The parti color Pomeranian pattern has been in existence as long as we have had Pomeranians. Numerous vintage Pomeranian books and early artwork display parti Pomeranian pictures.
It seems there has always has been an issue with the Parti Pomeranians in the show ring. The early Pomeranian breed standards included this phase in their color sections.
“ In mixed classes where whole-coloured and parti-coloured Pomeranians compete together, the preference should, if all other points be equal, be given to the whole coloured specimen”.
The above phase still exists today in some Pomeranian breed standards, and has possibly made judges unsure about highly awarding dogs of this color pattern in the breed.
If your sole focus is doing lots of high profile show winning with your Pomeranian, my advice, unfortunately, is to avoid exhibiting the parti color Pomeranian and stick to showing the oranges and orange sables.
What is a Parti Pomeranian?
Parti color Pomeranians are white with other colors appearing on the body in patches. It’s preferred that they also have a white blaze on their heads. Markings on his head need to be symmetrical. Excessive ticking is regarded as a fault.
Parti colored Pomeranian’s points need to be the same color as his patches. What this means is that dogs with black points can be:
- Sable colored, cream, red, black, blue and red merle, brindle parti and orange.
- Dogs with blue points need to be blue or blue sable.
- Dogs that have brown color points will be beaver, brown or brown merle.
It seems that the parti colored Pomeranians are the most active, outgoing, and most intelligent members within the world of Pomeranians.
If you have ever been owned by a parti-Pom, you would never consent to be owned by a different colored Pom dog. My favorite Pomeranian color pattern is the parti Pomeranian. Once you have been owned by the Number One, you can’t settle for anything less.
Parti Pomeranians Are Easy To Identify
If your dog has a minimum of 50% white coloring on his body in a design, it IS a parti Pomeranian dog. If you own a sable or and orange Pomeranian with a white or buff undercarriage, it’s NOT a parti color Pomeranian dog.
A mismark is when a dog has less than 20% or traces of white markings but they are still parti colored Poms (genetically speaking). They’re invaluable in a parti breeding program.
Using a mismark to breed parti Poms can help avoid heavily white parti dogs. So Parti Pomeranian breeders don’t breed an almost white dog that may be deaf, sure, it’s a rare incident but it’s still possible.
If mismarks do carry the parti gene. They have the capacity for producing partis and probably will give birth to a litter of parti puppies if bred to parti colored dogs. If bred to other mismarks, they’ll often produce some partis in the litter and some mismarks.
Parti mismarks can be all colors and patterns including: cream parti Pomeranian, orange parti Pomeranian, black, sable, parti merle Pomeranian, black chocolate and white parti Pomeranian, tri parti Pomeranian and brindle.
The Three Types of Parti Pomeranians
There are three types of parti Pomeranians where white is listed as one of the colors:
1. Extreme Piebald Parti. This extreme piebald Parti is mostly white with patches of color on his head and base of tail.
2. A Piebald Parti Pom is white and has patches of color on his body, head and the base of his tail.
3. An Irish Parti Pomeranian has color on his body and head and white on his legs, collar and chest. Dogs that have more color pattern in their white markings are frequently referred to as Irish marked partis. They generally have a white chest, feet or legs, a neck band and a white tipped tail. They can sometimes also have a blaze.
Breeding Parti Pomeranians
The genes that create the Parti Pomeranian pattern are recessive to the solid color pattern gene.
Breeders typically focus on one of the two but seeing a recessive color may come from as far back as five or more generations, there can be a litter of solids and a single parti or an entire litter of partis and just a single solid.
Parti Pomeranian breeders can have dogs that are partly parti and it’s achieved by breeding a parti with a mismarked dog. Then they look solid and have a white colored chest. However, a mis-marked dog can produce properly-marked parti pups if the breeder breeds them to other parti dogs.
Breeding parti Pomeranians to partis will produce partis but probably will not improve breed type.
To breed quality parti Pomeranians, ideally mate a parti to a champion orange and keep the best of that litter and mate back to the best quality parti you can find. This might be a slow process and take several generations to achieve your goal. I have found breeding quality parti poms is quicker to accomplish than many of the other colored Pomeranians.
Another issue is undesirable “ticking” on the black and white partis, and I have found this very hard to breed out.
Parti Pomeranian size may be larger than normal show size Poms owing to some breeding practices. Parti Pomeranian price is usually similar to the price for orange Pomeranian puppies of similar quality.
Final Thoughts on Parti Pomeranians
I hope this information has answered all the questions you may have about this specific Pomeranian color pattern.
If you have other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
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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.
 Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
 Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
 William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
 E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
 Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.