The sociable, active, and playful Pomeranian, or Pom for short, is a fluffy furry that needs the right kind of nutrition for them to grow properly. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will give them little to no issues with their tummy, coat, and the like. However, how much should I feed a Pomeranian puppy?
In this article, we will address the problems of feeding your Pom pup, especially if you are a first-time owner or breeder of this cute little dog. The Pom is an energetic dog that’s meant to release its calories outdoors to maintain a balanced weight.
As a small breed, the Pom is a typically energetic and vocal type. Therefore, feeding them properly can be tricky if you don’t set schedules for their breakfast, lunch, and dinnertime.
So, with that in mind, you should be responsible for what they eat. Always ensure that your Pomeranian gets quality puppy food from their younger years to adulthood. We’ll give you some tips and tricks on how to feed them in the healthiest way possible.
How much to feed a Pomeranian puppy?
Pomeranian puppies usually need to consume somewhere between 1/3 cup and 1/2 cup depending on various factors, such as their weight, physical activity levels, their age in weeks, growth spurt milestones, and the type of food served.
The frequency of feeding your Pom pup should be about 3 to 4 times a day. However, when they reach adulthood (12 months or 1 year old), they can just consume 3 meals a day and a couple of treats, which should still be calculated in their daily calorie intake.
If for some reason, you cannot attend to your Pomeranian puppy all the time in terms of feeding them in set schedules, you can enlist the help of a family or household member. You can also try a food-dispensing toy or automatic dispenser so they eat properly at certain times of the day.
So, with the above information, how much and how often should you feed your Pomeranian puppy depending on their age and activity levels? We have a feeding chart below to help you identify the right amount and frequency for feeding your Pom pup:
|Birth to 2 months
|3 to 4 times a day
|3 months to 1 year
|3 times a day
|1 year and older
|2 to 3 times a day
In general, a Pomeranian can be fed differently depending on their activity levels. We think that it’s best to consult your vet if you want to make dietary changes, especially if your puppy isn’t roaming around that much. An overfed Pomeranian isn’t healthy at all, so we’ll want to balance their nutrition.
You can add one more meal slot in their daily diet plan if they are active enough. This is more likely the case for Pomeranians that have a lot of energy and need to be fed more often.
Pomeranians grow properly once they are fed a healthy diet that won’t overwhelm their tummy. Here’s a helpful chart that you can use as a guide to know if your Pom pup is growing just fine for their age:
|Age in Month
|Weight in Kilograms
|Weight in Pounds
Getting into details with their development, we can know more about what they should eat and when they should begin weaning:
2 to 3 weeks old
The weight of a young Pomeranian is typically less than 5 ounces so they might look tiny. They learn coordination skills during their second and third week and will nurse from their mother as needed. Moreover, they will have their first sights and sounds during this time.
Keep the Pomeranian puppy close to their mother during these weeks. Make sure that they get sufficient warmth and private time, as mothers don’t like nursing in a very unsettling and noisy environment.
If you have kids around the house, tell them to avoid disturbing the puppies while they are with their mother getting milk. This will help the mother to focus more on her little ones in giving the best kind of nutrition.
4 weeks old
At 4 weeks of age, a Pomeranian puppy will develop most of their coordination skills but will still need support from their mother and their owner. Weaning should not be done by this point yet because they are still too young.
6 weeks old
When your Pomeranian puppy turns 6 weeks old, it might be the best time to try out solid food. You can mix 1 part kibble and 3 parts water to do this. However, they should graduate from this mix after a few weeks because too much water in puppy food might not make their teeth strong.
Once your Pomeranian pup finally got the hang of solid food, it’s time to add a bit more kibble into the mix until it becomes fully crunchy food. From time to time, you can still add a portion of wet food to help enhance the flavor, especially if your Pom is a picky eater.
If your Pom puppy is still not weaned yet by this point, you should continue giving them the mixture until they have been fully used to the idea of eating solid food. Remember to take out any uneaten food after twenty minutes to avoid getting unwanted bacteria on them.
8 weeks old
When your Pomeranian puppy turns 8 weeks old, continue feeding them with the mixture from before. You can also consult your vet on the best nutrition plan for them, especially if they were just obtained from a breeder.
Likewise, if you are a breeder, this is the perfect time to get your Pomeranian pup adopter by someone else. Instruct the new owner on the food schedule and make sure they get the correct amount of food and a similar brand.
If the brand of puppy food isn’t available, tell the owner to gradually transition the new food so that your Pomeranian puppy won’t get an upset stomach or get stressed. Remember that a Pom pup should eat at least 3 to 4 times a day depending on their activity.
10 weeks old
So, what should you feed your Pomeranian puppy once they reach 10 weeks old? The rule of thumb is to give them at least 1/4 to 1/2 cup a day, split into 3 to 4 meals. Again, if you can’t attend to this, you can use an automatic dispenser or assign someone in the household to feed them.
Keep in mind that portioning for each meal should also be small because Poms are not very well-endowed when it comes to their stomach size and could only take a portion of what other dog breeds can have.
Aside from eating properly, your Pomeranian pup should get proper exercise so they should be allowed to explore freely in the yard or around the house with supervision. Remember to not feed them too much before they exercise or run around – feed them afterward instead or wait after an hour after eating before physical activity.
12 weeks old
Socializing your Pomeranian puppy should be done at 12 weeks of age because this is the time they are bound to explore more. By this time, they might even run around and pick up random objects. Be wary that your Pomeranian pup could chew up your shoes!
That’s when you need to buy some extras, such as chew toys, to help enhance your puppy’s teeth and to keep them from getting bored. One other suggestion we’d like to make is a ball dispenser that allows your puppy to work their way to get food, which also keeps them fit and entertained at the same time.
Before we get to know the recommended food for a Pomeranian puppy, you should know about their health problems first and what they need. Keeping these in mind, here are some foods that best suit their health conditions to keep them strong:
Calcium and glucosamine foods
Luxating patella is a common health concern for Pomeranians, which is why you’ll need foods that will improve their bones and joints, such as calcium and glucosamine. Fortunately, most puppy food brands out there already have calcium and glucosamine to help the joints and bones of your little companion.
Omega fatty acids
A Pom could even have skin and coat problems, so they will need omega fatty acids to preserve their fluffy appearance and keep them healthy. Omega fatty acids are commonly found in fish and seafood, which will enhance their coat health and keep them away from skin issues.
Pomeranians might develop dental problems if they don’t eat a lot of crunchy foods, such as kibble and carrots. Be sure to give them a bunch of chew toys and crunchy snacks to make sure they exercise their teeth and make them stronger.
Foods to Avoid
Here are foods that you should avoid for a Pom puppy:
Fillers such as corn and wheat
Filler-based foods are simply a no-no to your Pomeranian puppy – especially if they have a long history of digestive upsets within the family. Your Pom won’t get any nutritional value on them and they might even get excess weight!
While we want a flavorful feast for our little Pom, they shouldn’t be fed with too many artificial flavors because they will cause long-term skin and coat problems, as well as digestive issues, to your puppy.
FAQs on Feeding a Pomeranian Puppy
Here are some more tips on how to feed your Pomeranian pup properly:
How do I choose the right food for my Pomeranian puppy?
Just choose food that isn’t filler-based and mostly contains nutrients, as well as protein. Pomeranians work best with kibble so that they get healthy teeth. Keep in mind that excessive wet food and gravy could lead to obesity if you give them a lot.
That’s why most owners give them a mix of kibble and wet food, as well as some vegetables that are okay for canines, such as carrots. After all, carrots can strengthen your Pom’s puppy teeth as well.
Should I give my Pomeranian puppy supplements?
Generally, if your Pom puppy is healthy, they might not need additional supplements because they are already covered by your staple dog/puppy food for them. Supplements are only recommended by your veterinarian for specific health issues.
Raw feeding a Pomeranian puppy
Raw feeding your puppy should be done only after they’ve passed a certain age. That’s because raw food, when not prepared properly, could cause digestive upsets for your Pomeranian puppy.
If you aren’t sure, talk to your veterinarian or breeder on recommendations for raw feeding. They will assist you on what nutrients and ingredients you should buy, and the ideal age of your puppy to raw feed them.
A Pomeranian puppy will maintain its fluffy and lively appearance once you’ve fed them properly from puppyhood to adulthood. If your puppy maintains a healthy lifestyle when it comes to feeding and exercise, you’ll have a cheerful and healthy Pom to keep for life. We hope that this guide helped you a lot in raising them properly!