The Pomeranian has a wide variety of colors, patterns and variations that help create each unique dog. The tri-colored Pomeranian is just another combination.
This article will clear up any confusion about what tri colored Pomeranians actually look like. Pomeranians may have up to three colors and, if they do have this many, it’s called tri-colored (as “tri” means “triple or three).
Pomeranians Come in Various Pattern and Color Combinations
A tri-colored Pomeranian is a tan pattern and white parti Pomeranian. Instead of only 2 colors, these parti Pomeranians have 3 coat colors. Tri colored Pomeranians sometimes resemble a black & tan except for their white base coat.
Officially the American Kennel Club Pomeranian Breed Standard lists this particular Pomeranian color combination as “Any Other Allowable Color.”
In the Pom breed, the Tri color Pomeranian will be a tan pattern and white parti color e.g., Tan Pattern & White (black & tan, blue & tan or chocolate & tan).
Another tri-color Pomeranian possibility is a white-based parti dog with merle & tan markings.
What Are The Different Tri-Colors in Pomeranians?
The following are examples of the variety available in the tri colored parti Pomeranians:
The base color will usually be white.
- Base color white, black & tan tri color parti Pomeranian.
- Base color white, blue & tan tri color parti Pomeranian.
- Base color white, chocolate & tan tri color parti Pomeranian.
When this pattern appears, it’s common for the dog to have two tan dot eyebrows, and this creates a feisty expression.
Because almost all tri-colored coats have different ratios of color, whether it’s chocolate, blue or black, along with the white color and tan points, owners of this specific variety will always possess a Pomeranian with unique looks. This is ideal for people who hate the thought of settling for a single color.
The Merle Pattern Combined with the “& tan”
Here are examples of a tri color merle Pomeranian: a blue merle & tan. tri-colored parti Pomeranian
generally has both white and tan markings, along with the merle pattern, and this all appears on one dog.
Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs often have these combinations:
- Base color, White, Blue Merle & Tan Parti or
- Base color, White, Red Merle & Tan Parti.
Tri-colored Pomeranian Markings are Usually:
& Tan Parti-Color, or & Tan Merle Parti Pomeranian.
As mentioned earlier, there are numerous patterns and colors that combine to form a tri-colored dog.
Whenever you see “& tan” written, it just means the dog has an “& tan” pattern, along with a parti-color pattern (for example - a tan-pointed parti).
What Dogs Can Have Tri-colors?
It’s possible for plenty of canine breeds to have these tri-colored marks. The breeds include: The Basenji, Beagle, Bull Terrier, Basset Hound and Cocker Spaniel are some of the dogs that may have a shaded mix of white, brown and black. Other breeds may have the light fawn, blue and liver colors as a tri-color combination.
Dogs with tri-color patterns are unique and stunning in appearance. However, it’s vital that “tri-color” doesn’t get mixed up with “brindle” because brindle also has three colors.
The major difference is that brindle colors are either all striped or very well blended. Tri-colors are all distinct and in set areas. For example, white is generally the base whenever tri-colors exist on the same coat.
Is It Possible To Breed For Tri-Color Pomeranian Puppies?
Sure it is! Most breeders have a preference for specific colors and/or patterns, meaning they choose partis or solids, some on breeding whites or creams, and others choose partis and tri-colors. If you breed one tri to another, it’s highly probable that when the puppies are born, there will be at least tri color Pomeranian puppy in the litter.
When breeding litters, some breeders have a preference for a particular color.
The tri-parti color marking gene can be inherited from the sire and dam. To fully comprehend the variables of coat coloring with tri color Pomeranians, it’s essential to analyze and appreciate the full extent of the genes involved.
You wouldn’t dream of including tri-colors or parti Pomeranians in your breeding program if your only goal is to breed solid colors.
Tri Color Pomeranian Conclusion
Pomeranians are incredibly intelligent and their unique, glamorous appearance and color variables attract people to them in droves. Whatever colors a Pomeranian might have, his personality and temperament would be the same.
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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".