GENERAL PUPPY INFORMATION
Pomeranians, Toy Poodles & Yorkshire Terriers, all being toy breeds, have many similarities when it comes to general care. For specific breed requirements please see their individual pages.
What is the average lifespan of Pomeranians, Toy Poodles & Yorkshire Terriers?
Do male or female dogs make better pets?
The only difference that gender makes is that males lift their leg to pee and females do not. Left unaltered, both sexes will mark their territory and females will go through a heat cycle during which they will bleed. Personality, intelligence and trainability is unaffected by gender.
How big will my puppy get?
We do not guarantee the adult size of any puppy, but our estimated weights are based on this 'Growth Chart' to which we add .5 to 1.5 pounds. We try to maintain breed standard with all of our pups.
Do you sell T-Cup puppies?
No. 'T-Cup' is a description used by some breeders for puppies that should be less than 4 pounds fully grown. The smallest recognized size of dogs is the Toy size, but we may at times have particularly small puppies.
What brand of dog food should I feed my puppy?
The Pomeranian (owned by Stephanie) adults are fed Taste of the Wild Wetlands and the puppies are fed Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Puppy Formula which we highly recommend you continue feeding your pup once you bring them home. The Toy Poodles (owned by Eleanor) and the Yorkies (owned by Kristina) are fed Purina Puppy Chow. We also recommend Eukanuba for small breed dogs.
How often should I feed my puppy?
There are different schools of thought on this subject. We feel that, since toy breeds are prone to Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), food and fresh water should be left out at all times. If obesity becomes a concern, food should be given in measured amounts on a regular schedule at least three times a day.
How often should I exercise my puppy?
Toy breeds do not need the same amount of exercise as larger breeds, but nonetheless, they should have a minimum of 1 hour of exercise per day.
Do Pomeranians, Toy Poodles or Yorkshire Terriers make good outside pets?
No. Toy breeds should not be left outside for long periods of time. Their small size makes them unsuited for outdoor life.
How often do I take my new puppy to the Vet?
Puppies need a series of shots which may require up to 2 visits to the Vet during the first year. After the ‘puppy’ shots, the puppy will need booster shots (including rabies) at least once per year. You will also have to visit the Vet anytime your puppy shows signs of illness.
How often should I groom my puppy?
Pomeranians, Toy Poodles & Yorkies all need to be groomed regularly. You can take your dog to a professional groomer, but daily maintenance is recommended.
Monthly: Bathing, trimming around the tush, trimming nails & hair around the feet
Weekly: Brushing teeth (at minimum weekly), cleaning ears
Daily: Brushing/Combing, cleaning eyes
When should I start training my puppy?
Puppies generally begin to retain training around six months of age, but starting early is a necessity. Establishing good routines from the beginning will make training much easier. All of our puppies are puppy pad trained and socialized from the beginning.
Should I Micro-chip my puppy?
In the event that your puppy is ever lost or stolen, Micro-chipping can help to re-unite you with your pet. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees of success, but it has proven successful in many instances.
When do females begin their heat cycle, how long is the heat cycle & how often do females go into heat?
The heat cycle can begin as early as 5 months of age with 6 to 10 months of age being average, but with the toy breeds the first heat may come after 12 months. Heats usually last around 21 days and are repeated on average every 6 to 7 months. If a female is spayed they will not have a heat cycle.
Do Pomeranians, Toy Poodles & Yorkies make good pets for families with small children?
Like all breeds, it depends on the specific dog, but toy breeds are more fragile than larger breeds. This should be taken into consideration if small children are involved. Injuries could result from rough handling.
Do Pomeranians, Toy Poodles & Yorkies make good apartment pets?
Their small size makes them great for apartment living, since they need less exercise than larger breeds. Like all breeds, you will need to train them from a young age to reduce unwanted barking and accidents.
What does D-H-P-P & D-H-L-P-P stand for?
D-H-P-P: Distemper-Hepatitis-Parainfluenza-Parvo Virus
What shots will my puppy have when it comes home with me?
The puppy will be up to date on all shots appropriate to their age. We do not vaccinate puppies until they reach 1.5 pounds. As per our Veterinarian's recommendation, puppies should be given rabies shots once they are in their new homes for registration purposes.
What is Hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar frequently resulting from lack of food or stress. Small dogs have small stomachs and burn calories quickly, thus they must eat frequently throughout the day. Hypoglycemia can cause many problems ranging from lethargy to coma or even death, if left unchecked.
What are Luxating Patellas?
Luxating patellas, simply put, are floating knee caps. This condition can result from either genetics or injury. Toy breed puppies should not be allowed to jump off of objects.
What are the benefits of spaying/neutering my puppy?
Unless you are planing to breed your dog, we recommend spaying/neutering your dog. Spayed/Neutered dogs are less likely to have cancer later in life. Also, if the dogs are spayed/neutered before reaching sexual maturity, they are less likely to mark their territory.