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Differences Between The Pomeranian Show Dog And Pet Pomeranians

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Why Do Show Pomeranians and Pet Pomeranians Look Different?

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

You should obtain a copy of the “Pomeranian standard”  because it specifically lays out everything to look for when it comes to the look of your Pomeranian and whether it meets the official Pomeranian breed standard. Show Pomeranian AKC breeders strive to breed as close as possible to this breed standard.

Do extensive health testing. PROVE their Pomeranians in the show ring prior to breeding by participating in a Pomeranian competition. The unfortunate, and very sad, truth is that “breeders” who don’t show usually just breed dogs to produce pups for cash.

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Adult Pomeranian Dog

Every 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 Pomeranian show dog 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 Pomeranian breeders AKC.

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Show Dog Pomeranian And Pet Pomeranians

Pomeranian Show Dog Breeders Select the Best Specimens 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 mean he’s better suited to being a Pomeranian pet or companion. If a Pom puppy is designated as a show prospect, this means he has no discernible flaws.

Pomeranian show breeders will know which puppies may develop into Pomeranian 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. Other interesting subjects are the difference between teacup Pomeranian and Pomeranian? and the Pomeranian vs Spitz

Pomeranian Show Dog VS Pet Pomeranians

These are major points to look for:

Pomeranian Heads

  • Show Dog Pomeranian: Pomeranian champion breeders strive to breed Pomeranians with the correct head proportions and, as a standard guideline, the head will measure 1:2 in the most show Pomeranians. Show Poms often have smaller and better set ears.
  • Pomeranians as Pets: Pomeranians not purchased from show breeders usually have longer muzzles, flatter heads and bigger ears than Pomeranians bred from most show Pomeranian bloodlines.


Pomeranian Tails

  • Show Pomeranian: Pomeranians bred from show bloodlines usually have high set, glamorous-coated tails.
  • Pomeranians as Pets: often will have lower set curly tails.


  • Show Pomeranian AKC Breeders dogs 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.

Pomeranian Color:

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

Dog Show Pomeranian Qualifications Faults

A Pomeranian show dog may have a flaw that obviously prevents him from becoming a show dog

Pomeranian Dog Show Requirements Flaws Include:

  • Lower tailset than desired. 
  • Poor body conformation.
  • Size; too big or too small.
  • Mouth undershot or overshot bite.
  • And various other minor flaws.
Champion Pomeranian show dog
Champion Pomeranian show dog

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.

Another avenue, for those interested in competition events, is Pomeranian agility dog show events. 

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.

Final Thoughts on Pomeranian Show Dogs VS Pet Pomeranians

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, colors, personality types, ages, and unique quirks are beautiful creatures and will lavish you with unconditional love, and they deserve the same. 

If you would like to know more about Pomeranian show dog requirements, find details of the best Pomeranian breeders and the next Pomeranian dog show in your area, contact your nearest Pomeranian Club.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Denise Leo "The Pomeranian Handbook".
[2] Milo G. Denlinger "The Complete Pomeranian".
[3] Kimbering Pomeranians "1891-1991".
[4] E. Parker "The Popular Pomeranian".
[5] Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
[6] Official English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard , 2017.

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Why Do Show Pomeranians and Pet Pomeranians Look Different
Why Do Show Pomeranians and Pet Pomeranians Look Different