Pomeranian Coat Color Changes from Birth to Maturity

Pomeranian Coat Color Changes from Birth to Maturity

Pomeranian owners are often surprised at how the coat colour of their Pomeranian has changed from puppyhood, during the pom’s adolescent and finally the adult Pom colour. Experienced breeders know to check  the hair color behind the ears on pups. The actual colour of the hair behind a puppy’s ears is a reasonably accurate guide to the Pomeranian puppy’s adult coat colour. After more than 40 years breeding Pomeranians, I am often still surprised at Pom color changes from puppy to adulthood.

Some pups will have a dramatic coat colour change whilst others will have little change to coat color as an adult Pom.

Pomeranian Color Changes from Birth to Maturity

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White Pomeranians

White Pomeranians

White: A white Pomeranian should be a solid white color with no lemon or cream shadings. The guard hairs and undercoat is also white. White Pomeranians must have black eye rims, a black nose, black lips and also black pads. White Pomeranians are born ice white with all pink points. By the age of six weeks, these points should have darkened to black; however, the coat will remain snow white.

Cream, Orange and White Parti Colors and Light Orange, very young Pom puppies are frequently erroneously described as white.  Always look at the hair at the back of pup’s ears. is there any color other then snow white ? Biscuit or cream hair behind the pup’s ears usually means the puppy will turn out a cream or a very light orange Pom instead of ice white in color.  Small light biscuit patches on the pup’s coat may indicate the puppy is parti colored not white.

It can be difficult to ascertain the color of a Pomeranian pup until after the coat change at around 6 months.

Ice White Poms can be considered rare. Quality White Poms are usually very expensive owing to high demand. The most common Pom scam involves advertising white, teacup Pom pups, usually a female pup or puppies, which do not exist.

Read More about Pomeranian Puppy Scams and how to avoid being scammed by clicking here.

If your interest is how to breed snow white Poms and you enjoy a good challenge, you will find information on how to breed the white colored Pomeranian visit our Breeding Colored Poms page by clicking here.

Many have tried to breed show quality white Poms. The only really successful white breeders have concentrated solely on the white Pom. Numerous breeders, over the years have tried and quickly given up on this challenge. Breeding white to white can quickly produce problems, including Poms whose quality has reverted back to the old style Pomeranian, loss of pigmentation, lacking head and leg coat, poor coat quality and more. A study of old pedigrees will reveal past white breeders who gave up on breeding the Ice White Pom and used their white bitches to better advantage in an orange breeding program.

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White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian Puppies

White Pomeranian Puppies

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White Pomeranians

White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian

White Pomeranian Puppies

White Pomeranian Puppies

White Pomeranian Puppies

White Pomeranian

Brindle Pomeranians

Brindle Pomeranians

Pictured above: Brindle Pomeranian. Beau James Stripe Up The Band. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.

Pictured above: Brindle Pomeranian. Beau James Stripe Up The Band. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.

The Brindle Pomeranian: the base colour is gold, red, or orange-brindled with strong black cross stripes

Chocolate & Blue Sable Poms

Chocolate & Blue Sable Poms

Chocolate Sable Pomeranians have a chocolate base coat with darker chocolate guard hairs ending with darker tipping to the guard hairs. Blue Sables are blue base coat with dark blue guard hairs and again ending in  darker tipping to the guard hairs.

Chocolate sable Pomeranian puppy bred by Dochlaggie

Chocolate Sable Pomeranian.

Pictured above: Chocolate Sable Pomeranian. Beau James Gilded Choco Latte. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians. Chocolate Sable Pomeranian.

Blue Pomeranians. Photos and description.

Blue Pomeranians. Photos and description.

Blue in the Pomeranian is a solid colour.  Blue Poms have light to dark grey guard hairs and a grey undercoat and often have a bluish cast to the coat. Some Blue Poms can be such a dark shade of blue, that may look black in certain light unless compared to a genuine example of these colors.  

Blue Pomeranian puppies are usually born a silver color or may appear to be black.  Blue Pom pups develop a silver/grey undercoat and a darker slate grey outer coat as they mature.

Blue Pomeranians are diluted blacks and must have blue points (Eye rims, nose and pads ) . Blue Pomeranians are usually the result of breeding blacks together. In the event the coat is made up of any kind of additional colors the dog is appropriately termed as a parti-color or bi-color.

Blue Pomeranian

Pictured above: Blue Pomeranian. Beau James Prince of Tides. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians. http://www.beaujames-pomeranians.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blue Pomeranian puppy bred by Beau James Pomeranians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wolf Sable Pomeranians

Wolf Sable Pomeranians

Wolf Sable Pomeranians are a grey color. The coat of a  wolf sable Pomeranian consists of a light grey undercoat and the guard hair is a darker grey ending with black tipping. The grey undercoat and guard hairs can vary in color from silvery off- white to a light grey. The wolf sable Pom must not have any hint of orange in his coat.  Eye rims, nose, lips and pads (the points ) are black.

Identifying a True Wolf Sable Pomeranian

Too many Pomeranians are registered as Wolf Sable without proper verification. DNA color gene testing for the presence of the aw color gene can easily and quickly  prove whether a Pom is indeed a true wolf sable. Talk to your veterinarian who can organize DNA color gene testing. DNA color gene testing will detect if your Pomeranian is a true Wolf Sable or not.

 DNA testing is a helpful tool for breeders. Breeders wishing to breed the Wolf Sable Pomeranian are now able to select breeding pairs who both carry the wolf sable aw gene with absolute certainty.

Beginner Pom breeders sometimes mistakenly register an orange sable puppy as a wolf sable. Orange sable Pomeranian puppies often appear more grey than orange at six weeks of age. However, as they mature, the orange color will come through. Experienced Pom breeders know to check behind the puppy’s ears. The actual color of the hair behind a puppy’s ears is a reasonably accurate guide to the Pomeranian puppy’s adult coat color.

A true wolf sable Pomeranian is a rarity. Those wishing to purchase a wolf sable should ask that the color is proven via DNA prior to purchase.

The wolf sable Pomeranian usually has the harshest,  stand-off coat compared to the other colors in the Pom breed. 

Wolf Sable Pomeranians

Wolf Sable Pomeranians

Pictured above: Top photo wolf sable puppy and below wolf sable adult.

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Parti Coloured Pomeranians

Parti Coloured Pomeranians

Parti-color: is white with any other color distributed in patches with a white blaze preferred on the head. Ticking is undesirable.

Extreme Piebald: White with patches of color on head and base of tail.

Piebald: White with patches of color on head, body, and base of tail.

Irish: Color on the head and body with white legs, chest and collar. 

Particolored Pomeranians are the Mensa candidates of the Pomeranian World. If you have owned a parti color Pomeranian you will never want any another colour Pomeranian to share your life. I probably should have reworded that statement to read; if you have ever been owned by a Parti Pomeranian!

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References and Further Reading
[1] Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.

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