The Pomeranian is a small breed now, but believe it or not, these dogs are descendants of larger arctic working dogs that would complete tasks such as pulling sleds, guarding houses, and protecting livestock on the farms. These working dogs were originally white. But as time passed, the dogs were bred to become smaller and more colorful. Today, Pomeranians typically weigh less than 8 pounds when fully grown, and they come in a wide variety of different coat colors.
You can still find the completely white Pomeranian in existence today. But other colors have started to take center stage over the years. In fact, there are so many different color options out there that the American Pomeranian club acknowledges all colors and patterns as the standard. Are you wondering what coat colors you might come across when looking for a Pomeranian to adopt? Or maybe you’re simply curious about all the different colors of Pomeranians throughout the world? Either way, keep reading for an overview of the Pomeranian’s coat colors.
Standard Pomeranian Colors
Pomeranians come in seven colors, although these can be mixed and matched into different combinations.
Those 7 colors are:
These cute dogs come in different shades of red, from a burned orangish-reddish color to a dark red brick shade. Some people relate red Pomeranians to the color of rust. It can be easy to mistake an orange Pomeranian as a red one if the orange hue is deep enough. Those looking to adopt a red Pomeranian should have the prospective puppy inspected by a professional to determine the true coat color.
Orange Pomeranians tend to be born with a whitish coat that may have tan qualities. As the puppies age, their coat becomes darker until it reaches a bright, beautiful orange hue as an adult. Some orange Pomeranians display multiple different tones of orange within their coat that gives them a more pronounced, rich look.
These Pomeranians are one of the most popular among owners and enthusiasts alike. Tan Poms are quite common, so they’re typically sold for less than other colored dogs when ready for adoption. Tan dogs are typically light in color and could display white markings on the chest and legs.
This colored dog is just a shade lighter than a tan dog. In fact, some people mistake darker cream pooches for tan ones. But on the other hand, many cream Pomeranians are so light they look almost white, especially in the sunlight. One would have to look for the cream coloring of the coat.
Although rarer than most of the light-colored pups, black Pomeranians are well loved by families everywhere. True black Pomeranians display no other color on their body, including on their eyes, nose, and lips. Dogs that feature tan paws or chests are usually referred to as black and tan. Dogs featuring white marking on the chest are referred to as having a black mis-mark pattern. Those with even just a little white and tan coloring are considered tri-colored.
The coat of a brindle Pomeranian consists of a solid base color with multiple striped overlays of a different color. The base coat color is typically orange or red, and the striped overlays are always black. The points of the dog’s coat should also always match the main coat color. The black striping could be displayed all over the body or only parts of it. As a Pomeranian grows into adulthood, the stripes could start to appear broken due to a long hair length.
Merle isn’t really any one color. In fact, the term is used to describe a multi-colored coat pattern that looks like the color has been “splashed” on. Merle coloring can be displayed on almost any base color. A tan coat with splashes of black, brown, red, or grey is an example of a merle coat. Depending on the splash color, these dogs may be referred to as having coats of red merle, cream merle, chocolate merle, and so on. This coat color isn’t common but is highly sought-after due to its uniqueness.
Commonly mistaken for cream- or chocolate-colored dogs, beaver Pomeranians have coats that are light to dark brown. But they are distinguished by their skin pigmentation. A beaver Pomeranian’s paw pads, lips, nose, and rims of the eyes are all feature a beige/brown pigmentation. Any Pomeranian with black markings does not qualify as a beaver color even if they display the beige/brown pigmentation.
Simply put, parti Pomeranians have more than one color of hair throughout their coat. The ideal parti Pomeranian is predominately white with colored patches of hair covering their bodies. The colored patches on a parti pooch can be of any color within the Pomeranian color spectrum. Their nose, lip, and eye pigmentations tend to match the colored patches.
Sable isn’t a color itself. This term refers to dark-tipped hair that some Pomeranians display. Sabling can be found on Pomeranians with just about any color base coat. The dark tips on a sable Pomeranian don’t necessarily have to be black, they could be dark chocolate or orange instead. Almost all sable Pomeranians display sabling along the back, but it may or may not show up anywhere else on the body.
The sabling on a Pomeranian can be light and barely noticeable, or it can be dark and thick and hide the base undercoat from view. So, a Pomeranian with a tan coat may show subtle dark tips that are barely noticeable, especially if the sabling is orange. They’d simply look like a tan dog. Or, they could be covered in thick chocolate sabling that makes them look darker than they really are.
No matter what color a Pomeranian is, they’re sure to have a multi-faceted personality and display a great deal of affection toward those who give them affection in return. These dogs can be as colorful as their adaptable personalities. Every colored Pomeranian has the potential to be a show dog with the right upbringing, training, and diet.
Are you planning on adopting a Pomeranian? If so, what color are you considering? What color Pomeranian do you already own? We would love to hear your plans, thoughts, and experiences in the comments section below!
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