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The Dameranian is a small to medium sized mixed or cross breed. Its parents are the Pomeranian and the Dachshund and he is sometimes called a Pomaweenie, Pom-A-Weenie, Pom-Dach, Pomweenie, Pomdach or just referred to as a Pomeranian/Dachshund Mix. He has a life span of 12 to 16 years and has talents in racing, military work, herding and sighting. He is an amicable dog who loves to be around people and gets very attached to one owner.
|Here is the Dameranian at a Glance|
|Average height||5 to 11 inches|
|Average weight||8 to 25 pounds|
|Coat type||Medium to long, straight, thick|
|Grooming Needs||Moderate to high|
|Shedding||Moderate to high|
|Brushing||At least 4 to 5 times a week, best to do daily|
|Tolerant to Solitude?||Low|
|Tolerance to Heat||Moderate|
|Tolerance to Cold||Good to very good|
|Good Family Pet?||Good to very good|
|Good with Children?||Good with socialization best with older children though|
|Good with other Dogs?||Moderate to good – needs socialization|
|Good with other Pets?||Good but needs socialization – may like to chase small animals|
|A roamer or Wanderer?||Anywhere from low to high depending on which parent he is more like|
|A Good Apartment Dweller?||Excellent due to size|
|Good Pet for new Owner?||Very good|
|Exercise Needs||Slightly active|
|Tendency to get Fat||Very high – exercise and food need to be monitored|
|Major Health Concerns||IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Collapsed Trachea,|
|Other Health Concerns||Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Dental Problems|
|Life Span||12 to 16 years|
|Average new Puppy Price||$150 to $550|
|Average Annual Medical Expense||$460 to $560|
|Average Annual Non-Medical Expense||$675 to $775|
Where does the Dameranian come from?
It is thought that the Dameranian, another example of a Designer dog, was bred in the US sometime in the 1990s. Designer dogs is the term that is being used for purposely bred first generation crossed dogs. Most have two purebred parents and have a name that blends the parents names together. Designer dogs vary in popularity and some have some pretty crazy prices put on them because of the demand. Often the more popular ones are trending because celebrities have been seen with them.
There are no guarantees with these dogs when it comes to looks and temperament. They can take after one parent or the other, or be some kind of mix. This means even puppies in the same litter can be vastly different to each other. That being said be careful where you buy from, the promises being made and the type of breeder you are buying from. Since there are no specifics on the Dameranian’s origins we take a look at the parents for some history.
In the northern countries there were Spitz breeds and it is thought the Pomeranian was bred from these dogs in Pomerania. They weighed up to 30 pounds and were a popular dog breed. They came to England in 1761 and at that time were over 20 pounds. While popular in the royal family and with nobility they were not so with the public. In the Victorian era Queen Victoria loved them after she saw one weighing 12 pounds. It is believed this inspired the breeding of small Pomeranians amongst English breeders. During the early 20th century the breed was stabilized at the present normal weight of 7 to 15 pounds.
The Pomeranian today is a very extroverted dog who is smart, lively and outgoing. He loves social get togethers, meeting people, family events and expects to be central to it all. He does have that small dog tendency of challenging bigger dogs so does need watching around them. He is alert, curious and a great watchdog. He does tend to bark a lot so early socialization and training are key to controlling this.
Hailing from Germany the Dachshund’s name translates to badger dog which he was used to hunt. His ancestors might have early roots in Ancient Egypt. He was kept by nobles and royals across Europe from the 15th century on. He varied then in size depending on what hunting he was used for. It is thought he came to America in the seventeen or eighteen hundreds. The short-haired version came first, then came the long haired and lastly the wire haired.
Today the Dachshund is a playful dog but has a stubborn streak and still loves to chase smaller animals, balls and birds. Their strong willed nature makes them harder to train and they are wary of strangers and can be aggressive especially with other dogs. Socialization then is important. He is devoted to his owner and hates to be left alone.
The Dameranian is an alert, social and lively dog with a lot of boldness and playfulness in the mix too. He is amicable and is very affectionate and loving with his family and owners. He will in fact tend to bond more closely with one owner over the rest of the family. He loves to cuddle on your lap and will likely prefer to stay close to you wherever you are in the home. He is a sweet dog when well socialized but on occasion can pick up stubbornness from the Dachshund. This is not a dog who can be left alone for long periods of time as he can suffer from separation anxiety.
What does the Dameranian look like
This is a small to medium sized dog weighing 8 to 25 pounds and standing 5 to 11 inches tall. He tends to have a long and thick coat though it can be more like the Dachshund which can be short, long or wiry. Common colors are brown, white, black, grey, blue and tan. It is often thicker around the neck where it can be puffy. The head tends to be apple shaped and he has short legs and a long, slender body. His ears are big and can droop or be erect. His nose and muzzle tends to be more like that of the Dachshund.
Training and Exercise Needs
How active does the Dameranian need to be?
This is a slightly active dog, he is small so even when he is being lively he can still play comfortably inside an apartment. Just give him a nicely paced 20 to 30 minute walk a day, either once a day, or do two 15 to 20 minutes walks and that should be enough for him. He does like to chase small animals and birds so make sure he is on a leash when not safe somewhere. Trips to a dog park are a great idea as it is somewhere he can run, play with you and socialize though make sure he is okay with other dogs.
Does he train quickly?
The Dameranian is moderately easy to train so while it will not be quicker than most dogs it will not be slower either. He can have stubborn traits but he is totally food motivated so using treats along with praise and rewards is a great way to encourage him. Keep it positive as he is sensitive and harsh methods are not going to work and may actually set things back. Make sure you give him early obedience training and socialization so he can be the best he can be.
Living with a Dameranian
How much grooming is needed?
There are moderate grooming needs with the Dameranian. He has long hair and he sheds all year round a fair amount so be prepared to clean up after him and for hair to be on furnishings and such. Brush him 4 to 5 times a week which will help reduce the amount of shedding that happen as well as make the coat healthier and clear out any debris. Give him a bath just when he needs it and make sure you only use a dog shampoo. Being long haired he is likely to need professional grooming now and then. The nails will need to be clipped when they get too long which needs to be done by just someone with experience. His ears should be checked for infection and wiped clean once a week and his teeth should be brushed at least two to three times a week.
What is he like with children and other animals?
The Dameranian is a good dog to have around children as he is friendly and playful as well as being affectionate. Socialization is still key though and that is especially true to help with his small animal chasing and how he gets on with other dogs.
He is a good watchdog as he is alert and will bark to let you of someone breaking in. He barks occasionally and should be fed 1½ to 2 cups of dry dog food of good quality which should be split into at least two meals a day.
There are health issues that he can inherit from his parents such as IVDD, Back Problems, Epilepsy, Eye problems, Bloat, Cushings, Diabetes, Deafness, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Collapsed Trachea, Allergies, Hip Dysplasia and Dental Problems.
Costs involved in owning a Dameranian
Dameranian puppies can cost between $150 to $550. Initial costs like a crate, carrier, leash, collar, blood tests, check ups, deworming, shots, neutering and micro chipping can come to between $455 to $500. Medical annual costs for things like shots, check up, flea prevention and pet insurance comes to between $460 to $560. Non-medical costs for things like grooming, food, toys, treats, training and license come to between $675 to $775.
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The Dameranian is a fun and loving companion and could be a great dog for a family with or without children. He does not always get on well with other dogs so make sure sure you give him early socialization and are close by when he is meeting new dogs.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.
- Where does the Dameranian come from?
- What does the Dameranian look like
- Training and Exercise Needs
- Living with a Dameranian
- Health Concerns
- Costs involved in owning a Dameranian
- Popular Dachshund Mixes