The standard for Pomeranians contains two phrases: “foxy in outline” and “fox-like expression”. This isn’t saying that Pomeranians MUST have a face that resembles a fox. This 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, old fashioned type Pomeranian.
The head pictured left; is an incorrect Pomeranian head 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.
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 and Baby Doll are several nicknames often used by Pom lovers when describing specific faces of Pomeranians.
The face of the cute Pom you can see right could be described as having a face like a teddy bear. 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.
The photo left is of a Pomeranian bred at Dochlaggie Pomeranians.
This Pomeranian could be described as having a “baby doll” type head.
As you can see, this look is similar to teddy bear Pomeranians, 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 faced Pom.
How many types of Pom heads exist?
Baby doll and teddy bear 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.
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The Term Teddy Bear Pomeranian 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
 Denise Leo “The Pomeranian Handbook”.