The lifespan of a Pomeranian: How old will your gorgeous Pomeranian get?

The lifespan of a Pomeranian is usually 10 to 16 years.

This range is broad because different studies and authorities have come to very different estimates. Whether your Pom reaches the lower or upper end of the range depends on a few things. These include: genes and the care they receive during their lifetime.

So, how can we reach the upper end of this range?

Measuring the lifespan of a Pomeranian

There are many ways to estimate the life expectancy of a dog breed. But these results vary by country, breeding and general care.

Longevity has been estimated in several ways. The combined results suggest that they are one of the longer-lived pedigree breeds.

Small breeds generally have a longer lifespan than large dogs. Their age can reach ten plus years. Or, in some cases, even up to twenty years. This is because small dogs age more slowly than larger dogs.

As a breed, Pomeranians have a reduced risk of many life-threatening health problems, including cancer – the most common type of terminal disease in dogs.

So the health problems these dogs are more prone to are usually not life-threatening. These conditions include problems with their teeth, eyes and skin. But patellar luxation, or dislocated kneecaps, is another common problem.

How long do Pomeranians live?

Based on data from a dog cemetery in Japan, they have an average of 14 years. However, this method of estimating life expectancy often excludes deaths that occur at a young age or dogs that are less well cared for.

A British survey of dog owners produced a shorter estimate of 10 years. But this is based on only 22 owner reports. So it may not be a very robust estimate.

The British Kennel Club estimates that the life of a Pom will exceed 12 years. Similarly, the American Kennel Club suggests 12-16 years.

Moreover, there are frequent reports of Pomeranians older than 20 years.

Altogether, this suggests a typical lifespan of 10-16 years.

Oldest Pomeranian

According to PetPom, the oldest recorded lifespan of a Pomeranian was 21 years, 8 months and 13 days.

Many people report more advanced ages. But they are not officially documented.

How to maximize the lifespan of a Pomeranian

If you adopt a pomeranian puppy from a breeder, ask about the lifespan of closely related dogs.

Tests are available for the few serious or life-threatening health problems known to occur in pomeranians. Among them:

  • Hyperuricosuria (a blood disorder that causes bladder stones).
  • Degenerative myelopathy (a neurological disorder that can cause loss of coordination in older dogs).
  • Gallbladder mucoceles (a condition that can cause the gallbladder to rupture).

Can these be prevented?

All of these inherited diseases have a known genetic cause and mode of inheritance. Thus, they are preventable with responsible breeding practices.

Pomeranians come in many coat colors. But some should be avoided. The spotted “merle” coat pattern and the albino colors are associated with impaired health and conditions such as deafness. Thus, many kennel clubs will not register dogs with these coat colors.

In all dogs, the main factors that improve longevity are avoiding obesity and castration in males .

Pomeranians are somewhat prone to obesity. Research shows that less frequent meals, avoiding treats such as table scraps and regular exercise reduce the risk of a dog becoming overweight. Discuss your pup’s body condition with your veterinarian and seek their advice if your pup begins to become overweight.

Risks to the lifespan of a Pomeranian

Swedish researchers found that Pomeranian deaths were often caused by “trauma.” In other words, physical injuries caused by accidents. This is probably because Pomeranians are a small breed and therefore relatively vulnerable and susceptible to pedestrians.

But you can reduce the risk of traumatic injury by puppy-proofing your home. In addition, don’t leave your dog unattended in potentially dangerous environments.


In short, the Pomeranian is quite robust for a toy dog. This is partly due to its reduced vulnerability to many life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

You can have your dog genetically tested to avoid passing on the few serious hereditary diseases known to affect the breed.

Owners, of course, must be careful not to overweight or allow dogs to stray or get injured.

The pomeranian has a typical life expectancy of 10 to 16 years and in responsible hands is usually at the older end of this range or beyond.


Below are the emails from our customers with their Pomeranian.

Pomerianian : Nala haar eerste verjaardag
Dwergkeesjes - Bo de Nazaré

Bo de Nazaré, heeft vorige week (24/1) zijn vaccins gekregen (in PT) en alles verloopt vlot, hij is een echt schatje en echt een heel leuk hondje.  Op 8/02 maakt hij zijn 2de reis naar Portugal, ditmaal per vliegtuig ✈️.

Hij heeft geen schrik van water, ook al tuimelde hij al eens in t zwembad, Hij vond dat niet zo erg, wij wel. 


🙏 groetjes,


Ronny & Marleen

Spitz Nain - Tiboo

Bonjour Madame,

Après toutes ces années passées en compagnie de notre compagnon tiboo,que nous avons acquis chez vous. 

Je tiens à vous informer que notre compagnon, est vraiment formidable, avec un très bon caractère, gentil, joueur, et une bonne santé, enfin bref il est exceptionnel .

Je vous joins quelques photo. 

Je vous souhaite une excellente année. 

Michel Labalestra 


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Dwergkeesje : Brownie

Goedemiddag Marleen



Allereerst beste wensen voor jou en je familie voor 2024!




Brownie is jarig geweest, gaat super goed met hem.

Zo een schatje!


In bijlage kan je enkele foto’s vinden van de jarige.



Fijne dag



Dwergkees - Bo

Bo in zijn nieuwe thuis





Baloe is het hier precies al goed gewoon

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

Pomeranian - Mouscron - Belgique

Bonjour, tout se passe très bien pour la petit puce, elle est très sociable et joueuse. Elle s’est très vite adaptée, mange et boit correctement ! Elle rencontre sa maman ce matin. Je vous enverrai d’autre photo prochainement. Je vous remercie pour cette petite beauté qui fait bien des heureux !


1-2-3 Fotomodel !!!

Verstuurd vanaf mijn iPhone

Keeshond - Grover - Veldhoven, Nederland

Goedenavond Marleen,

Dank jullie wel voor de verjaardagswensen voor Grover. Bijgaand stuur ik je een verjaardagsfoto van hem toe alsmede ook een filmpje waarin Pino Grover feliciteerd en Ernie een liedje voor hem speelt 😊.

Met hartelijke groet,

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Grover is geboren op 18/04/2022.

Flame x Billy

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