoor containment and housetraining. $50-150.
  • Dog Bed – Comfy place to sleep. $25-75.
  • Food + Water Bowls – For serving meals $10-20.
  • Toys – For play and chewing $50-100 to start.
  • Grooming Supplies – Brush, comb, shampoo, nail clippers. Around $50-150 initially.

The first vet visit is also an important upfront cost. This will include an exam, vaccinations, heartworm test and prevention. Budget $150-300 for this appointment.

Ongoing Ownership Costs

Once you have your Pomeranian home, there are regular recurring expenses to account for in your pet budget. These include:

Food and Treats

  • Dog Food – Quality dry kibble, canned food or raw diet. $30-60 per month.
  • Treats – For training and spoiling! $10-30 per month.

Grooming and Hygiene

  • Grooming – Professional grooming every 6-8 weeks. $40-80 per visit.
  • Nail Trims – By groomer or vet if unable to do at home. $10-15 monthly.
  • Dental Care – Teeth brushing supplies, dental chews. $20-30 per month.

Medical and Veterinary

  • Annual Exam – A yearly check-up. $150-300 per year.
  • Vaccinations – Needed every 1-3 years. $75-150 per visit.
  • Preventatives – Flea, tick, and heartworm meds. $150-300 yearly.
  • Medical Issues – For illness or injuries. Budget $200-2000+ annually. Get pet insurance!

Other Recurring Expenses

  • Toys – Replacing chewed up toys. $10-40 monthly.
  • License – Yearly dog license fee. $10-20 per year.
  • Training – Ongoing classes or private sessions. $100-500 annually.

Introduction to Pomeranians

Funny Looking PomeranianNow that we’ve covered the major costs, let’s learn more about this popular furry breed! Pomeranians are a spunky small dog weighing 3-7 pounds. They have a lush, long double coat that requires regular brushing and grooming.

Poms make excellent companion dogs. They are intelligent, eager to please, and adapt well to apartment living. Pomeranians do have high exercise needs despite their small size and are prone to barking and separation anxiety without proper training. Lifespan is 12-16 years.

Their fox-like facial features and plush coat lend a strong “cute” appeal to Pomeranians, making them popular globally. Poms rank among the top 30 breeds registered by the AKC. Their versatility as show dogs, therapy dogs, or family pets adds to their widespread popularity.

Training and Socialization

Pomeranians are intelligent but can be stubborn. Early socialization and consistent training is recommended starting as a puppy.

Puppy kindergarten and obedience classes run $100-300 for a 6-8 week group course. Refresher classes or private sessions for adult dogs cost $50-100 per hour-long class.

Crate training, leash training, and addressing separation anxiety are useful areas to focus on. Proper socialization is also critical to minimize barking, aggression, and fearfulness. Expect to invest $400-1000 in your Pomeranian’s first year of training.

Ongoing training and practice at home is very important to reinforcing commands and manners. Never get a Pomeranian as a dog to ignore – their intelligence requires mental stimulation!

Health and Emergency Care

In general, Pomeranians are a sturdy, healthy breed when bred responsibly. However, they are prone to certain health issues to be aware of, including:

  • Luxating Patellas – Kneecap dislocation. The rate is 24% in the breed. The surgery runs $2000-5000+ per knee.
  • Dental Disease – Teeth and gum issues. Cleanings $300-500. Extractions or surgery are much higher.
  • Collapsing Trachea – Windpipe weakness. Diagnostics $300-500. Mild cases are treated medically, severe cases may require surgery $2000+.

Like all dogs, Pomeranians are also susceptible to injuries or emergencies. Set aside $1000-5000+ annually for non-routine vet visits.

You might also like our articles about the cost of a Pomsky, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, or Teacup Yorkie.

Pet insurance can provide peace of mind against big vet bills. Comprehensive plans cost $30-60 per month. Get quotes; preexisting conditions may not be covered.

Additional Expenses

Beyond everyday costs, there are other optional expenses that come with Pomeranian ownership:

  • Professional handling/showing – For show prospects. Runs $50-150 per show.
  • Breeding costs – For dams and studs. Could be $1000+ per litter.
  • Boarding/pet sitting – When traveling. $25-50+ per day.
  • Dog walker – If you work long hours. $15-25 per 30-minute walk.

Look for ways to save on these discretionary costs, like pet sitter exchanges with friends or DIY handling at local shows.

Cost-Saving Tips

Here are some tips to save money as a Pomeranian owner:

  • Buy supplies in bulk online or at wholesale clubs. Stock up during sales.
  • Learn to groom at home. Invest in quality tools and watch DIY tutorials.
  • Make homemade healthy treats rather than buying packaged treats.
  • Create a pet emergency fund for vet costs, investing a little each month.
  • Use preventatives and annual exams to catch issues early before they become costly.
  • Consider wellness plans through your vet for bundled services at a discount.
  • Resist impulse purchases. Stick to essentials and budget carefully for this long commitment.

With some planning, Pomeranians can be an affordable breed to own with a lifetime of love and companionship to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Pomeranian a good pet?

Yes, Pomeranians can make excellent pets for the right owner! They are affectionate, outgoing, and loyal. Their small size makes them adaptable to any living situation.

Pomeranians do require regular brushing and grooming and plenty of training and exercise starting as puppies. With an attentive owner who can meet their activity needs, they thrive as pets. Their vibrant and feisty personality brings lots of joy to living with a Pom!

Are Poms easy to train?

Pomeranians are intelligent but can be independent and stubborn at times. Early socialization and consistent, positive reinforcement training is important starting in puppyhood.

When trained patiently using rewards and clicker training, Pomeranians can learn quickly and excel in obedience work. oldest shelters Older Poms may have more set ways but can still learn new tricks. Poms aren’t the easiest dogs for complete beginners to train, but their eagerness to work can make training fun and rewarding.

How old can a Pomeranian live?

The average lifespan of a healthy Pomeranian is 12-16 years. Some even live until age 18 or beyond! Ensure your Pom lives a long life by providing excellent nutrition, regular exercise, proper preventative veterinary care, and avoiding obesity.

Also, focus on health in the breeding of pet or show Pomeranians, including genetic testing, to produce long-lived lines. With good care and a bit of luck, Pomeranians can continue lighting up your life well into their senior years.

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