What is a Throwback Pomeranian?
If you have a very big Pomeranian, this may be due to having a Throwback. Aside from being overweight (which is really not that common with this breed), a Pomeranian may be larger than the breed standard due to their genes being "throwback" genes.
What is a throwback Pomeranian? A throwback Pomeranian is a Pom that is larger than the standard size Pom of today's time. The dog's natural body structure will be up to 4 times larger than what is expected. Let's discuss why a Pomeranian may be a throwback, how this happens and any behavioral or health issues that may be relevant.
We must start by remembering that the ancestors of the Pomeranian were large Spitz dogs of up to 30 pounds ( 13.60 kg). They were used as sled dogs in Iceland and as hunting and herding dogs in the surrounding areas of the far north.
The ancestors of the Pomeranian, the ancient Spitz dogs, looked quite similar to this large German Spitz dog, but were solid white. When a throwback occurs, the Pomeranian will have genes that causes his size to be closer to his ancestors...and will therefore be much larger than the standard.