What are the colors of the Pomeranian?
- 1 What are the colors of the Pomeranian?
- 1.1 What color can a Pomeranian dog be?
- 1.2 1. Orange Pomeranian
- 1.3 2. Black Pomeranian
- 1.4 3.Blue Pomeranian
- 1.5 4. Brown, chocolate, or brown Pomeranian
- 1.6 5. Cream Pomeranian
- 1.7 6. Red Pomeranian
- 1.8 Sable Pomeranian
- 1.9 13. Lavender Pomeranian
- 1.10 14. Beaver
- 1.11 15. White Pomeranian
- 1.12 Color patterns in the Pomeranian breed
- 1.13 16 .Tan / Tan points
- 1.14 17. Brindle or variegated
- 1.15 18. Merle
- 1.16 19. Particolor
- 1.17 20. Piebald
- 1.18 21. Black Parti
- 1.19 Quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.19.1 Do Pomeranians change color?
- 1.19.2 What is the rarest Pomeranian color?
- 1.19.3 What is the most common color among Pomeranians?
- 1.19.4 Do all Pomeranians have black noses?
- 1.19.5 What is a mismarked Pomeranian?
- 1.19.6 Is there such a thing as an albino Pomeranian?
- 1.19.7 Can the color of the Pomeranian affect its temperament?
- 1.19.8 What is the best Pomeranian color?
- 1.19.9 Final thought
Those who are not very familiar with the Pomeranian breed mistakenly believe that these dogs are always orange. While orange is considered the most “classic” shade, the truth is that Pomeranians exhibit a whole rainbow of color.
From solid and dilute, to partis and marked, the Pomeranian is one of the dogs with the greatest number of possibilities when it comes to appearance.
If you want to become an expert, take a look at the following Pomeranian Color and Marking Guide, where you can learn to differentiate, for example, orange from a sable-orange.
What color can a Pomeranian dog be?
Both the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) and AKC (American Kennel Club) standards state that the Pomeranian dog can be any color. Specifically, 5 basic or main colors are mentioned – orange, brown, black, gray-maze and white – but the breed admits a wide spectrum of variations and patterns.
Let’s see what they are and what each looks like…
When it comes to identifying the true color of a Pomeranian, experts say it’s best to see the dog in person. Otherwise, it is very easy to get confused by not appreciating the different colors and shades of the coat.
1. Orange Pomeranian
As we mentioned at the beginning, orange is the most popular of all Pomeranian colors. But what some people don’t know is that there are many types of orange poms. This is a shade that can vary from very light to very dark.
For example, if the orange color is very deep, then it is considered a red Pomeranian (it is actually more rust than red). Other patterns may also occur, such as brindle-orange and orange-sable.
For show purposes, a uniform shade of orange in the mid-range is most desirable. The coat of the chest, tail, and legs may exhibit some degree of fading.
Typically, the orange Pomeranian puppy is born with a sable-colored coat, but this slowly begins to lighten and turn orange as the dog grows. When these sable shades do not fade, it is because it is an orange-sable specimen.
2. Black Pomeranian
The true black Pomeranian lulu should always have a black undercoat, dark skin, and a glossy black outer coat, without any markings. If there is a secondary color, then it is a part.
It should be noted that some black Pomeranians may have sporadic white hairs, almost always on the chest or between the paw pads. This is considered normal.
The skin points say the nose, lips, eye rims, and pads should be a deep solid black color.
Blue in the Pomeranian breed is a solid color, not so frequent, but very beautiful and admirable. According to experts, it is the result of diluted black.
These specimens have a blue-gray undercoat and an outer coat ranging from light to dark gray. Some have such a deep opaque blue tone that they give the impression of being black with areas of illumination.
How do you know if a Pomeranian is really blue? H3
The easiest way to tell is to look at its nose. All blue Pomeranians have a bluish skin tone; this is what differentiates them from black specimens. The other skin points (eye rims, pads, lips) will also have a blue tint. Some may have blue eyes.
Note: Sometimes the blue color may only be noticeable in bright sunlight.
In the case of exhibiting any additional color, it is likely a tricolor Pomeranian.
4. Brown, chocolate, or brown Pomeranian
In this case, brown is a very diverse color, which can range from a light shade, like a beaver, to darker cinnamon, chocolate, or brown. Most of the time it is a deep, even shade of brown.
As a rule, as long as the pigmentation of the skin is dark brown, we can say that we are dealing with a chocolate Pomeranian
5. Cream Pomeranian
The cream color can also vary quite a lot in Pomeranians. It can be very pale or slightly darker than white, reaching what is almost considered vanilla or light beige. Because of the coarse texture of the hairs on the outer coat, the top of the coat may appear darker.
How do you tell if a Pomeranian is a dark cream, rather than cinnamon or light chocolate? Again, just pay attention to the pigmentation of the skin. A cream Pomeranian will have black spots, while a chocolate Pomeranian will have brown spots.
Cream Pomeranian puppies are always white at birth. Their coat darkens as they mature.
6. Red Pomeranian
This popular small dog can also be red. Actually, it is not red, but a rusty orange shade. It is the deepest, darkest orange we can see in a Pomeranian’s coat. It is not such a common color, and in fact, can sometimes be difficult to identify.
The red Pomeranian should always have the fur points in black.
A sable Pomeranian should have at least 3 shades of color throughout its coat. Typically, the dog exhibits a solid base tone over which are distinguishable areas of grayish shading or shading formed by dark-tipped hairs. These shadings should be as consistent as possible, with no areas of clean color.
As we will see below, there are different types of sable pomeranian.
7. Pomeranian red-sable
Red-sable pomeranian has a coat with red shadings and dark-tipped areas.
8. Pomeranian orange-sable
Sable orange is one of the most popular Pomeranian colors. The dog exhibits a deep orange outer coat with black tips, as well as a cream or light orange undercoat. These dogs are usually very dark at birth.
9. Cream-sable Pomeranian
When they are born, cream-sable puppies have a silver-tinged appearance. This then changes to a cream shade with some degree of sable on the outer coat.
A cream-sable Pomeranian will always have black whiskers and fur points.
10. Wolf-sable or wolf-gray Pomeranian
For many Pomeranian admirers, the wolf-sable, wolf-sable, or wolf-gray is an impressive color. These specimens have a light gray undercoat and a darker outer coat with steel-gray hairs and black tips.
There should be no orange or cream shading over the gray base color.
The wolf-sable Pomeranian has black eye rims, nose, lips, and paw pads.
Chocolate-sable Pomeranians exhibit a brown base coat and a more intense outer coat with dark-tipped hairs.
12. Blue-sable Pomeranian
Similar to the other types of sable Pomeranians, specimens with blue coats, whose outer coat appears darker towards the tip of the hairs, are considered blue-sable Pomeranians.
13. Lavender Pomeranian
Lavender or lilac is popularly considered one of the most exotic colors in the Pomeranian breed. It is gray with purple, chocolate, and pink shades. Undoubtedly, it is a rather rare color. In fact, it is not usually accepted in show rings.
It is said that lavender pomeranian is obtained by breeding two dilute-colored dogs, such as blue and beaver. As in any other case, lavender can also be solid.
Beaver is a very interesting color. It is a diluted brown, which can vary from orange-brown to beige-cream. The quintessential beaver Pomeranian will exhibit a deep taupe color and a silver-blue tint to the coat tips.
A very distinctive feature is the pigment in the fur points. The nose, eye rims, lips, and pads are light brown (lighter than in the chocolate Pomeranian). Its eyes are hazel.
If the dog has black skin points, its eyes are dark or there is black in its coat, then it cannot be considered a beaver or chocolate Pomeranian.
15. White Pomeranian
Did you know that this beloved toy-sized dog can also be white? A true white Pomeranian should show a pristine snow-colored coat, with no spots or shadows on the coat. Otherwise, the dog should be considered as cream. And in case it has a secondary color, then it would be considered a part.
Note: Some parts pomeranian are solid white at birth. The secondary color may develop as the puppy grows.
Color patterns in the Pomeranian breed
16 .Tan / Tan points
The tan points pattern in the coat occurs in three basic colors: black, brown, and blue. That said, there are the black tan Pomeranian, the brown tan Pomeranian and the blue tan Pomeranian.
All three colors share the same distinct tan pattern. This pattern appears as well-defined rust-colored spots over each eye, on the muzzle, throat, chest, lower legs/legs, and under the tail.
The markings should be easily visible, and the richer the tan, the better.
17. Brindle or variegated
The brindle Pomeranian will have a pattern of dark stripes over a base color, which may be red, gold or orange. The stripes may be thin or thick. In some Pomeranians, this “striping” will only be evident on the back.
Another trait to consider is that brindles often have an extremely dark dorsal stripe.
The variegation can also appear in combination with other patterns in the coat, for example, in a black-and-tan Pomeranian or in a part Pomeranian.
The merle is a peculiar pattern, not only in Pomeranian but also in many other breeds. It can occur in almost any base color, hence there are blue-merle, red-merle, white-merle and, chocolate-merle Pomeranians.
If the dog has a part of the coat in solid color and another part with the merle pattern, then it is called a part-merle Pomeranian. Likewise, there may be a Pomeranian with a blue-merle and tan coat, i.e. with tan markings.
Regardless of whether the Pomeranian has the merle on the whole coat or only on a part of the coat, the coat in question will have a mottled appearance.
Another important element is eye and skin color. The merle gene affects the dark pigment in the eyes, causing these dogs to have light blue, dark blue, or light-medium brown eyes with indigo flecks.
The skin of the nose and paw pads often has pink and black speckles.
Any Pomeranian that has more than a small white spot is usually designated as part. The term “part” refers to the presence of two colors in the coat, one of which is white (preferred by the breed standard).
Pomeranian partis are very popular, as each dog is unique, exhibiting a quite noticeable pattern.
Some clubs and organizations are known to value certain parts more highly. For example, those with:
– White coat with 1 single secondary color.
– Uniform white color, with no spots or splashes in another shade.
– Symmetrical patches (example: white Pomeranian with a black patch on each leg).
– Symmetrical area of white hair across the head.
– Patches that match the skin points (example: a Pomeranian part with blue or blue-sable patches
should have corresponding blue points; one with brown or beaver patches should have brown points; one with patches of other colors should have black points).
– The genes that create a part can skip several generations. But, in the case of breeding two-part pomeranian, the result will always be part puppies.
– In general, 3 basic types of part patterns are recognized: piebald, extreme piebald, and Irish part.
The piebald Pomeranian is white with distinct patches of another color on the head, body, and base of the tail.
21. Black Parti
This type of Pomeranian will have very few spots, with 80% or more of its coat being white. The sparse patches usually appear on the head and the base of the tail
Quick answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Do Pomeranians change color?
Yes, Pomeranians are very prone to color change. This can occur subtly or, conversely, drastically. For example, a puppy that is white at birth may become a cream or orange Pomeranian. And another that looks dark may become lighter as it grows up.
Starting at 4 to 6 months of age, all Pomeranians undergo a molting phase. During this time, they lose their single layer of soft fur, which is replaced by the adult double-layered coat. It is here that the most noticeable color changes begin to show.
Common changes in the color of the Pomeranian dog
– Small spots of color become the most prominent color of the Pomeranian.
– The entire coat darkens.
– The entire coat lightens or fades.
– The typical shading effect of the sable color arises, increases, or disappears.
– The brindle pattern appears, increases, or disappears.
The process of change usually ends once the transition to the adult coat is complete, between 10 and 15 months of age. At that time, an owner will know what his Pomeranian’s true color is.
Consider that coat color can also change due to exposure to sunlight. If the Pomeranian stays in the sun for a long time, its color can develop new shades or fade. A clear example of this is the brown color that becomes lighter or reddish.
It is popularly said that to know the true color a Pomeranian will have, it is best to look at the color of both parents. However, this is not considered a reliable method, as color and markings can skip one or more generations.
Some experts recommend looking at the fur behind the ears, which seems to be a surer clue to guess what color it will be as an adult.
What is the rarest Pomeranian color?
According to the opinion of breeders and breed connoisseurs, the rarest Pomeranian colors are pure white and lavender. Compared to other colors and patterns, these are usually not easy to produce in a litter.
What is the most common color among Pomeranians?
The most common colors in the Pomeranian breed seem to be black, orange, chocolate, and sable (including their possible variants).
Do all Pomeranians have black noses?
No. There are variations to this rule. Chocolate, blue, and beaver Pomeranians have noses that are the same color as the coat, not black. That is brown, bluish, and beaver, respectively. This extends to the other fur points, such as lips, eye rims, and pads.
What is a mismarked Pomeranian?
Although the spectrum of accepted colors in the Pomeranian breed is very broad, those dogs whose coats have tiny white markings on a solid color are often called “mismarked”. This can occur in Pomeranians of any color.
Is there such a thing as an albino Pomeranian?
Yes, as with any other breed of dog, it is possible to obtain albino Pomeranians. This is a very rare occurrence, characterized by the absence of color due to the albinism gene. Albino specimens not only lack color in the coat; the skin points (nose, eyelids, lips) are also affected.
Typically, an albino Pomeranian will have such parts in pink, light brown, or gray. Some may even have spots.
Can the color of the Pomeranian affect its temperament?
So far there is no scientific evidence to indicate that coat color can influence temperament traits. While some owners claim that parti Pomeranians appear to be more intelligent, active, and outgoing, this has not been proven.
What is the best Pomeranian color?
Generally speaking, no Pomeranian color is considered better than any other. The vast majority of them are equally desired and accepted. However, it is cautioned that some colors, such as merle, may be more prone to health problems. This is especially true of the double merle Pomeranian (both parents are merles).
This dog has been noted to have a higher incidence of visual and hearing disorders, including partial or total blindness in one or both eyes, malformed eyes, deafness, and malformed ears.
We hope this article has helped you to learn about the wide variety of colors in the Pomeranian breed, how they differ and how you can identify them. Are you passionate about this topic?