Do you ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Well if you own a little Pom, chances are someone is! Have you ever wondered why these little eyes are always tracking your every step? We’ll be discussing why your Pomeranian is always following you by looking through their background and modern day personalities. We’ll take a brief look at their origin to help us understand why we have Poms in the first place.
Who did Pomeranians first start following?
Our modern day Pomeranians descended from the larger and much more burly German Spitz dog. These sled pulling dogs had developed short ears to keep from frostbite, a dense undercoat to protect from the cold climates, and the curled tail to tuck and keep faces warm when sleeping. Pomeranians have inherited all these characteristics, however they were reduced in size about 30 to 40 lbs. What was the purpose of this change? Well it’s pretty accepted that this is due to the royals that fell in love with the smaller sizes.
Well known ruler Queen Victoria took a liking to the smaller spitz and decided to breed them to her specific standards. She took breeding very seriously and even had “one of her favorites, Windsor Marco, [win] first place in the breed” (“Pomeranian Information” 1) at the 1891 Crufts dog show. Once the monarch popularized these fluffballs, everyone of nobility would start to snag them up! These pocket sized spitz were one of the breeds raised to be the perfect lapdogs for royals. Pomeranians have been used to sticking to their owners’ side and living the easy life for centuries. It can put it into more perspective how we can’t seem to use the bathroom without a little furry company.
Why is my Pomeranian following me to the bathroom?
These little fluffs are extremely loyal to the people they choose. It is not uncommon for them to bond with only one or two owners, then have general disinterest in other humans. They are primarily a one person kind of pet, but this comes with unwavering loyalty and trust. So if you have a Pomeranian who adores you, take it as a high compliment. With all that adoration, brings the constant need to be in your presence whenever possible. Of course, that includes bathroom breaks.
Now, this isn’t a feature specific to Pomeranians and most dogs like to go where their person goes. Different dogs have levels of dependency that can factor on a lot of things. A lot of this knowledge can be generalized to include all happy home pups. Your Pomeranian (or other dog) may simply want to be with you always. It can be that simple. Pomeranians live for affection from their designated person, so always being right by your side is a good spot to receive attention. Just because we are handling our business, doesn’t change that they want to be included.
Why is my Pomeranian obsessed with me?
If you did nothing all day until your favorite person interacted with you, wouldn’t you be obsessed? Our dogs world completely revolves around us and Pomeranians are especially sensitive to this. These little loyal lapdogs want nothing more than to be loved and protected by their world. You are the best thing to them since you provide food, protection, and shelter.
Pomeranians can be mischievous and not always completely obedient, however they do thrive on activities and positive encouragement. These small dogs are multi-skilled and can take place in different sports and activities. They give endless love when you have them engaged and active with your daily schedule.
If you have a Pomeranian that is obsessed, enjoy it and work on having a healthy relationship. Separation anxiety in pomeranians can be avoided by practicing regular “alone time” such as crating overnight or have to stay home alone on occasion. We talk about this more in our article, How to Fix Separation Anxiety For Good.
If this interest in you increases to the point of separation anxiety and becomes destructive or otherwise unhelpful, then it’s time to take action.
However, a healthy amount of “clinginess” is expected from this breed and should even sometimes be encouraged to keep your dog engaged and listening to you. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t obsessed with my Pomeranian so I’m very glad the feeling is mutual!
If you’d like more information on Pomeranians, or other specific breeds, click the links below!
“Pomeranian Information.” American Kennel Club, 6 Nov. 2017, https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/pomeranian/.