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The importance of a Pomeranians’s tail!

Another source of trouble for the new owners of Pomeranian puppies is the "bump" on the tail. Google and low-skilled professionals can help to get people really worked up and convince them that this is a sign of inbreeding or a fracture, but do not be in too much of a hurry to listen to them.

What you should know about the tail of the Pomeranian Spitz.

Spitz belong to the FCI group 5 "Spitz and primitive types of dogs." With rare exceptions, almost all the representatives of the group have a tail with a "ringlet". According to the breed standard, the tail of the Pomeranian Spitz is rolled into a ring, at the end of the tail a double loop is allowed.

The tail is so tight that it may seem ossified, but it is not.

In newborn puppies, the tail is straight, but at the age of about 3 months the tail begins to curl into the form of an upside-down “L”, by 4-5 months the tail "lies" on the back, from 7 months, your puppy will have a fully formed tail in the form of a double ring. The more bold and temperamental your baby, the steeper the bend of his tail will be.

So what's with the tail?

It is the initial bend in the form of the upside-down “L” on the tip of the tail which confuses owners and veterinarians. In order to exclude a break or fracture, you should hold the tail up (gently) and (again gently) massage it from the base to the tip the tail with two fingers. If everything is in order, then the tail of your Spitz should straighten out after this manipulation.

If it does not straighten out - most likely, this is a fracture. It’s very easy for a puppy to break its tail - it is enough to step on it, pinch it with a door or inadvertently pull it.

If the puppy's tail looks uneven.

During growth, the puppy’s individual vertebrae can thicken at different rates, due to which the tail becomes bumpy and uneven. In this case, I recommend asking a vet to check the level of calcium in the puppy’s blood. Both the lack and the surplus of this mineral is dangerous for the puppy and can lead to deformation of the vertebrae and other bones and to other problems.

A slight deformation of the last vertebra may also be observed on the X-ray. But over time puppies generally "outgrow" this problem.

If the tail hangs

If your puppy or adult Spitz suddenly hung his tail, then you need to sit up and pay attention. This can be a result of a trauma to the tail - the tail the tail could have been pressed or pinned, your dog could have pulled a muscle when you were playing or your pet could be feeling ill. In any case, immediate action should be taken, since a lowered tail can lead to inflammation and blockage of the paranal glands, it can also cause abscesses, which are very painful for the dog and requires serious treatment.

Pomeranian Spitz in photos have straight tails?

Another popular misconception of those new to the Spitz - they’ve seen orange dogs at shows with supposedly straight tails lying on their backs. In fact, a Spitz with a straight tail is permissible from the standard, but the norm is a tight "bagel",  but a groomer can easily create the illusion of a tail which lies flat, they slick back the tail hair and secure it with a spray. The fashion for haircuts and styling changes, but the tail of the Pomeranian Spitz should be snug against the back!

Good health to you and your pets!

Elena Gaynulina, veterinarian and breeder of the kennel "ot Pandy Sharm"


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