Pom Terrier: A Complete Guide

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If you need a small dog breed that is cuter than many of the other options on the market, there aren’t many that can hope to compete with the Pom Terrier.

This small breed of dog is a cross between a Pomeranian and a Toy Fox Terrier, and it is every bit as adorable as you would expect it to be.

Of course, the last thing that you will want to do while purchasing a pet is deciding on the best one based solely on looks.

It is for this reason that I have compiled all of the info that a prospective owner could want to know about this breed.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at everything you could want to know about a Pom Terrier.

From the best way to find Pom Terrier puppies all the way to what you can expect from living with one, I will be going over every bit of info. Without further delay, let’s dive right into things!

A Pom Terrier showing its paws
The Pom Terrier loves hugging.

Pom Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

Buying puppies can be a challenge, especially when it comes to breeds like the Pom Terrier (the cuter ones).

It can be very easy to make an impulsive purchase when you are standing over a mewling basket of puppies, but you have to hold yourself back and get all the info you need first.

While there is nothing outright terrible about the Pom Terrier, it still helps to take care when you are making your purchase as there may be some things that you don’t know about them.

In this section, I am going to look at how to find the best Pom Terrier puppies and more.

What Price are Pom Terrier Puppies?

Pom Terrier puppies are a bit cheaper than many other designer dog breeds, but they are still somewhat pricey.

You will find that smaller Pom Terriers typically sell for around 600 to 900 dollars, while larger examples will usually go for about 900 to 1300 dollars.

Of course, the pedigree of your Pom Terrier will also affect its price, and dogs with an astounding one can cost up to 2000 dollars, though this is exceptionally rare.

This upper limit on pricing can also be attained if you live in an area where Pom Terrier breeders are exceptionally rare.

How to Find Reputable Pom Terrier Breeders?

When it comes to finding the best breeders of Pom Terriers, you may encounter a challenge since this is one of the rarer mixed breeds on the market.

Since this is the case, you may have to undertake a search to find a breeder in your area, and you may even have to travel quite far.

If you are dedicated to getting a Pom Terrier, then I would recommend calling up local breeders and asking them if they have heard of anyone in the breeding community raising these dogs.

Of course, the best method for finding a breeder in the first place is to browse the internet.

When you have found a breeder on the web, I would recommend looking at online reviews of their services and also visiting their home before you make your purchase.

You can tell a lot about a breeder just by visiting, and if you have the luxury, I recommend several visits in advance.

3 Little-Known Facts About Pom Terriers

  1. These dogs are notorious for having little to no perception of their size. What I mean by this is that they are clumsy and they commonly act like bigger dogs, so they can get themselves into sticky situations.
  2. Being a terrier, you will find that these dogs can be pretty stubborn, so you will want to be firm with them, but I don’t recommend punishment-based training. As long as you have a consistent training regimen, you can get rid of the stubbornness.
  3. As long as you are an assertive owner, these dogs will look at you as if you are the leader of the pack, and they will be fiercely loyal. Should you neglect to demonstrate enough strength, they will lose respect for you.

Physical Traits of the Pom Terrier

The Pom Terrier is a Pomeranian and Toy Fox Terrier mix
The Pom Terrier can be pretty proud.

As you can expect, these dogs will show traits of the Pomeranian and the Toy Fox Terrier, but the extent to which these features are displayed will depend on genetics.

Most of the time, these dogs have a shorter coat, much like Toy Fox Terrier, and the colours will often vary between brown, white, and sable.

The Pom Terrier has a more defined nose than the standard Pomeranian, but it is mainly due to the shorter fur that masks it less.

While the coat on these dogs is shorter than Pomeranian fur, you can still see the fine tufts that are characteristic of that breed and typically lacking in Toy Fox Terriers.

These dogs also tend to have proper proportions for a smaller dog, with longer legs, and this helps them when it comes to running and walking as well.

Of course, being a little dog, you are probably interested in the potential size of a Pom Terrier, so let’s move on to that.

How Big is a Full-Grown Pom Terrier?

These dogs are incredibly small, even when they are fully grown. You will find that full-size Pom Terriers are rarely taller than 10 to 11 inches tall.

As I mentioned earlier, these dogs tend to think that they are larger than they really are, so you will have to keep them away from confrontation.

When it comes to weight, Pom Terriers can vary between 3 to 7 pounds, leaving quite a bit of room for variation.

Regardless of how big your Pom Terrier gets, you will typically be able to pick them up with little to no trouble, making them an excellent choice of purse dog.

What is the Life Expectancy of a Pom Terrier?

Pom Terriers, much like other small dogs, tend to have a longer life expectancy. You will also find that this breed is healthier than many other purebred small dogs since it is mixed.

These dogs will typically live from 13 to 15 years, making them an excellent long-term companion.

Of course, how long your dog lives will also depend on whether the parents had any hereditary conditions, so you will want to inquire about that with your breeder.

Healthy parents will typically make for healthier offspring, especially in mixed breeds.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Pom Terrier

While I may have covered all of the physical aspects of this dog breed, how do they act when you bring them home?

You will find that Pom Terriers have the rebellious streak that you can expect to see in all terriers, so you will have to get control of that in the first place

Unfortunately, Pom Terriers aren’t the most intelligent dog breed, but that doesn’t mean that they are stupid.

These dogs are more crafty than outright smart, but you will still have to keep a good eye on them to make sure that they don’t get into trouble, at least until they have been adequately trained

Once you have control of your Pom Terrier, you will find that it is a loyal companion that will stay by your side for its whole life.

Another benefit to these dogs is that they don’t typically develop small dog syndrome since they seem to have the perception that they are bigger dogs (and they certainly have the presence for it).

The Pom Terrier’s Diet

As with all small dogs, you will want to ensure that you feed your Pom Terrier the highest quality food.

Since small dogs will need more nutrients from the smaller amount of food that they consume, poor quality food should typically be avoided.

Consuming an average of 1.5 cups of food per day, you will find that these active canines eat a little bit more than their other small dog counterparts.

That being said, these dogs shouldn’t cost you more than a dollar or two per day to feed.

How Much Exercise Does a Pom Terrier Need?

Two cute fluffy Pom Terriers
The Pom Terriers are so adorable.

When it comes to exercise, you will find that these energetic little dogs tend to get all of the workouts they need just by running around your legs when you walk into the room.

All jokes aside, you will find that these dogs only need a daily walk to stay in shape.

Other than keeping them active, you will find that a daily walk tends to help your Pom Terrier get some much-needed socialization.

Smaller dogs usually need to interact with other dogs more often than other breeds.

Pom Terrier Health and Conditions

While Pom Terriers have a rather long life expectancy, they are one of those smaller dog breeds that need constant vet checkups to ensure that they are not at risk.

Let’s take a look at some of the conditions that these dogs are susceptible to.

Serious Issues:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mange
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Von Willebrand’s disease

Minor Issues:

  • Cataracts
  • Food allergies

3 Important Training Tips

  • Owing to the inherent stubbornness of the Pom Terrier, you must practice patience while training it, especially during its early formative years.

You can’t expect the Pom Terrier to be eager to please its owner, as is the case with a variety of breeds.

That being said, the independent streak inherent with this dog should not put you off from training it because its nature can be tweaked with some effective training remedies.

  • It is important to portray yourself as the alpha of the house.

The Pom Terrier can easily perceive itself to be the dominant one and as a pup, it will attempt to have its way in most situations.

The key is to establish yourself as the pack leader and make sure that your pet knows that your command is most important.

To succeed with this, you will have to be firm in its training if you want to discipline the Pom Terrier.

Give it a reward every time it obeys your command.

Such positive reinforcement will go a long way to make it clear to the Pom Terrier that listening to you is the right thing to do.

  • Early socialization should be encouraged.

Your Pom Terrier is a lively and welcoming dog once it gets to know a person, but it can be quite wary towards strangers that it meets for the first time.

Therefore, if you want to raise a Pom Terrier that greets everyone very warmly and can make friends easily, you must involve it in social activities from a young age.

Frequent visits to the dog park will allow your pet to bond with other animals and humans in a safe environment, which will help shape its personality.

My Final Thoughts on the Pom TerrierA shaggy Pom Terrier in the snow

Aside from a predisposition to several health conditions, you will find that the Pom Terrier is an excellent choice of small dog.

Your ideal Pom Terrier will depend on just how small you want your dog to be, as they can vary between 3 to 7 pounds, the smaller end of that spectrum being purse dog territory.

I wish you luck in finding your new puppy.

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