Dogs have become one of the most popular house pets in the United States. It seems like nearly everyone has a dog and even those who don’t tend to like them. At least, that’s the case for anyone who hasn’t been injured or scared of dogs. It does happen, and there’s no shame in that.
However, if you’re one of those people who love dogs then you may wonder what kind of dog to get. There are two types of house dogs; small and large. That would seem like an obvious statement, but it’s important because large breed puppies tend to be larger than even adult small breed dogs!
If you live in a small apartment, then the answer is obvious. You’re going to want a small breed dog. Large breed dogs tend to be uncomfortable in smaller living spaces. This leads to poor behavior, and then everyone is miserable.
If you live in a large home with plenty of space, then there’s an actual choice involved. And when it comes to pet dogs, it’s hard to beat the classics. So let’s look at one of the most popular large breed dogs and one of the most popular small breed dogs, and see how they compare.
Why Golden Retriever vs Pomeranian?
You may wonder why we would set up a “contest” such as this. However, it shouldn’t be thought of as a contest. It’s not a situation of Golden Retriever vs Pomeranian. It’s a comparison of the two as pets.
Pomeranians are a great “average” for small breeds. They don’t have any particularly notable health issues outside the normal ones, nor do they have any special care instructions. At least, no care instructions in the context of small breed dogs.
Golden Retrievers are similar for large breed dogs. They may have one or two breed-specific traits, but for the most part you can expect to find Golden Retrievers to be the large breed “average”.
Health And Fitness
The first thing to consider is how much work you’ll need to do for their health. Large breed dogs will eat more, and this is certainly true for Golden Retrievers. You can expect to feed them around 2 cups of food per day. Pomeranians, much like other small breed dogs, will need around half a cup per day.
All dogs have health defects that come from being a dog. Just like human beings are prone to arthritis, diabetes, and other diseases as they get old dogs have diseases that they’re susceptible to, as well. Some breeds have a wider array of illnesses than others, however, due to the breeding habits of humans.
In the case of large breed dogs, you can generally find dental issues and joint issues as common defects. Meanwhile, small breed dogs have problems with breathing due to shortened snouts. In addition, the smaller head causes the development of smaller brains, which often cause issues with temperament.
In general, you’re likely to spend more on medical costs for a small dog. However, you’re likely to spend more on feeding and exercise on a large dog.
Golden Retriever vs Pomeranian Temperament
The temperament is where these two dogs most obviously differ. Pomeranians are “yappy”. That is, they tend to be high energy, have high levels of anxiety, and bark frantically at nearly everything.
It’s important to remember that not all small breeds are as high-energy as Pomeranians. There are some that really are laid back. However, smaller dogs tend to be more energetic, or at the very least a bit more frantic.
That said, much of that franticness is trained. Because Pomeranians and other small breed dogs are small, they can’t do much damage when they begin to freak out. In fact, some people even think a fluffy small dog bouncing up and down while yapping in a frenzy is a sign of cute playfulness. This is why training is so important for small breed dogs.
Golden Retrievers are much more laid back, as are most large breed dogs. They want to run, but they don’t need to run nearly as much as breeds such as greyhounds and collies. This is why it’s good to have a wide open backyard.
However, a large breed dog can cause quite a bit of damage when they get frantic. This is part of why large breed dogs are laid back. They’ve been selectively bred to be so. Large breed dogs that become easily frenzied tend to be put down.
The downside of this is that Golden Retrievers, and most other large breed dogs, tend to be needier than small breed dogs. Small breed dogs need a lot of attention, but only in short bursts. If left alone for the day they’re generally fine. They may be frenzied upon your return, but to be fair all dogs are like that!
Large breed dogs tend to get particularly frantic the longer they’re alone. This is why it’s important to have a lot of space. If left alone too long, they’ll begin to chew and break things. Often times they’ll do so on purpose as if attempting to summon their humans out of the ether.
The third option and somewhat lazy option is to try and combine the best of 2 worlds and simple get a Pomeranian Husky mix, a mix between the Pomeranian and the Siberian Husky. You will get something in between these dogs with a mix of traits from both breeds. Hybrid dogs also tend to be healthier than purebreds.
So this is a comparison of Golden Retrievers and Pomeranians. Or at least, a comparison of large breed dogs and small breed dogs. Keep in mind that each individual dog will be different, and many issues of temperament are a matter of training. Every dog wants to be loved and give love in return. It’s your job to teach them how.