Pomeranian vs. Chihuahua: Which is Better For Families?

When people think about getting a dog they often wonder, which breed is the best, but there is no such thing as the best dog. What you should be asking is what breed is the best breed for you? In order to find which breed is better for your family it is important to look at your lifestyle and circumstances, and from there you can decide which breed will suit your lifestyle better.

The Pomeranian and the Chihuahua are very similar dogs, and such it is a very difficult decision to make when deciding which one is better for your family. They are both very sociable, they are both energetic pups who will provide you with hours of fun, and they equally fit perfectly in laps for an afternoon of cuddles. The Pomeranian is a newer breed in America, and as such he is currently slightly more popular breed, but with that comes a higher price tag. However, the Chihuahua is still popular and many people like his original handbag dog charm.

The Chihuahua tends to live slightly longer, and the Pomeranian is said to be a bit barkier. Though, for the majority of people, this decision solely comes down to their appearance and what they prefer.

Breed Comparison Chart

 
Pomeranian
Chihuahua
Height
6 - 7 inches (M & F)
5 - 8 inches (M & F)
Weight
3 - 7 pounds (M&F)
6 pounds or less (M & F)
Temperament
Inquisitive, Bold, Lively
Charming, Graceful, Sassy
Energy
Moderate
Moderate
Health
Average
Average
Group
Toy
Toy
Lifespan
12-16 years
14 - 16 years
Price
$1,000+
$800+

Overview

So, the most important question is, why do you want a dog? Many people with a young family would like a dog to teach their children how to look after an animal. Sometimes they want a lively pooch who is going to provide their family with hours of laughter and fun. Whereas many families would like a guard dog to protect their estate and family. Whatever the reason, there is a dog out there for you!

The Chihuahua and the Pomeranian are very similar pups who both find themselves in the toy group. However, in the name of good research, it is important that you identify the reason why you want a dog to ensure that these dogs are the right one for you.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has 7 specific categories of dog groups.

  • Hound Group
  • Terrier Group
  • Working Group
  • Herding Group
  • Toy Group
  • Sporting Group
  • Non-Sporting Group

Both the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua are part of the toy group. The toy group are recognized for their small stature, but they are certainly not small on personality! These guys are suited to apartment life and are popular with city dwellers due to their small size and adaptability. There are 21 toy dogs to choose from in this group, or there are also many other small dogs in the non-sporting group that are similar to the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua in size and personality.

If you are still certain that these guys have the final cut, then let us look at them in finer detail.

Exercise Comparison

The Chihuahua and the Pomeranian, despite their small stature, are both medium energy dogs and they both require at least 30 minutes of exercise. These two dogs are amongst the most energetic breeds in the toy group. It is really important to consider this factor, because many people who seek toy pups are seeking a lap dog who does not need much exercise and will happily be an all-day long lap dog, but this is certainly not the case for these two. Two 15-minute walks during the daytime will suffice and be sure to keep them entertained throughout the day with interactive games or puzzle toys. Despite their small size, they have been known to wreak havoc with their destructive behaviour if they become bored.

Overall, both the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua need similar amounts of exercise. Be mindful that they are both little pocket rockets, and they do need more exercise than the average toy dog.

Training Differences

The Pomeranian and the Chihuahua are, again, similar in their trainability, in that they are independent and stubborn, and so you should not expect the most obedient of pups straight away, if ever. And even once they have learnt their commands, they will often have days where they wake up on the wrong side of the crate and they will simply not listen to their owner, for this reason they are not well suited to owners who desire consistently obedient dogs.

With that being said, the best way to train these guys is with consistent positive reinforcement training and to ensure that you begin their training straight away as the earlier you start your training, the better your chances are of having a well-behaved pooch.

Overall, both the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua are similar in their trainability. They are both independent, stubborn and neither of them will be 100% obedient all the time.

Family Interaction

Both the Chihuahua and the Pomeranian are small dogs who, despite their feisty personality, are more delicate than most people think. Many people say that you should not house these guys with small children as small children can often injure them simply because they are not taught how to handle animals appropriately. However, if children are taught how to handle them properly and how to behave around them, then this should not be an issue. Both the Pomeranian and Chihuahua enjoy the company of children, so they make a great family pet for this reason.

As long as both breeds are socialized early, and they are socialized with dogs of all shapes and sizes, then they can get along with other dogs. However, they are both known to bark a lot at other dogs if they are not. If you are buying either of these breeds as a puppy, and you already have other household pets, then this early exposure should mean that they will be fine with other pets. As with most things dog related, it all comes down to early and efficient training.

Overall, as long as young children are taught how to handle these small pups, and the pups are socialized well with other dogs and pets from a young age, then they both make a good companion for children and other pets.

Temperament Comparison

The Pomeranian and the Chihuahua have similar temperaments. They are both bold and there is not much that they are scared of, sometimes this can be to their detriment! They are both sociable and they love to be the center of attention. They both make equally great companion canines, and they crave human companionship so much that they rarely like to be left alone, and as such they are both known to suffer from separation anxiety.

Many owners comment that the Pomeranian barks a lot more than the Chihuahua, so if you live somewhere with noise level restrictions, or you are simply not a fan of a noisy pup, then the Chihuahua may be a better option for you.

Overall, they both make great companionship dogs and are very sociable creatures that human interaction.

Health Comparison

The Pomeranian and the Chihuahua are generally healthy dogs who both live up to the age of around 16, but often the Chihuahua lives a little bit longer than the Pomeranian. The Chihuahua often has a soft spot on his skull, called a molera, similar to that of a new-born baby. Other than the molera, they are both prone to the same health issues, and they are both recommended to be tested for the following:

  • Patella Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation

Overall, both the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua are healthy dogs who enjoy a long lifespan, but the Chihuahua is a slightly more resilient dog as he tends to live longer.

Grooming Differences

This is entirely dependent on whether you have a short-haired or long-haired Chihuahua. The short-haired Chihuahua is relatively easy to groom, and he only requires a brush once a week to keep his coat looking shiny and healthy.

However, if you have a long-haired Chihuahua then he is similar to the Pomeranian, in that you have to invest more time into grooming him, and brushing him several times a week, if not most days. This is to ensure that any dirt is removed from their coat and that their longer hair is kept tangle free. Generally, the Pomeranian, with his thick and luxurious locks, will require a bit more tending to than the long-haired Chihuahua as he has thicker hair.

Overall, the short-haired Chihuahua is easier to groom, but both the long-haired Chihuahua and the Pomeranian are similar in their grooming requirements and they require a lot more attention.

Allergies

Neither the Pomeranian nor the Chihuahua are on our list of hypoallergenic dogs, so if any of the family members living in your house has dog allergies, then it is advised that neither of these breeds would suit your family.

They both have double coats and as such they both shed, particularly during shedding season. If you are seeking a hypoallergenic dog, then be sure to thoroughly research which dog breed would be the best for your family.

Popularity Differences

The AKC has ranked the Pomeranian as the 23rd most popular dog in America, and the Chihuahua is 10 places behind him as the 33rd most popular dog in America. The Pomeranian is currently more popular, however, the Chihuahua has undoubtedly been the most popular and iconic of all the toy breeds.

Food Consumption

They will both eat, on average, between ½ and 1 ½ cups of food a day, and this is entirely dependent on how big and how active they are. Generally, the Pomeranian will eat slightly more than the Chihuahua, but generally this will not be a significant difference. .

Breed Cost Comparison

The Pomeranian and the Chihuahua puppy price is significantly different. The price of a Pomeranian starts at $1,000, whereas the average cost of a Chihuahua starts from around $500 and up. Undoubtedly this is because, being a newer breed, the Pomeranian is currently more popular and as such the demand is higher.

Appearance Differences

When it comes to the Pomeranian, they all look the same except for their colorations, so once you have decided on a color that you like, then all you have to do is find the pup. However, there are a few more decisions to make when it comes to the appearance of the Chihuahua.

Firstly, you will have to decide between a long haired and a short haired Chihuahua, and of course they both have different grooming needs from one another. Secondly, Chihuahua’s also have different shaped heads. Some Chihuahuas have apple shaped heads and some have deer shaped heads, and with the different shaped heads comes slightly different health issues.

Overall, there are a few more decisions to make when it comes to the appearance of a Chihuahua, some of which may have other questions or implications. This is definitely something to research into.

If you still can’t decide!

If you still can’t decide between the Pomeranian and the Chihuahua, then why not combine them both and have the best of both worlds in one dog! The pomeranian and chihuahua have become a more popular crossbreed, also known as the Pomchi, is a relatively new designer dog, that generally looks like a Chihuahua, but with the Pomeranian’s fluffy and luxurious coat.

Final Thoughts

Arguably, the Chihuahua and the Pomeranian are so similar that they could be brothers from another mother! Generally, every factor that prospective families may consider are very similar to one another.

Ultimately, it might just come down to their appearance and who you prefer the look of. They are roughly the same size, they are equally as stubborn, they are both great fun and they both get on well with children and other pets.

So, whether it is a fluffball pooch or a slick pup that you are after, know that you are getting a well-loved and popular pup for your whole family.

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