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Pomeranian Colors

Colors of Pomeranians.

Detailed information on the many different colors of Pomeranians  and it’s important to understand the diverse Pomeranian colors.
To clarify one element mentioned throughout; “Points” refers to: the Pom’s rims of the eyes, lips, nose and pads of the feet.

List of Colors of Pomeranians. Details and Pictures of all Pomeranian Colors

Beaver 

A Beaver Pomeranian is a dilute brown and this color can range from orange-brown to beige-cream. Beavers are 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/beige colour. If a dog has black points or black in his coat, he’s not beaver or brown.

pBeaver Pomeranian Puppy

Beaver Pomeranian Adult
Beaver Pomeranian Adult

Black Pomeranian

Black Pomeranians possess 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. For detailed Information and many pictures of Black Pomeranians Click Here:

Black Pomeranian Adults
Black Pomeranian Adults
Black Pomeranian Puppies
Black Pomeranian Puppies

Blue 

Blue in the Pomeranian is a solid colour. Blue Pomeranians have light to dark grey guard hairs and a grey undercoat and has a bluish cast to the coat. Some Blue Poms can be such a dark shade of blue, that may look black in certain light unless compared to a genuine example of these colors.
Blue Pomeranian puppies are usually born a silver color or may appear to be black.

Blue Pomeranian pups develop a silver/grey undercoat and a darker slate grey outer coat as they mature.
Blues are diluted blacks 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.

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

Brown Pomeranian or Chocolate Pomeranian

A Brown Pomeranian is a very diverse colour and ranges from the light beaver shade through to the darkest chocolate shade. The  chocolate Pomeranian color is rich and is fully self-coloured. Brown is more of a milk chocolate colour and may sometimes have lighter shades. “Sunburning” or a reddening of the colour can occur if the dog spends a lot of time outside. A Chocolate ( Brown Pomeranian ) Pomeranian must have brown points.

For more information on the Brown Pomeranian. Pictures of Chocolate Pomeranian puppies and Brown Pomeranian Adults Click Here.

Chocolate Pomeranian Adult
Chocolate Pomeranian Adult
Chocolate Pomeranian Puppy
Chocolate Brown Pomeranian Puppy

Cream Pomeranians

Creams should be self-coloured, with no white breechings. Because of the harsher texture of the guard hairs, the top coat may appear darker. Cream Pomeranians must possess black eye rims, nose, lips and pads. Cream Pomeranians are typically white at birth.

Champion Cream Pomeranian Adult
Champion Cream Pomeranian Adult
Cream Pomeranian Puppy
Cream Pomeranian Puppy

Lavender Pomeranian

The Lavender Pomeranian is a greyish color with a pinkish, chocolate hue to the coat. Lavender is regarded as a rare exotic color in the Pomeranian. If you think of a grey colored Pom and add a small tinge of light purple, you’ll have this amazing color. Lavenders 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 Pomeranian bred by Beau James Pomeranians.
Lavender Pomeranian bred by Beau James Pomeranians.

Orange 

There are more than one type of Orange Pomeranian. Oranges can be born a sable color,  or a clear orange, or even appear white as a newborn. An Orange Puppy can be born a darkish sable and frequently clear to be a lovely orange Pom dog at maturity.

Another type of orange Pomeranian is born very pale and, in some instances, almost as white as a new-born. The coat colour 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 Pomeranian must have black points the same as the red pom. An adult orange pom (phenotype) can be two genetic types (genotypes). The colour of new Pomeranian puppies will show the genetic difference. When a puppy is born, he usually has black hair and the coat will slowly lighten and become an orange in colour as he ages. This type of Pomeranian puppy often turns out a bright orange colour. If the sable shadings do not fade, as an adult this Pom would be an Orange Sable.

In some cases, he’s born with no black hairs and is a clear bright colour at birth. The cause of this is puppy being homozygous for the orange gene. (Both of the genes at the locus have the allele for 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 coloured oranges may not be as dark as the poms with the sable gene.

Orange Pomeranian Adults
Orange Pomeranian Adults
Orange Pomeranian Puppy
Orange Pomeranian Puppies

Red Pomeranians

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

Red Pomeranian Adult
Red Pomeranian Adult

Sable Pomeranians

Pomeranians with sable coats have at least three colours shaded along the coat. This shading must be as consistent as is possible with no areas of self-colour.

Red sables

Have black tips and red hues.

Orange sables

Have deep orange guard hairs with black tips and the undercoat is cream or light orange in colour.

Orange Sable Pomeranians
Orange Sable Pomeranians
Orange Sable Pomeranian Puppies
Orange Sable Pomeranian Puppies

Cream sables

Are creams with sable tipping.

Sable colours won’t always show correctly in photos. Instead, the dog may look even a black or blue. You need to see the dog in person to experience the rich colours.

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

Wolf Sable:

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

Beginner breeders sometimes mistakenly register a puppy as a wolf sable. Orange sable puppies often appear more grey than orange at six weeks. However, as they mature, the orange comes through. Experienced breeders know to check behind the ears. The actual colour of the hair behind a puppy’s ears is a reasonably accurate guide to the Pomeranian puppy’s adult coat colour.

For detailed wolf sable Pomeranian Information and Pictures Click here:

Wolf Sable Puppy and Wolf Sable Pomeranian Adult
Wolf Sable Puppy and Wolf Sable Pomeranian Adult
Chocolate & Blue Sables:

Chocolate Sable Pomeranians have a chocolate base coat with darker chocolate guard hairs ending with tipping to the guard hairs. Blue Sables are blue base coat with dark blue guard hairs and again ending in tipping to the guard hairs.

Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Puppy bred by Dochlaggie Pomeranians. Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Adult. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.
Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Puppy bred by Dochlaggie Pomeranians.
Chocolate Sable Pomeranian Adult. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.

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. All all white Pomeranian should be a solid white color, free from any lemon or cream shadings.

White Pomeranian Pups
White Pomeranian Pups
White Pomeranian
White Pomeranian

Click here for more information and pictures of white Pomeranian adults and white Pomeranian puppies.

Pomeranian Color Patterns:

Tan Points   

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

The three colours share the same tan marking pattern. Any solid colour 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 coloured Pomeranians with rust or tan marking. The undercoat’s base colour will be lighter than the main colour and points will be black. If you have two dogs of the same quality, the rusty darker colour 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.
Blue & Tan Pomeranians

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

Brindle Pomeranians

Brindle is a pattern that has a base colour and striped overlays. The colour of the base can be: red, gold or orange and the brindle colour 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 colour. 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 Pomeranian 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 Pomeranians.  New brindle Pomeranian puppy. Adult Pomeranian is Beau James Stripe Up The Band. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.
Brindle Pomeranians.
New brindle Pomeranian puppy.
Adult Pomeranian is Beau James Stripe Up The Band. Breeder Cynthia Wallen, Beau James Pomeranians.

Parti Color Pomeranian

Parti Colored Pomeranian Adults
Parti Colored Pomeranian Adults

Parti-color Pomeranians are white with any other colour distributed in patches with a white blaze preferred on the head. Markings on the head should be symmetrical. Excessive ticking should be regarded as a fault.
The points on parti-colored poms should match the colour of the patches. This means black, red, cream, orange, brindle parti poms, blue and red merle and sable colours should have black points. Blue sable and blue must have blue points. Brown merle, brown and beaver must have brown coloured points.

Parti-Color Pomeranian Puppies
Parti Color Pomeranian Puppies

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 another 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-Pomeranian.

Extreme Piebald Parti color:

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

Extreme Piebald Parti-color Pomeranian
Extreme Piebald Parti-color Pomeranian
Piebald Parti color :

White with patches of color on head, body, and base of tail.

Piebald Parti-color Pomeranian
Piebald Parti-color Pomeranian
Irish Parti color :

 Color on the head and body with white legs, chest and collar.

Irish Parti Color Pomeranian Puppy
Irish Parti Color Pomeranian Puppy

Merle  

Champion Merle Pomeranian. (Photo courtesy of Alane Levinsohn)
Champion Merle Pomeranian.
(Photo courtesy of Alane Levinsohn)
Blue Merle Pomeranian Puppies
Blue Merle Pomeranian Puppies

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

Any Other Allowable Color

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

Coat 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.

The AKC ( American Kennel Club ) Pomeranian Breed Standard ( approved July 12th, 2011: ” All colors, patterns and variations therof 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.”

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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.

Note: Pictures of  Pomeranian dog colors are required for this page. If you are able to provide any of the rare colored Pomeranian pictures please contact via the site contact form.  Pom colors required are examples of  blue & tans, chocolate and tans, blues, blue sables, another adult merle, red sables, irish parti-color and some of the rare Pomeranian colors are required.  Dogs and owners will be acknowledged as required. Thanks to all those who have helped with this education project.

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