Do you love Pomeranians? If so, you may be surprised to learn they come in a wide range of colors! These small dogs are amazing little canines that are descendants of larger working dogs from the Arctic regions.
These ancestors of today’s Pomeranian were originally all white. However, over time, the dogs were bred to become smaller and to develop additional colors. The result is today’s wide range of Pomeranian colors!
We’ve put together information about Pomeranians, their recognized colors, and more. Let’s get started!
What is a Pomeranian?
Pomeranians were originally from the province of Pomerania and are descended from the ancient canine family called the Spitz. These dogs thrived in the northern regions, where they were used as sled dogs, guarding homes, protecting livestock, and more. These ancestors of the Pomeranian include the Norwegian Elkhound, the Schipperke, the German Spitz, the American Eskimo Dog, the Samoyed, and others.
Poms are small dogs that usually weigh about three to seven pounds. They’re very lively and have quite large personalities! This is a dog that believes he’s much bigger than he really is. Pomeranians are known for being feisty, cute, lively dogs that are highly intelligent and loyal to their families.
These dogs may be small, but they are also quite independent and have a mind of their own! Because Poms think they’re actually big dogs, they will not back down if intimidated by larger dogs. They have been known to attack larger dogs, too!
The dogs come in a wide range of colors, including red, orange, white, cream, blue, brown, and black. However, as you’ll find out later in this article, Poms also come in many other colors.
Pomeranians make wonderful family companions, even for older people. The dogs also adapt well to living in smaller homes such as an apartment or condos. These are highly intelligent dogs that are easy to train; however, it’s important that the pet parent establishes themselves as the head of the house. Otherwise, their Pom will happily fill that position!
Standard Pomeranian Colors
Here’s a list of the standard colors of the Pomeranian!
Red Poms are simply adorable! They come in shades of red, orange-red, and dark red. Some Pomeranians even have a more rusty color, which is another beautiful shade of red.
Orange Pomeranians are usually born with a white-colored coat that has tan undertones. As the puppies grow, their coat darkens until it becomes a true orange. Some Poms have different shades of orange in their fur, giving them a deep, vibrant shade of orange.
Tan Poms are one of the most popular Pomeranian colors. These dogs are also the most common. For this reason, they may be sold at lower prices than Poms of other colors. These dogs usually have light-colored fur and may have white markings on their chest and legs. No matter if this is a more common color; tan Poms are still adorable!
Cream Pomeranians are actually a light shade of tan. It’s even possible to mistake dogs that have a deeper cream color for tan Poms. However, there are also cream Pomeranians that look almost pure white!
Black Pomeranians are rare and have no other color in their fur. They usually have a black undercoat and black guard hairs. In addition, the dogs also have black eyes, noses, and lips. You can see the lively mind and alertness in the black eyes of the black Pom! What a cutie!
Brindle Poms are also unique and have different colors in their fur. The base color is solid and may be orange or red, with overlays of black. The points of the dog’s fur usually always match the main coat color. The black striping may be all over the dog’s body or only on certain parts. As brindle Poms grow to become adults, the stripes start to appear broken as their hair grows longer.
Merle is a combination of colors, and the dog’s coat may look as if someone splashed paint on him! The merle Pom can have almost any base color. A tan coat can have some black, brown, red, and grey, as well as other color combinations.
Beaver Poms are another unique type of Pomeranian. These dogs are sometimes mistaken for cream, chocolate, or brown Poms. However, these dogs have coats that are light to dark brown. What marks these dogs as beaver Poms is their skin pigmentation. Their paws, lips, nose, and the rims of their eyes are beige/brown in color. If there’s any black in the fur, the Pom can’t be classified as a beaver Pom.
Parti-Colored Poms also have more than one color in their fur! These dogs are usually white with colored patches of hair over their bodies. The patches are can be any standard color of the Pomeranian dog breed. What’s more, these dogs usually have nose, lip, and eye colors that match their patches.
Sable Poms can have almost any color as their base coat, but the fur is tipped with dark tips. The tips don’t have to be black; they are sometimes dark brown or chocolate, or even orange. All sable Poms have sabling around along their backs, which may not appear on any other part of the body.
Other Pomeranian Colors
Pomeranians can also come in other colors, including:
- Blue: these dogs are diluted black and must have blue points.
- Lavender: is a greyish color with a pink, chocolate color to their fur.
- Wolf sable: this is a coloration of the fur that strongly resembles the wolf and is called “wolf sable.” The dogs are beautiful and have a grey undercoat with gray guard hairs tipped in black.
- Black & tan: these Poms are black Poms that have rust or tan markings. The undercoat is a based color that’s lighter than the main color, with black points. These dogs are really cute!
Summing It Up
So, there you have it! We didn’t do a deep dive into all the many variations of these colors, but you get the idea. It’s interesting to note that the AKC recognizes all Pomeranian colors as standard! That’s because there are so many colors for these dogs!
No matter what color a Pom is, we have to say that these are cute, spirited little canines that can make wonderful family companions!