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Remember, most (if not all) pom puppies sold in pet shops and many online 'retail' sites are born inpuppy mills. A 'middleman' may be distributing them to you, so buyer beware.
KNOW YOUR BREEDER! Your fur babies life can depend on it. What is more heartbreaking than buying a sick puppy or even losing a puppy due to congenital illness or lack of care? While adoption is the best option, if you choose to buy a puppy, here is some information to help you:
A trust worthy breeder is truly concerned about the health and future of every puppy they bring into the world.
A quality breeder loves and cares for both the parents and the healthy puppies in their breeding program and never sacrifices quality and care for profit.
The safest choice is to buy from a small hobby breeder that has several litters a year. These pups are more likely to be healthy, well bred, well cared for, raised in a home environment and be a personable, enjoyable purchase experience.
A breeder should be willing to send current pics per your request, including pics of puppies AND adult poms at their kennel, poms in their play areas, etc. A quality breeder will not have hundreds of puppies, they will have small home raised litters. They will happy to answer all of your questions. Ask Questions!
There is no such thing as a teacup pomeranian, a micro or mini pom or any other such things that red flag you have happened upon a disreputible breeder. Teeny puppy pics are often taken at 4 weeks to create illusion of 'teacup' dog, and sadly some puppies are sold that young and die when you get them home. To avoid hypoglycemic crashes, it is best to wait until 10 weeks or older to take a pom puppy home. Poms are a toy breed and range from 4 to 7 lbs average adult weight. There are 10lb -14lb poms and 4lb poms. The smaller they are, the more health issues they are likely to have. Good breeders do not breed for size, they breed for health and tempermant. They breed small males to larger females to ensure a safe delivery for both mom and pups.
BETTER YET, DON'T SHOP ~ ADOPT! Hundreds of thousands of wonderful dogs and puppies are put to death every year in our country. There are many purebred and mixed breed tinydogs on death row, in shelters and in foster programs waiting for you to love them. There are online searches that will help you locate and adopt a dog from your local shelter. There are also local lap dog, toy breed, and pom specific rescue groups in your area.
Know of an established, reputable pom breeder or rescue organization? Please send me the link via the form below and I will be happy to research & add to the site:
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