- 0.1 Teddy Bear Pomeranian, Baby Doll Pomeranian and Fox Face Pomeranian are several nicknames often used by Pom lovers when describing specific faces of Pomeranians.
- 1 Are there 3 Different Pomeranian Faces?
- 2 How Many Pomeranian Face Types Exist?
- 3 The Term Teddy Bear Pomeranian Face May have other Meanings.
Teddy Bear Pomeranian, Baby Doll Pomeranian and Fox Face Pomeranian are several nicknames often used by Pom lovers when describing specific faces of Pomeranians.
Are there 3 Different Pomeranian Faces?
Formally, the answer is NO. The standard for Pomeranians contains two phrases: “foxy in outline” and “fox-like expression”. This isn’t saying that Pomeranians MUST have a face or a head which resembles a fox.
The mention of “foxy in outline” and “fox-like” expression has caused much confusion; with some not realising this reference doesn’t mean a long nosed type Pomeranian.
Picture above is a type of Pom dog who could be described as being a Fox Faced Pomeranian . This is an incorrect Pomeranian face and is more typical of the German Spitz dog. This dog unfortunately doesn’t have enough head coat, he has large ears, this dog lacks a correct stop and he has a long nose.
As a standard guideline, the tip of the nose to the stop and from the stop to the back of the head will measure 1:2 in the majority of Pomeranians. This dog’s head does not have the correct proportions for a Pom dog. Instead of the required Pomeranian measurements of 1:2, this dog is would measure closer to 1:1.
For more detailed Pom dog breed information regarding the Pomeranian Head please see our page which discusses the Pom dog’s head requirements of the Breed Standard.
It is very unfortunate any reference to a fox is included in the Pomeranian breed Standards.
The U.S.A Pom Breed standard includes the following reference “Expression – may be referred to as fox-like, denoting his alert and intelligent nature. “ The U.K. and Canadian Breed Standard refers to the head as “Head and nose foxy in outline “.
Teddy Bear Pomeranian
The face of the cute Pom you can see above could be described as having a teddy bear pom face. Multi Best in Show Supreme Champion Dochlaggie Dragon Heart could be described as a Teddy Bear Pomeranian.
There’s a distinct difference in the shape of his face. Unlike the above image, this Pom’s nose is significantly shorter with a well defined stop and the cheeks appear to be fuller. This Pom also has correct full head and body coat.
Baby Doll Face Pomeranian
The Pomeranian pictured above is Pom bred by Dochlaggie Pomeranians. This Pomeranian could be described as a baby doll Pomeranian type head.
As you can see, this look is similar to a teddy bear Pomeranian, having a very short muzzle or nose, but differs with this type of Pomeranian head being dainty in appearance, not being as chunky and broad as the teddy bear Pom.
How Many Pomeranian Face Types Exist?
Baby doll face Pomeranian and teddy bear Pom faces are not official Pomeranian terms or official types mentioned in the Breed Standard. These descriptive nicknames are often used by slick salespeople to sell litters quickly. They’re also used by puppy buyers looking for a top quality Pom that would have similarities to a show Pom.
To guarantee that you get a Pomeranian that matches the breed standard, you should always purchase from an active show breeder of Champions.
The Term Teddy Bear Pomeranian Face May have other Meanings.
One reason why you may call a Pomeranian a teddy bear isn’t connected to his face. Instead it’s a nickname sometimes used to describe a type of coat trim. Trimming him to resemble Boo the Pom is just one example and it could be named the teddy bear trim.
The Standard demands Pomeranians have double layered coats. The outer layer (aka guard hairs) are long and stronger. The inner coat layer is short, soft and dense. If the outer coat is trimmed right down to the under coat, it’s likely that the Pom’s coat may never grow back properly.
Having explained this, Pomeranians can gain many benefits from being careful trimmed.
Careful trimming can create shape and balance and even make him look like a teddy bear Pom. If you don’t trim enough, you can always touch it up later. If you trim too much in an attempt to get that teddy look, it’s too late and it can easily take years to grow back if at all.
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References and Further Reading:
Official Standard of the Pomeranian (AKC). American Kennel Club, 2011.
Denise Leo, The Pomeranian Handbook.