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Pom Information Puppy Purchase Guide

Differences Between Show Pomeranians And Pet Pomeranians

Do  Show Pomeranians And Pet Pomeranians look different ?

If your puppy originated from a Show Pomeranian breeder, pet quality pom pups and show dogs are often in the same litter. The differences between the two types of puppies are often very minor. The breeder will closely watch the litter develop and evaluate how close a puppy meets the Pomeranian breed standard.

You should get a copy of the “official breed standard”  because it specifically lays out everything to look for when it comes to the look of your Pomeranian and whether it meets official standards. Ethical show breeders strive to breed as close as possible to this breed standard, as well as doing extensive health testing and PROVE their Pomeranians in the show ring prior to breeding.

The unfortunate, and very sad, truth is that “breeders” who don’t show usually just breed dogs to produce pups. Every recognised breed of dog has a breed standard. These have been drawn up over a long period of time and, over the years the standards have been revised. Kennel clubs conduct shows to assist breeders to PROVE breeding dogs in the show ring prior to breeding.

Dog judges study the breed standard and look for sound dogs who conform as close as possible to that standard. In other words, the dogs who are sound, and look exactly how they’re supposed to look, win the high awards. Exhibiting their Poms gives breeders the opportunity to learn more about their breed, compare breeding programs and make important contacts with other breeders.

Breed Clubs often run health and grooming seminars in conjunction with their shows. Show Pomeranians compete in the show ring to enable breeders to compare breeding programs. Show dogs compete so they can be judged and measured to see which ones are closest to the breed standard. It’s an extremely important and essential breeding tool for breeders.

Show breeders select the best specimens of the breed to breed with. For example, a Pom breeder will decide, after doing everything required, which dogs meet the Pomeranian Breed standard and which don’t. Even very small problems such as: a curly tail or a tooth out of line means he’s better suited to being a pet or companion. If a Pom puppy is designated as a show prospect, this means he has no discernible flaws.

Owners will know which puppies may develop into show dogs and have a real shot at winning  events. If you’re purchasing a puppy from a show Pom breeder, there will be very little difference in the quality of the pups to the untrained eye. When you check out a show pom and compare it to a pet Pom purchased from a non-show breeder, there will be significant differences.

These are major points to look for:

Weight. A show Pomeranian: Should ideally weight 1.81 to 2.72 kgs. His weight generally will be between 1.6 and 3kgs.

Non-show breeder Pet Pom: Pet Pomeranians  purchased from non-show breeders, i.e. backyard breeders ( registered or not )  or puppy farms often mature much larger, even up to 4.53 kgs.

Pomeranian heads.

Show Pomeranian: Breeders strive to breed Pomeranians with the correct head proportions and, as a standard guideline, the head will measure 1:2 in the majority of show Pomeranians. Show Poms often have smaller and better set ears.

Non-show breeder Pet Pom: Pomeranians not purchased from show breeders usually have longer muzzles, flatter heads and bigger ears than Pomeranians bred from most show Pomeranian bloodlines.

Coat. Show Pomeranian:

A show Pom breeder will strive to breed correct coats. Most Poms from show breeders will have abundant, thick coats,with correct harsh guard hairs and dense undercoat.

Non-show breeder Pet Pom: Poms from non-show breeders, i.e. backyard breeders or puppy farms, generally don’t develop that very thick, correct double coat of the show dogs.


Show Pomeranian: Pomeranians bred from show bloodlines usually have high set, glamorous-coated tails.

Non-show breeder Pet Poms: often will have lower set curly tails.


Show Breeder Pomeranians often have thick-set chunky “Dolly Peg” type legs with small compact feet in comparison to the backyard/puppy farm Pom’s flat feet and lack of a thick leg coat.

Colour: The American Kennel club accept all colours in show events. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) claims that a merle-coloured Pom is a fault that disqualifies it. Despite all colours being “accepted, Judges will have variations in their preferences. Parti-coloured Poms are preferred to have a white blaze.


A Pom may have a flaw that obviously prevents him from becoming a show dog. Flaws may include: lower tailset than desired, poor body formation, too big or too small, an undershot/overshot bite and various others. Such dogs will be marked as pets and  they won’t be bred. Dogs unsuitable for shows still make fabulous, loving pets. To the untrained eye there is often no discernible difference between the two dogs.

A Pet Pomeranian.

It’s essential to understand that Pomeranians are amazing dogs. The “flaws” that make them unsuitable to become show dogs aren’t negatives. Nobody, human or animal, is perfect. Models and celebrities also have flaws. All dogs are loving and very special. Every Pomeranian is beautiful and should be cherished. Some Pomeranians are rescue dogs and carry scars from their past experiences. Poms of all sizes, shapes, colours, personality types, ages and unique quirks are beautiful creatures and will lavish you with unconditional love, and they deserve the same.

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