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How Much Do Pomeranians Cost?

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Breeds By Ben Team 7 min read September 23, 2020 29 Comments

Pomeranian Price

If you’re reading this, you’ve already come to the conclusion that life is not complete without a fun-loving furball to follow you around. And while there are plenty of small, fluffy breeds to choose from, you’ve set your sights on a Pomeranian.

But now that you’re ready to pick out your pooch, you are probably wondering how much your new four-footer is going to set you back. After all, Pomeranians are not free, nor do they grow on trees (we are still hunting for the legendary Pom-tree).

We’ll talk about the average prices of Pomeranians below, and we’ll discuss some of the ways to help save a bit of money when making your choice.

The Average Price of a Pomeranian

Pomeranians – like most other breeds – vary in price depending on an assortment of factors. However, most Pomeranians are priced between about $500 and $1500.

However, this assumes you are purchasing a “pet quality” Pomeranian and that you are buying her directly from a breeder. “Show quality” Pomeranians may cost much more than this, and some breeders may charge $4,000 or more for animals from award-winning gene pools.

If you purchase your pet from a retail establishment or broker, you can also expect to pay a bit more than usual, as there will be more people involved in the supply chain, and they’ll all want a piece of the pie.

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Factors Affecting a Pomeranian’s Price

A few different factors will influence the price of a given Pomeranian. And while there’s plenty of variation in the market, as different breeders value different things in their pups, some of the most important factors influencing the price of a Pomeranian include:

 Your Location

Breeders must factor in the cost of living and the average household income in their area when pricing puppies. For example, breeders in Beverly Hills, where the cost of living and the average household income are both quite high, will charge more for their puppies than breeders located in Topeka. This is true for veterinary costs and grooming too – the more expensive the region, the more you’ll probably pay!

 Differences Between Breeders

Breeders are individuals, who price their puppies in part based on their own desires, business plan, and goals. Theoretically, you could find two otherwise identical breeders pricing their puppies much differently. Accordingly, it always makes sense to shop around when buying a dog.

 The Dog’s Age

Most people interested in buying a puppy want a very young animal. However, breeders occasionally have problems moving their puppies as quickly as they’d like, and you’ll sometimes see breeders offering older puppies for sale. Generally speaking, older puppies are cheaper than those in the 8- to 16-week-old age group.

 The “Quality” of the Dog

I shudder to use the word “quality” when describing dogs; I like to think that all canines are awesome and deserving of love. That said, some puppies win the genetic lottery and pop out with prettier fur, superior intelligence, or a particularly pleasing build. These characteristics are often subjective, so they’ll influence the price differently depending on the breeder’s individual tastes.

Make sure to read our guide to choosing a good breeder if you’re thinking about getting a Pomeranian through a breeder. Going with a bad breeder could have devastating longer-term consequences for you and your Pom.

The Canine’s Coat Colors

Pomeranians come in several different color patterns, and some are in greater demand than others. Those in greatest demand usually cost more than those with more common color patterns. Solid-colored Pomeranians are the rarest, so they typically cost more than multi-colored pups.

You could also consider going after a Pomeranian mixed breed, which boast all kinds of cool colors and combinations!

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Six Ways to Save Money When Purchasing a Pomeranian

Because there are so many different factors that can influence the price of a Pomeranian, there are several things you can do to help save a bit of money in the transaction.

In fact, you may as well try to implement as many of these strategies as possible – the won’t all bear fruit, but there’s rarely harm in trying.

1. Shop during slow seasons.

The puppy market gets cooking in the late spring and continues through the late summer, as most people start thinking about dogs during summer vacation when the weather’s nice and the kids begin begging for a four-legged companion. Accordingly, breeders often charge the highest prices during this time of year.

To save money, you’ll want to shop during the fall, winter and early spring, when demand and prices are both at their lowest. Note that prices may temporarily rise during November and December, as a lot of people purchase puppies during the winter holiday season.

2. Consider picking up an older pup.

If you aren’t set on a young puppy, you can often save money by selecting an older dog that the breeder’s been unable to sell. Older animals require a bit less care than their younger counterparts, and they should’ve already received many of their vaccinations.

Some may even be housetrained already, which can be quite a bonus for some buyers.

Just be sure to verify that any older dog you consider is completely healthy before paying a deposit – there may be a reason that she’s still available. You’ll also want to be doubly sure to obtain paperwork regarding her vaccinations and veterinary care.

3. Weigh the pros and cons of paperwork.

For a variety of reasons, some breeders will be unable to provide paperwork for their animals. It’s hard for these breeders to compete with the paperwork-bearing puppies other breeders have available, so they often lower their prices – sometimes considerably so.

Animals from these types of breeders deserve an extra level of scrutiny, but that doesn’t mean you should rule them out automatically. You’ll probably want to meet the puppy’s parents and chat with previous customers who’ve bought animals from the breeder.

Obviously, you won’t be able to use a paperless Pomeranian for the show circuit, and she won’t make a great candidate for breeding programs, but If you just want her as a pet, this can be a great way to save some bucks.

4. Expand your shopping area.

If you live in an area where prices are high, consider expanding your search area. You’ll have to travel a little farther to pick up your pooch (and long-distance transactions can cause a few headaches in other ways), but it’s sometimes worth buying from a breeder in a neighboring state or more affordable neighborhood.

Don’t expand your search area too much though, or you won’t save any money in the long run. You probably won’t save much money on the international market, for example.

5. Tap into your social circle.

In the modern world, it almost always makes sense to leverage your friends and family when making significant purchases.

Let your peeps know that you are looking for a Pomeranian and that you’d like any help they can provide. You may find that a friend of a friend just bought a Pomeranian from a great breeder.

In fact, you may even find that with a bit of effort, breeders start reaching out to you. This puts you in the driver’s seat and may even help you get a great deal.

6. Haggle.

Although some people aren’t comfortable negotiating prices or arguing over money, it is almost always worth trying. Just be respectful when doing so and always make the breeder a reasonable offer. Don’t throw out a low-ball price that may be insulting; instead, offer about 10% to 20% less than the asking price. You may not get a discount of this size, but it’s a good starting point.

As you can see, Pomeranians vary in price quite a bit and there are several things you can do to help save money when plopping down your credit card.

However, it is important to remember that your new Pomeranian will hopefully be bouncing around by your side for the next decade and change. So, be sure to save as much money as you can, but don’t base your choice on cost aloneit is much more important to obtain a healthy, happy puppy than it is to save a few bucks. Find a breeder that you like and then pick out your favorite pup in the litter. Only then should you start worrying about her price tag and start negotiating a price.

Do you own a Pom? How did you go about finding your fluffy friend – and if you don’t mind us asking – what did you pay? Tell us in the comments!

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Ben is the senior content editor for K9 of Mine and has spent most of his adult life working as a wildlife educator and animal-care professional. Ben’s had the chance to work with hundreds of different species, but his favorite animals have always been dogs. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his spoiled-rotten Rottweiler named J.B. Chances are, she’s currently giving him the eyes and begging to go to the park.

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J

I have a pom and she is just so bouncey I paid £450 for mine but the only thing I was disappointed in that I was not allowed to go see the parents or get to pick her up the guy came to me

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Tracey Ingram

I got ollie off a young lady when he was 6 months he is a year old as due to lockdown here in england I’m actually having trouble with his barking I’ve tried all types of training to try calm this its not working .they are loving affectionate easy trainable usually but neighbors are now continue complaining so hate that im actually having to look for forever home hate this any ideas from anyone would help me please ask i don’t want him to go x

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Ben Team

Hey, Tracey.
Check out this article about nuisance barking — it may help you quiet Ollie down a bit.
Best of luck!

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Roberto M Fresses

Looking to purchase a tea cup pomeranian puppy female.

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Terri

Some poms have shorter snouts are they called by a different name

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Karen Brakefield

I agree with Eliza. Bought my female pom puppy at 9 weeks last July. She was 9 weeks old when I picked her up. She was two grand. At first vet visit the doctor was impressed with her. Two things stood out she has a perfect bite and a beautiful hair coat. Both parents are DNA certified against luxating patella and now at 9 months she can run like the wind. I believe you get what you pay for. That said unfortunately many people who would give good happy homes just can’t afford to have one. Plus the ridiculous rising cost of veterinary care is out of control. On the down side my girl is on the negative side of what a Pom temperament is desired. She is very intelligent but she is very confrontational. She bites and does not give up until she gets her way. She is very energetic and takes all day to tire her out. After owning 2 other Poms this girl now is nothing like the two mellow cuddle muffins the first two were. She has had 2 puppy classes. One was a board and train where she was gone 3 weeks then a follow up class later. Neither did much good. So hoping she will slow down by the time she is two years old. This breeder is only one in our state that is actively selling pom puppys. She sells every puppy she produces and many owners are repeat buyers. She also sells to breeders. I have a beautiful Pomeranian and have no regrets. My only concern is her behavior that I am hoping will settle down over time.

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Stacy Tate

We have a 6 pound year and a half old, female pom with a beautifully full, sable, coat who came from Impressive Pom at a price of 1500.00. They were listed on an AKC site and we bought another wonderful Pom for my brother a year later from them because Harlee is so amazing!

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Eliza Brewer

This article is incorrect on so many levels. Anyone looking for a high-quality purebred Pomeranian, needs to find an experienced AKC breeder and be willing to pay around 2000-4000, not less than 1500. If this is too much, consider adopting a dog, or evaluate whether caring for a dog throughout it’s 15+ years of life is really in your budget. Do NOT buy from backyard breeders or puppy mills. It may be tempting, but this will only perpetuate the number of poorly bred, low-quality Pomeranians who are often raised in bad conditions and only sold for a profit. There are no teacup, micro, or any other type of trendy Pom variety. Any registered breeder will confirm this. If you have a true appreciation for this breed and are prepared to do whatever you need to in order to give your Pom the life it deserves, 2500 for a puppy will be a minor cost. Don’t compromise and pay the price later. This is exactly how animals end up in shelters, when owners are not prepared, or aware of what they are getting into. Do your research, and please do not believe everything you read or watch on the internet. If there are no papers your puppy is basically not a purebred. I know this sounds harsh, but this is true. An AKC breeder with any appreciation for a specific breed, will care a lot about the legacy and heritage of their dogs and most importantly, where they end up. I usually never comment on random articles, but this article is so wrong I had to interject. If you are interested in a quality Pomeranian, consider starting with the Pom club of America website. They are a wealth of information, and will help in pointing you to the RIGHT direction of your forever fluffy friend.

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Ben Team

Hey, Eliza.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, but I’d encourage you to go back and re-read the article. I didn’t even mention “micro” Pomeranians, and I explained that show-quality Poms would cost between $2k and $4k, but “pet quality” animals are available for less. We researched these prices pretty thoroughly — we didn’t just make it up!
Thanks for reading though!

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Patricia Bortner

I just lost my pom of almost 10 years…she had the lil nose..and short legs..and I want one built just like her…so scared I am going to get one of the taller ones that looks like a fox..and that isn’t what I want…I want the teddy bear look..but really don’t want tiny… Roxy was about 9 lbs…. and was beautiful with a thick double coat..and that is what I am looking for… just hope I can find what I want… been so depressed with her passing….

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Ben Team

So sorry to hear about Roxy, Patricia. We hope you’re able to find another great pup soon!
Let us know how your search goes!

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Lorene John

I am a pomeranian breeder, expecting 2 litters in April. Mine are around 4 1/2 lbs as adults. Very healthy and no visible or known faults.

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Cindy Sallee

Loren’s, what state do you live

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Lawauna

Do you know anyone who breeds of has peek a poms? Mine passed away , she was 15, I need another one badly. I can’t seem to find any. Maybe they aren’t was popular as before?

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Sunny McCleave

First off I hate this cookies stuff on websites. I would enjoy just texting visually.
Anyway, I am a disabled Vet in need of a companion. I am mobile but slow. I have had dogs in my life before, always really.
Any honest breeder out there willing to help me get a TINY Pom. I
have TINY CAT who is not upset with calm dogs and she needs s playmate.
I live in a quiet complex,financially comfortable, with NO personable out burst.
Please, give me a hand. Just want a pet, young preferable.
Thank you, Sunny McCleave

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Yumi

I used have a Pomeranian,but I couldn’t keep it.
I missed their personality,I am thinking about adopting.

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Laura Dulin

I bought my 10 year old for $50.00 at the humane society here in town. Have had her 4 years. She’s the best dog ever. Real possessive of her momma

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Ben Team

Sounds like you got a deal, Laura! That’s great. It’s always a great idea to check out the dogs available at your local shelter or Humane Society.

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MARGARET (MAGGI) LYLE

DEAR BEN
THANK U VM FOR ALL THAT WONDERFUL INFORMATION
I THINK U CAN HELP ME IN MY FRUSTRATING SEARCH TO FIND A REPUTABLE BREEDER OF MINI POMERANIANS …. I RECENTLY LOST MY SWEET WEEBOY SEBI 16YRS IN MARCH AND AM HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME TRYING TO SEARCH FOR A WEE FEMALE ABOUT 6 MONTHS OLD ,,,,,, ANY ADVICE OR SUGGESTIONS?? PLEASE.
THANK YOU

SINCERELY
MAGGI
LYLE

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Kelly Smith

I have a beautiful 6 month old female for sale. She is small and u bought her back from the woman I sold her to. She has medical issues.

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MARGARET LYLE

HIYA BEN. THANX V M FOR THAT IMPT. INFO

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Terri Lynn Sheckles

I found my Tawny in the local news paper 16 years ago. I paid $300 for her. Its was a mom and pop operations. Not professional breeders. I just lost her on august 29th of this year. She was the best dog ever!

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Catherine Howard

I am a retired engineer with no children, retired community, and quiet household. I have decided on a non-white teacup Pomeranian girl as a companion only. My girl will not be out carousing about after crefew. Since I am not a wealthy celebrity, I will not be paying $7000.00 to plop my forever pal on my lap. I would like to read more from you other readers.

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Meg Marrs

Catherine – we really don’t recommend purchasing teacup puppies. Many would consider it inhumane to breed them, as they are abnormally frail and have a host of health problems due to the purposeful breeding for extremely small size. I’d suggest considering a traditional Pomeranian instead.

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Vi

But if you don’t purchase one they will get killed or thrown in the garbage as defected so please consider them so that they are not thrown awayI know people who have one and they work pet fine.♥️

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Lorene John

Catherine:
I am a breeder of Pomeranians since 1998 in Sebring, FL. I breed for show quality, and all meet AKC standards in weight (3-7 lbs) most are 4 1/2 – 5 lbs as adults , teddy bear face, no visible or known faults.
2 litters are expected in April

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Cindy Sallee

Catherine, I have started doing a lot of research on Teddy Bear Pomeranians. My husband and I want very much to get one when we retire. Could you tell me where your from. We live in Ky and there dont seem to be any of this breed in/or around this area

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Wanda DeHaan

Lorene John
I’m interested in standard, show quality, teddy bear face Pomeranian. It sounds like you are a great Breeder with great poms. Please send me your website, or info.
Thank you
Wanda

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Debra Cloninger

Pomeranians vary in Teddbear to Babydoll faces then there are teacups. Or smaller version now they are breeding micro teacups about 6 inches long. With that small of breeding comes many medical issues with these small poms. My pom Teddy cost me 1300.00 AKC papered. Oh and I might mention spoiled rotten no dog bones for this royalty my designer sunglasses and his baby blanket with bling on it. Oh well … lol. Debbie.

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