Don't always trust breed standards, because they aren't always true. My dog's coat hasn't filled in yet they way it's supposed to. He may just be going through a growth spurt and it will catch up later. xoxo, Dorothie
Pomeranians weigh between 4 and 7 lbs according to the standard. It does sound like your puppy is achieving her weight pretty early. Do you know how much her parents weighed? Many backyard breeders don't adhere to the size standard for small dogs in particular. That's because the smaller a dog is, the fewer puppies it will have in a litter, which means less money for them. This is where the so-called 'deer chihuahuas' come from. A bigger dog that produces more puppies so they can get more cash. Just because your puppy is big (and it doesn't necessarily mean she will be around 7 lbs when she gets full grown) doesn't mean she is a mixed breed dog at all. A reputable breeder wouldn't breed dogs that were too big (or too small for that matter) because they would be more likely to pass their greater or lesser size to their offspring. Not only that, being too big or too small is a disqualification in the show ring, and since reputable breeders show, dogs that have disqualifying faults aren't bred.
I bought my pom puppy at a pet store and they said that he was a mini pomeranian at the time. he grew up to be 10 Ibs and much bigger than normal size... He's 5 now and I went back to the store a few weeks ago and they said that it might be because of the way the genetics work... two small pomeranians can give birth to big pomeranians if their grandparents carry the gene. I'm not so sure though....
Only one of the plethora of reasons to stay away from a pet store, you never know what you're going to get. A friend's Chesapeake Bay Retriever acquired at a pet store has not one, not two but three dewclaws per leg!
That is true, about 2 small poms giving birth to a big one. Thats why it's so important to research pedigrees both when breeding and when buying. Carrott - Wow! 3 dewclaws? That'd be too weird, like having a 6 toed cat.
I saw 'Hermes' today for the first time and it was freaky to say the least, I've never seen anything like it. It had one and a half pads and two larger claws coming out of them with a very tiny third claw in the middle. It looked like an extra paw altogether. Normally it would be one small pad with one smaller claw. Not to mention her retriever is just shy of 'Dane' size. We had a 6 toed cat as a foster. Supposedly that's not too uncommon. This on the other hand???? She got yet another lecture about pet store dogs but she's 'rescuing' them don't you know? Remember the fish from the Simpsons?
Savanna; I would like to suggest a book that might be helpful if you can find a copy. The New Pomeranian, Sari Brewster Teitjen. It is published by Macmillan. This books has some excellent illustrations showing what our Poms looked like even as recently as 100 years ago. My very own Beau is a "throwback", linebred top and bottom he is registered, and has a pedigree to die for. I have either owned or had my hands on every dog in the first 4 generations of his pedigree, not one of them is over 4 pounds, several are champions. Beau carries 12 pounds on a 7 pound frame, when he walks the earth shakes :-). Beau is what we refer to as an "easy keeper" in cattle or horses, in other words it doesn't take much food to fuel him. Every ounce of Beau is in the right place even if there is a lot of him. I love every bit of him. What I am trying to say that there can be a wide variation of size in poms and even in type. The only guarantee you have that you dog is all Pomeranian, or any breed, is to purchase a registered dog. Unless you were looking for a showdog, what difference does it make if your little one is a 4 pounder or a 12 pounder? Size is certainly not going to influence the amount of love they have to give. Please enjoy your little one, be a true responsible friend and companion to them, your efforts will be returned a thousand fold.
My last pom weighed that when she was about 10 weeks old. She ended up weighing 10 pounds. Prettiest dog ever! 10 pounds really isn't that big. My two poms now both weigh 3 pounds and they are 12 weeks old. The mom and dad weighed 4 and 5 pounds. Sounds like they might outgrow their parents too!
We have our 3rd, 4th, and 5th Poms now. Our 3rd is 12 lbs and the 4th is 4 1/2 and the 5th is her tiny puppy. The big one is the one I gave my husband 6 years ago. He thought that was a strange gift for a big man, but now he wouldn't take a million bucks for her. She is incredibly smart and perceptive. My little ones bark like nobody's business. The bottom line is size isn't important unless you are showing or breeding. That big one may be the most amazing pet you ever had. ENJOY!