If you have been considering buying a small dog, you might be wondering how much a Pomeranian might cost you. As always, I strive to be your source for all matters dog, so here’s your answer – usually anywhere from $800 to $1500.
Where do I get my answers? I make them up.
No, I’m just kidding! One thing you can rely on is that any time I don’t have an absolute answer immediately at hand, as I would, for instance, if you asked me, “Ash, is your Leroy a big doofus?” (yes) I will do a lot of research and come up with the best possible answer. In other words, I will give you the answer that, after careful consideration, I feel makes the most sense.
Now, having given you an idea of how much a Pomeranian will generally cost, I have to tell you that there are several factors that will influence how much you will pay for your Pom.
Prices Will Vary from State to State
One of the reasons why I’ve given you such a broad price range is that how much a Pomeranian costs can fluctuate a good deal depending on where you live. If you’re buying a dog from outside your state, you’ll have to consider the cost of transporting your dog. Another factor is simple supply and demand – Pomeranians might be ubiquitous in one state and almost non-existent in another.
It wasn’t all that long ago that most breeders were willing to ship puppies, unescorted, as cargo (see Flying the Pet Friendly Skies). You might still be able to find a breeder who will do this provided that you are buying an unregistered Pomeranian. The AKC, however, now has strict regulations as to how their breeders may transport animals, so if you are buying a registered dog, you will either have to drive to pick him up, or buy a round-trip passenger ticket so that you can fly with your dog.
The Pomeranian ranks in the top 20 when it comes to the most popular dog breeds in America, so country-wide, there are undoubtedly many Pomeranians. However, some states have more than others. In the New England states, for instance, there aren’t all that many people breeding Poms, so that’s one part of the country where you can expect to pay at the high end of the scale. In states where more people are breeding Pomeranians, you will pay toward the low end. As I said, it’s supply and demand.
On the other hand, if you live in an area where puppy mills are a problem (this is often the case in the Southern states), reputable breeders may actually end up being forced to drop their prices in order to remain competitive with facilities that just churn out litter after litter without worrying about the health of their breeding stock or the puppies. Sad to say, in this case, how much a Pomeranian costs could be less than what it actually should cost if disreputable breeders weren’t forcing the price down.
How Much a Pomeranian Costs May Depend on the Time of Year
In states where the weather is always temperate, you probably won’t find much variation in price from one month to the next. However, in states that have chilly winter weather, you’ll probably find that your Pomeranian will cost you less than one purchased in the summer months. This is simply because most people prefer to bring new puppies home in the summer. It’s supply and demand again – more people want to buy puppies when the weather is pleasant, and no one really wants to have to deal with house training a puppy when there’s snow on the ground.
Many breeders actually avoid fall breeding, since that means there will be no winter litters. Also, if they do breed all year, there is a good chance that they will ask less for their puppies going into winter. Ideally, the breeder will want to ensure that all puppies are placed in their “forever home” by the ages of 8-10 weeks. This is for threereasons. First, the longer the breeder has to feed the puppy, the less profit he or she makes. Second, people are often reluctant to purchase older puppies. And third, it is better for a puppy to have hisoriginal bonding experience with his “forever family,” not with the breeder and his or her family.
When it comes to how much your Pomeranian will cost, age is a very significant factor. As I’ve just suggested, many people want very much to have a young puppy. This is because it’s so much fun watching them grow up!
The fact is, though, you can successfully integrate an older dog into your home – bonding might take a bit longer, but it will happen. So, if you purchase a Pomeranian at three or four months, you’ll probably pay considerably less than you would for a two-month old puppy. And for each month that the puppy goes unsold, the price will drop even more.
Sometimes, a puppy may simply become too old to sell, at which point the seller might choose to keep the dog for breeding. A male dog can breed for pretty much as long as he lives, but reputable breeders will usually retire their females before age six. At this point, you may end up with a very good deal – if the breeder has no interest in keeping a retired female as a pet, the answer to how much a Pomeranian will cost you could be “nothing.” Of course, you can still expect to be thoroughly vetted – no proper breeder is going to give a dog to anyone that they’re not 100% comfortable with.
There are a lot of benefits to choosing an older Pomeranian –for one thing, you’ll have a dog that’s already trained, and well past the chewing stage. For another, any potential health issues will already have been identified. And you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy your new friend, because Pomeranians are among the longer-lived breeds. Usually, you can expect your Pom to live anywhere from 12 to 16 years.
Color Could Be a Factor
Pomeranians come in a variety of colors, with the most common being orange. How much Pomeranians cost could depend on the rarity of the color – a lavender or blue Pom, for instance, would probably be at the higher end of the price scale than would an orange Pom. The exception to this, though, might be if a breeder is only selling locally, and regularly produces litters of a particular color. In that case, the price for a Pomeranian of rare color might not differ all that much from the price for one of a more common hue.
Registered vs. Limited Registration vs. Unregistered
How much a Pomeranian will cost also depends on the type of registration, or lack of registration. You will definitely pay more for an AKC registered dog than you will for one that is not registered. The AKC has strict rules governing breeders, and many of these rules work to drive up the cost of producing registerable puppies. The cost will also be higher for a “show quality” Pomeranian than it will for a “pet quality” animal. If you buy a pet quality dog, you will be expected to agree not to breed, so you won’t be able to offset the cost of your dog by producing your own litter. Pet quality dogs are also not eligible for show, but if you just want a loving companion, you can definitely have one at a lower cost than you would pay for a show Pom with breeding rights.
As to unregistered Pomeranians, if you proceed with caution, you can buy a perfectly beautiful, healthy dog without having to consider any type of AKC registration. Many so-called “backyard breeders” care every bit as much about their animals as do AKC breeders – the AKC does not have a monopoly on experienced, loving, ethical breeders. If you’re going the unregistered route, though, you should still expect to see the appropriate health clearances from the breeder, and you should expect to be able to view the parents, or at least the mother. It’s always possible that the breeder does not own the sire, but if you can’t see the dam, that’s a red flag – you’re almost certainly dealing with a puppy mill.
When purchasing an unregistered Pomeranian, you should also insist on being able to visit the kennel. Never fall into the trap of having someone meet you in a parking lot with a puppy, even if the mother is also brought along. You have no way of knowing the conditions in which your dog might have been raised, so again, suspect a puppy mill if the breeder suggests meeting off-site. Reputable breeders will always welcome a kennel visit.
So, how much do Pomeranians cost if they’re not registered? Usually at the lower end of the price range, nearer to $800 than to $1500. How much do Pomeranians cost if they come from puppy mills? Too much, no matter what the price, because all you’re buying is trouble, and you’re also supporting an activity that all right-thinking people consider to be reprehensible. And don’t delude yourself into thinking that you’re somehow “saving” a dog. Every dog that’s bought from a puppy mill means that another one will be born – this is the principle of supply and demand at its worst.
Prices Outside the Normal Range
You know the old saying, “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.” This is especially true when it comes to how much Pomeranians cost. So, if you’re shopping for a Pomeranian, find out what breeders in your area are typically charging. Anything that’s considerably higher or lower than the average should be considered a red flag – most likely, you’re being scammed in one way or another.
Reputable breeders, whether they’re AKC or “backyard” are going to have basically the same costs for their particular niche, so prices shouldn’t vary all that much. If you see an ad offering “AKC registered Pomeranian puppies, two months old, $500,” you should be very suspicious. Chances are they’re not AKC registered (the papers are forged), and they might not even be Pomeranians. Many puppies look similar, and you could be paying too much for a dog that is actually a mix of some sort. By the same token, “purebred but not registered” could also be a lie, so again, if the price is too low, remember these two axioms: “Let the buyer beware,” and “You only get what you pay for.”
Unusually high prices are also red flags. Some breeders who are not worthy of the name will try to tell you that you need to pay a small fortune because the dog has “special bloodlines.” This is just marketing spin – in other words, you are being scammed.
The Biggest Scam of All
In 2014, Paris Hilton paid $25,000 for a pair of “teacup” Pomeranians. That’s right, $12,500 per dog. What this tells me is that Paris’s assertion that she is not a “dumb blonde” is without merit. She may or may not be naturally blonde, but she most definitely is dumb. She paid a small fortune for two freaks.
There is no such thing as a teacup variety of any breed of dog. The AKC does not recognize teacup dogs, and “breeders” who are producing these animals are breeding for defects (see Why You Should Walk Away from Teacup Dogs). If you buy one of these animals, you should be prepared for years of grief – they almost always have health problems, and when they do, you might find it difficult to find a veterinarian willing to treat them, because their organs are so tiny. Yet breeders can, and do, demand ridiculous amounts of money for animals that, not all that long ago, would have been culled – certainly not deliberately bred!
As a footnote, you should also know that there is also no such thing as a “toy” or “miniature” Pomeranian. Pomeranians are naturally small dogs, usually weighing between three and seven pounds. Smaller is not better.
The Final Word
To reiterate, you should expect to pay between $800 and $1200 for a Pomeranian. That’s how much Pomeranians cost in general, and anything considerably higher or lower is probably an indication that something is off. The exception to this would be if you are getting a Pomeranian from an animal shelter or a rescue organization, in which case your costs could range between $100 and $500. Poms are few and far between at shelters, though, and likely to be adults.
Most Pomeranian owners will tell you that their dog is priceless, and I’m not one to argue with that. I think all dogs that are loved by their humans are priceless – certainly I could never put a monetary value on either Janice or Leroy, or on any of the other dogs that I’ve loved over the years. “Value” and “cost” are two different things, though, so just make sure that if you’re buying a Pom, the cost is reasonable and you’re buying from a reputable breeder.