Dameranian is a cross between Dachshund and Pomeranian. This dog has inherited the best qualities of these two popular dog breeds. The hybrid appeared in the 1990s and is known by several other names, including Pom Weenie, Pom-a-Weenie, Pomeranian Weiner Dog, Doxie Pom, and Pomdach. This hybrid breed managed to gain popularity thanks to such qualities as curiosity, energy, cheerful disposition, high intelligence, and, most importantly, unlimited devotion to the owner. So let’s get to know these adorable pets!
Since this is a hybrid, each dog will look different. In general, the Lush and Thick Pomeranian coat is the dominant character, and the hybrids most often have this coat. The dog has an elongated body and short, crooked legs. The muzzle is elongated, more like the muzzle of a Dachshund, the tail is twisted into a ring. The color is varied. Weighing from 8 to 25 pounds and 5 to 11 inches high. If you want to get an idea of how big your Dameranian puppy will be in adulthood, take his weight at 14 weeks of age and double it, or use his weight at 6 months of age and calculate it to be 75 percent of their adult weight.
The Dameranian temperament is inherited from their parent dogs and they possess the qualities of both Pomeranian and Dachshund. They are usually very smart and quick-witted, one might say – intelligent dogs. Endlessly loyal to their master and his family. This pet needs constant attention from a person, it is important for him to be in motion – to play, jump, bite, catch up with something or someone. They are full of energy and passion, brave to the point of insanity, and always ready for adventure.
Lack of attention causes resentment in the dog, and in some cases, aggression may appear. Therefore, such a pet must be trained.
Young Dameranian relationships with young children are complex and not always peaceful. It is very important to explain to babies how to handle a pet so as not to harm anyone. Adult dogs get along well with children.
The Dameranian considers himself a large dog, so he can easily start a fight with a dog that is three to four times her size. Dameranians will easily find a common language with other dogs and even cats living in the same house. However, you need to be very careful when starting a rabbit, ferret, guinea pig, or chinchilla at home – even if you are absolutely sure that your Dameranian ancestors had no idea what hunting was, it is possible that your pet will wake up hunting instincts. This should not be forgotten, even when walking with him in the yard.
Dameranian is ideal for keeping in an apartment, thanks to its small size, you can even travel with it, and existing shortcomings can be corrected with the right upbringing.
Your Dameranian will need regular grooming, whether he has medium or long hair. Direct dog care consists of brushing teeth, removing eye secretions, combing hair, and trimming nails and hair from paws. Sometimes the Dameranian, like the Dachshund, loves to rummage in the ground, so the claw plate is cut off, leaving no more than three millimeters from the pad to minimize dirt and microbes getting under the claws.
Dameranian belongs to animals who love warmth, coziness, and a comfortable environment. Do not be surprised if she wraps herself in a rug or blanket while sleeping. Due to their natural characteristics, they require frequent, long, and active walks.
Dameranian must be walked regularly and continuously. She should do at least two active walks daily because most often the Dameranian inherits the Dachshund’s body structure and this requires regular strengthening of the back muscles. Swimming can also help.
Do not allow the dog to make vertical jumps, this adversely affects the condition of the spine.
At the end of the walk, you can wash the dog using a warm shower without shampoo, or simply rinse the paws.
Most often, a Dameranian dog is endowed with an excellent appetite, so if you do not control its nutrition, it can constantly eat whatever it comes across. Until the puppy reaches three months of age, he is fed every four hours. The acquired puppy continues to be fed with the type of food to which he is accustomed in the nursery. From three months to a year, he is transferred to four meals a day. The young dog is then fed twice a day, preferably at the same time.
If it is decided to use natural food for nutrition, then it is advisable to discuss the daily menu with a veterinarian. Featured:
- The basis of a dog’s diet is boiled meat and fish products, which reduce the risk of helminths contained in raw meat and fish entering the dog’s body. For preventive purposes, chopped garlic is added to the feed once a week;
- Adding vegetables and greens to the diet enriches food with vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. A favorite delicacy is grated raw carrots;
- An adequate amount of calcium in the body is very important. Therefore, the presence of fermented milk products, dried fruits, cheeses and nuts in the diet will help fill its deficiency;
- The dog gets the mineral salts necessary for normal life from veins, tendons, bones. Therefore, you need to regularly include these components in food;
- An indispensable product of the weekly diet is cereals (rice, buckwheat, and others).
After the end of the feeding, you need to remove the remaining food, since most Dameranian representatives do not know the measures and can eat all day long. But the presence of clean fresh water in the bowl should be constant.
Due to the lack of time to prepare natural food, dog breeders tend to use ready-made food. This is of course more convenient for the owner. But in this case, the food must be premium and selected according to the recommendations of the veterinarian, while the preferences of the pet itself must also be taken into account.
While it is widely believed that designer dog breeds have fewer health problems than purebred breeds, this is not always true. The Dameranian can inherit some of the ailments of the parents. Among them:
- Back problems and injuries including intervertebral disc disease, which can lead to paralysis
- Eye problems including glaucoma, which can lead to blindness
- Congenital deafness of dogs with certain coat colors
- Epilepsy, a condition of the brain which causes seizures
- Hip dysplasia, which is can lead to lameness in the dog’s hind legs
- Diabetes, which can result in a compromised immune system and blindness.