The Dameranian: A Complete Guide

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The Dameranian is a fluffy, smart, yet very loving pet to have in your home. Perhaps you want a dog that’s good with the kids and won’t create much trouble if you take the time to train them correctly.

In this guide, we’ll help you find out if the Dameranian is the right dog for you. Let us educate you on how this “designer dog” can bring you a bundle of joy.

Dameranian Puppies – Before You Buy…

Surprised Dameranian
The Dameranians are lively dogs.

Before you buy a Dameranian, understand that they will require a lot of attention.

These small dogs are smart, cute, and affectionate, but they can be rather destructive once you leave them alone for more than 8 hours.

Because of this, always keep them under your supervision.

They are active dogs, and by giving them the proper attention, they will grow into a smart, social and well-trained dog.

What Price Are Dameranian Puppies?

On average, expect to pay about $150 – $550.

Their price is reflective of the fact that Dameranians are hybrids and it can be complex to find two parents of both species to breed.

Make sure that you have an established budget and that your Dameranian is in this price range.

While you could pay lower for one, you might be buying a dog that’s unhealthy. As a dog owner, you have to find a breeder who is legitimate and wants the best for the dog as well.

That’s what leads us to our next section.

How to Find Reputable Dameranian Breeders?

First, you’ll want to scout around to find a breeder that’s licensed, verified, and has a good track record of selling dogs.

Good dog breeders will show you the dog’s family so that you can see that the dog was from a healthy family and isn’t susceptible to any diseases.

Also, the breeder won’t sell you the dog unless they are 8-12 weeks old. When growing up, puppies need time to socialize with their mother and other pups in their litter.

The breeder needs to be able to answer all of your questions.

Breeders want to make sure that the Dameranian puppies are sent to a good home, to people who have made the right preparations and people who knew what to expect with their dogs.

3 Little-Known Facts About Dameranian Puppies

  1. It’s Pomeranian side of the family were pets by many famous artists (Michelangelo) and writers such as Martin Luther, who would always refer it to his pet in his writing.
  2. Dameranians can make interesting therapy dogs. When trained correctly, they can become hearing assistance dogs.
  3. The first Olympic mascot was designed to be a Dachshund. It was chosen because of its courage and athleticism. “Waldi the Dachshund” would be the name of the mascot of the 1972 Munich Games.

Physical Traits of the Dameranian

Dameranian lounging on couch
Many famous artists had Dameranians.

The Dameranian is a combination of both of its parent’s breeds – the Pomeranian and the Dachshund.

The Dachshund might have a wirehaired or smooth coat.

The smooth coat is shiny and only needs a short brush to help deal with shedding.

Dameranians vary in color, having either a creamy or red appearance. They have a few black hairs throughout their bodies.

Most dog owners tend to see a Dameranian have a smooth coat. Dameranian’s ears tend to either stay erect or flop downward.

Their eyes have the same color and shape as a Dachshund. But, their ears droop down and are the size of a Pomeranian.

How Big is a Full-Grown Dameranian?

Dameranians have a size of 5-9 inches for males and 5-7 inches for females. They are a small to a medium-sized dog and can weigh up to 20lbs max for males 10 lbs for females.

The size of your dog will depend on three things: diet, exercise, and the number of times you fed them during the day. By taking care of your dog correctly, they’ll grow into a healthy size.

What Is The Life Expectancy Of The Dameranian?

Dameranians have a lifespan of 12-16 years. This is longer than most small/medium dogs because they are born with genes of two strong dogs.

Train it properly, give them frequent vet visits to help improve your dog’s overall lifespan.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Dameranian

One of the main characteristics of a Dameranian is its tendency to create a close bond with their owner.

While they are still equally caring toward other pets and people in the house, they do suffer from separation anxiety.

These small dogs aren’t amicable; they can entertain themselves with a multitude of toys. Dameranians enjoy the company of children, especially older ones.

We recommend that you don’t leave them outdoors by themselves. Due to their small size, they are a big target for larger animals that want to bully or attack them.

Despite having a pleasant personality, Dameranians are known for barking at strangers. They can become watchdogs if you train them the proper way.

Their temperament is directly from their parents. For example, the Dachshund is an active, happy, and playful dog. He is a brave dog, but he is also stubborn as well.

This dog likes to cuddle with family members (remember: he might find another family member to bond with).

Plus, it has traits from the Pomeranian. The Pomeranian is an extroverted dog that likes people and other animals.

But, they might believe they are stronger than who they are and bark and challenge other dogs in the process.

It’s important that you train them to stop barking at a young age. Your Dameranian will act as a ball of fire, bossing everyone around and ready for action.

Use positive reinforcement and teach your dog how to behave.

The Dameranian’s Diet

Since Dameranians are small-sized dogs that grow up to be about 10-20 lbs, you only have to feed them one cup of food a day.

This leads to you paying only up to a 1 dollar on food a day and a monthly cost of $25-$30.

How Much Exercise Does a Dameranian Need?

Dameranian looking up
The Dameranians shed their fur all over the place.

Take out your Dameranian out for a walk each day. Limit the times for each walk to be 20-30 minutes.

These dogs like to chase birds, and other small animals so keep them on a leash when they are in areas that might be unsafe.

You should take your Dameranian to a dog park. Your dog will have enough room to run freely and speak to other dogs.

By allowing them to play in a park, they become healthier and less likely to attack or bully small animals.

They are active and lively dogs, and they need a daily exercise schedule and also have them engage in activities such as playing and running not only to keep them fit but to make their senses and meet their chasing and hunting instincts.

You’ll have to assert yourself as the owner and the “alpha” of your pet.

You have to place strict codes of conduct while also rewarding them with positive reinforcement techniques when they display good behavior.

  • Leash: Get your Dameranian used to your leash/collar to prevent any behavioral issues which pertain to their natural hunting instincts.
  • Obedience Training: Once they learn how to follow commands easily, they should instantly be able to listen to you when you tell them “sit,” “come,” “stay,” or “stand.”
  • Grooming: Dameranians shed their fur throughout the year. The owner will have to use a vacuum cleaner so they can deal with the constant shedding. Brushing their frequently will reduce the chances of shedding and make their coat cleaner and softer.
  • Living Requirements: Dameranians can live in homes with yards or apartments. But, don’t leave them at home for more than 18 hours, as they will discuss separation anxiety. Because of this, owners who have enough time to take care of a dog should have a Dameranian.

Dameranian Health and Conditions

Since the Dameranian is a hybrid breed, it only receives the diseases from its parents. While its rare, Dameranians are proven to have these certain diseases:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Allergies
  • Bloat
  • Epilepsy

To avoid health issues you’ll have to give them a healthy diet, and constant exercise. Feeding them the right nutrients will strengthen their bones and prevent them from becoming epileptic.

When your Dameranian is a pup, you should give them food with a lot of protein. Puppies need this to grow fast and at a natural rate.

As your dog ages, you’ll have to take care of them by switching to lower calorie food to prevent them from becoming obese.

My Final Thoughts on the DameranianDameranian guide

Basically, the Dameranian is a fun, friendly dog that’s easy to train.

You’ll have to teach it at a young age so that it grows into those positive habits when they are older.

Remember, positive reinforcement is the key when dealing with Dameranians.

If you want a small dog that’s going to be energetic and social with others, the Dameranian is a great choice for you.

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