There are TWO types of Cream Pomeranian
Let us look at the first type of Cream Pomeranian. This dog is born white or very light cream and darkens to a cream in color. In this dog breed, the color cream is probably best described as being an extremely pale orange. Creams should be self-coloured, with no white breechings. Because of the harsher texture of the guard hairs, the top coat may appear darker.
Breeders will observe these puppies are typically white at birth, and that their color will darken as they develop. All Cream Pomeranians must possess black eye rims, nose, lips and pads.
The Cream Sable Pomeranian
This second type of cream in this breed is the cream sable and this is one of the most delightful colors in the Pomeranian breed. The stark contrast between the cream colored undercoat and the harsh, standoff guard hairs combined with dark eyes and black points is joy to behold.
A cream sable Pomeranian is born a sooty grey. The grey fades until the Pom, at around 8 months of age appears as a cream Pomeranian dog with black tipping to the guard hairs and a cream, fluffy and full undercoat. The sable tipping to the Cream Sable Pom’s coat will often fade as the dog ages.
Cream Sable Pomeranian dogs must have black points i.e. black eye rims, a black nose, black lips and also black pads.
Color differences between a cream sable and a wolf sable Pomeranian dog may sometimes be confusing. A cream sable Pom dog should not possess grey tones in the undercoat, just clear cream. If you find the colours reversed, this is called a reversed sable.
Breeders and also often owners are often confused when identifying whether a Pomeranian is a cream sable Pom or is a wolf sable Pomeranian.
If in doubt whether a Pomeranian is a cream or a wolf sable DNA testing is available and will quickly remove any uncertainty. Ask your Vet for details on DNA testing. DNA testing is quick and painless, usually just involving a swab inside the dog’s mouth.
Light Orange Pomeranian Puppies May Look Similar to Cream Sable Pomeranian Puppies During the First Few Weeks After Birth
For the first few weeks it is very difficult to tell the difference between a cream sable Pomeranian and an orange Pom. Even long-time experienced Pomeranian breeders may be unsure of the color of newborn Pomeranian puppies.
As a long-time Pom dog Breeder, I like to wait until puppy is 12 weeks before applying for puppy litter registration. Around 12 weeks of age, I have a much clearer idea of the adult color this Pomeranian puppy will be.
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References and Further Reading:
Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard , 2017.
Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.