Pomeranians are petit dogs with pretty faces. However, if you own one or have ever been around one, you’ll attest to one fact:
Never underestimate a Pomeranian!!
They’re intelligent dogs that love being in charge no matter what. They’re independent thinkers and can be stubborn at times. These traits are what have led many to ask:
“Are Pomeranians aggressive dogs?”
The truth is, these tiny dogs aren’t in the habit of backing out from a fight. They’re not held back by their small size or intimidated by the size of their opponent.
They might not win the fight ( for obvious reasons) but don’t expect them to shy away from future confrontations. They’re persistent.
Today we’ll be looking at whether or not Pomeranians are aggressive.
Are Pomeranians Aggressive Dogs by Nature?
Pomeranians might exhibit aggressive characters but they aren’t aggressive by nature.
Pomeranians are adorable dogs to have as companions. One attractive thing about them is their sense of confidence: they’re not easily intimidated.
They’re intelligent and independent thinkers that love doing things their way. For some strange reason, only understood by the breed, they consider themselves the alpha of any setting.
This is one of the reasons you can see a Pomeranian in its tiny body challenging a Great Dane and you’ll wonder what goes on in the little canine’s head.
Despite being such a courageous dog, it’s still sweet at its core. The truth is, Pomeranians might have the natural inclination to want to stand up for themselves (even when no one is challenging them), but how they turn out as adult dogs depends a lot on how they were trained.
However, sometimes your dog might be the loveliest creature on earth but one day they’ll change. What caused the change?
3 Possible Reasons Why Your Once Peaceful Pom is Now Aggressive
As a Pom parent, it can be painful to watch your once peace-loving dog lose it.
It’s more frightening when you consider the tiny size of your baby and you know there is a high chance of them getting harmed in the confrontation.
But what will turn a once peaceful dog into an aggressive canine?
Fear of Strangers
Believe it or not but sometimes the reason why Pomeranians get aggressive towards strangers isn’t that they want to harm them. Sometimes their aggression is a defense mechanism.
They’re scared, but being the courageous dogs that they’re, they’ll rather stand and protect themselves than run for safety.
Another reason could be that they’re scared these strangers might hurt you. Pomeranians are very protective of what they love, be it a toy or their favorite human. Just don’t mess with the people or things they love.
This is another valid reason why your once peaceful Pom can turn aggressive overnight. It could be that they’re in pain or are suffering from another ailment.
But as is their nature, they’ll rather deal with their problems boldly than sulk. If your dog has a track record of being calm, then you should visit the vet when they start showing signs of aggression.
They’ve Been Offended
No matter how peaceful your dog might be, a Pomeranian will always be a Pomeranian: it’ll never back away from a fight.
You can only train your dog not to look for trouble or instigate a fight, but you can’t control what will happen when they’re pushed.
Pomeranians are courageous dogs that can display aggressive traits but don’t be mistaken, this breed isn’t aggressive.
If you’re interested in learning how to deal with an aggressive Pomeranian lovingly, you should read the next section.
3 Loving Ways of Dealing with Pomeranian Aggression
The earlier you socialize with your Pomeranian the easier it’ll be for it to adjust to strangers and new environments.
Employ Positive Reinforcement Strategies
If your dog does something commendable, reward it. You can even pass your dog through obedience training so it’ll listen to you when you tell it to stop.
Employ a Professional Dog Trainer
A dog trainer will have years of experience and know the best technique that’ll work.
Time is of the essence when it comes to training a dog successfully. Anything overlooked during their puppy years can be hard to change as they mature.
This is why Pomeranians need to be trained and socialized early. Pomeranians have an active defense impulse but if they’re not properly managed they can turn aggressive.
This isn’t peculiar to just Pomeranians, it’s a general rule of thumb in dog training.
Now that you’re done reading this, make sure you put one of the suggestions into practice.