The Black Pomeranian was highly sought after in the early years of the Pomeranian breed. However it’s popularity declined when oranges and sable made their appearance in the Pomeranian dog breed. Numerous quality black females were mated to other color Pomeranian dogs in an attempt to breed sable Poms.
The black Pomeranian is just as popular today, as it has been during any time in the history of the Pomeranian dog breed.
The Black Pomeranian’s coat consists of black guard hairs with a black undercoat and should be a “coal black” color. The Black Pomeranian’s 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 bright black color.
Black is not a color I personally like to show as 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 Pomeranian to be more difficult to prepare for the showring than the orange and orange sable Pomeranian.
The black Pomeranian’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 black Pomeranian’s coat.
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References and Further Reading:
Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.