If this is the question you have asked yourself lately, congratulations! It means that you are taking the decision of getting a dog seriously. You are right: it is serious. One should never get a dog on a whim.
To put it shortly, here is the answer to your question:
You can get a German Spitz or a Pomeranian even if you are single. However, getting any dog while you are single does come with certain considerations. The real question should be, are you ready for the commitment?
Getting a German Spitz or a Pomeranian as a single person means that you are the only one responsible for the furry friend. Even if you have family/friends helping you, ultimately you are expected to do everything by yourself. It is not easy and most likely it means that you are going to have to make changes to your lifestyle.
Working long hours while owning a German Spitz or a Pomeranian
Many of us are working long hours; especially those young (single) professionals who like to do well in their careers. Then when we do get off from work, instead of heading straight home we may opt to go enjoy dinner, maybe a glass of wine, or maybe we’re feeling super good and we head to the gym instead.
But, when you get a dog, this simply is no longer possible. If your dog already gets to spend 8 – 9 hours alone while you work (which is still doable), he cannot be left alone for much longer. You simply need to head home straight from work to take your dog out for a walk. If you decide to get a puppy, then it is even worse because the puppy needs more frequent bathroom visits and more frequent feeding times than an adult dog does.
You may think that you can first head home from work, then take the Spitz out, and then go exercise in a gym. But think again. Your dog has already spent the day alone waiting for his sole companion to come back home – only to be left alone again. Would you be happy if somebody treated you that way?
I can tell you from personal experience that having to work, trying to have a social life, and owning a dog – all of this at the same time – is really, really hard while you are single. You obviously need to forget about the partying lifestyle when you get a dog, but it’s about more than that. If you go to work, it’s pretty much impossible to do much else unless you have people who want to help you. It’s so much easier if there are other family members because then there is a greater chance that there will be somebody in the house with the dog. But if you are single, there is nobody but you.
You could try doggy daycare services if you have those nearby where you live. If you get a puppy he will soon get used to this routine and will probably love the daycare, and you won’t have to feel guilty every time you go out in the evening. You could try dog sitting services with a professional or maybe with a relative or a friend of yours.
However, then there’s always the question of why you would want to get a dog in the first place if you never get to spend time with him. With a dog, you simply have to become the person who enjoys spending time with your dog instead of partying out in a club. There’s no way around this. Are you willing to make the change?
I am lucky enough to be able to work from home and I am not the only one having this possibility in this day and age. Working from home allows me to spend the entire day with my German Spitz and to take him for a long walk in the middle of my working hours. And that gives me more flexibility to have other hobbies, too (even though most of my hobbies include my dog, to be honest).
I suggest you read my other article:
Covering the expenses alone – are you ready for it?
If you decide to buy your dog from a reputable breeder who knows exactly what they are doing and is taking excellent care of their dogs (with all of the health checks needed) it is clear that the puppy will cost you quite a bit. But even if you decide to adopt, getting a dog is by no means cheap. The cost of the dog does not end with the initial price you pay for your German Spitz, either.
The list is long. The puppy will obviously need all kinds of things, like a leash, a brush, a nail clipper, toys, shampoo, etc. He will also need vaccinations, veterinary clinic visits, and food – and not for the next month or so but possibly even for the next 15 years!
I have written an article where I go through these initial expenses. You can go read it by clicking this link:
However, even I didn’t dare to make the real calculations where I would go as far as putting together a sum of all of the possible expenses during the dog’s entire lifetime. As a dog owner, I’m scared to face the enormous amount of money that would be.
But you’ll get the idea. It’s a lot of money.
When you are single, you are not only taking care of yourself alone but you are also the only one providing for your dog. You will have to be prepared for all of the possible outcomes because you never know what life is going to throw at you. Maybe you get laid off? Maybe you get sick? Or maybe your dog gets sick and needs surgery? What do you do to make sure you are able to take care of your German Spitz/Pomeranian, at all times?
- Save for a rainy day. It’s always a good idea to have some money saved up just for the dog. If something happens and he needs immediate care you can take him to the clinic and be sure you are able to pay for the treatment he’s been given.
- Get insurance for your dog. I know it’s expensive but surgeries are even more expensive. With insurance, you don’t have to think about the expenses. (Trust me, get insurance! I’ve got first-hand experience: something will surely happen when you don’t have it!)
What will happen for you in the future? Marriage, kids?
At best, a German Spitz/Pomeranian can live up to 15 years of age. That is a long time even in the life of a human being. A lot can happen during that time.
Let’s say you are 25 now and single. But let 15 years pass by and you will be 40. Are you still going to be single? Maybe, maybe not. Do you have kids? Maybe, maybe not.
Even if you cannot know answers to those questions you should be somewhat prepared and think about those things before you get a dog.
Would a small Pomeranian be too small of a dog for a kid or several kids? Would a German Spitz Mittel be a better choice?
Will you have time for a dog when you have a baby?
How are you going to make sure that your dog will still get everything he needs when you are not single anymore? You are not going to forget about your dog once you are in a relationship, are you?
Getting a German Spitz/Pomeranian while you are single is not easy, as demonstrated in this blog post. However, I have done it and I have no reason to believe you would not be able to do it, too.
Sure, it won’t be easy but why should it be? Sharing a life with a dog is so rewarding that you will soon forget about any obstacles there may be on your way.
You should also keep in mind that a dog is the best possible companion and German Spitzes, as loyal as they are, even more so than some other dog breeds. You will never be alone when you get one (not even in your bathroom!). You will also never feel lonely.
Besides, a dog will force you to spend more time outside and will possibly even take you to a doggy school where you will meet other people like you. Who knows, maybe your German Spitz will become just the little match-maker you need?