Pomeranians are a highly sought-after breed thanks to their small size, adorable and fluffy coats, and their tendency to pack a big attitude and personality into a small package. They also make great pets for apartment dwellers, and they’re generally good with families.
For those who are looking for the classic Pomeranian aesthetic in a larger or less spunky dog, there are a handful of breeds that look similar to Pomeranians but have wildly different personalities. If you’re looking for a whole lot of fluff but less of the attitude you’d expect from a Pom Pom, consider these breeds below.
The Samoyed is actually a close relative of the Pomeranian, and one look at their abundant fluff and wedge-shaped, Pomeranian-like face will prove it! These dogs can be willful just like their smaller ancestors, but they are generally more accepting of people — including strangers — and will be abundantly friendly to all they meet. They’re less spunky but still have a wonderful, fun-loving personality.
2. Japanese Spitz
These pups so closely resemble the Samoyed that they’re referred to as the Mini Samoyed, and they have a nearly identical appearance to the Pomeranian, including their small size. These pups are wonderful family pets just like the Pom Pom, and their personality is more loving and loyal with less of the attitude you’d expect in a Pomeranian.
3. Finnish Spitz
Another Spitz on our list, this breed looks remarkably similar to the Pomeranian with its wedge-shaped face, pointy ears, and curled tail. These dogs tend to be larger and less fluffy than Pomeranians, and they can be more difficult to train given their independence and intelligence. We think their cuteness more than makes up for it though!
4. German Spitz
Of all of the Spitz breeds, this one looks the most like the Pomeranian. Roughly equivalent in size, stature, and fluff level, these pups resemble Pomeranians in their attitude as well. This is a strong-willed breed that can be sassy and difficult to train, but their small size and appearance make them easy to love.
The Pomsky is a mix between a Pomeranian and a Husky, and the result is a beautiful and adorable dog that often has the quintessential Husky coloring. This breed inherits much of its personality from the Pomeranian, so you’ll find these dogs to be energetic and full of attitude. They get their affection and love of humans from both parents, so no matter what, this dog will have a lot of love to give.
The Keeshond closely resembles the classic Pomeranian look but in a larger package. These dogs are highly affectionate and love human interaction just like the Pom Pom, and their intelligence can lead to some mischief that can be reminiscent of the Pomeranian’s personality and attitude. It’s all in good fun though, and these dogs bring a lot of joy to their families.
The Schipperke hails from Belgium and looks just like a Pomeranian but with a longer snout. These dogs are adorably fluffy and have perky ears and a curled tail like the Pom Pom, but they tend to be less spunky. They often act like puppies for several years, so you’ll still get a bit of mischief and a whole lot of playfulness. They love people and make wonderful family pets.
8. American Eskimo Dog
This dog belongs to the Spitz family of breeds, so their resemblance to the Pomeranian is uncanny. They tend to be larger but are still considered a small dog, and they have the recognizable wedge-shaped face, curled tail, and abundantly fluffy coat like the Pomeranian. This breed boasts much of the same spunk and energy as the Pom Pom as well.
9. Finnish Lapphund
This breed can reach sizes nearly double that of the Pomeranian, but their appearance is very similar. They have triangular faces, small and perky ears, a curled tail, and beautiful, fluffy coat. Their fur is longer and straighter than that of the Pomeranian, and they often have milder attitudes. They still love energetic play and human interaction.
The Pomeranian is an adorable and instantly recognizable breed that exhibits a ton of attitude despite its small, unassuming size. They’re lovable and friendly, and they’re great with kids.
Many of these qualities show up in their close ancestors like the Spitz line of dogs. These other breeds are sometimes more desirable to those who love the look of the Pomeranian but would prefer some of their personality and spunkiness be dampened a bit. Regardless of the Pom Pom look-alike you choose, you’re bound to get the loving and affectionate personality traits that come along with the Pomeranian…and most of the fluff!