Scarlett the Pomeranian at our Roseville/Rocklin Clinic

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Here’s tiny Scarlett the Pomeranian in her human’s arms at our Roseville Rocklin pet vaccination clinic. The Pomeranian breed dates back to at least the early 18th century and is a direct descendant of the working Spitz breeds from the Siberian Arctic regions. These were originally large Spitz breeds which include the Japanese hunting and herding dogs, the Husky types, the Elkhounds, Lapphunds and more. The German Spitz and smaller Spitz dogs like the Keeshond (Wolfspitz) were developed to guard and to hunt birds and small game. The smaller non working Spitz dogs include the German Spitz, the American Eskimo, Alaskan Klee Kai, Volpino Italiano, Japanese Spitz and of course the smallest of all, the Pomeranian which is named for the Pomerania region of Poland. The size of the Pomeranian was diminished by half when they were popularized as a pet in the royal court of King George (yes, . . THAT King George) in 18th century England. They became even smaller after the reign of Queen Victoria who owned two extremely small Pomeranians named Marco and Gina during the later 19th century. The Pomeranian and all the Spitz related dogs have the typical cold adaptations including a double coat with a dense insulating under coat, small eyes, small triangular ears.

-Geoffrey Antipa

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