How can you tell if the Pomeranian you’re about to buy, or the Pom you already own is truly purebred? There are a number of ways to determine whether this is the case.
If you purchase your Pom from a Show Pomeranian breeder, you’ll be given pedigree papers that guarantee your new puppy is a purebred.
There are a few reasons why a puppy may not be registered. One very common scam is to tell potential buyers that the puppy’s parents have the correct kennel club paperwork. However, what does “the paperwork” actually cover? Do the papers state that the puppy is microchipped? Does this mean kennel club paperwork? Or perhaps it’s to do with council registration. Have you actually seen these documents?
Lots of people get Pomeranians through adoption, taking the dog from a friend or relative or other sources where paperwork wasn’t supplied. If you’re in this situation, you should read the Kennel Club standards of breeding for Pomeranians. Then carefully examine the dog to check if he does meet the rigid standards required. However, this doesn’t prove he’s a purebred.
Rescue organisations frequently will advertise dogs as crossbred when they’re obviously purebred. The reason is that if paperwork isn’t available, that dog is regarded as crossbred.
One easy way to determine whether your dog is a true purebred is through DNA testing. Without the necessary paperwork, this is the only definitive way to prove the breed. This type of testing has become extremely advanced in recent years.
There are many kennel clubs that won’t register a dog unless a DNA test has been carried out. It’s not complicated or expensive to do.
There are numerous companies that can do this DNA testing and more are rising up all the time. The most common test is to do a mouth saliva swab. The sample is sent off for analysis and 2 to 4 weeks later the results will come back. Most vets can do this test for you.
DNA testing can determine if the dog is a purebred. If his origins aren’t known, the test can usually reveal the breeds of the dog’s parents. Do some research before choosing a testing company as pricing and accuracy rates can vary. If both parents are purebreds, it’s easier to identify a dog’s parents.
Your vet can arrange for the test to be done. He’ll take the samples and send them away. Once they come back, he can tell you the answers to your questions.
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