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Complete Black Pomeranian Dog Information

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In this article, I’ll discuss Pomeranian dog breed history, genes and other elements that help create the popular black Pomeranian. Black is a beautiful Pom dog color so it’s important to know what to expect if that’s what you want when you being to search for a puppy.

This article will explain complete details of the black Pomeranian dog. Black Pomeranian history, black Pom care and any extra grooming requirements necessary for black Pomeranians explained. Information on Black Pom dog genetics and all about breeding black Pomeranians.

Are you considering adding a Black Pomeranian to your family? As a breed, Pomeranians are among the most diverse, with colors such as: brown, orange and white.

However, black is the color many people look for, when viewing colors for a new Pom family member. Black Pomeranians are not seen as a different Pom breed but as a variation on available colors.

Apart from the prominent coat, puppy characteristics will be the same, regardless of the color of their fur. As a toy dog, Pomeranians are a much-loved and extremely popular choice because they’re loyal, highly intelligent and possess huge personalities, making them a fine four-legged new family member.

Black Pomeranian Dog Appearance

The Black Pomeranian should appear to be a “coal black” color. A Black Pomeranian adult dog’s coat should be free of any red, white-colored or brownish fur. The points ( eye rims, pads, lips and nose) must be also be black.

Solid black Pomeranian dogs must possess a double coat. This double coat consists of long, harsh black guard hairs with a soft, fluffy black undercoat.  

Black Pomeranian dog guard hairs on an adult, all black dog should be precisely the same color throughout the dog’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.

A black Pom dog’s undercoat may possibly appear a lighter shade especially preceding shedding.

A black Pom dog will usually have white patches in the coat, even if it is only one or two hairs on the chest area. Mismark Pomeranian puppies are usually the result of using a black and white Pomeranian ( what is called a black and white parti Pomeranian) in the breeding program.

Examples of a Pomeranian usually referred to as a mismark are a black pom with one white leg, or white feet or a white collar and blaze. 

Black in the Pomeranian also includes the Pomeranian patterns parti color, which is white with black patches, brindle Pomeranians and the black and tan Pomeranian dog.

Black  and Tan Pomeranians: As the name suggests, are black coloured poms with rust or tan markings. 

Here at Dochlaggie, I have owned, bred and exhibited numerous black Pomeranians over a period of many decades and have found the black poms seem to have a temperament and personality all of their own.

Important Black Pomeranian Facts

  • Black is a solid color.
  • Are black Pomeranians rare? The answer is NO!
  • Black Pomeranian should be kept out of the sunlight to avoid reddish shading on coat tips.
  • The black Pomeranian is one of the original Pomeranian breed colors.
  • Newborn black poms are black.
  • A Black Pomeranian won Best in Show at the American Pomeranian Club’s very first show.

Black Pomeranian Puppies

Black Pomeranian Puppies
Black Pomeranian Puppies

Some Pomeranian black 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 the Pomeranian pup’s coat will usually change to a solid, bright black color.

Are Black Pomeranians Rare?

The all black Pomeranian color is just as popular today, as it has been during any time in the history of this dog breed.

All black Pomeranians are NOT one of the rare Pomeranian colors. Although, not a rare Pomeranian, a black Pom dog is not as common or popular as the orange Pomeranians and orange sable Pomeranians. Black Poms still have many fans who would not own or even show another colored Pomeranian.

Where Can I Buy a Black Pomeranian?

Puppy buyers who wish to purchase a black teacup Pomeranian puppy are advised to contact a reputable Pomeranian breeder.

How Much is a Black Pomeranian?

As a Pomeranian breeder, my black Pomeranian puppy price is the same as the other standard Pomeranian colors. All breeders have different Pomeranian prices.

History of the Black Pomeranian Dog

Black Pomeranians were highly sought after in the early years of this breed. However the popularity of the black Pom declined when orange and sable Pomeranians made their appearance in the Pom dog world.

Pomeranian breeders desperately wanted to breed and exhibit the highly desirable orange and orange Sable Pomeranians.

Pictures of black Pomeranians
Pictures of Black Pomeranian Adult Dogs

The original colors in the Pomeranian breed were the white Pomeranian, black Pomeranian and cream Pomeranian. In 1803, William Taplin published “The Sportsman’s Cabinet” and mentions the black Pomeranian dog not being seen as often as the white Pomeranian and other colors.

“POMERANIAN; or, WOLF-DOG. The dog so called in this country is but little more than eighteen or twenty inches in height, and is distinguished by his long, thick, and rather upright coat, forming a most tremendous ruff about the neck, but short and smooth on the head and ears; they are mostly of a pale yellow, or cream-color, and lightest on the lower parts.

Some are white, some few black, and others but very rarely spotted; the head broad towards the neck, and narrowing to the muzzle; ears short, pointed, and erect; nose and eyes mostly black; the tail large and bushy invariably curled in a ring upon the back. Instances of smooth, or short- coated ones are very rarely seen; in England he is much more familiarly known by the name of fox-dog, and this may originally have proceeded from his bearing much affinity to that animal about the head; but, by those who in their writings describe him as a native of Pomerania, he passes under the appellation of the Pomeranian-dog.”

[6] William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.

Early in the history of the breed, black Pomeranian breeders mated numerous quality black Pom females to any other color Pomeranian dogs in an attempt to breed sable Poms. 

No longer did the white Pomeranians and black Pomeranians rank top position in breeding programs and the show ring. Now there were other colours such as orange, sable, blue and chocolate as well.

Black Pomeranians
Black Pomeranians

Black Pomeranian Grooming and Black Pom Coat Care

Grooming a black Pomeranian is a little more difficult than the standard or orange or orange sable Pomeranians. This color dog’s coat needs special care and attention if it is to look it’s best in the show ring. 

The black pom is another colored Pomeranian dog who needs to be kept out of direct sunshine during the summer months to avoid any red tinges or sun burning of the dog’s coat.

Dog coat conditioning sprays containing sunscreen are a must have item to maintain coat condition for a pure black Pomeranian. I personally recommend and use the following dog grooming products.

Recommended Coat Care Products For Black Pomeranians

Avoid exposing your black Pom to harsh sunlight will help the appearance of the black coat. Using ordinary talcum powder for grooming is to be avoided. A good alternative to use on any black Pom show dog is a black chalk block.

White or grey hairs often appear and very noticeable at a young age on the muzzle area of dark sable and black adult Pomeranians, so these dogs will look older than they actually are.

Breeding and Exhibiting Black Adult Show Pomeranians

During the past 100 years, many black toy Poms have won top awards. A black Pomeranian, Champion Banner Prince Charming owned by Mrs. Frank Smythe won Best in Show at the very first American Pomeranian Club Championship Show.

Early Champion Black Pomeranians

Champion Banner Prince Charming and Banner His Lordship
Champion Banner Prince Charming and Banner His Lordship
Photo of Champion Banner Prince Charming
Champion Banner Prince Charming

Recent Important Black Pomeranians

Many black Pomeranians have contributed and greatly influenced the breed. A recent top winning Pomeranian dog black, was Best in Show Champion Finch’s He Walks on Water. Known at home and to his fans as Travis. Travis has been described as the biggest winning black Pom in the history of the breed. Travis was the winner of 12 Best in Show awards and sired 67 Pomeranian champions.

The Pomeranian in black is an important addition to any Pomeranian breeding program. Breeding a black Pom into the oranges and red Pomeranians enhances the color clarity of the coat and improves pigmentation in only one generation.

Pomeranian dog black is also a very helpful color to add to a white Pomeranian breeding program. Most successful Pom kennels will include at least one black to use to improve and maintain these very desirable Pomeranian dog qualities.

Personally, I don’t like showing a Pomeranian black dog. I have found many judges appear to ignore a good black in favor of the more popular orange and orange sable in the show ring. I have also found that blacks can be more difficult to prepare for the show ring than the orange and orange sables.

Another problem is the choice of contrasting color clothing for the handler. Never wear black or dark colored clothing when handling any black dog. Light and bright clothing is a much better choice for handlers of dark colored dogs.

Breeding Black Pomeranians

When you attempt to breed black Pomeranians, what you want will determine what you do. If you want to keep the intensely dark black pigment, don’t breed with Pom dog dilution genes.

The ideal choices to breed quality black Poms are other black Pomeranians, black and tan Pomeranians, dark orange sable Pomeranians, red sable Pomeranians, and intense red Pomeranians.

If you plan to breed black Poms with black Pomeranians for numerous generations without including sable genes, it’s likely that the texture of the coat will be lost, but the black intense pigment will remain.

Black Pomeranian Genetics

Black is actually a self-color, meaning the dog is only a single color, and the coat has an extreme black pigment. In Pomeranians, the dominant K allele is the typical reason. However, there have been some incidents (within the Pom breed) of the recessive black (a).

Black Dilutes and Recessive Genes

When other recessive genes exist, a dog that’s solid black can become other colors such as: blue (dd), solid chocolate (bb), and if the dog has both, the result is isabella/lavender (bbdd). If two recessive genes that are clear orange (ee), are also present, the dog will become clear orange and completely mask the black gene (K).

Pictures of Black Pomeranian Dogs and Pictures of Black Pomeranian Puppies

Black Pomeranian Puppies bred by the Author.
Black Pomeranian Puppies bred by the Author.
Black Pomeranian pictures. Picture of the Author showing a Champion Black Adult Pomeranian
Black Pomeranian pictures. Pictures of the Author showing a Champion Black Adult Pomeranian

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
[2] English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard , 2017.
[3] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook“.
[4] Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
[5] Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
[6] William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
[7] E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
[8] Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.

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