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In short, yes. Pomeranian's love the sound of their voice and they enjoy letting you know about everything that they notice. Whether it is someone knocking on the door or if they see another dog while on leash or in their yard. Firm but positive reinforcement training is best suited to curb this natural behavior for them to keep you from getting any noise complaints by neighbors.
Pomeranian's are not the best choice for small children, especially if one of your children is afraid of dogs. Pom's are high active, barky and tend to become attached to one person in the family. Since your child is afraid of dogs, I would suggest getting a lower energy breed, or an adult dog so that the dog is not so unpredictable and scare your child. Breeds that would do well would be the Basset Hound, English Bulldog, and the Beagle. If you are okay with a larger dog, then the Golden Retriever, Labrador, and Rough Collie are all great dogs with children. If you are okay with even bigger dogs, the Newfoundland and the Great Dane are amazing and incredible dogs for children.
I totally disagree with that. I have had Pomeranians most of my life. Last 16 years 6. Ranging from puppies, to a cranky old man pom. My daughter and them got and still get along great with them. I am a responsible pet owner. I taught them not to bark. Unless it's important. One became a service dog. My daughter was born, with 3 in the home, and she's now 13. Plus, she is high functioning autism. Basically, always watched and taught her to respect and be gentle with ANY dog.
Unfortunately, the way the Pomeranian is bred now-a-days a large portion of the breeds eyes water most of the time. There is nothing you can do to prevent the watering. However, there are tear staining products that can get rid of the stains. These can be purchased at a vet, online or at a pet store. The best one I have ever used is called "Angel Eyes".
Feed them natural foods. First ingredients meat or fish. No by products. My Pomeranian was white, had tear stains all the time. Told small tear ducts. Stopped with the better food. Coat improved, too. And anal gland problems got better.
The average life span of the Pomeranian breed is between 12 - 16 years. Life span will all depend on the quality of breeding, how the puppy and dog is taken care of throughout its life as per the food the puppy/dog is fed, regular vet visits, and the regularity of exercise.