You should not get a dog if it is gonna be the kids responsibilty to take care of it because it dont last long. The kids are all excited at first and then it gets old to them and they ignore it and then alot of times the parents dont want to take care of it because it was "for the kids" and it ends up in a shelter.I would say if you really want a dog then shure but if YOU dont really want one then dont get one.You will need to make arrangments because 10 hours is too long to leave a pup alone.
I would'nt say a Pomeranian would be an ideal first dog either. They sometimes are not good with children (I'm not trying to insult the whole breed) I believe this is fairly well known. I don't think you should get a small dog at all, given the fact that you are away for 10 hours of the day. Why not try a rescue dog that is a little older, and house broken already?
Pomeranians can be a childs best friend. They do not always or even often have issues with children, its all in how they're raised. But they can NOT be left for 10 hours a day. Even an adult pom can not hold it for that long. I wouldn't reccomend a small breed of any sort if you are gone for that many hours a day. Their bladders just aren't big enough. I'd go for a mid size breed instead. If you're into the fluffy coat like i am then i would consider an American Eskimo. Those are my two breeds, i've got the little guys and the mid size guys, both with the coat and spunky personality that i love.
Some Poms can be good with children but I also would not say a pom is your best choice. These dogs are high maintenance for a couple of children to be responsible for. I have 5 adult poms and I spend every day gathering enough fur to make a new one, they are very temperamental also, if they get angry about something I can guarantee I will have some kind of mess to clean up. I think temperament wise a good family dog is a Golden Retriever, big in size and in heart
Pomeranians are like potatoe chips you cant have just one.
no responsible rescue would place a dog with someone who is gone for such long hours each day and only a byb or puppy mill would sell you a puppy. If you really want a dog then you either need to have someone come over during the day to take the dog outside or be willing to take the dog to day care. If you aren't willing or can't afford these options then you should forget about getting a dog. If you really want a pet two adult cats adopted from rescue would be a good option. Make them indoor cats only and they can live long and healthy lives. Two cats won't mind being alone as they will have each other for company.
Most people in this country, U.S., work eight hours a day, not including travel time. So to imply that someone who works full time shouldn't own a dog is extremely unfair. If that were the case, then the majority of people in this world shouldn't own dogs because they work? Granted, it's a long time for a puppy to be left, and it's harder but it can be done and puppies eventually grow up, and there's no reason a healthy adult dog couldn't be left that long.
I work 8 hours a day and have 2 dogs. Sometimes they are left in the house for 9 to 10 hours a day, but they are happy, healthy dogs. I do walk them everyday when I get home and in the mornings they have play time. They were both adopted from rescue organizations and I did dislcose to the organizations my work schedule. I might be lucky, but they do not poop/pee/chew while I am gone. I have had one for 6 years, the other for 3. Granted, they were both older dogs (teenagers) when I adopted. I would not adopt a puppy and leave it for that long of time.