The average life span of dogs, in general, is 12.8 years. The Pomeranian will live between 12 and 16 years, though some will live even longer. As you read on, you will see that some elements that are fatal can be avoided with proper care. We will also go over life stages and then meet one of the oldest living Pomeranians.
Leading Causes of Death for the Pomeranian Breed
You may be surprised to know that for Pomeranian puppies (and for puppies of just about every toy breed), trauma is the leading cause of death (more ahead)
For adult Pomeranians, the top 3 leading causes of death are:
Gastrointestinal, 15%. This includes such disease as pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), intestinal obstruction, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), lymphangiectasia and other forms of protein-losing enteropathy.
Sadly, this is the 2nd leading cause of death for adult Poms and the #1 leading cause of death for puppies. This includes being dropped, being accidentally stepped on, trauma received in a car accident as a passenger and being hit by an automobile.
This includes viral disease such as parvovirus and distemper,protozoal disease, such as babesiosis and leishmaniasis, bacterial infections including leptospirosis and also most tick diseases and fungal infections including blastomycosis and histoplasmosis.
* Interestingly, the Pomeranian breed has one of the lowest rates of death due to cancer (7.9%), even though this is a leading cause for many toy breeds.