A Doggie Bed Vs Your Bed
While it may be tempting to have your Pom sleep in your bed and you may be doing this already without any issues, there are some valid reasons why it may be best for your Pomeranian to have his own bed:
- If a Pom sleep in his owner's bed, he is more apt to have problems when home alone during the day. Not used to resting or taking naps in his own bed, he may not be able to settle down when he's in his own gated off area or canine playpen during the day. This can increase separation anxiety issues.
- Being such a small toy breed, accidents can and do happen; a Pom can fall off the bed or be accidentally rolled over
- The more that a Pom has access to an owner's bed the higher the chance for an accident that will soak through your mattress
- While small, this is a high shedding
breed; you may find your bed filled with fur, particularly during high shedding seasons.
- Being prone to both hip dysplasia and patella luxation, a Pomeranian needs a really good canine bed for proper support; we'll discuss this next
Elements of a Great Bed for a Pomeranian
1) Proper support.
The number one element of an appropriate bed for this breed is that it offers proper support. Owners may not realize just how important this is since this is a small breed. However, the stress that the body feels is all relative. When a Pom rests, he needs the mattress to curve to his body to properly support his skeletal frame and ease pressure from his joints. Human mattress are too thick to correctly offer this to toy breeds like the Pomeranian.
It is also very important for Poms to have proper cushioning for their elbows. Without this, not only can the elbows become sore and stiff, but it can also affect the fur, leading to sore spots and thinning coat
on the elbows.
And with senior Pomeranian, having an orthopedic memory foam bed is really a 'must'.
2) Sized for security.
The Pomeranian breed typically has a high need to feel safe and secure. They like to nest and snuggle up to feel as if they are protected; this is required for many Poms to fully relax. The dog bed that you choose for your Pom should be appropriately sized. Whether your Pom likes bumper pads to rest his head, like to be elevated or prefers a flatter surface, it will serve as his own private area where he can escape from commotion and be fully at peace to rest or sleep
3) Superior material to prevent contract friction - There are many elements that can affect a Pom's coat: The summer
sun, arid wintertime
air, the products that are used for bathing such as the shampoo, conditioner and leave-in spritz, the type of brush that is used and contact friction.
Contact friction refers to what happens when a Pomeranian's coat comes into contact with various surfaces. The texture of those surfaces, such as the floor that he lies on or the bed that he sleep in, will either be gentle against the coat or rough.
It always has to be one or the other, and of course this will be of varying intensities. If rough and if there is ongoing contact, this will affect the coat in a negative way. This can lead to a frizzed texture, split ends and/or static problems.