Numerous quality black females were mated to other color Pomeranian dogs in an attempt to breed sable Poms.
The black Pom is just as popular today, as it has been during any time in the history of the Pomeranian dog breed.
A Black Pom dog’s coat should consist of black guard hairs with a black undercoat and should be a “coal black” color. The Coat should be free of red, white-colored or brownish fur. The points ( eye rims, pads, lips and nose) must be also be black.
The guard hairs on a black Pom should be precisely the same color throughout the Pom’s coat. Exposure to sunlight can cause some burning to the coat, which will appear as red tinges on the fur of Pom dogs who spend long periods of time outdoors. The black Pom’s undercoat may possibly appear a lighter shade especially preceding shedding.
Black Pomeranian puppies often will have greyish tones to their coat during the coat change or puppy uglies stage. This is usually nothing to be concerned about, as when the adult coat comes in your puppy’s coat will usually be a solid, bright black color.
Breeding and Exhibiting Black Pomeranians
Many Black Poms have been big winners and the Black Pomeranian has also had a huge influence on the Pomeranian breed. Breeding black into the oranges and reds enhances the color clarity of the coat and improves pigmentation in only one generation. Black is also a helpful color to add to a white Pom breeding program.
Black is not a color, I personally like to show. I have found many judges appear to ignore a good black Pom in favor of the more popular orange and orange sable Pomeranian in the show ring. I have also found the black Pom to be more difficult to prepare for the show ring than the orange and orange sable Pomeranian. Another problem is the choice of contrasting color clothing for the handler. Never wear black or dark colored clothing when handling a Black Pom.
Black Pomeranian Coat Care
A black Pomeranian dog’s coat needs special care and attention if it is to look a glistening black in the show ring. The black Pom needs to be kept out of sunshine during the summer months to avoid any red tinges or sun burning of the this colored dog’s coat.
Avoid exposing your black show Pom to harsh sunlight will help the appearance of the black coat. The use of ordinary talcum powder for grooming is to be avoided. A good alternative to use on any black show dog is a black chalk block.
Black Pomeranians often have white or grey hairs appear at a young age on the muzzle area, so these dogs will look older than they actually are.
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References and Further Reading:
Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
Official English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard , 2017.
Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.