Pomeranians are known for being little dogs with big personalities. They’re intelligent, curious, and friendly dogs with a bold and alert temperament that makes them excellent alert dogs and family companions.
If you’re interested in adding one of these little giants to your family, one consideration that you need to take is cost, not only to obtain the Pomeranian itself, but also to get all the other supplies you need to provide your Pomeranian with a suitable home and to continue caring for it throughout its life.
Here we’ll talk about all of these things, starting with a quick estimate of the cost of a Pomeranian, then moving on to the factors that affect that price and the other costs that you should be sure to consider when budgeting for your new pooch, and then finally we’ll finish up by going over a few ways that you can save money and stretch your budget when buying and caring for your Pomeranian.
The Short Answer
A Pomeranian can typically be obtained from a breeder for between about $500 and $6,000, though they are most commonly seen for between $1,000 and $3,000.
On top of that, expect to spend at least $1,000 that first year for the initial costs of dog ownership like dishes, toys, bedding, and healthcare, and the cost of raising a puppy. Every year after that, the dog can cost between $1,000 and $3,200.
Note that these estimates don’t include emergency care or non-typical costs, like pet deposits, specialty equipment, or non-routine medical treatment. Owning a smaller breed like a pomeranian will be cheaper than owning a bigger breed like an english mastiff or a bullmastiff.
Factors That Impact Price
So why is there so much variation when it comes to buying a pomeranian puppy? Well, because there are a lot of factors that influence it.
The so-called “quality” of a dog is one of the biggest influences on price. Quality doesn’t necessarily reflect the health, personality, or behavior of a dog, though health does play a role in determining the quality of a dog. Instead, quality refers to how well the dog can be expected to perform in conformity competitions and how well it can be expected to produce other dogs that do the same.
Mixed breeds, or dogs that are a mix of Pomeranian and another breed, are considered the lowest quality group and are more affordable than purebred Pomeranians. High demand designer mixes, like the Pomsky (Pomeranian-Husky mix) and Pomchi (Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix), will cost more than less desired mixes but are still usually significantly cheaper than even pet quality purebreds.
Pet quality Pomeranians are purebred, but have some sort of fault that prevents them from being successful in the show circuit or means that they shouldn’t be bred. These dogs can still make excellent pets and are a great deal cheaper than show quality dogs. They can also still compete in many types of non-conformity competitions such as agility or obedience trials, and can be trained as service or therapy dogs.
Reputable breeders will provide a list of the dog’s faults and the results of health testing to help you understand why the dog is pet quality, and will typically either spay or neuter the dog before sale or require you to do it after you take the dog.
If sold at all (many breeders choose to care for these dogs themselves), pet quality dogs with serious health conditions are generally marked down in cost, but good breeders will have even higher requirements for the home these dogs go to in order to ensure that they’ll be properly cared for.
Show quality Pomeranians are the most expensive and can cost even as much as $10,000. These are dogs that conform to breed standards and can compete in shows and be bred to produce more show quality Pomeranians.
Within each of these groups, the degree of conformity to breed standards, pedigree, and health all influence price.
For adult dogs, the more complete health history and the dog’s competition and breeding history also affect cost.
Location, location, location matters in more than just real estate; where a breeder lives can dramatically influence how they price their puppies.
For one, breeders have to be able to cover their costs. If an area has a high cost of living, breeders have to charge more to be able to continue breeding. Breeders in areas with more regulations on the breeding of animals will have to price their dogs higher in order to cover the costs to comply with those regulations.
The market in a region also makes a difference. High demand for Pomeranians leads to higher prices, especially if those demanding Poms also have thicker wallets. On the other hand, if there are a lot of competing Pomeranian sellers, that drives price down.
Time of Year
The “where” is important, but the “when” also matters.
In the late spring through late summer, demand for dogs is high as people are looking for canine companions for beach trips, walks, and other warm weather activities. In response, breeders set their prices higher in the warmer months.
On the other hand, that demand wanes the rest of the year, and is the slowest during the winter. In response, breeders slash prices to match the demand and avoid having to hold on to unsold puppies.
Breeders & Pet Stores
We keep saying “breeders” here, since they’re probably the easiest and most popular way to find a purebred Pomeranian, particularly if you want a puppy, but they aren’t the only way: You can also get a Pomeranian from a pet store or animal rescue. Let’s talk about breeders first, though.
As we said above, when you buy a Pomeranian from a breeder, you can generally expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000.
This usually includes registration or the paperwork required for you to register, a health guarantee, age-appropriate vaccination, microchipping, lifetime breeder support, and early socialization. Spaying or neutering is also typically included for Pomeranians intended to be pets, as opposed to show or breeding dogs.
A breeder with more experience and a track record of high quality dogs will charge more than an inexperienced breeder or one that only produces pet quality dogs.
Animal rescues are a lot cheaper and adoption fees typically range between $200 and $400, though there are many adoptable Pomeranians for less than $100. Adoption fees typically don’t include genetic testing or registration paperwork, but they do often include the costs of spaying or neutering, age-appropriate vaccination, and microchipping.
Rescued dogs don’t usually come with a health guarantee, but many animal rescues are willing to help you cover expensive and unexpected medical treatment if you aren’t able to afford it on your own.
Puppies bought from a pet store are typically similarly priced or more expensive than dogs bought from breeders despite the fact that these puppies come almost exclusively from puppy mills and other low quality breeders.
These puppies are generally poorly socialized and were not bred to avoid health problems. Though there’s usually a health guarantee, it often applies only in a limited number of situations and usually only promises replacement of the puppy that you’ve grown to love rather than providing it with the necessary care.
Avoid buying dogs from pet stores. These dogs not only cost more up front, they will also frequently cost you more, both monetarily and in heartache, down the line.
Coat, Sex, & Age
Pomeranian coats come in a variety of colors and patterns. Solid coats are typically more costly than multi-colored coats. Among solid coats, rarer colors like black, white, lavender, and blue generally lead to a higher price than common colors like red and orange.
Female pomeranians typically cost more than males since there is more demand for females.
Adults usually cost less than puppies, but successful show dogs can be quite expensive.
Don’t forget that buying your new dog isn’t the any expense. You’ll also need to make sure that you have all the supplies that are required to take care of them.
This includes food, treats, bowls, toys, a kennel, a bed, a leash, a collar, a harness, a tag, potty training supplies, basic grooming supplies, cleaning supplies, and any storage and organizational items you need for all these things. In addition, you need to make sure your home is puppy-proofed before they arrive.
Once you get your Pomeranian, you’ll need to cover initial healthcare, including a check up, any additional vaccines needed, and possibly microchipping and spaying or neutering.
You also need to get them into a training class as early as you can to ensure that your Pomeranian becomes an obedient, well-socialized dog. This is especially important for puppies, but can also be helpful when you’ve gotten an adult dog because it can help grow the bond between the dog and owner.
All told, taking care of your Pomeranian during the first year of their life can an additional $1,000 to $1,700 on top of the cost of the dog itself. Where in this range you’ll fall depends on the cost of supplies and healthcare where you live, as well as, which particular supplies you go with since there’s a wide variety available among dog food, bedding, toys, and other supplies.
Ongoing Ownership Costs
Other costs continue throughout your Pomeranian’s life.
Food, potty bags, treats, grooming supplies, and cleaning supplies need to be replaced as they’re used up. Bowls, collars, toys, and bedding wear out over time and must be replaced.
Dogs need continuing healthcare like annual physicals, up to date vaccination, and ongoing flea and tick protection. To help you afford all that, you may also want to purchase pet insurance, which can run between $300 and $600 a year.
Each additional year that you own your Pomeranian, you can expect to spend a total somewhere between about $1,000 and $3,200 for typical expenses.
That doesn’t include emergency medical care or costs that aren’t pretty much consistent and universal, like pet sitters, pet deposits, and or dog walkers. That’s what this next section is for.
Possible Additional Costs
On top of all those essentials we just talked about, there are several other things that you may end up having or choosing to pay for.
If you live in a rental, you may have to pay a pet deposit or pet rent, and in some areas you’ll need to pay a licensing fee for your Pomeranian.
If you don’t want your pet alone all day, you’ll need to pay for doggy daycare or a dog walker. You may need to pay for boarding or a pet sitter if you travel without your dog. If you travel with them, all sorts of additional things might be necessary, like a car harness, a TSA approved carrier, and pet passport.
Emergency vet visits can cost $250 or more and often cost more than $1,000. Other health problems can also cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to treat. If you have pet insurance, that can help offset some of these costs.
In addition, pets sometimes damage our things or homes. You may end up spending who knows how much to repair or replace damage, whether it’s a few dollars for a chewed up roll of paper towels or thousands for a knocked over flat screen. Fortunately, pet proofing helps to avoid this and Pomeranians are small, so they have limited potential for damage, but don’t underestimate their bravery and determination when pet proofing.
And finally, if there are any special activities you’d like to do with your Pomeranian, make sure to budget for the necessary equipment. Relatively common special equipment includes booties, life vests, strollers, and GPS trackers. If you plan on showing your Pomeranian, there are costs associated with that as well, including grooming, registration, and admission fees.
How to Save
Fortunately, there are ways you can help make sure that you’re not spending more than you have to when you get your new Pomeranian.
Rescues are cheaper than dogs from breeders, but if you do choose to go with a Pomeranian from a breeder, it’s worth it to spend more up front to get a Pomeranian that was bred from genetically tested parents and has had a thorough health exam in order to minimize the chance of costly health problems down the road.
Buying an adult is not only more affordable in terms of the dog itself, it also typically allows you to skip paying for potty training equipment and costly puppy medical care.
You can also wait until the off season to buy your dog, though your options will be more limited, and opt for a less in-demand color or pattern.
Don’t be afraid to look for Pomeranians outside your area if it has a high cost of living, but make sure you’re factoring in the cost of your own travel as well as the transportation of the dog to make sure you’re actually saving money, and never buy a Pomeranian without meeting it and its parents first.
Last, when it comes to equipment, buy puppy supplies before the puppy so you can compare prices and buy things as they’re on sale. Later on, buy in bulk as much as possible and purchase replacement supplies ahead of when you need them when they’re on sale rather than paying full price as replacing supplies becomes essential.
With all that said, saving money is nice and it’s important to know what you can afford, but remember that the most important thing is getting a happy, healthy companion that can stay by your side for years to come.