Chihuahua vs Pomeranian

Compare the Chihuahua to the Pomeranian. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Chihuahuas and Pomeranians.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Chihuahua and Pomeranian are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Chihuahua is very child friendly. The Pomeranian does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Chihuahua.
  • Grooming - The Chihuahua is very easy to groom. The Pomeranian has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Pomeranian has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Chihuahua vs Pomeranian
Chihuahua Dog Breed
Red Pomeranian Dog
Breed NameChihuahuaPomeranian
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan15-20 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height6-9 in.7-12 in.
Weight3-6 lb3-7 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryMexicoGermany
Origin Year1850 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed18 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium
SheddingMediumMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaPomeranian
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaPomeranian
Lifespan
Lifespan15-20 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
CataractsNoYes
Collapsed TracheaYesYes
Dry EyeNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Heart MurmursYesNo
Heat IntoleranceNoYes
HeatstrokeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
HydrocephalusYesNo
HypoglycemiaYesNo
HypothyroidismNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Open FontanelYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Patent Ductus ArteriosisNoYes
Pulmonic StenosisYesNo
SeizuresNoYes
ShiveringYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaPomeranian
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Single CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
StraightYesYes
WoolyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & RedYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesYes
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Sabled FawnYesNo
Black Sabled SilverYesNo
BlueYesYes
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Blue Brindled FawnYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
ChocolateYesYes
Chocolate & TanYesYes
Chocolate & WhiteYesNo
Chocolate BlueYesNo
Chocolate Brindled FawnYesNo
Chocolate Sabled FawnYesNo
CreamYesYes
Cream & WhiteYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn & WhiteYesNo
Fawn Brindled BlackYesNo
GoldYesNo
Gold & WhiteYesNo
RedYesYes
Red & WhiteYesNo
SilverYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BeaverNoYes
Beaver SableNoYes
Black & BrindleNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
Blue BrindleNoYes
Blue MerleNoYes
Blue SableNoYes
Chocolate MerleNoYes
Chocolate SableNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
OrangeNoYes
Orange SableNoYes
Red SableNoYes
Tri-coloredNoYes
Wolf SableNoYes