The Pomeranian's popularity did not begin in modern times, but much earlier, in the 17th century. Despite being of German origin, the British royalty drew attention to the breed. It began with Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, who brought a large white Pom to England in 1761.
Queen Victoria visited Italy in 1888 and returned to England with four dogs, including a red sable dog named Marco after the explorer Marco Polo and a white bitch named Gina. Both dogs were entered in shows and met with success, and soon demand for Poms began to rise in England, particularly red sables that resembled Marco. At a certain stage the queen had 35 Pomeranians six of whom took part in Crufts 1891, the world's largest dog shows. When she was dying, the queen asked for her beloved dog, Tory, to be brought to her and she passed away holding him in her arms.
The famous scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, inventor of the gravity law, had a Pom named Diamond who toppled over a candle, burning some of the scientist's important work papers. He underwent a mental breakdown following the incident.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the renowned composer, dedicated one of his arias to a Pomeranian while Chopin wrote a piece dedicated to his friend's dog.
In modern times, Poms are very much in demand among actors and singers, mainly of the female gender. Eva Longoria, famous actress known for her role in Desperate Housewives has a Pom.
Gwen Stefani, successful singer, fashion designer and actress, really loves her Pomeranian bitch. Both Jewish actress Fran Dresher and Latino actress Carmen Electra are proud owners of Pomeranians. Singer Britney Spears has a female named Isable while Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls is the proud owner of Dady.
However, not only famous ladies own Pomeranians. One of the most renowned singers, Elvis Presley, had a Pom and macho actor Sylvester Stallone has a dog that accompanies him and his family. Other male actors including Alec Baldwin, Gerard Butler, Dolf Lundgren and Keanu Reeves also own Poms.
And why are celebrities drawn to the breed? There are several reasons. Firstly, the dogs are cute and sweet in appearance. They are close to their owners, love to be pampered and are even willing to be clothed in all sorts of clothes that other dogs wouldn't be caught wearing. Due to its compact size it can easily accompany its owners on their frequent trips, providing them with some stability in their lives.