"he stooped to pet a sleazy Pomeranian"

The Pomeranian (or Pom) is a breed of dog named for the Pomerania region of Central Europe (today part of northern Poland and eastern Germany). It is a toy dog breed, but is descended from the larger German Spitz breed.

Poms have been popular with Royals since the 17th century. Queen Victoria owned a particularly small Pomeranian, and consequently the smaller variety became universally popular.