Pom Terrier

3-7 lbs
United States
Toy Fox Terrier

The Pom Terrier is an attractive designer or hybrid dog that is the result from crossing a Pomeranian with a Toy Fox Terrier. These little dogs don't realise how small they are, and have a big personality that can sometimes get them into trouble with other dogs. They are affectionate and very loyal to their owners and family. Nosy and inquisitive, they will investigate everything you do and follow you around the home, not wanting to miss an opportunity to be with you. They can have a typical terrier streak of stubbornness though, so be warned. If training is not fun, they will switch off and do their own thing, much to your frustration. This can be overcome with positive feedback, dollops of praise, and small treats. Keeping things fun will ensure your Pom Terrier has plenty of mental stimulation which will bring out their positive characteristics. They are at their best with a strong pack leader (that's you) and one that they can respect. These dogs are adaptable to apartment living, a house with a yard and most climates although they may need a coat in colder climates, especially if they inherit the short coat of the Toy Fox Terrier. Attractive, sweet in nature, and a bit of a showoff, the Pom Terrier is a dog that is sure to become your devoted sidekick.

purpose Purpose
Companion, Agility, Watchdog.
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pomeranian, Toy Fox Terrier

Pom Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Pom Terrier size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 3-7 lbs
Female Pom Terrier size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 3-7 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Eye Disease and Disorder
  • Food Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infection and Inflammation
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • CT or MRI scan
  • Complete Blood Work
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Full Chemistry Panel Tests and Blood Count
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Physical and Neurologic Examination
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Allergy Testing

Pom Terrier Breed History

The Pom Terrier is a new hybrid dog therefore its history is limited. The best way to determine what your Pom Terrier will be like is to look to the parent dogs to understand their journey to where they are today. The Pomeranian descended from the Iceland/Lapland sled dogs and is related to the Spitz. Named after the province of Pomerania which is now known as Germany and Poland, they were a larger dog and were often used by farmers to herd their sheep. When the breed became known, Queen Victoria of England fell in love with these attractive dogs and began to breed and show them which caused a rise in their popularity. It was Queen Victoria, who through her breeding program, bred them to be smaller which increased their already popular status. This was in the late 1800s when the Pom as it is affectionately known as, transformed into a small companion. It was introduced into the United states of America in the 20th century and has remained a popular breed due to its sweet affectionate nature and natural good looks. The Toy Fox Terrier looks like a soft sweet lap dog but underneath that cute demeanor is one tough tenacious little terrier. These small dogs have been bred in Australia since the 1800s. They were the descendants of the Fox Terrier type brought from England to the new continent of Australia with the early settlers. It is believed that small Smooth Fox Terriers were crossed with the Manchester Terriers and then the smaller puppies from these litters were further developed by cross breeding with the Whippet, English Toy Terrier and the Italian Greyhound. This led to a dog that was light and agile, fast on its feet and yet retained the characteristics of the Fox Terrier. They excelled at hunting smaller pests such as rabbits and rodents. While some of these dogs are still utilised for their hunting skills on the farm, they are mostly now sought out as close trusted companions and their talents for agility and learning tricks are put to use in dog competitions.

Pom Terrier Breed Appearance

The Pom Terrier can vary in appearance, even in puppies within the same litter. Size and color can also vary depending on the genetic make up of each pup. Regardless of variation, they are a good looking dog, having a well proportioned fine body, short strong legs and rounded paws. The alert expression on the dainty face is compounded with the dark sparkling eyes, black nose and wide set ears that can be perked up or floppy. The head is slightly rounded at the top while the long thin muzzle often has a wide happy grin, with a tongue lolling out. The coat can be short hair and close to the body, or it may have inherited the dense fluffy coat of the Pomeranian. Either way, they are an attractive dog to look at.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Pom Terrier eyes
amber Pom Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pom Terrier nose
brown Pom Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
red Pom Terrier coat
brown Pom Terrier coat
sable Pom Terrier coat
black Pom Terrier coat
white Pom Terrier coat
silver Pom Terrier coat
cream Pom Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pom Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pom Terrier Breed Maintenance

The frequency that your Pom Terriers coat needs to be brushed depends on the coat that they have inherited. Regular brushing with a firm brush will help keep tangles at bay. Combing may be necessary to remove any shed hairs before they causing matting of the coat. Bathing only when necessary will help to maintain the natural oils in the coat and skin. The use of a special mild dog shampoo is important as human products are too harsh on their skin. Smaller dogs can be prone to teeth problems so be sure to brush your dogs teeth two to three times a week to maintain good health. The ears of the Pom Terrier are quite hairy inside and often traps dirt and debris which can lead to ear infections. Take care to wipe the inner ear gently with a damp cloth to remove any build up, and gently dry the area afterwards. The final grooming task is to clip your Pom Terrier's nails but don't trim to close to the nail bed or you may hurt your pet. Most dogs will enjoy all this attention and will look forward to this special bonding time.
Brushes for Pom Terrier
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Pom Terrier requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pom Terrier Temperament

Extroverted, smart and vivacious is one way to describe the Pom Terrier. Full of life with a happy attitude, this little dog is curious, smart and intelligent too. Just when you think this is the perfect dog, you need to be aware that this little dog can have a stubborn streak to their nature. Thankfully, instigating a training program while they are young, establishing yourself as the pack leader, and pandering to their dependence on cuddles and praise can overcome this character trait. They make a great watch dog as their sharp eyes miss nothing, and they will bark to warn you that a stranger has entered the home grounds. Once they are introduced to the person they will go into friendly mode and win them over with their charming antics. The Pom Terrier is a good family dog, although it is advisable to teach small children not to play rough or interfere with the dogs food. While they are not an aggressive dog, they may bite out of pain or fear, so supervise young ones with the dog. They are devoted to the children especially as they mature, and will love joining in games or just hanging out with them in their room. Some Pom Terriers can become barkers, but this is where training can nip this habit in the bud with a command to 'stop' after one warning bark. This active little dog is ideal for apartment living as long as they get a daily walk to burn off some energy. They adapt well to mild to hot climates, but may need a dog coat in colder climates, especially if they inherit the Toy Fox Terrier coat. Friendly, outgoing and best described as a real character, this little dog is one that will slot right into your life and fill it with laughter and love.

Pom Terrier Activity Requirements

The Pom Terrier is an active little dog, getting most of his exercise by following you around or playing with the children. But like most dogs they will still need a good daily walk which will keep them fit as well as be a good time for socialising with other dogs and people. They will happily go for a walk wherever you want, stopping here and there to nose about. It may be best to keep these little busy bodies on a leash, as the strong Terrier hunting instincts may see them take off after a bird or some other small furry animal. No amount of calling or threatening will stop them as they will be deaf to your orders. If you have river frontage or are lucky enough to live by the sea, your Pom Terrier will enjoy swimming and games of fetching from the water. At home, a selection of toys will keep them busy as they wrestle, growl and toss their toys to the ground. Then with all their energy spent they will seek out a lap to curl up in and have a snooze.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Pom Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$35.00 - $40.00
food bag monthly cost

Pom Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pom Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
Female Pom Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Pom Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Pom Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Pom Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female Pom Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs

Pom Terrier Owner Experiences

8 Months
5 People
She's bossy at times but she's very sweet and affectionate to everyone, even if she's seen them for the first time. Her bossy attitude can be handled. She'll listen and follow if talked to while looking in her eyes.
5 years, 10 months ago
2 Months
3 People
good with kids
His energy can be a bit much but he is good after he calms down. He gets really excited. I’m not sure about why but he bites a lot! Could still be teething but it’s constant. And we have to keep an eye on him with our daughter. With her he listens but with us not as much. Other than the biting though he’s a very good energetic puppy!
5 years, 6 months ago
10 Years
4 People
Being a brat
Extremely jealous of any other animal. Loyal dog and very affectionate. I love this dog with all my heart. He's not as playful as he used to be, since becoming a grumpy old man.
5 years, 4 months ago
1 Year
6 People
House & Yard
my pom terrier is the best behaved dog i have ever come across. he is a very fast learner and loves to be told when he is a good boy, he starts howling with joy!
3 years, 10 months ago
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