The name of the breed comes from 'Pomerania', which is the region of Northern Europe where they originated, also known affectionately as Poms, or Pom Poms.
These small dogs typically weigh around 6 to 10 pounds, but they are descended from big sled dogs.
Poms were not always so little - used to weigh as much as 20 to 30 pounds before being bred down in size by Queen Victoria of England.
Despite their small stature they are famous for thinking they can take on big dogs with their little bark.
Pomeranians can make wonderful therapy dogs. They are also trained as hearing assistance dogs.