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This article provides details of the rainbow of Pomeranian colors. It is important to understand the different Pomeranian colors. As an experienced breeder, I am often asked what colors do Pomeranians come in? Prospective owners will ask about toy Pom colors and what colors can Pomeranians be?

Information includes pictures of Pomeranian puppy colors, details of Pomeranian all colors, and a Pomeranian colors chart.

To clarify one element mentioned throughout; “Points” refers to the Pom’s rims of the eyes, lips, nose, and pads of the feet.

Every dog is unique and beautiful in its own way, but what color should you get for your new pup? Pomeranian colors range from white to black, with a variety of shades in between.

Some dogs are even born with two or three different colorings on the same body! When deciding on a puppy, it may seem easy to choose which color Pom you want, but it’s not always that simple.

The most popular colored Pomeranians are orange and orange sable because they’re warm and inviting. If you desire a more unique colored dog than these, this article describes all the rarer Pomeranian colors in detail.

Popular Pomeranian Colors

With so many different color options to choose from, it can be hard to decide which is the best for your furry friend. I have done some extensive research and have compiled a list of all the colors you might see in Pomeranian dogs.

Included are the results of recent research. I polled over 12,000 Pomeranian owners on the popularity of 25 recognized coat colors and patterns. The results are published below in our Pomeranian color chart:

Pomeranian Color Chart: 25 Recognized Coat Colors

 Color

Popularity Rank

Color & Appearance

Orange

1

Orange Pomeranians may vary from an intense deep rust right through to a rich gold and a light honey blonde colour.

Cream

2


Cream is an extremely pale orange.

Orange Sable

3

Orange sables must have an orange body, lighter orange or even creamy undercoat with black tipping on guard hairs.

Black and Tan

4

The black and tan pattern is a base black color with tan points.

Black.

5

Black Pomeranians possess a black undercoat and black guard hairs.

White.

6

A white Pomeranian should be a solid white with no lemon or cream shadings.

Wolf Sable.

7

Wolf Sables have a grey undercoat and the guard hair is grey with black tipping.

Parti-Color.

8

The parti-color pattern is white with any other colour distributed in patches with a white blaze preferred on the head.

Chocolate.

9

Chocolate Pomeranians are a rich brown.

Cream Sable.

10

A cream sable is an extremely pale orange i.e. a cream with sable tipping.

Blue Merle.

11

A black base color combined with the merle pattern equals a blue merle.

Red.

12

Red Pomeranians are a deep rusty color.

Chocolate and Tan.

13

The chocolate and tan pattern is a base chocolate color with tan points.

Red Sable.

14

Are a deep rusty color with sable tippings to the coat.

Tri-Colored.

15

Tri-color is a Parti-color Pomeranian who also displays the tan pattern as well as the parti-color pattern.

Blue.

16

Blue Pomeranians are diluted blacks and must have blue points.

Blue Sable.

17

Blue Sables are blue base coat with dark blue guard hairs and again ending in black tipping to the guard hairs.

Blue and Tan.

18

The blue and tan pattern is a base blue color with tan points.

Chocolate Merle.

19

A chocolate base color combined with the merle pattern.

Beaver.

20

Beavers may range in colouring from a light biscuit to a darker brownish grey colour with a silvery blue cast to the coat.

Black and Brindle.

21

The base colour is gold, red, or orange-brindled with strong black cross stripes.

Chocolate Sable.

22

Chocolate Sable Pomeranians have a chocolate base coat with darker chocolate guard hairs.

Lavender.

23

The lavender Pomeranian is a greyish colour with a pinkish, chocolate hue to the coat.

Blue Brindle.

24

The base colour is gold, red, or orange-brindled with strong blue cross stripes.

Merle and Tan.

25

Either blue merle pattern with tan points or chocolate merle with tan points.

Detailed Information and Photos of Pomeranian Colors

Before we delve any further into the kaleidoscope of Pomeranians colors, let us have a quick look at the official Pomeranian colors complete list:

From the American Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard:

COLOR
All colors, patterns, and variations thereof are allowed and must be judged on an equal basis.

Patterns:
Brindle – Dark cross stripes on any solid color or allowed pattern.
Parti – White base with any solid color or allowed pattern. A white blaze is preferred on the head. Ticking is undesirable. Extreme Piebald: White with patches of color on head and base of tail. Piebald: White with patches of color on head, body, and base of tail. Irish: Color on the head and body with white legs, chest and collar.
Tan Points – Any solid color or allowed pattern with markings sharply defined above each eye, inside the ears, muzzle, throat, forechest, all lower legs and feet, the underside of the tail and skirt. The richer the tan the more desirable. Tan markings should be readily visible.

Classifications: The Open Classes at specialty shows may be divided by color as follows: Open Red, Orange, Cream, and Sable; Open Black, Brown, and Blue; Open Any Other Color, Pattern, or Variation.

ROCS CLASS – (Red, Orange, Cream, Sable)
Sable includes: Red Sable, Orange Sable, Cream Sable, Sable, Wolf Sable

BBB CLASS – (Black, Brown, Blue)

AOAC CLASS
Beaver, Brindle, Merle, Parti, Tan Points, and White

AKC designated colors and markings.

Beaver Pomeranians

A Beaver Pomeranian is a dilute brown. The beaver coat can range from orange-brown to beige cream. A beaver-colored Pomeranian is a deep taupe color with a silvery blue cast to the coat tips.

In older versions of the Breed Standard, this color was called “biscuit.” One stand-out feature is the pigment on the points and it’s a self-colored brown color.

A beaver color Pomeranian usually will have hazel eyes. If a dog has black points, dark eyes, or black in his coat, he’s not a Pomeranian beaver or brown.

Beaver Pomeranian Puppy
Beaver Pomeranian Puppy
Beaver Pomeranians
Beaver Pomeranians

Black Pomeranian

The black Pomeranian possesses a black undercoat and black guard hairs. Points must be black. Blacks should be kept out of direct sunlight to avoid a reddish tinge developing on the coat. Black Pomeranians frequently will have a few white hairs in the coat. Typically on the chest or between the pads.

Black Pomeranian Puppies
Black Pomeranian Puppies
Pictures of black Pomeranians
Pictures of black Pomeranians

Blue Pomeranians

A Blue in the Pomeranian is a solid color. A blue Pomeranian dog will have light to dark grey guard hairs and a grey undercoat with greyish blue hair or fur.

Blue Pomeranians bred by Beau James Pomeranians.
Blue Pomeranians bred by Beau James Pomeranians.

Some Blue Poms can be such a dark shade of blue, that may look black in certain light. Compare these dogs to a genuine example of the colors. At birth, Blue Pomeranian puppies are usually a silver color.

Some newborn blues may even appear to be black. Blue Pomeranian pups develop a silver/grey undercoat and a darker slate grey outer coat as they mature. Pomeranian blue is a diluted black and must have blue points (Eye rims, nose, and pads ).

Blue Poms are usually the result of breeding blacks together.

In the event, the coat is made up of any kind of additional colors the dog is appropriately termed as a parti-color, or tri-color Pomeranian.

Brown Pomeranian or Chocolate Pomeranian

Brown Pomeranians
Brown Pomeranians

In Pomeranian dog colors, brown is a very diverse color and ranges from the light beaver shade to the darkest chocolate shade.

The chocolate Pomeranian color is rich and is fully self-colored. Brown is more of a milk chocolate color and may sometimes have lighter shades.

“Sunburning” or a reddening of the color can occur if the dog spends a lot of time outside.

A Pomeranian Brown must have brown points and will,  like the beaver often have hazel eyes.

Cream Pomeranians

This Pomeranian color should be self-colored, with no white breechings. Because of the harsher texture of the guard hairs, the topcoat may appear darker.

A cream Pomeranian must possess black eye rims, nose, lips, and pads. The whiskers are usually white or straw color.

A cream-colored Pomeranian puppy is typically white at birth. When clear cream puppies are born, they appear as close to white as possible, and without the ability to have any black pigmentation on their hair, and if you look closely at the whiskers, you’ll notice they have either a straw color or they’re clear.

Cream Pomeranians
Cream Pomeranians
Cream Pomeranian Pups
Cream Pomeranian Pups

Lavender Pomeranian ( Dilute Chocolate- Isabella or Lavender)

An uncommon color is diluted chocolate. It’s possible when both blue and brown are combined on one dog (bbdd). It has a similar appearance to that of the Weimaraner because it possesses a similar mixture of genes.

It’s silvery-brown in color, often identified as Isabella or Lavender, depending on the breed. The pigment is self-colored.

The Lavender Pomeranian color is greyish with a pinkish, chocolate hue to the coat. The Pomeranian Lavender is regarded as a rare Pomeranian color.

If you think of a grey-colored Pom and add a small tinge of light purple, you’ll have this amazing color.

Lavender Pomeranians are often the result of breeding two dilutes, like a blue and a beaver together. Note this beautiful color is currently not AKC Pomeranian breed standard approved.

Lavender Pomeranians
Lavender Pomeranians

Orange Pomeranians

There is more than one type of Orange Pomeranian dog. Oranges can be born a sable color, or a light orange Pomeranian, or even appear white as a newborn. An Orange puppy can be born a darkish sable. This pup will frequently be clear to be a lovely orange Pom dog at maturity.

Another type of orange Pomeranian dog is born very pale and, in some instances, almost as white as a newborn. The coat color with this type of orange will deepen until, at maturity, this Orange Pomeranian puppy is also a beautiful orange. 

Breed Standards dictate that an Orange Pom must have black points the same as the red pom. An adult orange pom (phenotype) can be two genetic types (genotypes). The color of new Pomeranian puppies will show the genetic difference.

When an orange Pomeranian puppy is born, he usually has sable hair and the coat will slowly lighten and become an orange in color as he ages. This type of Pomeranian puppy often turns out a bright orange color.

If the sable shadings do not fade, as an adult this would be a Sable Orange Pomeranian. Pet Pom owners often refer to Pomeranian colors as tan being really an Orange.

In some cases, he’s born with no black hair and is a clear bright color at birth. The cause of this is the puppy being homozygous for the orange gene. (Both of the genes at the locus have the allele for the orange “ee.”) Homozygous orange poms can still range from being as dark as the red setter right through to the palest creamy-orange pom.

The points on the lighter colored oranges may not be as dark as the poms with the sable gene. Pet owners often erroneously refer to these colored dogs as tan Pomeranians.

Orange Pomeranians
Orange Pomeranians
Orange Pomeranian Puppies
Orange Pomeranian Puppies

Red Pomeranians

A red Pomeranian is a deep rusty red color and his points must be black.

Red Pomeranian Adult
Red Pomeranian Adult

White Pomeranians

A White Pomeranian, as a newborn Pom puppy is snow white in color with pink points. As the puppy ages, the points should darken to black. An all-white Pomeranian should be a solid white color, free from any lemon or cream shadings.

Pictures of white Pomeranian puppies
Pictures of white Pomeranian puppies
White Pomeranian Dog
White Pomeranian Dog

More information and pictures of white Pomeranian adults and white Pomeranian puppies go to our white Pomeranian dedicated page.

Pomeranian Color Patterns:

Sable Patterns

Details of sable Pomeranian colors and sable color Pomeranian photos. A Pomeranian with a sable coat has at least three colors shaded light to dark in the coat. This shading must be as consistent as is possible with no areas of self-color.

The term “Sable” is a reference to the darkened bands on a dog’s harsh, long guard hairs. It may be sparse, extremely dark and heavy, or somewhere in between. The nature of the shade and pattern is another variable, as is whether any other recessives are present, as they may affect the strength of the black pigment.

Chocolate Sable

Chocolate sable Pomeranians have a chocolate base coat with darker chocolate guard hairs ending with tipping to the guard hairs.

Pomeranian Puppy bred by Dochlaggie Pomeranians. Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Adult. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.” src=”https://pomeranian.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Chocolate-Sable-Pomeranians-1024×555.jpg” alt=”Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Puppy bred by Dochlaggie Pomeranians. Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Adult. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians. ” class=”wp-image-1017993″/>
Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Puppy bred by Dochlaggie Pomeranians. Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Adult. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.

A chocolate sable is the same as an orange except for the presence of two copies of a brown (b) gene (bb). This gene will convert all of the black pigment on a dog’s body to brown (including paw pads, eye rims, and nose), so everything that might have been black is brown instead.

Any orange on a body will become a warm, coppery brown. In newborn puppies, as with oranges, you can be forgiven for thinking they’re chocolate & tan until enough time passes and you’ll see the sable bands on his forehead and body, not merely solid brown.

Blue Sable

Blue Sable Pomeranians are blue base coats with dark blue guard hairs and again ending in tipping to the guard hairs. Blue sable occurs when the dilute (d) gene decreases the depth of the existing black pigment so it seems like it has a bluish tinge. When the puppies are born, they may seem blue.

Orange Sable Pomeranians

Have deep orange guard hairs with black tips and the undercoat is cream or light orange in color. An orange sable Pomeranian puppy is usually very dark at birth.

Orange Sable Pomeranian
Orange Sable Pomeranian

Orange Sable Newborn Pomeranians
Orange Sable Newborn Pomeranians

Heavy Orange Sable

Heavy sables have a lot of black guard hairs covering their body. Their appearance may resemble a black & tan except for the presence of more orange color on the head and legs than a genuine black & tan.

While they often have the black & tan and be a(y)a(t), genetically speaking, they may also have other genes present. Examples include recessive black (a), a saddle sable a(s), or a wolf sable a(w) paired with a(y) or a(s).

Wolf Sable Pomeranians

The wolf sable pattern is created by the wolf sable a(w) gene; the same one found in Keeshonds. As with Keeshonds, there should be visible lighter “spectacles” around the dog’s eyes, proving they’re wolf sables, not heavy orange sables.

Wolf Sable Puppy and Wolf Sable Pomeranian Adult
Wolf Sable Puppy and Wolf Sable Pomeranian Adult

Wolf-colored Pomeranians have a grey undercoat and the guard hair is grey with black tipping. The Pomeranian grey undercoat and guard hairs can vary in color from silvery off-white to a light grey. The wolf sable Pomeranian colors grey-shaded and must not have any hint of orange in his coat.

Beginner breeders sometimes mistakenly register a gray Pomeranian puppy as a wolf sable. Orange sable puppies often appear greyer than orange at six weeks. However, as they mature, the orange comes through.

Experienced breeders know to check behind the ears. The actual color of the hair behind a puppy’s ears is a reasonably accurate guide to the Pomeranian puppy’s adult coat color.

Red Sable Pomeranians

Have black tips and red hues. The red sable is nearly the same as an orange except that a reddish hue replaces the orange base. Usually, the color is that of an Irish Setter, except for black guard hairs (sables).

Cream Sable Pomeranians

Champion Cream Sable Pomeranian Adult
Champion Cream Sable Pomeranian Adult

Cream sables are paler than orange sables as they have black sabling.

This color cream is usually a sooty silver as a newborn. The puppy coat is a silvery grey which is then cream with often some sable tipping to the guard hairs. A cream sable Pomeranian will have black whiskers and points. When firstborn, the puppies may have a silver color but, when they become adults, it becomes a cool cream color.

Cream Sable Pomeranian
Cream Sable Pomeranian
Cream Sable Pomeranian Puppy
Cream Sable Pomeranian Puppy

Tan Points   

Pomeranians with tan points appear in three foundation colors: Blue and Tan Pomeranians, Brown and Tan Pomeranians, and Black and Tan Pomeranian.

The three colors share the same tan marking pattern. Any solid color or allowed pattern with tan or rust sharply defined, appearing above each eye and on muzzle, throat, and fore chest, on all legs and feet, and below the tail. The richer the tan the more desirable. Tan markings should be readily visible.

Black and Tan Pomeranian

As the name suggests, these are black-colored Pomeranians with rust or tan markings. The undercoat’s base color will be lighter than the main color and points will be black. If you have two dogs of the same quality, the rusty darker color is the preferred option.

Black and Tan Pomeranians
Black and Tan Pomeranians

Brown & Tan Pomeranians

This is generally called Chocolate & Tan and it covers all shades from the pale beaver with rust or tan right through to the darkest chocolate. The points will be brown and the shade will match that of the coat.

Chocolate and Tan Pomeranian. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.
Chocolate and Tan Pomeranian. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.


The Blue & Tan Pomeranian

These poms have rust or tan and blue color. The points will be blue and match the coat’s shade.

Brindle Pomeranians

Brindle is a pattern that has a base color and striped overlays. The color of the base can be: red, gold, or orange and the brindle color is strong black stripes. It may also be combined with other patterns on a dog’s coat; for example, black and tan or parti.

The points should match the base color. Stripes may be thin or broad and may only appear on parts of the dog’s body or the entire width. Stripes on adult brindle Pom coats may appear to be broken owing to the length of an adult Pom’s coat. Brindles often have an extremely dark dorsal stripe.

Brindle Pomeranian Genetics

A striping pattern caused by K(br), the dominant gene, is known as Brindle. Boxers routinely have this particular look, as well as various other dog breeds. It may be masked by a solid black self-color (K) but it’s dominant over (k), being non-self-colors.

The striping can sometimes combine with other canine patterns including parti-color, black & tan (although the stripes will only be visible on the dog’s tan sections), and merle. However, the latter generally makes it difficult to see the merle so it’s unwise to blend these two together.

Brindle Pomeranians.  Newborn brindle Pomeranian puppy. Adult Pomeranian is Beau James Stripe Up The Band. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.
Brindle Pomeranian puppies. Newborn brindle Pomeranian puppy. Adult Pomeranian is Beau James Stripe Up The Band. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.

Parti Color Pomeranian

Parti-color Pomeranians are white with any other color distributed in patches with a white blaze preferred on the head. Markings on the head should be symmetrical. Excessive ticking is regarded as a fault.

Adult and Puppy Parti Color Pomeranians
Adult and Puppy Parti Color Pomeranians

The points on particolored poms should match the color of the patches. This means black, red, cream, orange, brindle parti poms, blue and red merle, and sable colors should have black points. Blue sable and blue must have blue points. Brown merle, brown, and beaver must have brown colored points.

Parti-color is the phrase that describes dogs that have different degrees of white markings. It’s a recessive gene within the S series, where several variables occur and cause numerous patterns.

White markings may be involved in base colors or color combinations as well as other patterns.

This list will give you some idea of the diverse options:

  • Black & White.
  • Blue & White.
  • Beaver & White.
  • Brindle & White.
  • Orange & White.
  • Cream & White.
  • Red & White.
  • Lavender & White.

Then there are patterns:

  • White & Sable Patterns – (wolf, cream, blue, orange, chocolate and red sables).
  • White & Tan Patterns – (blue, black and chocolate & tan).

Parti colored Pomeranians seem to be the most intelligent, outgoing, and active members of the Pomeranian dog world. If you have owned a parti-color Pomeranian you will never want any other color Pom dog to share your life. I probably should have reworded that statement to read; if you have ever been owned by a parti Pom.

Pomeranian Parti-Color Patterns
Pomeranian Parti-Color Patterns

Extreme Piebald Parti Color Pomeranian

White with patches of color on head and base of the tail.

Piebald Parti Color Pomeranian

The piebald Pomeranian is white with patches of color on the head, body, and base of the tail.

Irish Parti Color Pomeranian

 This Pomeranian parti has color on the head and body with white legs, chest, and collar.

Merle Pomeranian 

Champion Blue Merle Pomeranians
Champion Blue Merle Pomeranians (Photo courtesy of Alane Levinsohn).

Is actually the typical gray/black pattern. The blue merle Pomeranian is in reality a black or black and tan with the dilution gene affecting the black coat regions.

Blue Merle Pomeranian Puppies
Blue Merle Pomeranian Puppies

The color of the points in the merle Pomeranians is influenced by the base color e.g. Orange merles, blue merles should have black points.

Beaver, blue,  and brown merle Pomeranians should have self-colored points. The Pom Breed Standard does not permit blue eyes.

Dilute Colors

Blue and Dilutes

The black pigment can be diluted to a blue color by the dilute (d) recessive gene. Any color may be affected but it’s when solid black is chosen that the results are most distinct, transforming it into a variety of blue shades.

Chocolate is another pigment that changes quite remarkably into a lavender/isabella.

Other Dilute Colors

The diluted recessive gene can affect any dog with a black pigment. So, you may notice different varieties such as a diluted sable with blue pigment and hair, instead of the usual black.

The other variety may be blue & tan, which is similar to black & tan except that blue replaces black. His footpad, nose, and eye pigment also follow the blue color.

Any Other Allowable Color

& Tan Parti-Color. A color that is named an “& tan” has the “& tan” pattern and also the particolored pattern (i.e. a tan-pointed parti). E.g. a Tri Colored Black & Tan parti color Pomeranian. Again the color of the points should match the color of the particolored coat patches.

Pomeranian Color Classifications:

The Open Classes at specialty shows may be divided by color as follows: Open Red, Orange, Cream, and Sable; Open Black, Brown, and Blue; Open Any Other Color, Pattern, or Variation.

ROCS CLASS: (Red, Orange, Cream, Sable)
N.B. Sable includes Red Sable, Orange Sable, Cream Sable, Sable, Wolf Sable.

BBB CLASS: (Black, Brown, Blue)

AOAC CLASS: Beaver, Brindle, Merle, Parti, Tan Points, and White.

Pomeranian Color Chart

Pomeranian Color Chart
Pomeranian Color Chart

Pomeranian Markings

Pomeranian markings recognized by the AKC:

  • Black Muzzle
  • Brindle – the base color is gold, red, or orange-brindled with strong black cross stripes
  • Parti-color – is white with any other color distributed in patches with a white blaze preferred on the head.
  • Black Mask
  • White Markings

The AKC ( American Kennel Club ) Pomeranian Breed Standard ( approved July 12th, 2011:

All colors, patterns and variations thereof are allowed and must be judged on an equal basis.”

The U.K. Pomeranian Breed Standard ( updated April 2017 :

All WHOLE colours permissible. In mixed classes where whole coloured and parti coloured Pomeranians compete together, the preference should, if in all other points they are equal, be given to the whole coloured specimens. Merles not permissible.”

Pomeranian Colors Conclusion

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and found it informative. If you have any questions. I encourage you to drop me a line in the comments or email. I am always happy to answer any Pomeranian-related questions.

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References and Further Reading:
[1] Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
[2] English Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard, 2017.
[3] Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.
[4] Milo G. Denlinger “The Complete Pomeranian”.
[5] Kimbering Pomeranians “1891-1991”.
[6] William Taplin “The Sportsman’s Cabinet”.
[7]  E. Parker “The Popular Pomeranian”.
[8] Lilla Ives “Show Pomeranians”.

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