I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
When you want to get a dog in the family, one of the best things that you can do is look at the kind of breed that you want to bring into the family home.
Often easier said than done, it pays to spend some time looking around at dog breeds.
For example, have you ever thought of getting a German Shepherd, but worried it might be too much for you?
By the same token, have you ever looked at getting a Pomeranian?
Like many people, you might worry about their discipline issues.
What about going for a German Shepherd Pomeranian mix, though?
What Exactly is this Cross Breed?
The German Pomeranian is a dog crossbreed that comes from the blending of a German Shepherd with a Pomeranian.
They are very unique dogs – the look that they can take on is actually quite hard to believe at times.
They often keep the fluffiness and the firmness of a German Shepherd, but they are often seen with faces that look very much like a Pomeranian!
As far as dog breeds go, you would have to go pretty far to find one that looks as distinct (and cute) as this cross breed.
They are one of the most unique breeds out there, though this does mean that information is quite thin on the ground.
If you are looking to learn more about this dog, then read on: we will break down all of the available details that we can find about one of the most interesting and unique mixes around.
Appearance: How Will they Look?
The first thing to note is that the German Shepherd Pomeranian mix is a rather expensive dog.
If you have one of these in the family home, you will probably have paid a pretty penny to get it brought into your household.
They are very rare, and that comes from the fact that they look so majestic and unique.
When compared to their parents, they make them look like a bargain in terms of the cost to get one.
What this dog does give you, though, is one of the most interesting visual contrasts ever seen in a dog.
Pair up a German Shepherd Pomeranian mix in front of a German Shepherd of a Pomeranian, and it genuinely looks like someone has just mixed a photo together.
They often take on a very balanced blend of features from both, with the distinctively mischievous face of the Pomeranian often winning out.
The coat can be much like a German Shepherd, even if it usually retains the colour of a Pomeranian.
That makes them very diverse and interesting looking dog – it’s also a dog that loves to shed its coat.
With a nice big thick coat to contend with, please be ready to handle that particular problem.
Many owners of this mix are shocked when they see just how busy the dog is with regards to how it sheds.
So, with regards to look, get used to that side of things.
They often tend to be larger than a Pomeranian, and more like a German Shepherd in terms of size.
Don’t be shocked if your German Pomeranian cross manages to hit the Shepherd maximum size of 26” at the shoulder.
Also, in terms of weight, the disparity from parent to parent is massive – they can weigh well over 10x what a Pomeranian could!
Personality, Traits & Temperament
Personality is a hard thing to guess with this cross - and that can make them quite unique dogs to spend time around.
The challenge is that most of the time, they end up with a very unique personality: we cannot say with any guarantee that they will end up with certain traits or not.
Given the fact that the parents could not be any more different, and it’s easy to see how the personalities can be such a ridiculously unique blend for each one.
You could get one mix that is very friendly, another that has the bossy and arrogant traits of a Pom.
That can make it hard for you to know what you are getting, but the only thing that you can do is spend as much time around the canine as you can.
You will need to form the bed.
While they do tend to have a very unique personality, one thing they tend to take from their German Shepherd heritage is a desire to be loyal.
With a dog like this around the place, you can feel more or less certain that the place is secure and safe: this is a dog breed that is more than happy to stand on guard and keep you as safe as it can.
Get it out and socialising with other dogs as much as you can, and do it from a young age.
With your own kids, though, be sure to watch very closely until it learns how to be around the kids.
Some German Shepherd Pomeranian mixes can be a bit too assertive for children, so make sure you keep a close eye on this to see how that particular issue develops.
Exercising & Fitness
- When you are looking to get the better of a dog, one thing that you need to do is keep it tired. With these dogs, that can be a bit tougher than it is with other breeds.
- For one, you will need to be out with at least twice per day, and you should probably bring along some toys and tools to play around with – balls, sticks, frisbees etc.
- Make sure that you take it to exercise in large, open spaces where it can run around and go absolutely wild.
- The reason why you should do that is simple: you will be able to get the dog to be tired enough to go to sleep!
- Trust us when we say that this is a dog breed that has nearly bondless energy.
- That is why you need to do all that you can to use up as much of that latent and built-up gas as you can: without it, your dog will be nowhere near as hard work for you to handle.
- Exercise is essential, so make sure that you can make the time for them to get it outdoors often. Otherwise, it’s not for you.
Feeding & Diet
The food issue with these cross dogs is that they tend to be quite unique dogs.
We would highly recommend that you take any German Shepherd Pomeranian mixes to a professional as soon as you can – to get them checked out and assessed.
They can tell you about any allergies that might exist, making it easier for you to make changes to the way that you look after the animal.
Generally, these are dogs that like to eat, and they tend to have a lot of unique requirements, so make sure that you take a look at what it can and cannot handle.
You might need to look to get some supplements for things like glucosamine and fish oils, though; this is a dog with health issues regarding its bones and joints, so make sure that you get it enough food to handle those issues.
Given they have weight problems, too, you need to make sure that it eats just enough quality food to make it worth the investment.
That is why we recommend that you spend a bit more time looking after your dog, and a bit less time experimenting to see what it can and cannot eat.
Find out first and foremost, and you will find it much easier to raise as a dog.
Potential Health Issues
Sadly, they can suffer from a fair few different types of health issues.
You need to make sure that you take the time to have it checked out for allergies, which are shockingly common in such a breed.
That should cause some alarm bells to start ringing, but we make sure that you take it to a vet to have it looked at for problems including:
- Joint dysplasia.
- Allergic reactions.
- Issues with a collapsed trachea.
- Renal issues that can lead to problems with eyesight.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease.
The majority of these issues can strike, and it does require a lot of management – and no shortage of luck – to make sure you are left with a dog that is not going to have this problem.
If you fear that you might issue in supporting a dog suffering from any of these issues, then you should definitely spend some time looking at the dog with a vet.
Given their propensity for illness, you should look to make a clear decision on whether or not this is the dog breed for you prior to taking one on.
That’s why we highly recommend that you only get such a specific cross breed from trusted, certified vendors and breeders.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen