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The "Toy Munchkin" was basically a small Pomeranian with a shaved butt.

The "Toy Munchkin" was basically a small Pomeranian with a shaved butt.

Back in the late 90’s, when we had lots of money to spend trinkets and novelties, a new breed appeared on several shows. This dog looked very much like a Pomeranian in a lion clip.  This breed was called the toy munchkin, and it cost several thousand dollars.

And it was it really nothing more than very small Pomeranian or Pomeranian X Chihuahua with a shaved butt. Here’s a picture of one.

So for several thousand dollars you could get a small Pomeranian or Pomeranian cross with lion clip. Whoever came up with that idea was a genius, a puppy miller extraordinaire. All you have to do is breed very small Pomeranians or small Pomeranians to small long-haired Chihuahuas, which don’t cost that much to buy, house, or feed and can be easily hidden from the authorities, and then charge very high prices for their offspring, which you groom in an unusual way.

I’ve not seen this “breed” advertised in nearly ten years. The web community was smaller then, but I think word got out that this toy munchin business was a scam. After all, anyone who knows anything about dogs could obviously see that all they were doing was clipping a Pomeranian.

But I’d like to know how many suckers fell for the Pomeranian with a shaved butt. I bet they would also fall for that Nigerian bulldog scam.

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 You go on a business trip, and you see some cute puppies for sale. You buy one, thinking it is a Pomeranian. They are chocolate brown in color, which you think is a rare coloration in the Pomeranian dog.

As you raise this puppy, you notice some weird things. It never barks, and if you know any about Pomeranians, they are really vocal barkers. The tail continues to grow, and it never curls over the back in the way that Pomeranians typically carry their tails. The animal also changes color from a brownish color to solid white in winter. It also has a pervasive stench that even a regular bath cannot control.

Then you take the animal to the zoo, and the specialists there tell you that you don’t have a dog. The person who sold you this Pomeranian has sold you an Arctic fox.

  The fox now resides at the zoo, where, we hope, he will remain as an exhibit animal. However, the Arctic fox is raised for its fur, and China is a major fur producer. It is very possible that unscrupulous dog dealers are seling fur farmed animals as pets, because the market economy has opened up a new market for companion animals. The same sorts of scams existed in the early days of our dog fancy (and still do!). One of the earliest scams in Britain was selling docked curly-coated retrievers as standard poodles!

The pervasive stench that the “dog” gave off comes from the fox’s “violet gland” or precaudal gland. Domestic dogs have this gland, but it is inactive.   

Some dogs develop bald spots over this gland, while others, especially yellow Labradors, develop dark hairs around it. Here’s a page on the curly-coated retrievers that have a bald spot around that gland.

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