5-15 lbs
United States
American Rat Terrier
Pomerat Terrier

The Pomerat is a hybrid breed comprised of a mix between a purebred Rat Terrier and a purebred Pomeranian. They are lively affectionate little dogs who will do best with families who have older children. They are playful and loving with their owners and don’t like being left on their own for any length of time. Despite their small size they have big personalities and will need a firm hand when it comes to training or else they will try to run the household. Common colors are black, black and tan, brown and white. Some are short-haired taking after the Rat Terrier parent breed while others have the long hair of the Pomeranian. They are relatively easy dogs to groom and shed moderately.

Companion, Sporting
Date of Origin
Pomeranian, Rat Terrier

Pomerat Health

Average Size
Male Pomerat size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 5-16 lbs
Female Pomerat size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Teeth Issues
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Elbow
  • Knee
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • Dental Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Hip

Pomerat Breed History

The Pomerat is a combination of a Rat Terrier and a Pomeranian, the smallest member of the Spitz family of dogs. Martin Luther, Michelangelo and Mozart were among owners of Pomeranians which are also known as Zwergspitz, Dwarf Spitz, and Loulou. They are descended from the Spitz family of dogs, the sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland, and take their name from the province of Pomerania, in Germany where they were reportedly bred down to size. Originally they were much bigger weighing up to 30 pounds but were bred to be smaller. The English Kennel Club recognized the Pomeranian in 1870. They became more popular when Queen Victoria, who bred more than 15 dog breeds, saw the breed while in Italy in 1888 and brought one home.  He was named Marco and weighed 12 pounds. That same year a Pomeranian was entered into the American Kennel Club stud book. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1900. The Rat Terrier was bred in the United States as an all-purpose farm dog to kill rats and and hunt small game. Among its ancestors are the Old English White Terrier, Manchester Terrier, and Bull Terrier which were likely crossed with Beagles, Whippets, and Italian Greyhounds. President Theodore Roosevelt reportedly gave the breed its name after his own terrier sorted out the rat problem at the White House. Most farms had a Rat Terrier between the 1910s and 1940s but the breed declined when farmers started using poison to kill off rats and other vermin. A few breeders kept the breed going and today they are still popular as family pets and working dogs used by the police as contraband search dogs and providing comfort to those in hospices or in Assisted Living.

Pomerat Breed Appearance

Pomerat dogs are small hybrid breeds and are a cross between a Rat Terrier and a Pomeranian. They are small dogs weighing up to 16 pounds with a height of up to 12 inches. They can be black, black and tan, or brown and white. Depending on which parent breed they most take after they can be short or long-haired. Your pet is likely to have a small, fox-like face with almond-shaped brown or hazel eyes with an alert expression. They are small but sturdy little dogs with erect ears that usually sit on top of the head. The tail usually curves over the back.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Pomerat eyes
brown Pomerat eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pomerat nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Pomerat coat
brown Pomerat coat
cream Pomerat coat
fawn Pomerat coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Pomerat straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pomerat Breed Maintenance

The Pomerat does not shed excessively and are regarded as fairly low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Even if your pet has the longer hair of the Pomeranian he won’t need more than a brush and comb twice weekly to keep the skin healthy and prevent any matting. Short haired varieties are even easier to groom with a weekly brush. These dogs don’t need to be bathed regularly and only with dog shampoo. To prevent dental problems, try to brush your pet’s teeth daily and check the ears for any dirt. The nails will also need to be trimmed occasionally.

Brushes for Pomerat
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Pomerat requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pomerat Temperament

The Pomerat is a small dog with a big personality. They are lively and friendly dogs who love romping around with family members. They are good with older children but not recommended for very young ones because they can be hurt fairly easily and make snap if handled roughly. These dogs will enjoy playing with other dogs provided they are socialized from an early age. They are likely to be wary of strangers and will bark which makes them good watchdogs. They are energetic little dogs who thrive on the company of their owners so are suited to people willing to invest time and energy in their pet. If left alone for too long they may develop bad habits such as digging up the yard and yapping. They are intelligent dogs who are easy to train but will need a confident owner who is able to make sure they know their boundaries. They are suitable for first time dog owners.

Pomerat Activity Requirements

For small dogs, the Pomerat is very energetic especially if it takes after the Rat Terrier. Your pet will need daily walks and are very playful but will be more than happy to chase a ball around a yard and even play inside with toys. They are prone to digging and trying to escape so plenty of exercise is the best solution to this. Games and activities which keep them physically and mentally stimulated are best. They will adapt easily to living in an apartment provided they have company and are exercised regularly. Your pet is relatively hardly but won’t do well in extreme conditions so keep them warm in winter and don’t exercise them when it is too hot in summer.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
25 minutes

Pomerat Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Pomerat Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pomerat size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Pomerat size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Pomerat size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Pomerat size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Male Pomerat size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Pomerat size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs

Pomerat Owner Experiences

4 Years
4 People
House & Yard
I love her so much. She’s my partner in crime and can’t imagine life without her!
1 month, 1 week ago
4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
He’s super smart and has the spunkiest little personality. So affectionate
2 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Months
5 People
House & Yard
pomerat they are very nice dogs and full of energy, my pomerat loves playing with my old small dogs and my cats pomratś want all of the attention if my pomrat would see me petting my old dogs she will jump in front of them and try to move them out of the way its really cute how pomeratś get there atention but besides that there great dogs. :D
4 months, 1 week ago
2 Years
4 People
Play fighting
Freddy is the most charming dog you could ever imagine! He loves to play, roughhouse with his Pomeranian sister, and cuddle when his family has a bad day. He's very intelligent and sympathetic, however he can be a bit stubborn. He's very good at convincing his family to let him have his way!
12 months ago
6 Months
3 People
Izzy is a joy! Can't imagine life without her!
1 year, 5 months ago
5 Years
2 People
Keep away with toy rope
Very enjoyable. He's very affectionate, smart, energetic and loves to snuggle. He's very loyal and loves his "toy" we play "mine" with. Goes and fetches the toy rope and may or may not give it back. Its his favorite game. He's awesome.
2 years, 6 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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