After more than 47 years of breeding Pomeranians, I am often still surprised at the Pomeranian color change from puppy to adulthood.
It is not surprising many Pomeranian owners are also surprised at how the coat color of their Pomeranian has changed from puppyhood, during the pom's adolescence, and finally the adult Pomeranian colors.
Pomeranian Puppy Colors Explained
Pom puppies usually go through a Pomeranian fur color change at the time of changing from puppy Pomeranian fur to adult Pomeranian coat.
The Pomeranian puppy color change lasts a few months and some breeders refer to this as the Pomeranian puppy uglies or puppy transition.
Experienced breeders usually have a good idea of true adult Pomeranian color and know to check the hair color behind the ears of Pomeranian pups.
The actual color of the hair behind a Pom puppy's ears at only a few weeks of age is a reasonably accurate guide to the Pomeranian puppy’s adult coat color.
Pomeranian puppy owners concerned about what color their Pomeranian puppy will be should chat with their breeder about any concerns.
Pomeranian Puppy to Adulthood Coat Color Change
Pomeranian Color Change
Some colored Pomeranian pups will have a dramatic coat color change whilst others will have a little change to coat color as an adult Pom.
Cream Pomeranian Color Change
Light-colored Pom pups often are very light at birth and darken as they mature. A good example of this is a cream or light orange Pomeranian puppy. This puppy will often appear to be white at birth and mature to be a cream or orange Pomeranian.
White Pomeranian puppies often darken. What is often referred to as a white Pomeranian puppy will mature to be an orange Pomeranian at maturity.
Do Black Pomeranian Puppies Change Color?
Usually no, although the puppy fur may lose any light shadings during the puppy coat change and appear darker. Wolf sable and Black and Tan Pomeranians do often appear to be whole blacks as newborn Pomeranians.
Sable Pomeranian Color Change
A sable Pomeranian color change is probably the most dramatic color change in a baby Pomeranian to an adult Pomeranian. Sable Pomeranians are usually very dark at birth, as the hair grows the dark sable-colored hair tips grow out to the end of the hair shaft.
Wolf Sable is another color where beginner breeders sometimes mistakenly register an orange sable Pomeranian puppy as a wolf sable Pomeranian.
Orange sable Pomeranian puppies often appear greyer than orange at six weeks. However, as they mature, the orange comes through. If in doubt have your Vet organize a DNA test prior to registration.
I am sharing pictures of the different colors of Pomeranians at birth bred here at Dochlaggie Pomeranians through to Pomeranian dog adulthood.
For more pictures and full descriptions of different colors of Pomeranians: Pomeranian Colors visit our page on this subject.
Colors of Pomeranians from Birth to Adulthood. Pomeranian Color Change Chart
Final Thoughts on Pomeranian Color Change
While we do not have an accurate Pomeranian color change chart as yet, I have provided color photos of puppies and adults to guide you through your pup's Pomeranian color change.
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References and Further Reading:
Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
Official English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard, 2017.
Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.