The Pomerat is a small-size cross between the Pomeranian and Rat Terrier. These active dogs are known for their playfulness and high energy. Apart from being small in size, they are further characterized with a small face, round dark eyes, a black nose tip, and pointy to semi-erect ears. However, their coats feature a big contrast, varying from one individual to the other. They would either inherit the shorter coat of the Pomeranian parent, or the longer varieties of the Rat Terrier.
|Also known as||Pomerat Terrier, Pomeranian Rat Terrier Mix|
|Colors||Black, Black and Tan, Brown, White|
|Type||Toy dog, Terrier dog, Watchdog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Life Span/Expectancy||15-18 years|
|Height (size)||Short; widely variable|
|Weight||3-35 pounds (full grown)|
|Personality Traits||Energetic, loving, playful, friendly|
|Good with Kids||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Very active in cold weather; not compatible in heat|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DBR, IDCR, ACHC, DDKC, DRA|
The Pomerat is a loving dog with an energetic and friendly personality, that would mingle with the members of its family, play with the adults and kids, and participate in all kinds of activities. This lively nature of these little dogs has come down to them from their rat terrier parents.
They might get excited seeing other dogs, a trait which is often seen in pomerats suffering from small dog syndrome. Being suspicious of strangers, it would bark and alert its family members at the sight of an intruder or unfamiliar face—– a trait that makes them a good watch dog indeed.
Expose them to all kinds of smells and scents. For example, if you are out for a walk with your dog on the leash, and your dog comes across another leashed dog, let them sniff each other, unless there is a sign of aggression. This would also help it socialize with other dogs and keep away any possibility of dog aggression, or eventual small dog syndrome.
Take your puppy to places where there are lots of humans, like a bus station, hardware store, dog park, toy or food stores, malls, etc. This would not just help them get introduced to many kinds of people, but also be tolerant towards humans, and assist them to think before barking at your guest the next time.
Your dog is little, but at the same time, flippant and playful. This makes them prone to be hurt easily while playing or running. Let your puppy gradually learn to scamper among uneven surfaces like barks and rocks, metal gratings or grass. Also, spend some time everyday teaching it to use stairs, especially if you have a staircase. Begin from the lowest step, and help it climb to the uppermost. This, at the same time, will also serve as a good foot exercise at home.
Insist on a general diet meant for dogs of its size and activity levels. But make sure the energetic breed gets all required nutrition on a daily basis through their diets.