Black Pomeranians can live for anywhere between 12 years and 16 years. This is the same expected lifespan for any other purebred Pomeranian.
However, the fact that a lot of interbreeding within litters is done to produce the very rare Black Pomeranian, there are some health issues that may occur more commonly in Black Poms than other color varieties.
For some perspective on what you can expect in terms of your Black Pomeranian’s health, here are some of the common health issues that they face.
Patella luxation is a joint disease that is very common in small dog breeds including toy pooches like the Black Pomeranian. It occurs when the patella bone in the knee joint becomes loose which then results in instability of that joint and the limb.
If not addressed, this will interfere with the Black Pomeranian dog’s active lifestyle and could result in complications like arthritis.
Entropion is an eye condition in Black Pomeranians where the eyelid rolls inwards on itself. This brings the eyelashes into contact with the eyeballs and could cause irritation or, in severe cases, corneal ulceration.
Entropion can either affect one or both eyes of the Black Pomeranian and it is a condition that will require prompt veterinary attention for the dog.
Congenital Heart Diseases
One of the most common congenital heart issues in Black Pomeranians is a disease known as patent ductus arteriosus. This is a small duct that connects two of the great vessels of the heart while the Black Pomeranian puppy is still in the womb. In normal puppies, the duct will obliterate within a few days of the Black Pomeranian being born.
If this fails to happen, the resulting exchange between oxygenated and deoxygenated blood could lead to several health complications, not limited to, shortness of breath, severe coughing, lethargy, and exercise intolerance.