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.
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.
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.